Dogs at Black Park parkrun

Please could we remind all runners with dogs that your dog should be on lead at all times during the run, and that the lead should be short, particularly in the early stages when you are potentially passing large numbers of runners. The dog also needs to be in your sight at all times and not running behind you so that you can react to what it is doing, and please do not use the extendable 'trip-wire' leads - your dog needs to be on a suitably strong lead so that you have instant control over the dog should it be required. Runners may also not see these leads if it is extended and may assume the dog is running with another person and attempt to run between you.
Please follow these simple guidelines and the run will be safer for all.

 

Coldest Run of the Year …so far!

Black Park parkrun
Event number 457
24th February 2018

On the coldest Saturday of the year so far, 551 people ran, jogged and walked the Black Park course, 60 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
Gloves, hats and thick tops were in abundance. As we all stood at the start listening to instructions some chose to move from one foot to another, others chose to jump up and down but all were keen to get started.
It might have been cold but it was clear and many people stated how great a morning it was to be out running. There were a few puddles but the path was fairly dry. The sun was out and everyone was enjoying the run through the park.
So many people have said that they love the Black Park run and last Saturday you could definitely understand why.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Ian SMALES • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Diane KENDALL • Karen ALOE • Charlotte PEDRICK • Minnie CROSS • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Paula KELLY • Ken PHILLIPS • Alex MARTIN • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Ollie STRIDE • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Black Park parkrun Results Page.
The following people reached their 50 park runs milestone:-
Ruby WILLIAMS
Toby SHELDON

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 15,914 participants have completed 166,197 parkruns covering a total distance of 830,985 km, including 26,762 new Personal Bests.

 

 

A welcome to visitors

Run # 456 – 17 February 2018

 

Another big field this week, 619 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The milestone achievers this week are listed below but big congratulations goes out to Beverley Ann Jewell for reaching her 250th run accompanied as ever by her trusty pooch.

Some established running clubs had ‘delegations’ at this week’s run.

Hayes and Harlington turned up to help Jack Nisbet celebrate his 100th run. Take a look at this week’s photos, unless the sight of a grown man in a colourful tutu makes you nervous!

Also present were a large number of runners from West 4 Harriers who hail from the Chiswick area. They made the long journey along the M4 to join us. Hopefully they enjoyed it and will be visiting us again in the near future. As a special note, one of their auspicious team recorded the highest age-grading result of the day. Congratulations to Jane Rowden achieving 85.21% by running 23:47 in the female 60-64 age grade…..fantastic running!

Further visitors from exodustravels also graced us with their presence. As Parkrun partners, they were offering £100 off any Exodus holiday. Certainly looked impressive!

Another selection of fabulous photos this week taken by George.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/sets

The event was made possible by 23 fantastic volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Steve BREAGAN • Sue BREE • Stuart R EVANS • Ian SMALES • Arjun BABHANIA • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Bob STANBROOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • Richard ELLIOTT • George MARDALL • Lotte VISSER • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL

This week’s milestone runs

10 – Oliver Webb, Rachel Munn

50 – Lucy Bowring, Sarah Newbery, Vicky Hart

100 – Jack Nisbet, Sukjit Singh

250 – Beverley Ann Jewell

 

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Black Park parkrun Results Page.

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 15,854 participants have completed 165,645 parkruns covering a total distance of 828,225 km, including 26,686 new Personal Bests.

 

Cake, Balloons and one very big milestone run!

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!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/123876000@N05/40185928441/in/pool-1651647@N21

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

https://www.flickr.com/photos/123876000@N05/28405535809/in/pool-1651647@N21

Photo credit: John Tipping

Milestone Runs

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.

Male placings:

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

Female placings:

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).

Our stats

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.

 

Emotion everywhere!

Run # 453 – 27 January 2018

 

Dry, a little cold and still a bit squelchy underfoot…..everything that makes up a good trail run!

Report from the field

Another incredible number of participants, today 623!

What is always amazing is the number of first timers that come along to Parkrun each week. I took the liberty of talking to one of these ‘newbies’ after Saturday’s run (they give themselves away with the show of hands before the run begins!). The lady told me about her nervousness with coming to Black Park as she believed the Parkrun was full of experienced runners and she may embarrass herself in some way. After parking her car and looking around, she was convinced everyone looked like a finely tuned athlete (first impressions eh!). However, by the time the run had started, she had engaged others in conversation and seen how many others were first timers so felt a lot happier. She amazed herself by running all the way, chatting at times and that when she had her barcode scanned and realizing she was now a member of the biggest free running family in the world, she felt elated and quite emotional!!

This must be repeated by so many other first timers each week. We ‘old lags’ tend to forget how it felt when we began at Parkrun so it’s great to be reminded of how life changing this can be. I do look forward to seeing the number 2 against her Total Runs in the near future.

We also noticed another emotional event prior to this week’s run. Long-time Black Park family member Karen Trunkfield, the Black Park face of 2017 (you may recall the South Bucks 10k awards photos!), was in a state of distress. She had inadvertently brought her brand new, glistening New Balance road shoes to Parkrun instead of her somewhat ‘experienced’ trail shoes. She was terrified as this would mean mud……and she was right!

We send our best wishes to Karen and hope she recovers from this trauma soon.

One for the diary…….

I’m risking life and limb for disclosing this but on 10th February, our one and only Barbara Allen is looking to run her 500th Parkrun at Black Park, not only that, but it’s also her birthday that day….35 or something!! She’ll not forgive me for this but I know there are people who would hate to miss congratulating her on such a fantastic achievement.

 

As ever, fantastic photos this week provided by George Mardall https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/sets

 

Milestones reached this week, well done all:

10 Club - William PERRIN-COCON

50 Club – Andy Bates, Elaine Cobb, Paul Tyler

100 Club – James Craig

250 Club – Stephen Mcalister

This week 623 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Arjun BABHANIA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Bob STANBROOK • Karen ALOE • Gerald MCGRATH • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • Richard ELLIOTT • George MARDALL • Ken PHILLIPS • Amanda KEEN • Alex MARTIN • Bob BERESFORD • Ollie STRIDE • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Black Park parkrun Results Page.

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 15,668 participants have completed 163,792 parkruns covering a total distance of 818,960 km, including 26,454 new Personal Bests.