Milton Keynes parkrun event number 219 19th April 2014

New attendance record!

This week there were 527 chilly runners which smashes our previous attendance record by an extra 24 runners. Well done David Lewis on your Run Director role and good to see so many deputy run directors (Donna and Sarah) fresh from their half marathons yesterday!

It was great to see everyone back from their Virgin London Marathon efforts smiling and celebrating. Well done to you all especially Tasha Rowell who became something of a celebrity in our local newspaper too afterwards! I am sure you have all inspired others to give it a try themselves when the ballot opens.

We had 62 first timers today. Hope you all enjoyed yourselves. Let us know how you got on and please keep coming back for more.

123 recorded new Personal Bests which is fantastic. Loads of names to choose from but one I saw smiling during the run was Angel Cooper who smashed 30 seconds off her previous pb.

Representatives of 32 different athletics clubs took part including Eleanor WEINBERG from the very swanky sounding Holme Pierrepont running club who also managed a pb!

Thanks to this week's volunteers
Adam Clive WILBY • Angela MULLIGAN • David Anthony LEWIS • Donna LAW • Erica VAN BREE • Hannah CONNELLY • Helen BLUCHER-ALTONA • Kyla HINCKS • Maree Blossom JESSON • Mark CANHAM • Martin Andrew SHEPPARD • Niam HANI • Richard BOOTH • Richard DODDS • Sarah LOFTUS • Simon BAKER • Surinder SINGH • Tony DAGLISH • Yvette GLACKEN

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen. We have quite a few spaces available for volunteers over the next few weeks so please email in and help out where you can. Thanks to Ben Luckman as well for taking photos this morning and putting them on flickr:

www.flickr.com/photos/benluckman/sets/72157644144742764/

Congratulations to Stephen ROPKE for reaching his 10th parkrun milestone and also for taking 10 seconds off his previous pb. We also had Lawrence RICHARDSON reach his 50th parkrun milestone. Well done to both you, look out for the email requesting your T shirt sizes. Not sure if anyone saw the parkrun email newsletter this week but they are now sending out in the region of 1200 T shirts a month!!! That is quite phenomenal and also puts into perspective why some of you may have to wait a little while to get your T shirts. I’m sure you understand the reasons for the delays.

We have news today regarding our first parkrun foal from Salima Keswani:

Having spent all night watching and waiting for my horse to give birth, and her looking no closer to foaling this morning, I risked going to parkrun. My ponies clearly know 9am on a Saturday morning is safe from human interruption so I found a strong healthy foal in the stable when I got home. We were going to call her Martin but she's a girl so I need name suggestions. It must start with an M and will be prefixed with the word 'Amilas' which indicates the stud who bred her. Her mum is called Amilas Mazurka so Amilas M. . . . . .?

Feel free to post on our facebook page any suggestions. Keep them sensible though, no foalish names….

Back from her holiday we have our roving reporter Pippa Downton interviewing more unsuspecting parkrunners:

Today I interviewed Jenny who is 43 and has done 58 parkruns!

Why do you do parkrun?
I do it because it is a challenge and its fun!

What do you like about parkrun?
I like the team spirit and how everyone is cheering you on around the course! Also, I like how many people come and run on a Saturday.

Looks like 500+ today which is fantastic!
What do you eat before parkrun?

Oh, definitely porridge with cinnamon....lovely.

If you could be any animal around parkrun, what would you be?
I would be a wolf as I like being in a pack and running fast!

Have you got any running goals for this year?
Yes. I am doing the Bournemouth half marathon and I hope to get under the time 2hr 15mins!

What is your most memorable moment of parkrun?
I remember helping the beginners. I helped one beginner who thought they couldn't do it but I said that they could do it and they did! Great achievement.

Thank you for letting me interview you today Jenny. Loved the "Wolf" running shirt. I hope your half marathon goes well and that you get a great time!

Thanks Pippa and Jen!

