Milton Keynes parkrun event number 267 21st March 2015

Normal service was resumed this week with “just” 504 runners out for a bit of a breezy run around the lakes. Great vocal support from the marshalls this week, well done!

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We had 36 first timers at MK today, most of whom were trying out parkrun for the very first time however we did have some first time tourists such as Andrew CHALMERS, Andrew PARSONS and Mike BRISTOW. Welcome to you all and let us know how you got on.

A huge 120 of you recorded new Personal Bests. Special mention to Gillian SHEPPARD who knocked nearly 20 seconds off her pb on her 192nd run. That was her first pb since way back in October 2013. Credit has to be given to Victoria Marie BERRY who was really encouraging to her all the way around.

Thanks to this week's volunteers

Andrew DODDS  •  Andrew STRINGER  •  Arlette SANCHEZ-GARCIA  •  Ben MULLAN  •  Claire HILLMAN-BROWN  •  David BOYD  •  David HUDSON  •  Derek ANDREWS  •  Gina SHARP  •  Harriett (Claire) HARMAN  •  India HILLMAN-BROWN  •  Jenny FENTON  •  Maree Blossom JESSON  •  Pete WHITMORE  •  Rob WEST  •  Roger BLOFELD  •  Ruth CHILCRAFT  •  Salima KESWANI  •  Sinead BRADBEER  •  Stephen HOBBS  •  Stephen SCOTT  •  William SHIPPIN

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.

Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part including some great sounding clubs such as Garden City Runners, Grange Farm Girls and viewtube runners!

Huge congratulations to the following that reached their T shirt milestones:

Rebecca SOPER 10

Ruth LYNCH 50

Yvette GLACKEN, Paul CLIFFORD-JONES and Jeremy HILL all on 100

Awesome efforts, well done.

This week we have an update on the junior parkrun that should be coming to Milton Keynes very soon:

In January this year I decided to try and set up a junior parkrun in Milton Keynes. junior parkruns are set up on the same principles as parkrun, the key differences are that junior events are just 2km in length, are targeted at children aged between 4 and 14 years and they are run on a Sunday at 9am. In Milton Keynes we have teamed up with MK Rugby Union Football Club to hold MK junior parkrun on at their facilities in Emerson Valley.

To establish a new event, parkrun contributes half the cost, and seeks a £3,000 start-up fee from the local community. After that, parkrun commits to support the event indefinitely free of charge.

This £3,000 is a one-off service charge paid to parkrun and covers them providing us with all the equipment needed to run the event, such as laptop and software for processing results, signs, volunteer bibs, training, website, and so on.

So far we have raised £2,000 but I need your help to raise the last £1,000. I am looking for community-minded businesses based in Milton Keynes who would like to donate some money to help us reach our fundraising target.

If the organisation you work for, if you know any businesses with a CSR policy/charity fund, would like any more information please contact me for more information. Just email kas@the-gardners.co.uk.

Thanks
Kassia
MK junior parkrun Event Director

Fantastic effort Kas. Keep up the great work and good luck with it.

Now for some stats:

Men's placings:

  • Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) of Redway Runners, was first over the line in 16:36 - 6th time in 10 appearances.
  • An unknown runner was second.
  • Daniel WEBBER (VM35-39) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was third over the line in 17:28 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 1977 pts.
  • Stuart SINCLAIR (Sweatshop Running Community) 1916 pts.
  • Geoff BROAD (Unattached) 1846 pts.

Women's placings:

  • Emma WHEATCROFT (SW30-34) of Shenley Striders, was first (30th overall) over the line in 20:01 - 4th time in 36 appearances.
  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was second (39th overall) over the line in 20:24 - has been first to finish on 21 previous occasions.
  • Jennifer SANGSTER (VW40-44) of Redway Runners, was third (60th overall) over the line in 22:06 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 1992 pts.
  • Zoe BROAD (Unattached) 1918 pts.
  • Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 1762 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 82.19% for the time 20:24 (39th overall).
  • Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) was graded 79.92% for the time 16:36 (first overall).
  • Robert HICKMAN (JM11-14) was graded 79.89% for the time 18:09 (5th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,608 different runners, including participants from 435 athletics clubs, have completed 74,330 runs covering a total distance of 371,650 km, and there have been 15,073 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 266 14th March 2015

This week there were 624 runners which is by far our highest ever turn out. Our previous record was just 541 back in January. Our ranks were swelled by graduates of the recent Redway Runners beginners group who all lined up nicely for a club photo before the start. 10845602_878953965458852_3469809642073483161_o.jpg I managed to talk to one of the new runners and her buddy before the run. This is the story of Tammy Spicer and her buddy for her first parkrun - the lovely Lucinda Parish:

Redway runners beginners group graduation

I buddied a Redway Runner's beginner at the parkrun today. I met my runner, Tammy, before the race and we got on great from the word 'go'! Tammy had the perfect attitude - the only time she was worried about was having a good time right the way round! My kind of runner. The spirits were high at the start line amongst all the beginners - everyone seemed really positive and excited. If there were any nerves they were very well hidden.

