This week there were 341 runners out for a breezy run around the lake. Everything finally seems to be drying out and getting warmer. Nearly time to crack the parkrun vest out!
We had 59 first timers this morning including some parkrun tourists Carrie BOLTON on 95 runs, Richard KEMP on 81 (both from Abingdon) and Colin HOLLIS on 62 runs all the way from Pontefract parkrun! Welcome to you all and let us know how you got on with our course. There were quite a few first timers graduating from the recent SRC beginners group too. Hope you all had a great time. We also had a couple of runners from the DLRR beginners group that became so confident with their running they decided to "graduate" early and come along today. Well done to Lucy Hodgkinson and Jackie Bergmanis! We have a little note from Lucy:
Fay Chester was enjoying her running so much that it spurred my into joining the DLRR beginners group. Gareth Snelson is so great at encouraging the beginners that I felt I could do an early graduation parkrun, we still have three weeks to go on the beginners course! This is my first 5k without a stop and although it was hard I really enjoyed it. The course is good with a few hills but the downhill side doesn't make them too bad, the zigzags are a completely different story! Will be there again in a few weeks.
Cheers Lucy and well done to Fay and Gareth for inspiring them!
We had 62 runners record new Personal Bests even though most people seemed to be taking it easy with the MK half on tomorrow. Let’s hope some of those PBs don’t have too much of an impact on tomorrow’s race! One awesome PB to mention is the superquick Benjamin Sangster taking well over a minute off his previous PB! Well done Ben.
Congratulations to Stephen DUNHAM for reaching his 50th run milestone today. Look out for the email requesting your T shirt size. Remember the only way to receive these T shirts is to turn up regularly and bring your barcode! No barcode = no time.
Whilst mentioning people hitting milestones today, Russell Rose hit his 100th run milestone today over at Thetford parkrun, with 68 of those runs being at Milton Keynes. Congratulations Russell.
This month’s Sweatshop parkrunner is Nigel Sheppard. Well done Nigel. For those that missed it, Nigel posted the attached on our facebook page:
Thanks everybody It's been a great 4 years as a run director and I've met lots of fabulous people along the way. parkrun really has changed my life turning me from a 2 mile jogger into an obsessed athlete (bit of artistic license there). I wish the next generation of run directors every success and I'm always happy to provide input into how to massage the results system to cover up any minor inaccuracies that may have cropped up in the numbers/timing. See you soon …
Cheers Nigel and good luck.
Huge thanks to our volunteers this week:
Run Director - Iona RICHARDS
Run Director - Gareth SNELSON
Run Director - Max KELLY
Timekeeper - Carol DOWNS
Backup Timer - Melanie JORDAN
Pre-event Setup - Ian STEVENS
Barcode Scanning - Julie LOXLEY
Barcode Scanning - Stuart SINCLAIR
Barcode Scanning - Jacqui MILLS
Finish Tokens - Tracy CARDNO
Finish Token Support - Sally PUDDEPHATT
Number Checker - Celia WALKER
Tail Runner - Caroline BEECHEY
Marshal - Annette KRAFT
Marshal - Mike JARVIS
Marshal - Christine JARVIS
Marshal - Paul BARNES
Marshal - Mark CANHAM
Marshal - Tara WOOTON
Marshal - Gary HOWARD
Volunteer Co-ordinator - Sarah LOFTUS
You may have noticed the children from Middleton Primary School this morning at parkrun. Bad luck if any of them overtook you on the course! Julie Burton who works at the school sent this into me for the report:
Saturday 8th March saw 14 children from Middleton Primary School’s running club attend their first Milton Keynes parkrun. With the help of several parents and staff from the school, the children all completed the course in respectable times.
The children are aged between 8 and 10 and have been increasing their distances in training as well as doing some intervals and hill running, ready to tackle the parkrun course. All enjoyed their run and finished with huge smiles on their faces. Well done everyone!
Middleton Primary School
Cheers Julie, what a great idea. I saw quite a few of them running today and they all looked like they were loving it.