Now for a few stats:

Men's placings:
Stephen RICHARDSON (SM30-34) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was first over the line in 17:12 - 39th time in 82 appearances.
Andy INCHLEY (VM35-39) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was second over the line in 17:14 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
John A MANLEY (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:20 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 2538 pts.
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2525 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 2195 pts.

Women's placings:
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was first (40th overall) over the line in 20:46 - 13th time in 56 appearances.
Amy INCHLEY (SW30-34) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was second (46th overall) over the line in 21:00 - was first to finish once before.
Katie HAYLOCK (SW30-34) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was third (66th overall) over the line in 22:07.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2657 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2598 pts.
Caroline BEECHEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2485 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) was graded 79.78% for the time 20:46 (40th overall).
Andy INCHLEY (VM35-39) was graded 77.47% for the time 17:14 (second overall).
Stephen RICHARDSON (SM30-34) was graded 76.26% for the time 17:12 (first overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 6,619 different runners, including participants from 337 athletics clubs, have completed 53,891 runs covering a total distance of 269,455 km, and there have been 11,503 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.

(Paul Woodward)

 

Milton Keynes parkrun event number 218 12th April 2014

This week there were 436 runners out for a breezy stroll around the lakes. Lots of people taking it easy today getting ready for the Virgin London Marathon tomorrow. Good luck to all of you but especially those running for charity. The London Marathon is the largest single annual fundraising event in the world raising around £50 million each and every year. Please let us know how you get on and i can include any good stories in next week’s report.

45 were first timers to MK parkrun including some parkrun tourists Jane STIRLING and Richard MCLEOD who both run with Holmfirth Harriers AC. Good luck with your 100th runs guys over the next few weeks. Hope all the first timers enjoyed themselves whether seasoned tourists or new to parkrun completely. Let us know how you got on and keep coming back for more.

We had 91 runners record new Personal Bests including Sarah KING who managed to knock 37 seconds off, Mike JARVIS knocking off 43 seconds and Eric ARMITAGE who had a nice surprise with two seconds off his previous time! Well done all, celebrate every success with cake!

Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part including David HEMMINGS from Club Tropicana.

Some of the more observant amongst you may have noticed a couple of cakes at the finish line. They were all in aid of our fabulous MK parkrunner Abi Gooch who managed to finish as 12th lady and 196th overall at Marathon des Sables - fantastic efforts Abi, wear that medal with pride. The cake sale managed to raise a whopping £443.06 for Abi and her charities which were Willen Hospice and National Deaf Children’s Society. Well done to everyone involved who baked and helped out this morning. I went for the Banana and Chocolate cake fantastically created by Jen Sangster. Struggled to run with it and eat so had to stop for a few moments! Gorgeous.

Huge thanks as always to this week's volunteers:
Adam Clive WILBY • Adam SHARMAN • Ami GARDNER • David ARMITAGE • Emma WHEATCROFT • Geoff NEW • Jackie BERGMANIS • Joanne OBEE • John KIRWAN • Kassia GARDNER • Marcus KNEE • Max KELLY • Natalie GARFOOT • Sam FINNERTY • Sarah BUCK • Stella-Maria THOMAS • Stephen DUNHAM • Stephen SCOTT • Tina MCGREAL • Yvette GLACKEN

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen. We are quite flush for the next couple of weeks for volunteers but always looking for future weeks. Just have a look at the roster and email in with the position you can undertake.

Congratulations to both Heather CHARLES and Nathan BARRINGTON who both reached their 50th run milestones today. Look out for the email requesting your T shirt size.

Millions of people didn’t get a result today as they forgot their barcode (Gillian Sheppard!!!) or it didn’t scan. Please remember your barcode and ensure you get it laminated such that it scans. No barcode - no result!

You may have noticed on our facebook page that there was a complaint about parkrunners clogging up the path and forcing people off the path. We don’t own the paths so please make sure you give other runners, cyclists, people with dogs, pedestrians etc etc pleanty of room. If they make way for you then please be polite and thank them. We rely on the good will of the Parks Trust to stage our event so let’s keep everyone on our side ok.

