Maidenhead Parkrun #184

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.

 

Maidenhead Parkrun #182

It was a much cooler start to the 182nd Parkrun at Maidenhead this morning, but that didn't seem to deter the 335 of you who arrived to run, jog or walk the 5k course around Braywick Nature Reserve. And we even welcomed tourists from Australia! Despite the high winds over the past few days, which forced the closure of the nearby Marlow Parkrun, Braywick was relatively unscathed, aside form the odd branch and fallen foliage. Some people seemed to treat these branches as hurdles, adding a new dimension to the run. The new bridge, which had become a bit of an obstacle in recent weeks, is now, thankfully, complete and less of an issue.

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Tom Easten took first place with a time of 00:17:33 with Elly Maggs back in the top spot for female first finishers with a time of 00:21:26. Well done to both of you. There were 26 running clubs represented this morning, including one from Arbroath up in Scotland, not too far from my hometown. There were 54 personal bests (including me!) and 33 first timers (including Pamela Brandie from the aforementioned Arbroath). There were also a few milestones this morning. Congratulations to Rachel Sammes, Susan Maskell, Nina Smith and Caroline Dane who all ran their 50th Parkrun (Caroline also achieved a personal best, so a double celebration). Congratulations also to Ben Hearsey who ran his 10th Parkrun as a junior, which was also a personal best!

Now that the cooler weather is upon us, it's a good idea to have a really good warm up prior to running. I've found that my running certainly benefits form a proper warm up - rotating your arms clockwise and anti-clockwise, doing high kicks and having a really good stretch. This can certainly help make sure you have a smooth and injury-free Parkrun. Well done to everyone who took part today and a big thank you to the 27 volunteers who helped us round the course.

Have a good week and see you all next Saturday.

Run report by Derek Philip-Xu

 

Maidenhead parkrun #183 – run report by Derek Philip-Xu

It was a cold start to the 183rd Maidenhead Parkrun at Braywick but the sun was out and that made for beautiful running conditions. There were nine first timers at the briefing, a few of whom were tourist from as far afield as Manchester.

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In total there were 283 runners, joggers and walkers, dogs and buggies making their way around Braywick nature reserve, with 19 running clubs represented. Well done to all of you for taking part and completing the 5K.

Simon Lerigo was the fastest male finisher with a time of 00:18:50 with Kate Sandford coming in at 00:22:34 as fastest female finisher. Well done to both of you. There were 64 personal bests which is very impressive. Very well done. Special mentions go to our Parkrun milestone runners - Stjohn Ford completed his 250th run, which is nothing short of amazing, Jonathan Yeadon completed his 100th run and Martin Palethorpe completed his 50th run. Congratulations to you all on reaching these milestones. Daniel Brazil completed his 10th run as a Junior and recorded a personal best. Congratulations and well done to you, too.

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Remember to get those stretches in before you start your run. I found that it really helps warm you up and gets you fully ready to tackle the course. And, of course, a big thank you to all the volunteers for their help and encouragement, which also helps us make it to the finish line.

Parkrun 09/18

This week 283 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Joshua BULL • Richard HOBSON • Jim HOUSE • Sarah DAVIES • John DAVIES • Olivia DAVIES • Malcolm MOODY • Tori DIXON • Mike PREEDY • Adrian FRY • Simon GRAVES • James LYNE • Bleddyn WILLIAMS • Lesley GRAVES • William HOUGHTON • Carris HUNT • Nina SMITH • Nick BAGGOTT • Lisa BULL • Faye HASLER • Frankie COTTRELL • Ben WILSON • Kate SAYERS • 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 6,759 participants have completed 44,699 parkruns covering a total distance of 223,495 km, including 8,195 new Personal Bests.

 

Maidenhead parkrun #181

Run report by Derek Philip-Xu

I was back in action for today's 181st Maidenhead Parkrun. I have to say that being off for the last couple of weeks has certainly impacted on my running form, such as it was. I'm sure the lovely pizza and pasta I had while in Italy had nothing to do with it at all! Nevertheless, it was good to be back running on a lovely and cool Saturday morning. There was an impressive 331 runners, joggers and walkers at Braywick Park, with 31 first timers - a warm welcome. Twenty-five running clubs were represented at today's Parkrun.

