Over 500 people? Really?
For the second week running we have a new course attendance record, except this time we smashed through the 500 people barrier! This week there were 503 runners!
47 were first timers including Jonathan Mark PEGG on his 150th parkrun. Well done Jonathan and thanks for paying us a visit. Looking at Jonathan’s stats he seems to be aiming to run at every parkrun in the world. Keep up the excellent work Jonathan and good luck on your travels. Welcome to everyone else that came for the first time too. Hope you all enjoyed yourself and let us know how you got on.
Nearly one out of every five runners got a new personal best. 96 runners get the pleasure of a PB against their name this week.
Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part including the ingeniously named Nestle Rowntree AC.
Some of the more observant amongst you may have noticed the DLRR Big Green parkrun taking place. Those pesky green T-shirts seemed to be everywhere this morning! Well done for the huge turn-out and photos guys.
Sticking with DLRR just for a moment, there was also a group graduating from their inaugural Improve Your 5K course.
The following is from Graeme Bickle and Spencer Ollington who were the two that organised the whole course:
Back on the 22nd January the DLRR set up a pilot 10 week Improve your 5k course for a few hardy runners. Spencer Ollington & Graeme Bickle put them through the mill with hills, sprints and timed miles in the dark cold evenings of winter.
Today was their graduation event with 11 of the runners aiming to PB or at least improve on what they were running back in January, and we're pleased to announce all 11 have dramatically improved since January with 9 achieving PBs!
Spencer and Graeme would like to thank all the pacers on the day and congratulate all the runners in their fantastic achievements!
The course members graduating today were as follows complete with their before and after MK parkrun times:
Ola Alara's pb before the course was 27:10, and now after the course it is 25:55
Jacqui Mills was 40:58, now 38:50
Angela Mulligan was 29:29, now 28:25
Sarah Loftus was 26:24, now 25:35
Dave Gravestock was 24:55, now 23:10
Lee Barnes was 29:09, now 27:23
Sarah Hine was 30:03, now 27:xx something (finished in position 215 but is not showing up on the results)
Julie Martin was 22:49, now 22:11
Lucy Richards was 25:33, now 23:26
Nikki Pates was 28:30 but missed a pb by two seconds finishing in 28:31. Better luck next week Nikki.
Annette Craft also ran today with her fastest time for over two years! I am sure we will celebrate a course pb shortly Annette, well done.
Huge thanks to Graeme Bickle and Spencer Ollington for running (no pun intended as I am not that amusing) the course. There are another 10 runners graduating from the next course in two weeks.
We also had a bumper crop of people earning their milestone T shirts this week:
- Ethan HORNSHAW, Emily BOUSFIELD and Joshua LAMBERT reached 10
- Lloyd CROSS, Ajeet KAUR-SUCHA, Chris HUMPHRIS and Sophie Jade O'LEARY reached 50
- Juliet THOMPSON and Geoff NEW both reached 100
Congratulations to you all and look out for the email requesting your T shirt sizes. Once again, the list of finishers with “Unknown” shown against their result is too many for me to count. No barcode - no result.
Massive thanks as always to this week's volunteers:
Alexandra OWENS • Catherine MOSTYN SCOTT • Christina TRIBBLE • Elizabeth TRIBE • Geraldine FOREMAN • Ian STEVENS • Jenny FENTON • Jim MARRAY • Marie DEVER • Max KELLY • Michelle GEORGE-BARNES • Paul BARNES • Philip ARMITAGE • Simon STIMPSON • Stella-Maria THOMAS • Victoria BICKLE
See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen. We are really short for the following few weeks so please email in with the position you can fill so we can keep parkrun going.
First up with a short report is Juliet Thompson who managed to reach her 100th parkrun milestone today:
I first became aware of parkrun when I followed the Couch to 5k plan (which I started on discovering that I couldn't run to the end of the road without stopping). Having reached my 5k goal in April 2011, I ran my first parkrun, re-discovering old friends and making new ones in the process. Since then I have been coerced into entering 10k events, half-marathons and then the 2012 MK marathon. I'm running my second marathon in London next month (I have my fingers crossed for a drier experience)! Parkrun has always been a vital part my training and, equally importantly, an enjoyable social occasion
Thanks Juliet and congratulations on your 100th parkrun today!
