We’re 5 :)

The morning of Mile End parkrun's 5th birthday started off with 'Coffee Mike' doing a 19 point turn in his coffee van in the tightest of spaces. He might still be there trying to manoeuvre his way out, if so, give him a wave!

As parkrunners gathered in the cold and wet, our pacing team mostly from local running group Goodgym gathered to collect their pacing vests. Run Director for the day Craigie-Lee called upon our human megaphone Johnny to announce the briefing for new runners was about to take place. Johnny is a super mild mannered chap so to hear his booming voice echo around Mile End park probably came as a big surprise to many folks.

The pacers then lined up in order for the traditional before-the-run photo. With nearly every minute covered between 17-35 there was potential for a lot of personal bests today. At the start Craigie-Lee announced that 63 runners completed the course on it's inaugural run on this day 5 years ago. Not keeping the runners out standing in the cold, she got the run underway quickly.

It was really lovely to see the pacers dotted around the course during the run with small groups of runners in tow looking to break their pb's. Despite the rain there was lots of smiley faces on runners and volunteers. The first runner to finish was an unknown male, the second was James Maddison of Victoria Park Harriers who finished in 16:41. The first female finisher was Polly Skeates-Beswick of Goodgym running club who finished in 20:50. Both James and Polly broke their pb's! Great running both of you.

263 runners completed the course, exactly 200 more than this time 5 years ago. 51 of whom broke their pb's. Congratulations to you all. Nearly 50 first timers visited us today, we hope you all enjoyed the run, despite the weather! If you come back next week, there will be cake! Well done to all the pacers who did a terrific job in helping runners break some personal records.

Our volunteers for the day deserve a huge cheer as without them we would have no run and for Axel for being our photographer out on the course (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/mileend/photos/) and Claire and Frances for organising the pacers.

We look forward now to next Saturday for part two of our celebrations….cake!

Hass

 

Event number 210

Mile End parkrun

6th February 2016

Male placings:
Chris XENOS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:20 - third time in 9 appearances.
Joe WILLIAMS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:28 - has been first to finish on 37 previous occasions.
Paul BODDEY (VM35-39) of Eton Manor AC, was third over the line in 17:45 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Steve Arland SAWYER (Unattached) 100 pts.
Johnny FLAHAVAN (Unattached) 100 pts.
Richard CHERRETT (Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC) 100 pts.

Female placings:
Helen PALMER (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (13th overall) over the line in 19:34 - 29th time in 31 appearances.
Marie NOTERMANS (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (17th overall) over the line in 19:50 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Clare NORRIS (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (53rd overall) over the line in 21:59.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Craigie-Lee PATERSON (Women Running at E14) 100 pts.
Helen PALMER (Unattached) 100 pts.
Carole BOYLE (Women Running at E14) 100 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Greg PENN (VM50-54) was graded 82.38% for the time 18:21 (5th overall).
Paul BODDEY (VM35-39) was graded 75.77% for the time 17:45 (third overall).
Helen PALMER (SW25-29) was graded 75.64% for the time 19:34 (13th overall).

This week there were 206 runners, of whom 33 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.

Mile End parkrun started on 4th February 2012, and since then 4,392 different runners, including participants from 454 athletics clubs, have completed 22,853 runs covering a total distance of 114,265 km, and there have been 4,337 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Kathyrn PENNEL who ran in a time of 00:17:44 on 2013-07-27 (event number 78).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who ran in a time of 00:14:49 on 2013-08-17 (event number 81).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded a 94.20% run (21:51) on 9th May 2015 (event number 171).

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

 

Event number 208 23rd January 2016

Male placings:
David JONES (SM30-34) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC, was first over the line in 16:33 - 8th time in 74 appearances.
Harold WYBER (SM30-34) of Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies, was second over the line in 16:41 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Javier GOMEZ (SM20-24) of Serpentine RC, was third over the line in 17:45.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Joe WILLIAMS (Unattached) 3376 pts.
Alexander James FERRABY (Unattached) 2757 pts.
Stephen PHILLIPS (Unattached) 2634 pts.

Female placings:
Mary WESTERN (VW50-54) of Carnegie Harriers, was first (17th overall) over the line in 19:42 - first appearance.
Rachel COUPE (VW45-49) of Telford AC, was second (20th overall) over the line in 19:58.
Charlie LADYMAN (SW30-34) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC, was third (41st overall) over the line in 21:22 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Christina EASON (Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC) 3979 pts.
Victoria O'SULLIVAN (Serpentine RC) 3662 pts.
Tracey TAYLOR (Unattached) 3626 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mary WESTERN (VW50-54) was graded 88.41% for the time 19:42 (17th overall).
Rachel COUPE (VW45-49) was graded 79.55% for the time 19:58 (20th overall).
David JONES (SM30-34) was graded 78.55% for the time 16:33 (first overall).

This week there were 178 runners, of whom 31 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part.

