Milton Keynes parkrun Event number 312 13th February 2016

Cold morning for 399 runners and the volunteers today at MK parkrun, first home was Max DILLON and first lady Maree Blossom JESSON.

Please note some runners will have different finish numbers to the token given - position on results is correct

Congratulations to those who achieved their milestones

Look out for the link within your profile to the Wiggle store to order your T shirts.

Thanks to this week's volunteers

Angela MULLIGAN  •  Ann WILLIAMS  •  Caroline BEECHEY  •  David ROSE  •  Dennis VERHOEVEN  •  Donna ROBERTS  •  Elliot HIND  •  Gillian SHEPPARD  •  Ian PENNICOTT  •  Ian STEVENS  •  Jen BATES  •  Jon WALKER  •  Julie MARTIN  •  Karen ROBERTS  •  Kassia GARDNER  •  Kevin GARDNER  •  Leigh STEERE  •  Martin LAWRENCE  •  Matt JONES  •  Niam HANI  •  Sally PUDDEPHATT  •  Sarah BUCK  •  Sarah KING  •  Steph GRIFFIN  •  Stephen DUNHAM  •  Stephen SCOTT  •  Steve DOYLE  •  Tim MACKLEY  •  Tracy CARDNO  •  William SHIPPIN

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.

 

Our Placings Today:

Male placings:
Max DILLON (SM30-34) of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC, was first over the line in 17:20 - 4th time in 10 appearances.
Graham N ROBINSON (SM30-34) of Sandhurst Joggers, was second over the line in 17:33 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Simon TOOTELL (VM35-39) of Wootton Road Runners, was third over the line in 18:39 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Matt JONES (Unattached) 1982 pts.
Martyn DOUGLAS (Redway Runners) 1963 pts.
Jim BUTTLEMAN (Leighton Fun Runners) 1934 pts.

Female placings:
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (21st overall) over the line in 20:37 - 100th time in 134 appearances.
Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was second (25th overall) over the line in 20:50 - has been first to finish on 25 previous occasions.
Shiru WILLIAMS (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (52nd overall) over the line in 22:46.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Helen WHALLEY (Redway Runners) 1953 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 1944 pts.
Vivien BLACK (Unattached) 1873 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 81.44% for the time 20:50 (25th overall).
Margaret DEWINTER (VW60-64) was graded 77.94% for the time 25:37 (118th overall).
John LOXLEY (VM50-54) was graded 76.42% for the time 19:18 (9th overall).

This week there were 399 runners, of whom 35 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part.

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 10,725 different runners, including participants from 537 athletics clubs, have completed 94,598 runs covering a total distance of 472,990 km, and there have been 18,103 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Emily TALLEN who ran in a time of 00:17:04 on 2011-10-29 (event number 94).
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who ran in a time of 00:15:01 on 2013-07-27 (event number 182).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded a 95.57% run (22:33) on 6th February 2016 (event number 311).

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

 

Milton Keynes parkrun event number 311 6th February 2016

405 runners fought against the cold downpour this week. A massive well done to everyone that woke up to run today – I know I found it hard to get out of my lovely warm bed.

A warm welcome to all the first timers at MK – despite it being cold and wet you still came – 37 new runners and visiting runners came this week. Do let us know how you got on by visiting our facebook page.

42 well deserved PB’s recorded which is astonishing as I certainly found it harder today as did many other runners and to get a PB on such a dreary day is well earned!

We had a range of representatives from different running clubs today such as runners from the Muddy Race Team and the Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers RC.

Congratulations to those who achieved their milestones – I know it wasn’t warm but you all still came out and completed your goals!

Look out for the link within your profile to the Wiggle store to order your T shirts.