We also have a report from one of our frequent volunteers - Niam Hani, who has volunteered 5 times this year already:
I really enjoy volunteering as it gives me a chance to see the very fast runners, cheering for all and to give a little back to keep this event going (shame it doesn't count towards my goal of 50 runs !)
I did the NHS Choices Couch To 5K programme to get started. It was 3 sessions a week for 9 weeks.. It has podcasts to download on smart phones/ipods just like a personal trainer that tells me when to walk/jog with some useful tips that kept me going.. Here is the link to the website:
Then a friend told me about parkrun in October 2012. I finished my first one in 35:50 min. I'm proud to say that my PB now is 28:17 !
After a year of taking up running and building up the distance and fitness I joined the Sweatshop Running Community & started running with them every Monday. This week I decided to join the DLRR club as well & this week was my first run with them.
Three runs a week is my ongoing target. I did two half marathons last year and three 10k races & more to come..
I think I've got the running bug and very proud of what I've achieved!
Well done Niam and thanks for coming over to introduce yourself before the run. Thanks also for volunteering so much this year and keep up the running!
We also have a report from Sarah Buck who is just a couple of runs away from her 50th milestone T shirt and also been a keen volunteer this year:
My sister recommended parkrun to me when I started running to lose weight after having my second child. I did my first MK parkrun in November 2012 and haven't looked back. The weight fell off and I now love running (and I never thought I would say that). I was even planning on doing the MK half-marathon this year but injury has put paid to that - maybe next year! I've always had a competitive streak so I like being able to track my parkrun results and PBs but the best thing about parkrun is the feeling of community and how friendly and encouraging all the volunteers and other runners are. I'm sure if it wasn't for parkrun I wouldn't still be running and I really appreciate all the time given up by the run directors and volunteers to keep the event going. I've volunteered in a few roles - marshall, backup timer and tail runner - and enjoyed it every time. The thank-yous from the runners and knowing that I am contributing to such a brilliant event make a great start to the weekend. Finally, it is great that parkrun allows running buggies (I can often be seen struggling up the zigzag pushing my 2 and 4 year olds!)
Thanks Sarah and hope you reach the 50 mark very soon.
Yet more, this time from Gavin Lucas:
I started running parkruns back in 2012 with just 2 outings to see how it would go, but after a slow start, I'm now up to 15 runs (all at Milton Keynes), half of them turning into inspiring PB's. This is not the main aim of the event, although it's a tremendous feeling to know that somehow you have gone just a little bit quicker than before. Keep in mind that parkrun is an enjoyable social event, whereby everyone can build on fitness levels through exercise in a way which suits each individual, i.e. walking, jogging & pushing buggies etc, but this is also combined with a sense of companionship with others & sharing each others experience. Volunteering is also vitally important for the event. I have enjoyed volunteering 3 times already this year & there are so many different ways someone can help out. The number of participants at parkruns around the country continues to grow & I was proud to take part in last weeks run at Milton Keynes which broke a new record with 456 finishers! I am now hoping to make as many parkruns as I can this year & maybe achieve 50 parkruns & receive the 50 T-shirt which I can then go on to wear with pride. However, I will be sadly missing my parkrun experience on Sat 29th March, with arrangements in place for a longer run. I will be keeping in mind all 5k parkrunners on Saturday as I prepare myself for an even longer & tougher test of 14 miles around Coniston Lake in the Lake District, Cumbria. The fantastic view of the surrounding hills & Lake should be really encouraging, but equally so would a record turnout for the Milton Keynes parkrun! Good luck all parkrunners, enjoy!
Excellent, thanks for that Gavin and hope the long run goes well!
