This week there were 496 runners out enjoying a bit of a blowy run around the course. Great pre-run instructions from Tam Quinn this morning with a great round of applause for a beginners group graduating with their first 5K run. Hope you all enjoyed yourself, let us know how you got on.
Picture below is of the beginners group with their buddies just before the run this morning:
We had 45 first timers, including the beginners course above, at MK today including just three parkrun tourists with Nigel WALMSLEY on 96 runs, Tim RUMBLE on 66 and Nicky DODDS on 12 runs. Welcome to you all whether complete parkrun newbie or seasoned tourist. Let us know what you thought of our parkrun.
One of our first timers today was Bethany MALTBY whose mum Helen has sent in the following:
I started running to loose weight and discovered that I loved it. I've done a few parkruns and a few races where I've earned some medals. My seven year old daughter is particularly envious of my medals. So she decided that she wanted some medals and wanted to 'run like mummy'.
Being aware of the need to be active I have of course encouraged her and she has come on a few short runs with me. Today was my birthday and as part of that I said that I would like us to do the parkrun as a family. She readily agreed but my son was more reluctant. Still, he came and decided to run with my husband who is faster than me, whilst my daughter ran with me.
Both of them completed the course, even though my daughter and I came in nearly last. In her words 'it doesn't matter because at least I'm running and at least I'm doing it'. How right she is.
Unknown to her we had bought a medal for her, and Tam kindly presented it to her at the end of the race. She could not stop beaming. We also got one for my son, but being a few years older, he wasn't quite so excited!
Thank you to parkrun for making her first 5k so special. I hope she will continue to run.
A huge 75 recorded new Personal Bests which is impressive in that wind, especially along the back of the lake. I did hear quite a few people saying “taking it easy today as have Oakley tomorrow”, mainly as they overtook me! Cheers for that! Special mention to Izzy GARDNER for a huge 2 minute pb this morning, even though she slowed down to give me a high five as she ran past me on the home straight. Great effort.
Representatives of 30 different athletics clubs took part with some new additions to our club list such as Black Pear Joggers, Castle Point Joggers and Port Talbot Harriers & AC.
Huge thanks as always to this week's volunteers
Abi GOOCH • Amit PATEL • Andy COLLINS • Angela MULLIGAN • Ben MULLAN • Daniel GREEN • David NOURSE • David WHITELEY • Derek ANDREWS • Derek SLANN • Helen BLUCHER-ALTONA • Maree Blossom JESSON • Nicky FORD • Pete WHITMORE • Philippa FAIRHALL • Simon GURNEY • Tam QUINN • Tim GIFFEN • Victoria Marie BERRY • William SHIPPIN
We had a full volunteer roster today which was great but future weeks are looking a bit sparse. See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.
Well done to the following for reaching their T shirt milestones. We had Dania ALANI reach 10 and Ivor HOWARD reach his 100th run! Very impressive. Remember the only way to reach these sort of numbers is to remember your barcode. No barcode, no time, no exceptions. Even our event director Gareth had to go and get his barcode after forgetting it!
Whilst on the topic of milestones, the next milestone after 100 is 250 and we have Chris BEARD on 248 - let us know what your plan is Chris for your 250th run. Hope you’re celebrating it at MK!
As you may all be aware it is not long till the awesome London Marathon. We have a few of our regular MK parkrunners doing it for charity so here are some of their stories complete with the charity links:
First up, Nicola Church. Nicola is running for Whizz-Kidz and her charity page .https://www.justgiving.com/Nicola-Church3/
We also have Kerry Cooper who is running for the Evelina Children's Heart organisation - ECHO .
Kerry’s cousins baby was born Feb 18th this year and at only 5 days old baby Rosie underwent 7.5 hours open heart surgery to help her tiny heart work more efficiently. She has had fantastic care and support from the Evelina hospital. Kerry aims to raise £2500 for them which helps to provide counselling to families and vital equipment for patients. Rosie will need further surgery as she grows bigger.
Kerry’s page is virginmoneygiving.com/Kerrycooper01 or text donate echo97 £3 to 70070
Kerry is the one in the middle below:
Next is Jennifer Sangster, from Broughton, who is supporting the British Heart Foundation by attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Fastest Love Heart’ at the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise vital funds for BHF
Jennifer, aged 40, Business Manager at Santander, will be donning a huge red love heart costume for the BHF and running the 26.2 mile course on 26 April, hoping to raise £3,000 to help raise vital funds for research into heart disease.