Thanks a lot to all of our volunteers who braved the cold weather as well. You are all legends. Thanks to:

Abubaker SARANG  •  Alan HALL  •  Chris BROWN  •  Chris RICHARDS  •  David HUDSON  •  Dennis VERHOEVEN  •  Edward KERR  •  Eleanor MEADE  •  Gareth MEADE  •  Gillian SHEPPARD  •  Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN  •  Jenny FENTON  •  Julie HUDSON  •  Justin CROOK  •  Katie LAMBERT  •  Kevin WILLIAMSON  •  Martyn DOUGLAS  •  Matt JONES  •  Maurice O'CONNELL  •  Neil Richard GOODRIDGE  •  Sally PUDDEPHATT  •  Sarah BIRD  •  Stacy CLEMES  •  Stephen ROSE  •  Tracy CARDNO

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.

A NEW RECORD for Angela COPSON who ran 22:33 and got rated – 95.57% - for her run today which broke the last age grade record of Kirk Clifford (90.23%).
Congratulations Angela on such a good run today!

My sister was too lazy to get up today after a late night last night:

Today I interviewed Tim from Redway runners.

How many parkruns have you done Tim?
190 or thereabouts (I can now tell you, you have completed 195 runs – Well done!)

What do you like most about parkrun?
The company of everyone there and the coffee afterwards.

Favourite parkrun weather?
Cool but dry

Running hero?
Steve Ovett – An inspiration

If you could be an animal around parkrun, which animal would you be?
A dog because it’s an easy life
(and dogs can run forever without ever getting tired)

Any running goals?
To get faster over this year.

What is your favorite part of the MK course?
Definitely the end!

parkrun Tourist?
I have been to Edinburgh, which is my favorite, and also Liverpool and Buckingham
(Sounds like you get around a lot)

Thanks Tim, I hope you enjoyed your run today. Hopefully we’ll see you in the coming weeks!

Our Placings Today:

Male placings:

Genci PEPAJ (VM35-39) of Redway Runners, was first over the line in 17:44 - 6th time in 13 appearances.
Mark PALSER (SM30-34) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was second over the line in 18:20 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Thomas INCHLEY (VM35-39) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was third over the line in 18:31 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Matt JONES (Unattached) 1591 pts.
Martyn DOUGLAS (Redway Runners) 1570 pts.
Geoff BROAD (Unattached) 1556 pts.

Female placings:

Jenny MADDOCKS (VW35-39) of St Albans Striders, was first (28th overall) over the line in 21:32 - first time in 2 appearances.
Sarah LAWRENCE (SW25-29) of Redway Runners, was second (38th overall) over the line in 21:51.
Katie JAMES (SW20-24) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was third (39th overall) over the line in 21:52.

Wow! 1 second in it between second and third – I bet that was a good sprint finish to have watched.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Iona NORWOOD (Marshall Milton Keynes AC) 1567 pts.
Helen WHALLEY (Redway Runners) 1558 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 1554 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Angela COPSON (VW65-69) was graded 95.57% for the time 22:33 (50th overall).
Genci PEPAJ (VM35-39) was graded 76.41% for the time 17:44 (first overall).
John LOXLEY (VM50-54) was graded 75.71% for the time 19:29 (7th overall).

This week there were 405 runners, of whom 37 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part.

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 10,690 different runners, including participants from 536 athletics clubs, have completed 94,199 runs covering a total distance of 470,995 km, and there have been 18,032 new Personal Bests.

This never ceases to amaze me!

The female record is held by Emily TALLEN who ran in a time of 00:17:04 on 2011-10-29 (event number 94).

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who ran in a time of 00:15:01 on 2013-07-27 (event number 182).

The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded a 95.57% run (22:33) on 6th February 2016 (event number 311).

NEW RECORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Thanks for Reading,

Adam Downton

 

Milton Keynes parkrun event number 310 30th January 2016

This week there were 534 runners out in the marshy, muddy parkrun, with a few tutu-wearing lakeside runners joining us. Welcome to all the parkrun tourists who visited today – including Tim HALL (who was a first timer today) and James BUCKELL who got a new PB.