Finally, a short report from a fairly new runner who has decided to run the London Marathon this year:
Hi, my name is Adam Sharman.
Having never run before, I attended my first parkrun in April last year after being told about it by a friend. My intention was to lose a bit of weight.
I went to the gym and ran on a treadmill a few times in the build up to my first parkrun but never ran 5km in less than half an hour. I remember my first parkrun and thought I was going to die when I was about halfway around, but I had a real buzz as I crossed the finishing line and queued up with my token. Lots of people had told me that I would be slower running outside as its a lot easier on a treadmill. I found it the other way around, running with all the other parkrunners, being cheered on and supported by the amazing volunteers and spectators... it gave me so much motivation to keep going. I was so pleased and shocked to receive my text with my official time 25:15! It was a personal best for me and it gave me a time to try and better in the next parkrun. I would do parkrun every week if I could, but I am a train driver and do shift work including weekends, but I am now up to 20 parkruns. I enjoyed my first few parkruns so much, I really had the running bug and I wanted a new challenge. I tried to sign up for the London Marathon but wasn't lucky enough to get in through the general public ballott, so I applied for a goldon bond from Willen Hospice. They are a local charity that look after people with life limiting illnesses and they do an amazing job, not only for their patients but the families too. I was offered the gold bond place at the end of November. I jumped at the chance to run for Willen Hospice but did struggle to get my head around the fact that I was going to be running the London marathon and the realisation that I needed to raise £2000 for charity. I went to my company London Midland Trains to see if they could help, they offered to donate 50p for every £1 that I was sponsored. This was a massive relief and it meant I could get on with my training.
Willen Hospice require £4million each year to be able to do the incredible work they do so every penny counts, my link for sponsorship is:
Before Christmas I had never run more than 10km/6miles, so it was going to be a challenge. In January I joined the David Lloyd Redway Runners and have been along to every Sunday run since. These runs have helped me so much with my fitness and stamina. I now run at least 3 times a week, I do a 10km run with the Sweatshop on a Thursday evening, the parkrun on Saturdays when I can and the Sunday run with my running club. My training is coming along nicely and i am surprising myself each week. In the last week alone I have managed to get a new 5km PB at parkrun 22:03, a new 10km PB 47:50, ran half marathon distance in less than 2 hours and even managed my first 20 mile run on Sunday.
I am running the Milton Keynes festival of running half marathon this week which will be my first ever race, then I am running the Coventry half marathon in a few weeks time, followed by the London Marathon on 13th April!
I would highly recommend parkrun to anyone, whether they to, meet new friends, lose a little weight or just to get fitter.
I have lost over 2 and 1/2 stone in weight and its all because I attended my first parkrun.
Brilliant report Adam. Keep up the good work and hope all goes well for the marathon.
No report from our roving reporter Pippa today as she forgot her notepad!
Now for a few stats:
Mark PALSER (SM25-29) of Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 17:29 - third time in 14 appearances.
Stephen RICHARDSON (SM30-34) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second over the line in 17:52 - has been first to finish on 36 previous occasions.
James RISDALE (SM30-34) of Arena 80 AC, was third over the line in 17:54.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 1556 pts.
Paul BARNES (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 1546 pts.
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 1449 pts.
Sarah Jane THORNE (VW45-49) of Dunstable RRC, was first (22nd overall) over the line in 21:29 - 4th time in 14 appearances.
Olga GOFFIN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (28th overall) over the line in 21:42 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Shiru WILLIAMS (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (41st overall) over the line in 22:26.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 1599 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 1507 pts.
Sarah BUCK (Unattached) 1379 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Sarah Jane THORNE (VW45-49) was graded 75.41% for the time 21:29 (22nd overall).
Mark PALSER (SM25-29) was graded 73.88% for the time 17:29 (first overall).
Sam NICHOLAS (JM15-17) was graded 73.44% for the time 18:57 (7th overall).
Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 6,323 different runners, including participants from 317 athletics clubs, have completed 51,117 runs covering a total distance of 255,585 km, and there have been 10,945 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.