parkrun #467 – 12th May 2018
This run report is taking inspiration from the lovely run report at Druridge parkrun (Northumberland) today – celebrating the 63rd Eurovision – how many songs can you remember?
Stories from the park
This week’s field of 725 finishers (our 3rd biggest field ever) had 63 first-timers and 40 different clubs represented, including a large group from Bracknell Forest Running Club who had come along to try a little tourism, away from their (lovely) home run of Bracknell parkrun. They all said how much they enjoyed the course and hope to back again at some stage in the future.
We also welcomed people from some Clubs farther afield – within the top ten finishers were representatives from Leeds City AC, Cirencester AC, Southampton University Triathlon Club, Cambridge University Hare and Hounds as well as local clubs of Hillingdon AC and Wycombe Phoenix Harriers and AC.
Euphoria (2012 winning song from Sweden)
‘Everybody’ (2001 winning song from Estonia) who walks, jogs or runs parkrun are ‘Heroes’ (2015 winning song from Sweden). We did not see anyone ‘Running Scared’ (2011 winning song from Azerbaijan), nor any ‘Wild Dances’ (2004 winning song from Ukraine).
An amazing 96 people ran Black Park PBs! Very well done – can we dedicate ‘Fly on the Wings of Love’ (the year 2000 winning song from Denmark) for all of you. Maybe you will celebrate with some Bucks Fizz?
We also congratulate lots of new members to the parkrun milestone clubs:
10 Club – Daniel PIOTROWSKI, Daniel SAWYER, James HODGKINSON, Jason NICHOLAS, Oliver MCDOWELL (our ‘Rock n Roll Kids’ – 1994 winning song from Ireland!)
50 Club – April PATMORE, Daren ROSCOE, Harjit PADDA, Jonathan LUDFORD, Peter LOMAX
100 Club – Alan FOX, Tony WALKER
250 Club - Mark LUCAS
I managed to catch up with two of them:
Alan (100 runs) had been given a lovely ‘Congratulations’ (yes I thought that was a Eurovision winning song, but it was not!) balloon by his family. He finished looking delighted and shared that after years of pushing his body in football and other sports, this is now the only running that he does. But he turns out with the family, and the dog, and loves it. He is nursing his hip and looking forward to 250 runs now! (Am I allowed to squeeze in ‘Believe’ – 2008 winning song from Russia?!)
Mark (250 runs) has been a long term devotee of parkrun. He started in 2006 in Bushy Park and 12 years later has completed his 250th run. He says: ‘What’s Another Year’ (1980 winning song from Ireland)! After a little break along the way he came to Black Park and is one of our massive volunteer supporters – you will see him pacing, writing run reports and supporting parkrun as well as running. Thank you Mark. He said: ‘Since I have been coming to Black Park for 50 years, it is perfect to run here now. I can’t imagine a Saturday morning without it… I may run some other parkruns now for a bit, but I will always come back to Black Park’. I wasn’t sure which would be the most suitable Eurovision winning song link here: the Great Britain winners from 1976 ‘Save all your kisses for me’ or 1981 ‘Making Your Mind Up’?!
We were thrilled to welcome a lot of first timers. Sadie Carpenter had been persuaded to come and give it a go by Jack and others from Harefield Hospital, but was concerned when she arrived and could not find them! Luckily she was reunited with them through the announcements at the start. Catching up with her afterwards she was grinning from ear-to-ear at her achievement and the enjoyment that she had from chatting with others out on the course. She was already looking forward to coming along again – we look forward to seeing you Sadie!
Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 24 volunteers – a big cheer for them:
Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jim O'DONOVAN • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Karen ALOE • Sophie GREATOREX • Joanna MORIARTY • Peter TOUGH • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Andy SMITH • Liz MACARTNEY • Audrey PARSONS • Darshan KENT • Alex MARTIN • Lotte VISSER • Alan HAYES • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL • Isabella AMITRANO
There is a dedication that I cannot miss. You may have heard Ian ‘The Voice’ (1996 winning song from Ireland) ‘gently’ encouraging his wife Kath from the final corner to the finish line. You too can have such vocal encouragement if you just let him know your name! His career as a drill sergeant is put to good use (and he did help us to a zero funnel ducking run! Thank you Ian).
Thank you to Andy for the beautiful photos. There are some lovely group shots and individual photos, as well as the usual run photos. These are already on the Flickr group, which can be accessed via the photo link on the Black Park parkrun page or via this link:
Achievements this week
There were some age graded results that deserved a huge cheer:
- Kevin McDonald (VM55-59) of Hillingdon AC ran a new PB of 19:06 (to finish 3rd) with 81.9% age grading (of the World Record for 5K for his age group)
- Catherine Staunton (VW60-64) of Chiltern Harriers AC achieved 77.5%
- Harbhajan (VM55-59) ran a new PB of 20:28 to achieve 77.0%
- Danny O’Leary (VM55-59) of Metropolitan Police AC achieved 76.9%
- Yvonne Olney (VW60-64) of Datchet Dashers also achieved 76.9%
- Phil Hall (VM55-59) of Hillingdon Mountaineering Club achieved 76.1%
- Liz Lee (VW45-49) was our first female finisher and achieved 76.0%
- Maureen Pedri (VW60-64) of Running Sisters achieved 75.5%
- Yvette Dumler (VW65-69) of Burnham Joggers and Barbara Allen (VW65-69) of Datchet Dashers both achieved 75.1%
Although the amazing Margaret Moody still holds the course record of 92.5% set back in April 2014.
I also felt the need to pick out a few Aesthetically Pleasing Finishing Times:
- Danny O’Leary with 20:20
- Mark Bowers with 21:21
- Mike Leigh with 23:32
- Paul Carkett with 24:42
- Ian Butler with 24:48
- Lotte Visser and Lucy Moat with 25:25
- Daniel Horton with 27:27
- Kevin Holligan and Emma Jackson with 29:29
- Justin Vetta with 30:30
- Harleen Eari with 32:32
- Bob Logan with 37:37
- Nastaran Sepanj and Yasaman Sepanj with 41:41
- Aisling McDermott with 44:44
- Carol Coombs with 45:54
A few small notes:
1) This one is just for fun – if you google ‘parkrun Chrome extension’ and follow the instructions, you can have some fun viewing the unofficial badge progress according to your runs (just because I am proud to have earned a ‘Groundhog’ badge: for running the same time to the second at the same parkrun on adjacent Saturdays!)
2) In your profile, it is worth enabling the email option – even if you do not want to volunteer. This enables us to email you if there is something about your result that we cannot quite fix without your help (without it, we cannot get in touch). In this section of your profile you can also set up results to be texted to your phone as soon as they are available.
3) Finally, our group of run reporters always wants to bring to life some of the different experiences of different individuals and groups within Black Park parkrun. If you would like to tell a little of your personal story, please do email email@example.com and we will hopefully catch up with you at Black Park and feature your story.
Black Park parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 16,441 participants have completed 172,174 parkruns covering a total distance of 860,870 km, including 27,530 new Personal Bests.