A massive well done for getting out of bed today to all the first timers who began their parkrun experience today – 35 first timers. We all hope you enjoyed it and will continue coming to parkrun. Do let us know how you got on by visiting our facebook page.

Congratulations to those 71 runners who recorded New PBs in today’s run. Now you deserve to relax and kick-back the entire weekend!
A well deserved congrats to Elliot HIND who came in first with a New PB. Well Done!

We had a range of representatives from different running clubs today such as runners from the South Midlands running club and GreenlightPT.

Huge congratulations to the following runners for earning their milestone T shirts by opposing those muddy puddles:

Look out for the link within your profile to the Wiggle store to order your T shirts.

Thanks a lot to all of our volunteers, without these generous people parkrun couldn’t take place. Thanks to:

Agata PIETREK  •  Andrew CHILCRAFT  •  Anna PETRONIJEVICH  •  Ben MULLAN  •  Chris BROWN  •  Dennis VERHOEVEN  •  Elizabeth TRIBE  •  Heather CHARLES  •  Helen WIGGINS  •  James LEWIS  •  Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN  •  Julie MARTIN  •  Justine MCSWEENEY  •  Kevin GARDNER  •  Marius ZEINEH  •  Matt JONES  •  Nathan RUTHERFORD  •  Neil Richard GOODRIDGE  •  Neville ROWLES  •  Nick PRICE  •  Patrick MCERLEAN  •  Paul CLIFFORD-JONES  •  Pete WHITMORE  •  Robert GRITTON  •  Salima KESWANI  •  Sean O'LEARY  •  Steve BURLACE  •  Tim MACKLEY  •  William SHIPPIN

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.

I have been told that volunteering roles are looking a bit sparse so anyone wishing to volunteer in future weeks do have a look at our volunteer page (above). I would recommend it as it is a different, yet  fantastic, experience watching all the runners pass by. They all love a bit of encouragement.

Today was Brigitte’s 50th Birthday and of course she decided to run parkrun. Who wouldn’t on their birthday? But today was no ordinary parkrun, today was Brigitte’s 100th  parkrun which is a fantastic milestone to achieve, especially on her 50th.

Congratulations to reaching 100 parkruns!

Last week we had this sent in by our roving reporter Pippa Downton :

Today I interviewed Debbie. She has done about 55 parkruns and has done some in Keswick and Buckingham and many more!

How did your run go today?
Better than expected. I did quite well.

What is your best parkrun memory?
When one of the beginners crossed the finish and everyone was really happy!

If you could be any animal around parkrun, what would you be?
I would be a cheetah because I'm probably a tortoise now!

What is your favourite running weather?
I like it pretty much like today because it is cool, not too hot or raining.

What is your favourite volunteering role?
Marshalling at the top of the zig-zags because everyone has done pretty much the worst part! What it your favourite part of the course? I like coming down the pagoda hill because you can see the lake and it is a nice break away from the zig zags.

Thanks for letting me interview you today Debbie. I hope everyone's run went well and a BIG thanks to all the volunteers around the course today!


Our Placings Today:

Male placings:
Elliot HIND (SM25-29) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was first over the line in 16:53 - 5th time in 21 appearances.
Genci PEPAJ (VM35-39) of Redway Runners, was second over the line in 17:21 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Steve BURLACE (Redway Runners) 1200 pts.
Matt JONES (Unattached) 1200 pts.
Stuart SINCLAIR (Sweatshop Running Community) 1189 pts.

Female placings:
Abi GOOCH (VW35-39) of Redway Runners, was first (42nd overall) over the line in 21:33 - 4th time in 106 appearances.
Helen WHALLEY (VW35-39) of Redway Runners, was second (71st overall) over the line in 22:57.
Zara BROOKS (JW11-14) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was third (91st overall) over the line in 23:38.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Iona NORWOOD (Marshall Milton Keynes AC) 1178 pts.
Johann Helen VICK (Marshall Milton Keynes AC) 1177 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 1174 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Genci PEPAJ (VM35-39) was graded 78.10% for the time 17:21 (second overall).
Stuart SINCLAIR (VM45-49) was graded 76.47% for the time 18:59 (5th overall).
Elliot HIND (SM25-29) was graded 76.41% for the time 16:53 (first overall).