Liam Busby was first across the finish line with a time of exactly 19 minutes with Jessica Vinluan finishing dead on 23 minutes. Well done to both of you. There were a whopping 64 personal bests this morning - great work by all of you. The PB bell was certainly ringing loud and clear. And there were some milestones this morning, too. Marek Sznajdrowski, Carole Waterman, Martin Blythe and Lizz Alexander all hit the 50 mark. Ryan West and Rory Shaffrey both successfully completed 10 runs as Juniors. Congratulations, everyone.

Finally, a big thank you to today's 26 volunteers. The encouragement they all provide as we are making our way around the course as well as on the finish line is much appreciated. Remember that Parkrun always needs volunteers, so if you have some spare time on a Saturday, please let the organisers know.

See you all next week.
 

Maidenhead parkrun #180

Run Report by Jenny Griffiths A56837

My home parkrun is Bracknell. I live in Bracknell. I’ve done 93 parkruns at Bracknell, 23 elsewhere, but never Maidenhead – 10 miles from home. Today a friend was taking part in a triathlon at Dorney Lake, so I thought I’d combine supporting this with my first Maidenhead parkrun, having heard good things about the course. I was not disappointed. Parking at the top end of Dorney Lake, I had a little warm up jog through Bray to Braywick Park. (I’d thoroughly recommend this route if anyone wants to add a few miles before and after parkrun!). I’m not sure why, but I had it in my head that Maidenhead parkrun was run around a field – so what a lovely surprise it was to find it was run through the nature reserve! Thanks to the parkrunner I met after turning off Hibbert Road into the park, who directed me to the start.

The first timers’ briefing was informative – and needed, considering the 43 first timers, of which 26 were completely new to parkrun. Welcome – we all hope you have caught the bug and come again.

Next up, Ed gave his rousing run briefing to the 329 parkrunners (plus numerous dogs and under 4s in buggies). Happy 30th birthday again to Roy KIMANI – thank you for sharing it with your parkrun family! Warnings (something about a new bridge?), congratulations (to Jennifer GALLAGHER and Matthew KIRKPATRICK on their 50th, and Jim HOUSE and Peter OLDHAM on their 100th parkruns – get ordering your milestone t-shirts!) and thanks (to all of the Hi-Viz volunteers - Stephen ANDERSON, Rosalyn COOKE, John DAVIDSON, Susie DAVIES, Ed DIMMOCK, Kevin FARNBOROUGH, Faye HASLER, William HOLLWAY, Elizabeth HORNBY, William HOUGHTON, Peter ISON, Sandra KOCH, James LYNE, Malcolm MOODY, Binh NGO, Jon OLIVER, Martin PALETHORPE, Hana RICHARDSON, Nick SILLE, Chris SUTTON, Ben TAPNER-EVANS, Tom WARNE, David WAUGH, Bleddyn WILLIAMS) dished out, and we were ready for the start.

The course was lovely, mostly on woodland trails through the nature reserve, with the exception of the start and finish areas on grass. There was only one pinch point from where I was in the field, towards the start – but nothing compared to some parkruns I’ve done. The “hill” I’d been warned about was definitely a hill, but short and sharp, and completely run-able. Twice. The volunteers were plentiful, friendly and attentive to the runners and walkers – especially those protecting us around the new bridge. I am not of a height to worry about the beams, but thanks to the marshal making sure taller runners stayed safe. And of course, thanks to Malcolm, who I had heard plenty about – it was a pleasure to be directed around your corner by such parkrun royalty!

I had no idea when the finish was going to appear around the corner, but the run-in was nice and flat and I’ll do my best to start the sprint finish a bit earlier next time! Thanks to everyone at the finish area – it was nice to be queuing for scanning and listening to the PB bell ringing very frequently (hardly surprising considering that 60 parkrunners achieved a PB this morning)!

Some aesthetically pleasing results from today: Andrew CROWE (20:20), Darrel KISBY (21:21), Stjohn FORD (25:25), Julia DUNCAN (26:26), Charlotte Mary MILLER (36:36) – and in reference to the parkrun being off the A308, Steve OVERBURY in position 308!

Thanks again to all the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure the parkrun took place this morning (I’d have been most upset if I’d arrived to an empty field!). Remember, parkrun relies on volunteers so please check out the volunteer roster for Maidenhead or your home location and consider adding your name once in a while. Several roles still allow you to run – like writing the run report!

 

 

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