You still haven’t heard enough about other runners and want more? Oh go on then, how about this from Ian Pennicott:
After running on a treadmill for the best part of three years I was convinced initially by some lads at work to attempt the Three Peak's Challenge. I did not do it in 24 hours but will do next time, but they convinced me to go running properly, convincing me it would be easier than on the treadmill. Amazingly it was.
My first run was last year and now I seem to have caught the bug and for some strange reason look forward to running now, especially a Saturday morning. I have recently joined a running club (DLRR) and it is great to be meeting up and running with them which so much better than running on your own, and more importantly my times have come right down.
I can actually run and talk to people now, something I could never do that on my first few parkruns.
From doing the Saturday 5 km, I signed up for the 10 km in the Milton Keynes Festival of running this year, and had a great time.
More recently I just completed my first half marathon (Sure it won’t be the last) at Warwick on 23rd March and could not believe my time, so I am really looking forward to Saturday and hopefully a new PB.
I have one more event left towards the end of June (28/29), the Mizuno Endure 24, which all together I have been trying to help my Daughter raise money for a charity event she is doing at University for the Make a Wish Foundation UK. Feel free to help.
All said and done I really enjoy the Saturday runs and it is fantastic to see so many people turn up every week especially the junior members who are there time after time, awesome. Well done everyone who is involved in one way or another!
Great report Ian, good luck to you and Chloe with the fundraising.
Finally, we have our roving reporter Pippa Downton who this week interviewed - wait for it - a dog:
Today I interviewed Holly who is a 6 year old springer spaniel! She has done about 20 park runs with her owner and she comes to parkrun so she can pull her owner Angela around faster! (If you haven't noticed yet, I interviewed a dog!)
What is her best running weather?
She does better in the cold because when it is hot, like today, I have to keep stopping to give her a drink.
What do you give her to eat before park run?
She eats salmon with yoghurt on top. (Didn't know dogs ate yoghurt!)
What is your best part of the whole MK course?
Her best part is the back of the lake because it is windy and it cools her down a bit!
Most memorable parkrun moment?
Our most memorable moment was probably when we did the Falkirk parkrun because we were told that heartbreak hill was really hard! While we were running up a hill we said to another runner - "Heartbreak hill is quite hard isn't it?" Unfortunately he replied with "Oh, this isn't heartbreak hill, heartbreak hill is up there." We kept going until we were on heartbreak hill where it was really long and steep!
What running goals do you have for this year?
We want to get under 29 minutes!
Thank you for letting me interview you today Holly! Also I asked Holly how she felt after todays parkrun. She replied - "Ruff!"
Awesome, thanks for that Pippa and glad you having fun doing the interviews as well. Keep it up.
Pippa went on to add a bit about her 100K challenge:
I managed to reach 100k running distance with this mornings park run plus one more k! Can you also add into the report a BIG thank you to all David Lloyd Redway Runners for all their support that they gave me!
Well done Pippa - fantastic achievement.
Now for a few stats:
Jonathan PETERS (SM25-29) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 17:04 - first time in 7 appearances.
Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:07.
James WALLACE (VM35-39) of Hart Road Runners, was third over the line in 17:30 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 1980 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 1945 pts.
Paul BARNES (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 1746 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was first (33rd overall) over the line in 20:40 - 12th time in 54 appearances.
Miriam DREWETT (SW30-34) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second (38th overall) over the line in 20:59 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Julie MARTIN (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was third (61st overall) over the line in 22:11.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2199 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2085 pts.
Caroline BEECHEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 1928 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul BERRY (VM60-64) was graded 81.18% for the time 20:06 (23rd overall).
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) was graded 80.16% for the time 20:40 (33rd overall).
Tony DAGLISH (VM45-49) was graded 77.49% for the time 18:44 (11th overall).
Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 6,478 different runners, including participants from 327 athletics clubs, have completed 52,525 runs covering a total distance of 262,625 km, and there have been 11,209 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Emily TALLEN who ran in a time of 00:17:04 on 2011-10-29 (event number 94).
The men's 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 Shirley Rose GIBSON who recorded a 89.38% run (23:23) on 20th October 2012 (event number 145).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Milton Keynes parkrun Results Page.