This week we had a small dip in numbers, with only 474 finishers. Looking back at the stats, that would have been a record attendance as recently as March last year. Just shows how large our event is these days. A record attendance next week would require 657 runners.
It seems the Milton Keynes running scene really is thriving. We have several thriving running clubs, a huge number of people attending our 5k parkrun, and then this morning (Sunday 21st) our 'Little Sibling' MK junior parkrun launched with the largest ever attendance for a junior inaugural event! I think runners are spoilt here with a huge network of segregated paths, and a large number of lakes, woods, rivers and a canal to run at.
We welcomed some tourists this morning, including from Aylesbury, Heaton, Brueton, Bromley, and Longrun Meadow! Apologies to the two runners from Longrun that did exactly that and took a slightly more creative route around the course, though I am glad you still enjoyed your run (and I think your deviation only added 0.06 of a mile to the route!). To clarify, after crossing the short wooden bridge between the lakes, runners stick to the hard path and go under the road bridge to go round the south lake and head to the finish, rather than taking the soft path towards the stone circle.
This week we have a fantastic team of volunteers to thank. The event all went really smoothly, which is a run director's delight. I'd like to offer my personal thanks from writing the run report as I didn't catch a lot of you following the run to thank you.
Debra ANDREWS, Keith ARMOUR, Sinead BRADBEER, Steve BURLACE, Heather CECIL, Andrew CHILCRAFT, Brigitte COX, Rosalind CRAWLEY, Sam DOWNTON, Martin DOWNTON, Adam DOWNTON, Joey GARNER, Malcolm KIDBY, Ivan MOSTYN-SCOTT, Ben MULLAN, Maria PERALTA, Sean POLLOCK, Lauren POLLOCK, Chris RICHARDS, Ian ROPKE, William SHIPPIN, Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN, Leigh STEERE, Dianne VON HAGEN, Len VORALIA, Helen WIGGINS
Finally, I'd like to congratulate those that achieved t-shirt milestones during the run.
|50 Club||100 Club||250 Club|
Obviously a special mention goes to Tony for being the second person to begin their parkrun career at MK to reach the milestone. He's sent me a summary of his journey to 250, posted below:
OK, so here goes for a parkrun statistic roundup from me. I started my 1st parkrun at MK parkrun no. 2, and finished in 13th in a time of 22.09 on 23rd January 2010. Since then I have done 152 at MK. I have done 69 different parkrun venues to date and have revisited 13 different ones. My PB at MK is 18.44 on the 3rd March last year. I have clocked up four first finishes at Buckingham, Barking, Upton Court and Pymmes. Five 2nd places at Conkers, Milton Keynes, Grovelands, Gunpowder and Bedfont Lakes, and seven 3rd place finishes at Walthamstow, Harlow, Luton, Banbury, Newbury, Oak Hill and St Albans. My official PB is at Wolverhampton in 18.22. My previous slowest was 31.37 at Milton Keynes, the reason for that was my 100th parkrun, and I ran with the lovely Ami Gardner as a change to the normal racing. Today was my new slowest parkrun but also one of my most enjoyable. My favourite parkruns apart from Milton Keynes are Wycombe Rye, St Albans, Cambridge, Basildon, South Shields, and Oak Hill as it has the best looking run director there in Rebecca Bunting. One of my fave moments of parkrun memories was finishing over the line with Rebecca, as well as running around MK with Ami Gardner and of course first finishing the parkruns I have done so far. In that time I have have joined the Redway Runners and made lots and lots of great running friends and improved my running in all my distances because of parkrun. Again I would like to say a big big big thank you to Gareth Snelson for getting me out of bed for the last 5+ years to run around a park. And thanks to Geoff New for all the different parkruns with our tourist group for the good times we have had and more to come in the future. parkrun changed my way of running for the better, as I may not have met some fantastic friends along the way.
Thanks very much Tony for sending that in.
Graham N ROBINSON (SM30-34) of Sandhurst Joggers, was first over the line in 16:50 - second time in 2 appearances.
Ed VOUT (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:02 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Sam NICHOLAS (JM15-17) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was third over the line in 18:03 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 3922 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 3803 pts.
Geoff BROAD (Unattached) 3680 pts.
Jennifer MCBAIN (VW35-39) of Alchester RC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 19:06 - 10th time in 21 appearances.
Miriam DREWETT (SW30-34) of Redway Runners, was second (47th overall) over the line in 21:09 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Claire COURT (VW35-39) of Alchester RC, was third (51st overall) over the line in 21:31.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zoe BROAD (Unattached) 4006 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 3983 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 3656 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Diane Josephine FARMER (VW55-59) was graded 81.59% for the time 22:11 (62nd overall).
Peter BEATTY (VM55-59) was graded 80.24% for the time 19:49 (23rd overall).
Jennifer MCBAIN (VW35-39) was graded 78.80% for the time 19:06 (14th overall).
This week there were 474 runners, of whom 54 were first timers and 108 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part.
Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 9,256 different runners, including participants from 463 athletics clubs, have completed 80,110 runs covering a total distance of 400,550 km, and there have been 16,247 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 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.