This week you set a new attendance record of 541 runners! That is a fantastic turn out especially considering the chilly conditions. Hopefully there were no slips out there today as it was very icy. We journeyed up onto the bridle path again today as the back of the lake was too dangerous. I for one found it quite enjoyable. A permanent fixture maybe?
50 runners were first timers and included some high run tourists such as Andrew JEYES on 102 runs, Valerie GATES on 96 and Sally JEYES on 90. Hope you all enjoyed our course whether doing parkrun for the first time or whether you are well on your way to your 250 T shirt.
We had 60 people record new Personal Bests and representatives of 26 different athletics clubs took part. Great turn out today from fitMK Milton Keynes Outdoor Gym and nice to see some new clubs in Ivanhoe Runners, Kings Heath Running Club and Redhill Road Runners.
There was a bit of an incident at the start line today with a particularly rude parkrunner running straight into a walker (who also just happens to be pregnant!) There was not an apology in sight! If you’re late and miss the start then please don’t think it gives you the right to mow people down! We rely on the good will of a number of organisations to stage parkrun so please don’t mess it up for the rest of us.
With so many people starting marathon training these last few weeks, the reasons people aim for a marathon often gets missed. Here is a story about Lucinda Parish:
I am aiming to run the London Marathon this year to raise funds for the Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline. I was diagnosed in October 2012. which was very shocking and difficult to deal with – even more so because I kept thinking, it’s not cancer – it’s just a warning – why am I so upset? It is a real head-spinner and consumes your every-day thoughts for a long, long time. Not only that, because it is a relatively ‘new’ gene discovery – although good old Angelina Jolie has helped us out no end with awareness and therefore knowledge - the doctors knew nothing about it, and I ended up having over 30 doctors and hospital appointments in one year to try and work out the best solution for me.
I have BRCA1 which is an aggressive gene mutation so I have an 85% chance of breast cancer, and a 60% chance of ovarian cancer. My options are 1) get checked out twice a year to hopefully detect anything early or 2) have an operation to remove the areas at risk and therefore reduce the chance of cancer to 0%.
Lucinda has made a very brave decision and will be having the operation later in the year. If you want to make a donation then Lucinda’s charity page is as follows.
Good luck with it all Lucinda and hope it all works out for you.
Massive thanks to this week's volunteers
Andrew CHILCRAFT • Andrew HULLY • Angela MONZIONE • Chris DEAL • Daniel GREEN • David HUDSON • Ed VOUT • Elizabeth TRIBE • Elliot HIND • Gareth JAMES • Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN • Jen BATES • Laura MASON • Mark SQUIRE • Mick BATES • Niam HANI • Paul CURTIS • Sheila SQUIRE • Sinead BRADBEER • William SHIPPIN
See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.
Next week we have the Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers taking over most of the volunteer positions including some pacers but we are then looking for volunteers for the following weeks.
Huge congratulations to all our new members of the milestone T shirt club:
Ross LEE, Philip ARMITAGE and Brett BURGESS all hit the 50 mark and Peter LOOSE, Stewart HOWARD and David WORSLEY all hit 100. Whilst not an official milestone we also had the legend in his own lunchtime that is Tim MACKLEY hit 150.
Our roving reporter Pippa Downton was out and about again this week and interviewed our latest member of the 100 club, David WORSLEY:
Today after a very cold and icy park run, I interviewed the very talkative Dave. He has done his 100th parkrun today and runs with his dogs Misty and Buffy! He looked very good in his top hat and wig today!
Are you part of a running club?
Yes, I am part of the Shenley Striders club.
Have you been a parkrun tourist?
Yes - quite a few times. I have been to Poole a few times, done 45 here in MK, 3 in Southampton and then a one in Oxford.
My favourite would be Southampton.
What is your best running weather?
I like todays weather because there was no wind and it was sunny (just without the ice!).
If you could be any animal around parkrun, what would you be?
I would probably be a giraffe because I would be able to run really fast with my long legs! (If you don't know Dave - he is taaaaaaaaalllllll)
What is your best parkrun moment?
My best moment would be when I was in Poole and I got 23mins.
My worst parkrun moment would be when I got 32mins.
What is your favourite part of the course?
I like the finish because I can sprint past my mate and he will be left in my dust cloud (or spray cloud today)!
Who is your running hero?
Steve Ovett from the 1980's because he is really inspirational in his running and he had some really competitive rivals!
Thank you for letting me interview you today Dave. I congratulate you on achieving 100 parkruns. I hope that everyone was safe and didn't fall over on the ice today!
Great report, well done Pippa and congratulations Dave
Now for the stats:
- Daniel WEBBER (VM35-39) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 17:35 - 4th time in 13 appearances.
- Chris DUNN (SM25-29) of UK Lunatics, was second over the line in 18:54.
- Damien CESBRON (VM40-44) of Shenley Striders, was third over the line in 19:04.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
- William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 400 pts.
- Andrew HULLY (Redway Runners) 400 pts.
- Chris DEAL (Unattached) 400 pts.
- Amy INCHLEY (SW30-34) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was first (32nd overall) over the line in 21:40 - 5th time in 45 appearances.
- Johanna SHARPLES (SW20-24) of St Albans Striders, was second (46th overall) over the line in 22:12.
- Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was third (58th overall) over the line in 22:40 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
- Jen BATES (Redway Runners) 400 pts.
- Sinead BRADBEER (Redway Runners) 400 pts.
- Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 395 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
- Peter BEATTY (VM55-59) was graded 78.65% for the time 20:13 (13th overall).
- Andrew JEYES (VM65-69) was graded 77.38% for the time 21:53 (39th overall).
- Daniel WEBBER (VM35-39) was graded 76.49% for the time 17:35 (first overall).
Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,242 different runners, including participants from 424 athletics clubs, have completed 70,645 runs covering a total distance of 353,225 km, and there have been 14,416 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.