After the Redway Runners group photo (always highly amusing) and the director's briefing we were off. Tammy was a natural runner. She didn't set off too fast, attacked the zig-zags with caution but stamina and stayed at a very even pace throughout the race. Glenn had obviously taught her very well!

Tammy had run her first ever 5k last week at the MK Festival of Running so to run another one only six days later was quite incredible. I was secretly hoping to get Tammy round faster than her previous time and was delighted that she beat it by nearly a minute! Awesome running, Tammy, and it's very far to say we achieved our objective - we certainly had a good time right the way round!

11067771_879006432120272_4239887937966880310_n.jpg Great running ladies and a special mention to Glenn Dickinson for all his efforts with the beginners.

115 runners were first timers including Dave WILSON who was running his 275th parkrun!

We also had 108 runners record new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different athletics clubs took part.

After the run we were all treated to the cakes on sale by Nicola Church in aid of her marathon fund for Whizz kidz. Good luck with it Nicola.

You can sponsor her at https://www.justgiving.com/Nicola-Church3/

Huge congratulations to the following for reaching their T shirt milestones:

Eric Arthur WATKINS 10

Paul BILLINGTON 50

Susan RICKSON 50

Winny BONJA 50

Now for some stats: Men's placings:

  • An unknown runner was first.
  • Damien CESBRON (VM40-44) of Shenley Striders, was second over the line in 18:29.
  • Devon HARFORD (JM15-17) of Milton Keynes AC, was third over the line in 18:51.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 1780 pts.
  • Stuart SINCLAIR (Sweatshop Running Community) 1725 pts.
  • Geoff BROAD (Unattached) 1669 pts.

Women's placings:

  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was first (26th overall) over the line in 20:32 - 21st time in 79 appearances.
  • Deborah SMITH (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (37th overall) over the line in 21:07 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
  • Clare MOORE (VW50-54) of Worthing & District Harriers, was third (53rd overall) over the line in 22:03.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 1793 pts.
  • Zoe BROAD (Unattached) 1732 pts.
  • Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 1578 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 81.66% for the time 20:32 (26th overall).
  • Diane Josephine FARMER (VW55-59) was graded 78.31% for the time 22:49 (65th overall).
  • Caroline BEECHEY (VW55-59) was graded 78.19% for the time 22:51 (67th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,572 different runners, including participants from 433 athletics clubs, have completed 73,826 runs covering a total distance of 369,130 km, and there have been 14,953 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 264 28th February 2015

Twas a splendid morning at Milton Keynes parkrun as 439 runners tackled the zig-zags in perfect running conditions. Cool, dry, and not much of a breeze at the far side of the lake! We are lucky to have a 99% paved course in Milton Keynes, as some other courses around the country are either suffering with bog or have to use significantly amended courses.

439 runners marked our joint 19th best attendance, so despite being more than 100 away from the record of 541, it was better attended than the vast majority of all past runs. As of the report being written, it was also the 18th biggest attendance of any UK parkrun venue this morning.

With all these runners we shouldn’t have any issues covering the volunteer duties which are essential to parkrun. Indeed we have a full roster next week (possibly to do with people resting their legs in advance of the festival the following day!) but we’d welcome some emails to cover the roles for the few weeks after that. miltonkeyneshelpers@parkrun.com

The drawback of having so many runners, however, is that it does get rather crowded at the start. We say every week in the briefing to be courteous to other park users, but it’s also essential that we are courteous to the other runners we are running with. It is NOT acceptable & NOT in the spirit of parkrun to be knocking into or pushing other runners. As you all know we are a run, not a race, and we are therefore welcoming of runners & walkers of all speeds. If you are fast, you are welcome to start at the front, but should you ever find yourself stuck behind someone slower please wait for a suitable moment to pass without impeding them. The reciprocal courtesy applies, that if you are slower, you either start out wide (where there is more space) or behind in order to let faster runners get ahead, and that if you do sense a faster runner behind you, you make space for them at a suitable opportunity.