Pippa is on holiday this weekend so no report to add. If anyone wants to add something in future then just get in touch.

Now for a few stats:

Men's placings:
James ARNOLD (SM30-34) of Shenley Striders, was first over the line in 17:52 - 7th time in 76 appearances.
Ed VOUT (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:23 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Adam HAYLOCK (SM30-34) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was third over the line in 18:25.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2352 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 2344 pts.
Paul BARNES (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2047 pts.

Women's placings:
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (16th overall) over the line in 20:10 - 72nd time in 99 appearances.
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second (25th overall) over the line in 20:42 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Sarah KING (SW25-29) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was third (40th overall) over the line in 21:40.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2467 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2398 pts.
Caroline BEECHEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2294 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) was graded 80.03% for the time 20:42 (25th overall).
Tony DAGLISH (VM45-49) was graded 77.28% for the time 18:47 (5th overall).
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) was graded 76.86% for the time 20:10 (16th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 6,556 different runners, including participants from 333 athletics clubs, have completed 53,364 runs covering a total distance of 266,820 km, and there have been 11,379 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.

(Paul Woodward)

 

Milton Keynes parkrun event number 217 5th April 2014

We start today's report with a message from our Event Director, Gareth:

"There are many reasons why I created the Milton Keynes parkrun, and high on the list was the wish to create an event for my own running community. An event brimming over with an inexhaustible love of running. To have over five hundred of you turn up last week was a joy to behold.
It never occurred to me that I would actually have to write down that this included a respect for all runners, and anyone else, you may encounter during the run.
It most certainly does not mean you have the right to bully and shove other runners in front of you. If you don't like being stuck in the middle thinking that the crowd of fellow runners, in exactly the same scenario as yourself, is 'ridiculous' then parkrun is clearly not for you.
One of you knows EXACTLY what I am talking about. To me, this behaviour is incomprehensible, which is why I have never thought to spell it out before.

Bullying will not be tolerated.

You know who you are.

I will finish as I started, with a wonderfully positive note. Thank you to everyone that gave their name to Steve to volunteer in the coming weeks. Without you, parkrun is nothing.

Gareth

I’m quite shocked that would happen at our beloved Milton Keynes parkrun. It is a free timed event brought to you by volunteers willing to give up their Saturday morning run to allow others to run. It is NOT and never has been a race. If you don’t like how many other people attend parkrun, or are unhappy that your time is a few seconds out even though it is not chip timed etc etc then perhaps you are taking it a bit too seriously. It has to be fun otherwise people won’t come back and certainly won’t volunteer if they believe it is a really serious event. How about we all try and put some fun back into it? Suggestions welcome.

Anyway, moving on and lightening things up a bit, this week there were 403 runners which is exactly 100 less than last week. I know there are a few races tomorrow but that is a massive difference. Surely not clock change related still? Are people resting ahead of next weekend’s London Marathon? Whatever the reason I hope you all had a great time. Nice to see a full compliment of marshalls out there cheering us all on and a full line up for the finish line duties. Great work Steve Burlace encouraging people to get their names down to volunteer for future weeks. Hope the cracked rib heals soon.

We had 32 first timers at Milton Keynes including some high run tourists in Michael DODDS and Clare Elizabeth WYNGARD who both run with Dulwich Runners AC and normally tear around Crystal Palace parkrun. Welcome to all of you whether you are new to parkrun or just new to Milton Keynes parkrun. Please let us know any feedback from your run as we are always looking to improve.

A massive 78 of you recorded new Personal Bests. My fastest time of the year today thanks to the two guys running together right in front of me all the way round. I think one was pacing the other but you both did great. Well done also to Andy Sealey for his first pb in a year knocking 13 seconds off his previous pb.

Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part including two members of the Stragglers running club all the way from Middlesex.

