Maidenhead parkrun – Event #200 – “Hold on to your hats – it’s time to party!”

Run report by Derek Philip-Xu 

This week, Maidenhead celebrated its 200th parkrun which is an absolutely amazing achievement. Having started back in March 2015, the Maidenhead parkrun has been attracting runners, joggers and walkers to Braywick Park, with the 200th run seeing a massive 449 people participating. Thanks to you all for supporting this very worthwhile event. And, of course, thanks also to the team of volunteers who come along to make sure everything runs smoothly on the day, with special thanks to Malcolm Moody and Lesley Graves who have volunteered 194 and 138 times respectively.
It was a lovely, crisp day for a run around the nature reserve. Of the 449 participants, 54 were first timers, so a very warm welcome to you all. There were also 30 running clubs represented, with Maidenhead AC, Burnham Joggers and the Running Sisters Network being the top three clubs represented over the past four years. James Ferguson was the fastest male finisher with a time of 00:19:39 with Aly Vance hot on his heels as fastest female finisher with a time of 00:20:36. Well done to you both. There were 67 personal bests, which is amazing. Congratulations.
In addition to it being the 200th parkrun, Aoife Clark ran her 10th parkrun as a junior with Steven Barnes and Jonathan Carter Shaw both reaching the 50 milestone. And David Reading achieved his 100th parkrun. Many congratulations to you all.
Over the past 200 parkruns at Maidenhead, you've all managed to clock up an huge 249,100 kms in total, an impressive distance. Here's to the next 200! Have a great week and see you all next time.

 

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Maidenhead parkrun – Event #199

Run report by Derek Philip-Xu
A very happy new year to you all and well done to those of you who took part in the Christmas and New Year parkruns. For the 199th Maidenhead parkrun, an impressive 382 runners, joggers and walkers were out in force to burn off all those delicious mince pies. Although bitterly cold, it wasn't as muddy underfoot as it had been in previous weeks, a bit of a silver lining. And it was great to have a warm-up during Ros's briefing before getting started.
Of the 382 participants, 31 were first timers and 21 were tourists. A very warm welcome to you all. A total of 26 running clubs were represented. Elly Maggs was back in first place as the fastest female finisher with a time of 00:21:38. Adam Bennett was also back in first place as fastest male finisher with a time of 00:18:31. Well done to you both. Olivia Chan and Alexia Popa both completed 10 parkruns as Juniors. Congratulations! Congratulations also to Richard Gallagher who reached his 50th parkrun. Well done!
Forty-five of you achieved personal bests despite (or maybe because of) the cold weather! A great way to start off the year so well done. I hope you all have a great week and see you next Saturday for the 200th Maidenhead parkrun.
 

Maidenhead parkrun Event #197 and #198

Well we have really crammed it in over the last few days.
After the record turn out on Christmas Day, things returned to some sort of normality on Saturday 29th when 311 runners came along for their regular 5km run.

First home was Alex Sutton, on a rare return visit from university, in a time of 16:50. First lady was Sophia Reynolds with a time of 19:45.

New Years Day saw a smaller turn out of just 278 runners, with plenty of tourists from local parkruns looking for their NYD doubles.
Many thanks to the team at Dinton Pastures for taking the bulk of the early runners and allowing us a slightly easier morning.
First home was Stephen Francis in a time of 17:38 with Jennifer McBain coming in as first lady in 20:57.

David Crossland set a new age category course record in the VM60-64 category with a time of 19:36.

Huge thanks to all of our volunteers over the festive period.

Here are some stats for 2018 showing runners and volunteers:

Top 10 volunteers this year
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name times
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Malcolm MOODY 48
Lesley GRAVES 44
Sarah DAVIES 40
Lynne JOLLEY 28
Kate SAYERS 25
John DAVIDSON 23
Joanne WHITFIELD 21
Mike PREEDY 21
Adam TURNBULL 19
David DYER 18

Frankie COTTRELL 18

Top 10 clubs this year
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club times
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Maidenhead AC 1321
Burnham Joggers 453
Running Sisters Network 347
Cookham Running Club 221
Marlow Striders 172
Datchet Dashers 157
John Lewis Partnership RC 83
Berkshire Orienteers 79
Bracknell Forest Runners 74
Reading Roadrunners 58

Top 10 runners this year
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name times
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Richard HOBSON 49
Dorothy PADFIELD 47
Mark ALLEN 45
Debra KELLY 44
Gail LOWE 44
Steve OVERBURY 44
Dave FITZGERALD 43
Yash MAUDGIL 43
Andrew JONES 42
Martin COOMBS 42