Mile End parkrun started on 4th February 2012, and since then 4,330 different runners, including participants from 450 athletics clubs, have completed 22,461 runs covering a total distance of 112,305 km, and there have been 4,280 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Kathyrn PENNEL who ran in a time of 00:17:44 on 2013-07-27 (event number 78).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who ran in a time of 00:14:49 on 2013-08-17 (event number 81).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded a 94.20% run (21:51) on 9th May 2015 (event number 171).

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

 

A new year

The first Saturday of 2016 was the first parkrun of the year for many but not for everyone, as a number of (fool!?) hardy runners had taken the opportunity to visit one of the New Years day parkruns that were organised up and down the country. Some even did two back to back parkruns yesterday! Various Mile End parkrun regulars headed up to Oak Hill park run (visit Mile End parkrun’s facebook page to see some familiar faces striking some funky poses https://www.facebook.com/mileendparkrun).
Back in the East End on parkrun Saturday, the first Mile End parkrun of the year was met with cold and wet conditions, but luckily it wasn’t raining by the time the run started. It was really great to see so many runners and many first timers too. It would have been very easy to put it off for a week and blame the Christmas indulgence or the weather on a no show.
There were lots of new faces at Mile End today and the furthest came from Brisbane, Australia. During the newcomer’s runners briefing after describing the course, the first timers were told not to worry about getting lost as speedy Mile End regular Joe is here and he would lead everyone out and that everyone would just follow him. A giggle was raised when it was mentioned what if he himself gets lost!
Two runners achieved their 100 parkrun milestones today, Ben who effortlessly runs pushing his buggy and young baby (thank you for the Haribo’s Ben! the runners loved them) and our regular parkrun junior Maddy. Congratulations Ben and Maddy, we look forward to seeing you run in your ‘100’ t-shirts. 110 runners completed the 5k course today, burning off approximately 300 mince pies, 15 kilos of Brussel sprouts and 4 bottles of sherry. 12 runners achieved a personal best too, so their celebratory drinks might need to be burnt off again next Saturday. Do visit again and break those pb’s! The full breakdown of today’s placings can be found below.
Thankfully we had plenty of helpful volunteers who with their cold hands and warm hearts made our first run of the year a lovely one. Three voluncheers gave up their time to help out at last minute to make sure we had enough support to make the event a success. Thank you Susan, Axel and Andy for doing this. Indeed thank you to all the volunteers who kindly gave up their time, without whom we would have no Mile End parkrun. If you would like to volunteer please visit the roster (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/mileend/futureroster/)
It’s our fourth anniversary in February so please join us on February 6th for a celebratory run.
Hope to see you again throughout 2016
Mile End parkrun event team

Male placings:
Joe WILLIAMS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:00 - 36th time in 118 appearances.
Matthew TIMMS (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:30.
Theodore CODE (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:43.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Joe WILLIAMS (Unattached) 3276 pts.
Alexander James FERRABY (Unattached) 2757 pts.
Stephen PHILLIPS (Unattached) 2437 pts.
Female placings:
Rachel THOMAS (SW30-34) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC, was first (12th overall) over the line in 20:55 - 13th time in 26 appearances.
Chiara BORG (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (20th overall) over the line in 21:59.
Szymirska ANNA (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (24th overall) over the line in 22:34.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Christina EASON (Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC) 3798 pts.
Victoria O'SULLIVAN (Serpentine RC) 3411 pts.
Tracey TAYLOR (Unattached) 3364 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Valerie DESBOROUGH (VW55-59) was graded 77.55% for the time 23:59 (40th overall).
Joe WILLIAMS (SM30-34) was graded 76.08% for the time 17:00 (first overall).
Ruby NAUGHTON (JW10) was graded 72.93% for the time 23:24 (32nd overall).
This week there were 110 runners, of whom 11 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.
Mile End parkrun started on 4th February 2012, and since then 4,225 different runners, including participants from 445 athletics clubs, have completed 21,846 runs covering a total distance of 109,230 km, and there have been 4,201 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Kathyrn PENNEL who ran in a time of 00:17:44 on 2013-07-27 (event number 78).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who ran in a time of 00:14:49 on 2013-08-17 (event number 81).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded a 94.20% run (21:51) on 9th May 2015 (event number 171).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Mile End parkrun Results Page.

 

Where has the time gone?

On the 28th November we celebrated our 200th event. What a great journey it has been from the 63 runners at our inaugural in February 2012. By week two the numbers dropped to 26 and took several months to average over 50. We did hit 100 on our first anniversary and have had in excess of 200 on three occasions. To celebrate the 200th event we had pacers - many supplied by GoodGym. All the photos - thanks Alex - can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/mileend/photos/

Over Christmas there are extra opportunities to run parkruns. At Mile End we will be having all the usual Saturday runs but no extras:

19th Dec Christmas parkrun - wear your santa hat or christmas jumper
26th Dec usual run
1st Jan - looking at doing the double. Either Grovelands or Hampstead Heath followed by Oak Hill
2nd Jan usual run
6th Feb - 4th birthday celebrations

Thanks to all the volunteers who have made this event possible. There is now a club tshirt for volunteers. A lovely purple t-shirt gained after volunteering at 25 events.

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