Massive thanks as always to this week's volunteers
Ann WILLIAMS • Arlette SANCHEZ-GARCIA • Brigitte COX • Celia WALKER • Chris RICHARDS • Christina TRIBBLE • Christopher Francis LARGE • Ed VOUT • Gareth SNELSON • Hazel COCKERILL • Iona RICHARDS • Jenny FENTON • Julie MARTIN • Karen BUGAJ • Mark LACEY • Nichola STOREY • Nick COSTIN • Sharon PULESTON • Stella-Maria THOMAS • Steve BURLACE • Terry DOWN • Tim PULESTON

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen. If you haven’t volunteered yet this year then time to email in. All we ask in return for running at parkrun is that everyone volunteers three times a year. Surely that is a cracking deal?

Just the one milestone to celebrate this week and that is Mark CROSBY-EMERY reaching his 50th parkrun. Well done Mark and look out for the email requesting your T shirt size. The only way to get these T shirts it to remember your barcode! No barcode, no result!

We were down to just 17 “unknowns” on the results this week - keep up the good work everyone and remember those barcodes.

Next Saturday we have Julie Martin and Spencer Ollington heading up a number of fundraising activities, a cake sale at Milton Keynes parkrun being one of them. They have recruited several DLRR bakers Tina, Jen Sangster, Kas, Gillian, Debbie D and maybe more and are organising a charity cake sale for parkrun on 12th April in support of Abi Gooch and her awesome MdS adventure in the Sahara Desert - all proceeds to her chosen charities Willen Hospice and National Deaf Children’s Society.

Cakes will be minimum £1 donation so don’t forget to bring some money next week and buy and eat as much cake as possible!

Good luck with the cake sale and of course good luck to our regular parkrunner Abi with the MdS.

We also have an excellent report this week from our roving reporter Pippa Downton:

Today I interviewed a right pair (their description of themselves) - Vanessa Stride (what a great name for a runner) and Karen Bugaj. Vanessa has done 148 parkruns!! Karen has done 82!

Why do you like getting up before parkrun?
Vanessa: I have to get up early any way to do my horse. (Lucky - I so want a horse!)
Karen: It is a nice start to the weekend!

How has parkrun changed your running?
Vanessa: It has changed my social life!
Karen: My PB has got better and it has kept me running even though I might not have had a goal!

What are your running goals?
Well we are both doing the London marathon next week and we hope we can just get round it in one piece!

If you could be any animal around parkrun what would you be?
Vanessa: I would be a cheetah because I can go slowly and stalk my 'prey' and then I can sprint really fast and get to the front at the end!
Karen: I would be a tortoise because slow and steady wins the race!

What do you have for breakfast before parkrun?
Vanessa: I have porridge with banana and raisins!
Karen: I have porridge with honey and raisins!

What is your favourite part of the MK parkrun course?
Vanessa: I like the end.
Karen: I like the zigzags

Thank you for letting me interview you today and I hope that your London marathon goes well next week!

Well done Pippa and good luck ladies for the London Marathon next week. Smash it!

This week we also have a report from Geoff New who achieved his 100th parkrun milestone last week:

Addicted to Park run -
On Saturday March 29th 2014, I finally completed my 100th parkrun in total, and my 50th at Milton Keynes.
I only discovered this fantastic free event in July 2010, due to a chance meeting with parkrun race director Martin Lawrence, after running the Milton Keynes 10k. Martin asked me did I ever run on a Saturday at the Mk parkrun , I said what was that, thinking he meant the monthly Parks Trust events, to start with. No, said Martin it’s a free event every Saturday at Willen Lake.
Now me being a very inquisitive person, went home and Googled PARKRUN, to my amazement I then found out all about the history and what I needed to do to register, and the following Saturday my journey to 100 parkruns began!
The great many things, in a positive way, parkrun has brought to my life is meeting so many lovely people , that run with a smile on their face , and feel this is so nice to see on a Saturday at all parkruns around the World.
I myself have made many new friends and about twice a month I arrange a parkrun trip in my 7 seater car with other like minded runners , to try out other parkrun courses across the UK , and to date have run 34 different courses, my next aim being to run at 100 different parkrun course not that I am obsessive.
Anyway, on my completion of my 100th parkrun, I felt, in true parkrun tradition, I best bring the cakes for all to enjoy, they must have all heard as it was our biggest crowd ever with over 500 runners on the day.
My only negative for parkrun is that I use to work overtime on a Saturday, so these days I am a poorer man , but to be honest I would rather run parkrun than earn a few extra pennies and be richer in new friends.