Total runs
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48711

Total runs this year
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15788

Different runners this year
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3344

Total distance
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243555 km

Total distance this year
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78940 km

Total volunteers this year
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1305

Different volunteers this year
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304

Total PBs this year
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2323

Most PBs this year
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name PBs
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Sally GAINES 13
Cian SHAFFREY 11
Jack STANLEY 10
Jonathan CARTER SHAW 10
Julia DUNCAN 10
Amy WILLS 9
David BARTON 9
Fiona POOTS 9
Mark ALLEN 9
Martin MCCABE 9

 

Maidenhead parkrun # 196 – Christmas Day 2018

Run Report - Kate Sayers
Photos - Douglas Gordon

Maidenhead parkrun’s run number 196 was a bumper Christmas edition with 414 festive runners and walkers, breaking the previous record of 409 set at event 113 on 20th May 2017. Maidenhead was one of 28 UK parkruns to set a new attendance record this Christmas Day. Others included Bushy Park - where parkrun started - which became the first UK parkrun to exceed 2000 runners with a whopping 2011 festive runners.

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Maidenhead’s reputation for putting on a great Christmas event has obviously spread near and far, with Run Director David Dyer - complete with festive Santa beard - welcoming local tourists from Marlow, Wycombe, Black Park and Upton Court as well as visitors from Abingdon, Coventry, Frankfurt and Canada. Maidenhead welcomed 63 first timers to the course, including 18 recording their first ever parkrun.

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Christmas outfits were the order of the day with Volunteers, Runners and Dogs displaying a wide variety of Santa hats, antlers, Christmas jumpers, costumes and bells, many captured in an excellent selection of photos by Douglas Gordon.

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There was some consternation at the start of the run when word went around that there had been no sightings of Malcolm. A lookalike was hastily sent to his corner - although not all runners were fooled by the unexpected lack of beard and addition of plaits with bells on - but many wished ‘Malcolm’ Merry Christmas anyway. Luckily ‘The Mystery Of The Missing Malcolm’ was later solved (a flat battery) and sightings of the real Malcolm were made at the finish line by the later finishers.

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Further round the course runners were put in Joll(e)y spirits by Lynne with her music and bells and encouraged up the hill by Marika with her Christmas tree dance.

First finisher was Jessica Gibbons in a time of 17:53, on her second run -and second win- at Maidenhead. This was only the 6th time that Maidenhead has had a female first finisher. First male runner, and second place, was Adam Gambrill in 18:18, with a new PB.

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Seasonal attendees included 2 MARYs (one runner and one volunteer), one CAROL, two SHEPHARDs and a ROBIN. I had hoped for 3 members of a KING family but we did have some gifts in the form of GOLDfinch and FRANKI(NCENS)E, although unsurprisingly no Myrrh.

An impressive list of Milestone runners included Edwin Isted, Ethan Dickinson and Marcus Shakespeare (all Junior 10s), Nathan Brammer, Stewart Cruickshank, Graham Shakespeare, Matt Cecil, Trevor West, John Houston and Gill Godbold (all 50s) and Shaun Chillingworth and Lawrence Ratcliffe (both 100s). Huge congratulations to them all.

As it was 25th December, an extra shout out too, to those completing 25 Parkruns -
Sarah Dennis, Alison Swindles and Cian Shaffrey.

50 runners recorded PBs in surely the best day of the year for (PB) bell ringing.

Pacers of the week were Shaun Chillingworth (20:00, a Maidenhead PB on his 100th parkrun), Susie Davies and Bleddyn Williams (26:00), Euan Macleod and Peter Vaughan (27:00), Stephan Watson (28:00), Kevin Dolan and Steve Overbury (29:00, both PBs) and Cheryl Matthews (39:00). My favourite time of the day was Mary Holloway’s 33:33, with Katie Lowe’s 24.12 (= Christmas Eve) taking runner-up spot; I had been hoping someone would run it in 25.12!

Finally, Maidenhead parkrun now has a record for the VW75-79 age category, of 47:32, set by Ann Eardley Wilmot, who was the first ever runner at Maidenhead in that age category.

Particular thanks to the volunteers for spending part of their Christmas Day supporting the runners and getting into the Christmas spirit : Anitha Sringeri, Bleddyn Williams, David Dyer, Donna Fitzgerald, Douglas Gordon, Gillian Scolari, Jim House, Kate Sayers, Lesley Graves, Liz Hornby, Lynne Jolley, Malcolm Moody, Marika Karavan, Martin Dyer, Mary Palmer, Maggie Cumini, Niamh Fitzgerald, Philip Dyer, Sinclair Scotchmere and Sinead Fitzgerald. Many thanks too to coordinator Sarah Davies. And finally a big thank you to all the runners adding to the great atmosphere which made volunteering a pleasure.