What we don’t want to hear is any more reports of aggressiveness or hostility by runners. A little courtesy & common sense goes a long way to keeping everyone happy!

Moving on to something happier, t-shirt earning milestones, there was Mick Bates celebrating 100 (with CAKE!), Mike Webber celebrating 50, and Laurence Tye celebrating 10. You’ll all be able to enjoy a shiny new Tribesports t-shirt in a few months time!

For PBs, we had a total of 47 including Colin Rettey who has done 27 runs at MK, Nikoleta Jones who has done 31, Lola Amner who has done 27 and a certain novice report writer who has also done a few. Big thanks to Charlie Fenton for racing me in the final straight, even though he pipped me to the post! (Charlie also set a best time since May!)

If you fancy having a go at writing a run report, please do get in contact with us miltonkeynesoffice@parkrun.com

Lastly, a BIG thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers including super run director Donna for ensuring everything went smoothly and ensuring we all got our times!

-Andrew

Milton Keynes parkrun
Event number 264
28th February 2015

Men's placings:
Daniel WEBBER (VM35-39) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 17:45 - 6th time in 15 appearances.
William SHIPPIN (SM25-29) of Redway Runners, was second over the line in 18:39 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Thomas INCHLEY (SM30-34) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was third over the line in 18:51 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 1388 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 1374 pts.
Geoff BROAD (Unattached) 1296 pts.

Women's placings:
Emma WHEATCROFT (SW30-34) of Shenley Striders, was first (25th overall) over the line in 21:06 - second time in 34 appearances.
Amy INCHLEY (SW30-34) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was second (26th overall) over the line in 21:12 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was third (32nd overall) over the line in 21:20 - has been first to finish on 20 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 1393 pts.
Zoe BROAD (Unattached) 1341 pts.
Iona NORWOOD (Marshall Milton Keynes AC) 1299 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 78.59% for the time 21:20 (32nd overall).
Daniel WEBBER (VM35-39) was graded 75.77% for the time 17:45 (first overall).
Stuart SINCLAIR (VM45-49) was graded 74.42% for the time 19:21 (9th overall).

This week there were 439 runners, of whom 30 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part.

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,406 different runners, including participants from 425 athletics clubs, have completed 72,835 runs covering a total distance of 364,175 km, and there have been 14,797 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.

 

Milton Keynes parkrun event number 260 31st January 2015

A big 'thank you' to Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers as they took over parkrun

Despite the icy conditions, 428 (427 official) hardy souls turned out for today's parkrun. Before the start, the first person I was fortunate enough to speak with was Francesca Eksteen who had come along for her first ever parkrun or organised run or race of any type. I asked why MK parkrun? The number of runners was an important factor, as Francesca was worried where she might finish, along with a wish to follow a healthier lifestyle and comments by friends who had told her how supportive the parkrun community is. She was targeting a time of 45 minutes and was beaming ear to ear when I found her after the run, having clocked a wonderful 39:28 and a PB to boot. She wanted everyone to know how much she appreciated the organisers, marshals and the other runners. Well done Francesca and welcome to the parkrun community along with the other 36 first time finishers who joined you this week.

While they were a tad cold before the off, the steam evaporating at the finish was a testament to the effort put in by all, from the first person across the line, Ben Fairhill of Redway Runners through to Louise Sinclair officially supporting the rear of the run. Ben clocked an impressive 16:39 on his 8th appearance and looked far too relaxed as he crossed the line. I was only able to catch up with Ben as he had stopped running. I asked him how he had found the course? A little icy on the far side but generally fine it seems, which was the feedback from most peeps out there today. The first woman across the line was another Redway Runner, Julie Loxley, hotly pursued 18 seconds later by Jennifer Sangster and Vikki Alexander 2 seconds behind, both of whom have previously been the first woman to finish. A modest Julie suggested that I might want to interview another runner as she had featured before. Given her 74 appearances to date and current lead in the annual points competition, that should have come as no surprise.

I was inspired by the number of parents out there with their children, proving that parkrun really is a family affair. First across the line in the buggy stakes pushing his twin 22 month old boys was Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers James Handley who finished in 25:58 and and who claimed a new PB on his second outing with the lads. I asked James how he found it pushing his very handsome boys who clearly take their good looks from their mum (its ok, I know James well). The start was a little congested with a double buggy and trying to overtake a few runners, but he found everyone very supportive, understanding and in his words kind particularly once underway. If he was looking to pass someone, the sound of the buggy meant peeps would look behind and move over with a smile to let him pass, particularly when he was coming downhill and the buggy picked up momentum. He was followed not long after by Nathan Barrington on his 61st parkrun and 19month old Elijah in 26.09. I asked Nathan what he enjoyed most about the parkrun and like James, it was being able to experience it with their children as well as adding a new and extra challenge to their training. All three boys were smiling, happy and clearly having a great time. To make it a complete family outing, Elijah was able to cheer on his mum Samantha Baker who home with a time of 30.01.