Awesome achievement Geoff, well done and thanks for sending in the report.

Now for some stats:

Men's placings:
Stephen RICHARDSON (SM30-34) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was first over the line in 17:26 - 38th time in 81 appearances.
John A MANLEY (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:03 - was first to finish once before.
Tim INCHLEY (VM35-39) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was third over the line in 18:31.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2164 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 2145 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 1870 pts.

Women's placings:
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (13th overall) over the line in 20:02 - 71st time in 98 appearances.
Amy INCHLEY (SW30-34) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was second (29th overall) over the line in 20:59 - was first to finish once before.
Beth HANSON (JW15-17) of Luton AC, was third (36th overall) over the line in 21:37.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2275 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2199 pts.
Caroline BEECHEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 2106 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) was graded 77.37% for the time 20:02 (13th overall).
Stephen RICHARDSON (SM30-34) was graded 75.24% for the time 17:26 (first overall).
Clare Elizabeth WYNGARD (VW50-54) was graded 75.02% for the time 23:13 (71st overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 6,511 different runners, including participants from 328 athletics clubs, have completed 52,928 runs covering a total distance of 264,640 km, and there have been 11,287 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.

(Paul Woodward)

 

Milton Keynes parkrun event number 216 29th March 2014

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:

http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/c25k/Pages/couch-to-5k.aspx

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.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=chloepennicott

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:

Men's placings:
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.

Women's placings:
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.

(Paul Woodward)

 

Milton Keynes parkrun event number 215 22nd March 2014

New highest attendance record!

This week there were 456 runners which is a new Milton Keynes parkrun record! Great to see so many turn up today as it was a bit breezy out there this morning. I am convinced we are going to break the 500 mark this year.Not quite in the top 10 biggest in the UK yet but if we keep growing at this rate then it will be very soon. Our very first event had just 44 runners four years ago!

We had 51 first timers including a few beginners groups so welcome to you all. Welcome also to a few of the parkrun tourists from far and wide including Charles GREEN on 168 runs and Karen HOULT and Andy PHILLIPS both from Canterbury Harriers. We have a few words from Simon Read who is involved with the Scania beginner's programme:

We only had 4 today as a few were ill or could not make it. It was a 10 weeks couch to 5k course. Today the people who did it were Becky Read, Jayne Allan, Matthew Allan and Patrick Pollard. They all did fantastic and I am very proud of them all especially my wife as obviously she has rheumatoid arthritis.

Cheers Simon and a huge congratulations to all of you. Come back next week for more!

67 of the runners this morning recorded new Personal Bests including our roving reporter Pippa DOWNTON knocking a massive minute off her previous pb. Well done Pippa and everyone else that got a pb today. It was tough in the wind down the back straight today.

Representatives of 26 different athletics clubs took part.

Unfortunately today there were too many “unknowns” for me to count in the results - please bring your barcode!!! No barcode - no result! You have been warned (again!)

First place today was Andy Inchley who tried to convince a few of us at the start that he had a hangover. Very good time considering, great work Andy!

Huge thanks to this week's volunteers

Caroline BEECHEY • Chris BEARD • Chris DEAL • Chris EDWARDS • Christina TRIBBLE • Christine JARVIS • David Anthony LEWIS • Debra ANDREWS • Glenn DICKINSON • James MERRICK • Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN • Jeremy HILL • Jim MARRAY • Joey GARNER • Karen LAWRENCE • Kevin CHURCH • Kevin GARDNER • Leigh STEERE • Lyn FAIRWEATHER • Mike JARVIS • Niam HANI • Nick COSTIN • Nigel David GALE

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen. We had a full roster today (possibly due to the Oakley 20 race tomorrow) but loads of spaces available for volunteers in coming weeks. We do rely on you so please email in with the position you would like to undertake.