This week 414 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

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David DYER • Gillian SCOLARI • Douglas GORDON • Jim HOUSE • Sarah DAVIES • Anitha SRINGERI • Malcolm MOODY • Donna FITZGERALD • Sinead FITZGERALD • Niamh FITZGERALD • Martin DYER • Rosalind DYER • Philip DYER • Bleddyn WILLIAMS • Lynne JOLLEY • Lesley GRAVES • Sinclair SCOTCHMERE • Meggie CUMINI • Marika KARAVAN • Liz HORNBY • Kate SAYERS • Mary PALMER

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

The male record is held by Zac RANDALL who recorded a time of 15:59 on 20th August 2016 (event number 72).
The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 17:19 on 1st September 2018 (event number 179).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sheila CAREY who recorded 92.09% (23:24) on 21st March 2015 (event number 1).

Maidenhead parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 7,137 participants have completed 48,400 parkruns covering a total distance of 242,000 km, including 8,660 new Personal Bests. A total of 530 individuals have volunteered 4,109 times.

 

Maidenhead parkrun # 195 – 22nd December 2018

Run Report - Dani Warner

There was a brilliant turnout of 274 people for Maidenheads 195th parkrun and the sun was shining for us all! We had a great pre-run briefing from Ros, stepping up as run director for the first time today. I'm sure everyone will agree that she did an awesome job!

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It was wonderful to see lots of people (and four legged friends) wearing festive outfits and getting into the Christmas spirit! I was wearing a Christmas jumper for my run and found it a bit warm so I applaud all of you getting round the course in full Christmas outfits!
Speaking of the course, it was a rather muddy one! I want to thank the people who ran the freedom parkrun for moving the fallen tree so we could run around Braywick with no obstacles today! The marshalls around the course were fantastic as ever, especially the ones playing Christmas tunes to spur us on! You really are all appreciated!
A huge well done to the first female finisher, Elly Maggs with a time of 21:11 and the first male, unfortunately an unknown runner - don't forget, no barcode means no time!

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We had 5 first timers join us today! Welcome to parkrun, you're going to love it! There were 27 new pbs made today - this is incredible, especially with a muddy course! We also had a few milestones reached. Austin Wilson got a new pb of 27:29 as he ran his 10th parkrun as a junior and we welcomed 3 new people to the 50's club - Polly Dixon, Stuart Elder and Lucas Dolphin all with great times! New T-shirt's will be on their way to you all very soon I'm sure (don't forget to order them)!
We had some great unexpected pacing going on this week with Adrian Fry running exactly 25 minutes, Rory Shaffrey with 26 minutes and David Waugh with dead on 27 minutes! Well done all of you!

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As I'm pretty sure you're all aware, Christmas Day is on Tuesday! If you want to burn off some calories before your meal or just want an excuse to indulge in extra mince pies (yes please!) then head on down to Braywick Park for Maidenheads Christmas Day parkrun! Use it as an excuse to test out your new running watch, shoes or clothes than I'm sure Santa will leave in your stockings!
Whether you join us or not on Christmas Day, I hope you all have a wonderful day and I look forward to seeing you next time! Merry Christmas everyone!

This week 274 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

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David DYER • Chris SUTTON • Simon LERIGO • Dani WARNER • Lucy SUTTON • Rosalyn COOKE • Megan SHRIMPTON • Sarah DAVIES • Anitha SRINGERI • Malcolm MOODY • Mike PREEDY • Nathan JEFFERYS • Martin DYER • James LYNE • Lynne JOLLEY • Lesley GRAVES • William HOUGHTON • Liz HORNBY • Dylan GARDNER • Kate SAYERS • Anette GODLEMAN • Derek PHILIP-XU • Millan MISTRY • Dennis MURPHY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Maidenhead parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Zac RANDALL who recorded a time of 15:59 on 20th August 2016 (event number 72).
The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 17:19 on 1st September 2018 (event number 179).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sheila CAREY who recorded 92.09% (23:24) on 21st March 2015 (event number 1).
Maidenhead parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 7,074 participants have completed 47,986 parkruns covering a total distance of 239,930 km, including 8,610 new Personal Bests. A total of 529 individuals have volunteered 4,087 times.

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