The age gap between parent and child was a tad closer with Laura Davis completing her 129th parkrun in 27.19, just one second behind her mum Caroline Beechy on her 183 rd parkrun. Had you been running together I asked the two? A silent glance followed by a burst of laughter, told me they weren't. Laura hasn't beaten her mum in a race for a few years (which she doesn't mind sharing as she is rightly proud of Carolines achievements) and was trying to do so today, missing by such the smallest of margins.Both were tired, sweaty, giggling and evidently proud of the other. Laura did point out that her PB, set a couple of years back, is quicker than Carolines so I reckon girls, thats a score draw to date.

Richard R2d2 Jones, a pre run nervous first time run director of Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers, said afterwards that the feedback he received from every runner he spoke to was positive without any negative comments at all. He wanted to thank the 31 volunteers from the Flyers who turned out to help in all the positions who took to their roles with magnificent aplomb.

There was a race within the run, with the pacers trying to get as close as they could to their target time. Top honours were taken by Jessica Anstee who was pacing at 23.30 and who came in at 23.29. Jess began her parkrun exploits back in 2007 at Wimbledon with her barcode number being 6000 something. Given parkrun global has reached well over 100,000 runs, with weekly runner attendances in 2014 going over 60,000 for the first time, that is a great connection to parkrun. Second in the race within the run was Andy Bierton in 20.02 (20:00), followed by Richard Satnav Jones in 21:49 (22:00), Mike Petty 24:48 (25:00), Brendan O'Mahoney 30:13 (30:00) and Caroline O'Mahoney 35:40 (35:00).

And finally to Victoria Flanagan, who deserves an honourable mention for crossing the line with the tail runner, Annie Paige. Victoria unfortunately won't appear in the official records due to a wardrobe malfunction. She left her bar code in different running gear than she had on. Never the less, Victoria encompasses what parkrun is all about. She started running at the start of this month, having put a little bit of weight on following having her child (I checked and she's very happy to share why she was running). This was her fifth run in a row and she feels that with each week, she is getting a little fitter and going a little further. Running is giving her energy which she didn't know she had, a better out look on life and something to focus on once a week just for her (which is really important as every loving and devoted parent will tell you). The entire team was cheering and clapping as she crossed the line and in Victoria's words, she was ''really overwhelmed''. That to me summed up the ethos of parkrun and the wider running community. Mutual support, respect and admiration for everyones efforts, whether out there on the course or behind the scenes. The only disappointment was the circus being closed and no bacon rolls in the cafe. Can parkrun HQ sort that out for next week?

Paul Owen

 

Men's placings:

Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) of Redway Runners, was first over the line in 16:39 - 4th time in 8 appearances.

Jordan CLAY (SM18-19) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was second over the line in 17:05 - was first to finish once before.

James MASON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:58.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 593 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 591 pts.
Simon READ (Redway Runners) 590 pts.

Women's placings:
Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was first (52nd overall) over the line in 21:45 - 17th time in 74 appearances.
Emma WHEATCROFT (SW30-34) of Shenley Striders, was second (58th overall) over the line in 22:03 - was first to finish once before.
Jennifer SANGSTER (VW40-44) of Redway Runners, was third (60th overall) over the line in 22:05 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 595 pts.
Jennifer SANGSTER (Redway Runners) 592 pts.
Vikki ALEXANDER (Shenley Striders) 577 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) was graded 79.68% for the time 16:39 (first overall).
Jordan CLAY (SM18-19) was graded 78.05% for the time 17:05 (second overall).
Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 77.09% for the time 21:45 (52nd overall).

This week there were 430 runners, of whom 37 were first timers and 78 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different athletics clubs took part.

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,279 different runners, including participants from 423 athletics clubs, have completed 71,075 runs covering a total distance of 355,375 km, and there have been 14,494 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.

 

Milton Keynes parkrun event number 259 24th January 2015

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.

https://www.justgiving.com/Lucinda-Parish

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:

Men's placings:

  • 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.

Women's placings:

  • 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.

Paul Woodward

 

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