Huge congratulations to Dennis VERHOEVEN for reaching his 100th milestone run this morning. Dennis has done 90 of those runs at Milton Keynes with a few trips to Northampton and as far afield as Edinburgh and Isle of Wight. We have a short report from Dennis:

I started parkruns as one of my very first runs back in April 2011 with my Dad who got me into running. As I started running them more regularly I started to run with a few people that was when I met Martin Lawrence and joined David Lloyd Redway Runners. I have had some good and bad runs but one of the best things about parkrun is that I have met a lot of great people. Would highly recommend it for beginners as its a great way to start running.

Excellent, cheers Dennis and well done on both the running milestone and for getting Gillian Sheppard to make the cakes! Somehow I managed to miss them again though!

Talking of missing things, we had a near miss this morning with a dog off a lead. The following is the official parkrun position on running with a dog:

Most of our events do allow runners with dogs (including Cani Cross harnesses), though in some locations this may not be possible, please ask at your local event. You can find their email address at the bottom of the event's website.

Please note that we only allow 1 dog per runner.

In any case, we ask that at all times your dogs are under firm control, kept on a short lead or harness, and that you take extreme care to avoid tripping other runners. Further information and advice about running with your dogs can be found on the Cani Cross UK website.

Remember, you cannot register your dog, or any other animal, with parkrun - this is for humans only.

At Milton Keynes parkrun we absolutely welcome you to run with a dog but it must be on a lead and under firm control. We don’t want any unnecessary injuries to runners or dogs or anything else for that matter.

Now for a report from our pb girl with her notebook - Pippa Downton:

Today I interviewed my school friend Alice who has recently joined parkrun. She is 12 years old and did her second parkrun this week!

What is your favourite running weather?
Not too hot and not too cold I guess.

What is your favourite film? (Random question!)
I don't know but I recently watched Mama Mia.

What is your favourite part of the whole MK course?
I love all the flat parts and downhill bits but I absolutely hate the zig-zag hill!

If you could be any animal round parkrun what animal would you be?
I would be a monkey because the course is lined with trees so I would be able to swing to the end!

Have you got any running goals for this year?
Only to get my 10 parkrun T-shirt but I also would quite like to get a 50 T-shirt as well.

Why do you come to parkrun?
I come because my mum does it and I am good company for her.

Thank you for letting me interview you today Alice I am pretty sure you will get your 10 T-shirt by the end of the year! See you at school.

Excellent report Pippa and congratulations on your pb!

Finally, you may have read in the parkrun email earlier this week about the changes to the age grades in the results. I won’t copy the whole section in here but please have a read:

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/news/

If you are 18/19 years old and yet to reach your 10 run T shirt then it will affect you. You have till the 1st June to reach your 10 run T shirt otherwise you will need to wait till you reach your 50th run to claim a milestone T shirt. Everyone else is unaffected.

Now for a few stats:

Men's placings:
Andy INCHLEY (SM35-39) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was first over the line in 17:39 - 7th time in 53 appearances.
James ARNOLD (SM30-34) of Shenley Striders, was second over the line in 18:09 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 1807 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 1751 pts.
Paul BARNES (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 1546 pts.

Women's placings:
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was first (24th overall) over the line in 21:13 - 11th time in 53 appearances.
Abi GOOCH (VW35-39) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second (40th overall) over the line in 22:05 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Melanie WRIGHT (SW20-24) of Sweatshop Running Community, was third (53rd overall) over the line in 22:48.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 1999 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 1891 pts.
Caroline BEECHEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 1732 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul BERRY (VM60-64) was graded 80.98% for the time 20:09 (10th overall).
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) was graded 78.08% for the time 21:13 (24th overall).
Tony DAGLISH (VM45-49) was graded 75.66% for the time 19:02 (8th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 6,429 different runners, including participants from 324 athletics clubs, have completed 52,022 runs covering a total distance of 260,110 km, and there have been 11,113 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.

(Paul Woodward)

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