Hope you all enjoyed the sights this morning around the lake courtesy of the MK International Festival. Hopefully there were no accidents with the cable tray towards the finish line? We had just 342 out this morning enjoying the rather damp and muggy conditions. Were all our usual faces busy or just fair-weather parkrunners? In case any of you were wondering what all those items on the lake at the finish line were, here is a photo from last night which should give you an idea! (courtesy of the Parks Trust).
For all those that missed the run this morning, we had a tutu laden hen party for Terri Hugel who is getting married in August. Thanks to Hannah Linford for supplying a few words as follows:
Terri Hugel ran parkrun today amidst capes, tutus, tiaras and sashes! As every DLRR bride-to-be knows a hen parkrun is a must! This time a year ago Terri joined the DLRR beginners group in preparation for her wedding day! Today she ran with the merry gang of runners she has met through the club. Great fun was had by all despite the soggy morning and she even encouraged Hannah’s son, Theo Linford round. He finished in 317th place 39:40, 6 years old. Terri sang Katie Perry Roar for the last 400m to get him to the finish! Good luck to Terri and Pete when they tie the knot in August!
Thanks for that Hannah and good luck with everything Terri. Just in case you didn’t know, parkrunners are partial to a bit of cake, especially Wedding cake!
We had 38 first timers this morning including the lovely Chloe WOOD coming in as first lady. Chloe was taking advantage of visiting her Brother in Milton Keynes to give our parkrun a go. Other parkrun tourists included Bharat RANIGA, Craig HUSSEY and Steven STOCKWELL who was running his 156th parkrun and having visited his 80th different parkrun. Nice to meet you this morning Steven and good luck with the parkrun blog. If you fancy a good read then his blog can be found at http://www.blog7t.com/
37 recorded new Personal Bests including Sam NICHOLAS knocking 26 seconds off his previous pb and coming in second place this morning. Well done Sam.
Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part including Luke CALLIS from Orion Harriers who finished in first place on his first visit to Milton Keynes.
Huge congratulations to our T Shirt milestone achievers this week. We had Bharat RANIGA and Phil WORDLEY both hit the 50 mark. Well done guys and look out for the email requesting your T shirt size. Next week should see Pippa DOWNTON and Stewart CAMPBELL both hit 50 and in a few weeks Paul CARTER should hit the big 100!
Since next week is my last week in my current age grade, I thought I would celebrate success whilst I still can and publish this week’s age grade winners:
JM10 - Alexander LEE
JM11-14 - Guy BAGWELL
JM15-17 - Sam NICHOLAS
JW10 - Chloe ARTHUR
JW11-14 - Carrie WALKER
JW15-17 - Sophie Jade O'LEARY
SM20-24 - Luke CALLIS
SM25-29 - Robert HARRISON
SM30-34 - John WOOD
SW18-19 - Sheniah ASIAMAH
SW20-24 - Jessica COX
SW25-29 - Sarah KING
SW30-34 - Chloe WOOD
VM35-39 - Matt BAYFIELD
VM40-44 - Paul WOODWARD
VM45-49 - Stuart SINCLAIR
VM50-54 - Lutz GOTTSCHALK
VM55-59 - Fred EDWARDS
VM60-64 - Paul CURTIS
VM65-69 - Peter Benjamin COX
VM75-79 - Larry CORKREY
VW35-39 - Abi GOOCH
VW40-44 - Gillian SHEPPARD
VW45-49 - Julie LOXLEY
VW50-54 - Sharon PULESTON
VW55-59 - Lesley HINDMARSH
VW60-64 - Christine AYERS
I was amazed by some of the finish times by the list above. Fantastic work all of you and great to see such a wide spread of ages.
It would appear all the “volunteer encouraging” lately has had an effect as we had a full roster of volunteers this week.
Thanks to all those that helped out:
Angela IRVING • Angela NORRIS • Angela Sarah COX • Ann WILLIAMS • Brian BARLOW • Chris RICHARDS • Eleanor GRANT • Geoff NEW • Gill KIRKUP • Helen WIGGINS • Ian ROPKE • Lindsay O'KANE • Neil IRVING • Peter LOOSE • Sara GREIG • Sean ROBERTSON • Stella BELL • Stella-Maria THOMAS • Stuart SULLIVAN
See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.
We have a few volunteers for next week but could do with a few more. The following weeks are looking a bit bleak (hint hint!)
