This week 591 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part, but there was one very special runner among us today, Barbara Allen!
Photo credit: John Tipping
This week's event saw Barbara Allen complete her 500th Parkrun, making her only the 15th runner to join the very exclusive 500 club. Barbara's first Parkrun was at Bushey back in 2006 where she ran over 100 times before being lured to Black Park (no doubt by the superior quantity of mud!). After joining us on our 2nd run Barbara decided to stay with us at Black Park where she has run 352 of her 500 Parkrun's. On top of this very impressive tally of runs, Barbara has also chalked up over 200 volunteering stints doing everything from pacing to sorting tokens, as well as processing the run results, no mean feat I’m sure when you consider there are now nearly 600 runners each week.
I was fortunate enough to run with the lovely Barbara this week, and was able (between getting my breath back) to have a chat. Over the years Barbara has taken part in many running events including some Parkrun tourism in places such as Edinburgh and Fish Hoek in South Africa, a location that Barbara plans to visit again later this year. But by far the most memorable seemed to be the Hampshire Hoppit, an event that a friend (who shall remain nameless!), encouraged her to enter. Barbara recounts how it was run on the hottest day of the year, with an almost vertical hill right not far from the start. Despite the challenges, Barbara crossed the finish line and no doubt quickly found some shade and much needed water.
I’m sure I speak for everyone at Black Park when I say congratulations on your phenomenal 500 Parkruns and many, many thanks for all the volunteering you do.
A huge thank you to this week’s fabulous volunteers:
David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Alastair REECE • Vince ELLERBY • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Arjun BABHANIA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Bob STANBROOK • John TIPPING • Beverley Ann JEWELL • Cherry KEY • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • Richard ELLIOTT • Nithila LOGATHAS • Alexandra MARTIN • Jane TRAFFORD • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Roger GORHAM • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL
Click below for a picture of this week’s volunteers
Photo credit: John Tipping
This week the following people reached milestone runs:
10 Club – Rachael ILES
50 Club – Jude MIFSUD
100 Club – Kathryn BODDEY
This week the following people joined the Volunteer Club (with 25 stints):
Rebecca Frances BYRNE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Black Park parkrun Results Page.
Tom SETTLE (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:08
Paul CORNEY (VM35-39) of Hillingdon Triathletes was second over the line in 17:59
Luke EDWARDS (JM11-14) of Hillingdon AC was third over the line in 18:11
Louise DAVIES (SW30-34) of Burnham Joggers was first (20th overall) over the line in 20:05
Liz LEE (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (37th overall) over the line in 21:47
Abby STOCKWELL (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (58th overall) over the line in 22:36)
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Kevin MCDONALD (VM55-59) – 80.01% for the time 19:20 (9th overall)
Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) – 78.82% for the time 28:43 (273rd overall)
Jackie STALLWOOD (VW75-79) – 78.23 for the time 31:00 (353rd overall)
The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 15:09 on 10th March 2012 (event number 140).
The female record is held by Pippa WOOLVEN who recorded a time of 17:07 on 28th June 2014 (event number 262).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret MOODY who recorded 92.51% (22:15) on 5th April 2014 (event number 250).
Black Park parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 15,786 participants have completed 165,026 parkruns covering a total distance of 825,130 km, including 26,625 new Personal Bests.