This week there were 534 runners, of whom 35 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part.

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 10,653 different runners, including participants from 535 athletics clubs, have completed 93,794 runs covering a total distance of 468,970 km, and there have been 17,989 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Emily TALLEN who ran in a time of 00:17:04 on 2011-10-29 (event number 94).
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who ran in a time of 00:15:01 on 2013-07-27 (event number 182).
The Age Grade course record is held by Kirk CLIFFORD who recorded a 90.23% run (18:05) on 27th June 2015 (event number 279).

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

 

Future Event Cancellations

There are lots of events at Willen Lake over the course of this year, some of which mean we will definitely not be able to hold the parkrun, so we have cancelled those now. They are
June 4 (Colour Obstacle Rush)
July 9 (Gung-Ho 5k)
September 10 (Race For Life Pretty Muddy)

 

Milton Keynes parkrun event number 308, 6th Anniversary, 16th January 2016

 

 

6 years on!

Celebrations were muted this year, with a much lower turnout than last year. Maybe the sudden cold snap scared everyone off. Of course we also have loads of other great parkruns nearby now. When I set up MK I chose to do so as there was nothing between Gorleston on the east coast and Cardiff to the West, Black Park to the South and Manchester to the North. How things have changed.

 

We had 474 runners this morning, our biggest attendance since 25/7/15 so I don’t know why I’m disappointed that more people didn’t show up on a beautiful frosty morning..

 

61 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different athletics clubs took part.

 

Huge congratulations to the following runners for earning their milestone T shirts today:

▪   Jude LEESE  on 10 runs as a junior

▪   Rob SMITH, Claire GOODWIN and  Claire HALLISSEYall on 50 runs. We will hear more from Claire H in a while.

▪   No 100’s or 250’s today but a lot of you are getting very close

Look out for the link within your profile to the Wiggle store to order your T shirts.

 

The anniversary run is the start of a new points competition, now with 400 points for the first finishers!

Topping the ladies leaderboard is Gillian Sheppard, looking to regain her crown of 5 years ago and at last get her hands on The Cow.

Eliot Hind tops the men, which is annoying as it should be me (2nd). I will have to run faster than Will Shippin this Saturday to claim the top spot J

Sadly some doofus (me again) forgot to bring along the trophies. I will remember them this Saturday so we can have a proper awards ceremony.

 

Massive thanks as always to this week's volunteers without whom the event would not be possible:

Aaron GLUE  •  Ben MULLAN  •  Bernadette MARTIN  •  Daniel WEBBER  •  Dennis VERHOEVEN  •  Dianne VON HAGEN  •  Douglas SELLERS  •  Elliot HIND  •  Gareth SNELSON  •  Gary HEDGES  •  Gillian SHEPPARD  •  Jen BATES  •  Jenny FENTON  •  Jeremy VICK  •  Jools BURLACE  •  Julie HUDSON  •  Julie MARTIN  •  Laura DAVIS  •  Lynn SIGGINS  •  Malcolm KIDBY  •  Matt JONES  •  Matthew BRAIN  •  Millie BURLACE  •  Salima KESWANI  •  Sarah BUCK  •  Sarah KING  •  Steve BURLACE  •  Steve QUINNELL  •  Terry SIGGINS  •  Tim MACKLEY  •  William SHIPPIN  •  Winny BONJA

I would like to double up on that shout out by giving a personal thank you to Aaron, Daniel and Jeremy for covering as our tail runners, with kids in tow.

 

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.

We are looking good for volunteers next week but the next few  weeks are all looking very sparse! If you don’t want marshals to direct you where to go, a time for your run, a finish token handed to you or your barcode scanned then you are in luck as we don’t have any of those positions covered! Currently it will just be a friendly run with 400 or so other runners! Come on, you know you want to volunteer, just email in with the position and week you can cover. All we ask is for each of you to volunteer just three times a year.

