Happy birthday, Parkrun! Today, Parkrun celebrates its 14th birthday with International Parkrun Day with Maidenhead hosting its 184th Parkrun. And 310 of you braved the chilly weather to make it round the course at Braywick nature reserve, with 19 running clubs represented. Marika was in charge of the first timers briefing and there were quite a few newbies and tourists, 32 in all, including from Australia. That got a big cheer! Welcome to you all.
Elly Maggs was back in the top spot as fastest female finisher with a time of 00:20:56 with Adam Bennett also retaining the top spot as the fastest male finisher with a time of 00:18:21. Well done to you both. The colder weather must have been encouraging many of you to run faster because there were 66 personal bests - very impressive and well done! I believe it must have been the cake at the finish line that encouraged me round the course quicker than usual! There were a few milestones as well - James Fickling achieved his 100th run with Jane Cox, Claire Beale, Mark Allen and Tori Dixon all hitting the 50 mark. Brilliant work and well done. And well done and thank you to Pauline Siddons for having volunteered 25 times.
A special mention to Maidenhead Athletics Club for looking after me earlier this week at the Tuesday evening training session and the Wednesday run. Nice to see quite a few of you at Parkrun. I'm trying to improve my running form a bit and the training certainly helps and will continue to do so. And more running this week as my work colleagues and I take part in our company's Wellness Week. We'll be going for a run on Thursday lunch time not only to get out and get moving (we editors are a sedentary bunch) but also to promote better mental health.
I hope you all have an active and enjoyable week. See you next time.
Run report by Derek Philip-Xu
This week 310 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
Pauline SIDDONS • Peter ISON • Stjohn FORD • Suzy RALPHS • Clare REGALE-DAY • John DAVIDSON • Joshua BULL • Richard HOBSON • Grace DIXON • Rachel DIXON • Sarah DAVIES • Malcolm MOODY • Helal STEPHAN • James LYNE • Lynne JOLLEY • Lesley GRAVES • Oliver HUNT • Jack STANLEY • Marika KARAVAN • James GARDNER • Dylan GARDNER • Ben WILSON • Derek PHILIP-XU • Chris HOARE
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 Janet CAREY who recorded 92.09% (23:24) on 21st March 2015 (event number 1).
Maidenhead parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 6,792 participants have completed 45,009 parkruns covering a total distance of 225,045 km, including 8,261 new Personal Bests.