Good luck to all our regulars running at the Furzton Fun Relay Sunday afternoon. If you want to go down to support then it all starts and finishes at the Fayre and Square pub at Furzton lake. DLRR have organised it and all profits go to their charity of the year - Harry’s Rainbow. Start is at 2pm!
If the 5K parkrun is not long enough and you are looking for a local race later in the year then look no further than the Dirt Half held on the 15th November. Registration is open but sells out fast so be quick. The photo below captures a few of our regular parkrunners during the race last year.
Registration is also open for the MK marathon in 2015. There is also a half, a corporate relay and for those that like to dress up - a Superhero Fun Run!
More info and entry is via http://mkmarathon.com/
One of our regular parkrunners - Kirsty Lund - has recently had some great news with her fundraising. She has been trying to raise enough money to get her Daughter Neve a trip to Belgium for some specialist treatment and after some terrific support has reached the first milestone!
This from Kirsty:
Thank you to everybody for taking the time to donate their hard earned pennies for Neve! We now have enough to pay for the 1st part of the ABR therapy! ABR (Advanced BioMechanical Rehabilitation) is a unique rehabilitative approach for children and young adults with cerebral palsy and other brain injuries that brings predictable recovery of the musculo-skeletal structure and motor functions. This first session of therapy will be on the 17th & 18th of September this year but we have to get to Belgium for this first part...so anymore donations would be greatly appreciated to help us get there. We will be able to transfer over to the Scotland sessions after this initial one which make it a lot easier as it's run from somewhere in the airport so we can fly in & straight out again when we're done but Belgium is a little more tricky
We've had some amazing donations from people & such fantastic support from those doing the fundraising, we can't thank you enough as we know how much time & energy this can take especially as these people have full time jobs & families of their own....true Super Hero's to Nevebug!!
Finally, our roving reporter Pippa Downton managed to catch Shiela Rose after today’s run for a short interview:
Today I interviewed Sheila. She runs in her barefoot sandals because of an injury and she has never looked back. She is 50 and to celebrate, she has ran 2 marathons back to back! Impressive.
Why do you come to parkrun?
I haven't been for ages and I came because next week I am helping with the beginners who are graduating.
What is your favorite part of the course?
I like the downhill at the Peace Pagoda. I haven't run parkrun for a while so it's my first time on the amazing new course.
Have you ever been a parkrun tourist?
No. I like the Milton Keynes one just fine and if I go somewhere else I usually forget my barcode!
What is your favourite volunteering role?
I like photography because when they run past they smile at you and you forget that they are only smiling because you are taking a picture!
Who is your running hero?
All my beginners who are graduating because they have done so well the past weeks and I am really proud.
What are your running goals?
To run 100 miles in one go! Half way through you need to make sure you have a snack or you won’t be able to keep going!
How did you find the weather today?
Lovely. Just when I was getting quite hot because of the humidity the rain started and it was really refreshing.
If you could be any animal around parkrun, what would you be?
I would be my Shitzu Hector because when he runs his fluffy ears flap around and it looks like he is smiling! Cute.
What do you eat before parkrun?
I eat a piece of fruit. Today I had a banana.
Thank you for letting me Pip you today. I hope that all the David Lloyd people in the tutu's and cloaks had a great run today for the hen party! They certainly looked very good.
Great one today Pippa, thanks for that.
We also have a picture of Luna Sandal Sheila and reporter Pippa from after the run:
Now for a few stats:
Luke CALLIS (SM20-24) of Orion Harriers, was first over the line in 17:51 - first appearance.
Sam NICHOLAS (JM15-17) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was second over the line in 17:55.
John WOOD (SM30-34) of Rothwell & District Harriers, was third over the line in 17:59.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4642 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 4485 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 4087 pts.
Chloe WOOD (SW30-34) of Rothwell & District Harriers, was first (15th overall) over the line in 19:42 - first appearance.
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second (43rd overall) over the line in 21:56 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.
Abi GOOCH (VW35-39) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was third (44th overall) over the line in 22:00 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4963 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4787 pts.
Carol DOWNS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4131 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Sam NICHOLAS (JM15-17) was graded 77.67% for the time 17:55 (second overall).
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) was graded 75.53% for the time 21:56 (43rd overall).
Chloe WOOD (SW30-34) was graded 75.21% for the time 19:42 (15th overall).
Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 7,094 different runners, including participants from 360 athletics clubs, have completed 58,891 runs covering a total distance of 294,455 km, and there have been 12,388 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.