 

First finisher was David HUDSON, which is quite incredible as he also finished 266th. I was chatting to our visitor from Aylesbury so knew that it was the Redway Runner David HUDSON

 

You may have noticed that second place was a super-fast female, with the very welcome return of Claire HALLISSEY, Olympian athlete, and the second fastest female we have had at our parkrun. She had a few words to say after the event:

It's taken over 6 years, and I was comfortably beaten to the milestone by my mum and sister, but I finally notched up my 50th parkrun today at Milton Keynes. The parkrun community has grown considerably since my first run at Cardiff in 2009,  when I had to take a train from Bristol to get to what was then the closest event to me. Most people now seem to be lucky enough to not have to travel more than a few miles to get to their local parkrun, with many even having a choice of neighbouring events to visit each week.

 

My own running world has also changed quite a lot over the past 7 years, and I am glad that I have always found a place for at least an occasional parkrun in my running schedule. Back when I was training for international competitions, parkrun gave me a chance to have company in running a hard 5k and so I would sometimes run one as a training session. Once I stepped up to marathon training I unfortunately had to add on another few miles by myself afterwards!

 

In the last 2 years I have taken a step back from competitive running and am just running for sheer enjoyment. As my weekends are no longer filled with racing or carefully structured training sessions, I have found time to take part in a lot more parkruns and even managed a bit of volunteering. As well as getting to know some lovely friendly people at many different parkruns I have attended, I have also enjoyed sharing the parkrun experience with my mum and sister. Towards the end of last year I even started some monthly parkrun tourism with a group of work colleagues.

 

It was a pretty cold morning for my 50th run today, and I almost ended up at Tring instead to try to avoid too much ice. My sister was out marshalling at Milton Keynes though, so I decided to risk the slight slippy conditions. A big thank you to her and all of the rest of the volunteers who braved the cold today!

Claire was too quick for a photo today but here she is in action at Tring parkrun in December.

 

Statto:

Male placings:

David HUDSON (SM30-34) of Team Bex, was first over the line in 18:33 - first appearance.

Stuart SINCLAIR (VM45-49) of Sweatshop Running Community, was second (third overall) over the line in 19:01.

Alan HALL (VM45-49) of Serpentine RC, was third (4th overall) over the line in 19:02.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Elliot HIND (Leighton Buzzard AC) 400 pts.

Gareth SNELSON (Redway Runners) 400 pts.

Gary HEDGES (Team MK) 400 pts.

Female placings:

Claire HALLISSEY (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first (second overall) over the line in 18:40 - 5th time in 6 appearances.

Katie JAMES (SW20-24) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was second (43rd overall) over the line in 22:29.

Zoe BROAD (JW15-17) (Unattached) was third (54th overall) over the line in 22:47.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Claire HALLISSEY (Bristol and West AC) 400 pts.

Gillian SHEPPARD (Redway Runners) 400 pts.

Laura DAVIS (Redway Runners) 400 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Claire HALLISSEY (SW30-34) was graded 79.46% for the time 18:40 (second overall).

Stuart SINCLAIR (VM45-49) was graded 76.34% for the time 19:01 (third overall).

Jim BUTTLEMAN (VM50-54) was graded 75.23% for the time 19:55 (14th overall).

This week there were 474 runners, of whom 61 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different athletics clubs took part.

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 10,566 different runners, including participants from 534 athletics clubs, have completed 92,737 runs covering a total distance of 463,685 km, and there have been 17,816 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Emily TALLEN who ran in a time of 00:17:04 on 2011-10-29 (event number 94).

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who ran in a time of 00:15:01 on 2013-07-27 (event number 182).

The Age Grade course record is held by Kirk CLIFFORD who recorded a 90.23% run (18:05) on 27th June 2015 (event number 279).

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

 

Gareth

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