Jen says: “I decided to set myself a really fun challenge to ‘give back’ what I could to the BHF. My little godson was born with a major congenital heart defect, which required surgical intervention if he was to survive. So far he has undergone major open heart surgery on two occasions. The amazing research that the BHF have funded meant that Jacob was one of the first children worldwide to have the course of action Great Ormond Street undertook for him. The treatment has enabled little Jacob to do more than simply survive, today he’s up and running like any normal little boy.”
To raise money and awareness Jennifer will also be running the Paris Marathon two weeks before the Virgin Money London Marathon and then the Milton Keynes marathon just 8 days after that. She has also set herself the goal of running 2,015 miles in 2015 which will include a run across Wales, a 50 mile run across the Lake District and a non-stop 100km run in one day.
You can support Jen in her challenges by making a donation viahttps://www.justgiving.com/Jennifer-Sangster3
Next is Lisa Vedder, this is her London marathon story.
It was almost two years ago I decided to get fit and lose some weight and running was my choice of exercise.
I was going to run in race for life in four weeks and had started to raise money to keep me motivated. This was important as I wasn't very good. I couldn't even run 50 meters without wanting to collapse in a heap on the floor. If I raised money I had to train, no matter what!
It was from here that my passion for running grew. I started to love it and how it made me feel. The longer I was able to run the less stressed I became. I was and still am addicted. I find myself needing to run and miserable if I don't train.
Parkrun has become part of that. I loved it when I finally broke the 30 minute mark last year and most recently under 29 minutes. The support from other runners here has helped me continue to drive forward on my running journey and with that knowledge and continued support from my personal trainer (Lewis from Perfect Fit) I've done three 10km races, two half marathons and MK Festival of Running 20 miles.
Virgin Money London Marathon was always my ultimate challenge and my charity place was secured within weeks of last years event.
Every year since I was 4 I've watched others take part in ore always saying that one year I will do that. Well this year is that year.
I would love to do the run in under 5 hours but in reality I will settle for getting round in one piece. For my first marathon I think that's a great target.
It's going to be tough. I struggled with the 20 mile run and my training hasn't gone exactly according to plan but I will get through it. Knowing that I'm raising money for such a great cause is all the motivation I need to persevere and keep going.
Through raffles, bake sales, the ice bucket challenge, sweet competitions and starting to get sponsorship I'm almost half way to my fundraising target of £2k.
If you would like to help then go to
Thank You and best wishes to all taking part.
Last but by no means least we have Debbie Dickinson.
Glenn Dickinson and I are running VLM for Willen Hospice. On Milton Keynes marathon day 2012 our auntie Eileen lost her life to a brain tumour. She was diagnosed early March and passed away in Willen Hospice on 29 April. She was 67. We are extremely grateful for the care Willen Hospice provided for her and her family. I ran MK marathon in 2013 for Willen and now London in 2015.
We have raised £2215 so far! We have held cakes sales at our workplaces and with Hannah Conelly hosted a fancy dress party, raffle, quiz and bingo night. People have been very generous.
Great efforts and thanks for sending all those in. Good luck with raising the remaining sponsorship money.
Now for this week’s stats:
- Tim HARRIS (SM30-34) of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC, was first over the line in 16:15 - second time in 2 appearances.
- Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) of Redway Runners, was second over the line in 16:38 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
- William SHIPPIN (SM25-29) of Redway Runners, was third over the line in 18:13 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
- William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 2175 pts.
- Stuart SINCLAIR (Sweatshop Running Community) 2111 pts.
- Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 2017 pts.
- Emma WHEATCROFT (SW30-34) of Shenley Striders, was first (24th overall) over the line in 20:35 - 5th time in 37 appearances.
- Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was second (26th overall) over the line in 20:38 - has been first to finish on 21 previous occasions.
- Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (27th overall) over the line in 21:00 - has been first to finish on 78 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
- Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 2191 pts.
- Zoe BROAD (Unattached) 2110 pts.
- Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 1947 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
- Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 81.26% for the time 20:38 (26th overall).
- Tim HARRIS (SM30-34) was graded 80.72% for the time 16:15 (first overall).
- Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) was graded 79.76% for the time 16:38 (second overall).
Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,653 different runners, including participants from 439 athletics clubs, have completed 74,826 runs covering a total distance of 374,130 km, and there have been 15,149 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.