Milton Keynes parkrun event number 232 26th July 2014

Well done to Owen BAYLEY and Brandon RICHARDSON who both hit their 10th run milestone today. We also had Stewart CAMPBELL reach his 50th run. Look out for the email requesting your T shirt sizes. Loads of people down as Unknown today who were either missing their barcode or the barcode couldn’t be scanned. Please remember your barcode each week and make sure it can be scanned. Get it laminated which really helps, especially in this rather warm sweaty weather. Talking of sweat, please be considerate to the poor barcode scanning volunteers and give your barcode a little wipe before handing it over for scanning!

Whilst on the subject of volunteers, hopefully no one ever feels the need to apologise to them for being last or being a bit slow. The volunteers are just as excited to cheer home the last runner as they do the first. The very fact you are out there running makes you part of our parkrun community so well done for just turning up.

This week there were 439 runners out enjoying the sunshine. Still a bit warm for some, including myself, but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves as they got to the shady last straight. Let’s not moan about it being too hot though as before you know it, it will be Xmas! Just in case you’re getting a bit excited already, it is just 151 sleeps till Santa!

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In the photo above we have the lovely Rosie Teckoe and her son Jacob out enjoying the morning.

Clearly a bit warm for travelling too far today as really down on the parkrun tourists. A warm welcome though to those that did make the trip over to us including Robert BRADBURY and also James, Charlie and Sarah of the MACLEAN family. Hope you enjoyed our course. Let us know if there is anything from your usual parkrun that we can incorporate to improve things for the runners.

Within the 47 first timers we also had some completely new to parkrun including Sarah Kerr and Tracey Tachikawa who are both recent graduates from the Happy Owl Fitness Beginners Run course. This was organised by Sheila Rose with help from the rest of the Luna Sandal team Russ, Dean and Keith. The other 5 members of the beginners course did their graduation run on the 12th July. Sarah has since signed up for her first 5K chip race on the 14th August. Well done Sarah and Sheila and thanks for slowing down to say Hi this morning even though I was a bit shouty!

If you want to learn more about Sheila’s training then see her website:

http://www.happyowlfitness.co.uk/

A massive 78 of our runners recorded new Personal Bests this morning which is a phenomenal feat in that weather. Far too many to list individually but special mention to Manny SUCHA, Tristan WILLIAMS, Morgan SMITH and recent married lady Julie DALZELL!

Huge thanks to this week's volunteers
Adam JOYCE • Amit PATEL • Amita PATEL • Callum JONES • Chris BROWN • Danny MORRIS • Gill ASHLEY • Helen BLUCHER-ALTONA • Ian ROPKE • Jonathan CLEMENTS • Karen CAMIDGE • Marcus MITCHINSON • Melanie JORDAN • Paul HEPWORTH • Pelham WEST • Rosie TECKOE • Sarah KING • Sean ROBERTSON • Sophie MARTIN • Stephen SCOTT

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen. We have had a rush of volunteers for next week with just a couple of spaces left to fill. The few weeks after that are a bit sparse if you fancy doing a volunteering stint.

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Hope it all went well as back up timer Sarah King. Looks like you were enjoying yourself and obviously no-one distracted you!

Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part including the wonderfully named Mel’s Milers.

Now for some stats:

Men's placings:
Stephen GREEN (SM30-34) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 16:54 - 4th time in 15 appearances.
Mark PINDER (SM20-24) of Nestle Rowntree AC, was second over the line in 17:09.
Tom KIMBER (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:34 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4809 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 4485 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 4232 pts.

Women's placings:
Julie DALZELL (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was first (40th overall) over the line in 21:07 - second time in 49 appearances.
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second (44th overall) over the line in 21:23 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.
Emma MEARS (JW11-14) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was third (55th overall) over the line in 21:47.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4986 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4963 pts.
Carol DOWNS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4128 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kirk CLIFFORD (VM60-64) was graded 86.62% for the time 18:41 (5th overall).
Steve SHARPLES (VM50-54) was graded 78.32% for the time 18:50 (6th overall).
Stephen GREEN (SM30-34) was graded 77.61% for the time 16:54 (first overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 7,144 different runners, including participants from 361 athletics clubs, have completed 59,330 runs covering a total distance of 296,650 km, and there have been 12,466 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 231 19th July 2014

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.

http://www.dirtrunning.co.uk/

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!!

http://www.treeofhope.org.uk/love-bug/

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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:

Men's placings:
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.

Women's placings:
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.

(Paul Woodward)

 

Milton Keynes parkrun event number 230 12th July 2014

This week there were 428 runners out for a rather warm run. Glad to see everyone come back to Milton Keynes parkrun after going elsewhere last week due to the Willen race.

We had 33 runners attend MK for the first time including our first place runner Martin RUTTER on his 180th run. We also had quite a few other parkrun tourists in Daniel GREENSLADE and Gemma BRIERLEY. Welcome to all of you whether you are completely new to parkrun or just visiting us for a bit of a change to your usual run. Let us know how you got on with any feedback.

It was a bit too warm for trying to set a personal best today but we still had a huge 57 record a pb including loads from the latest DLRR IY5K course - more on that in a moment.

Representatives of 23 different athletics clubs took part.

This week we had 12 runners graduating from the latest David Lloyd Redway Runners Improve Your 5K course which has been over the last 9 weeks.

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The picture above shows the graduates with the pacers/buddies from the club that were trying to help them achieve their goals.

The IY5K graduates were as follows with their pacer/buddy in brackets:

  • Ashley Bourne (Stuart Sullivan) just missed out on a pb but a fantastic effort

  • Abi Gooch (Paul Woodward) just missed out on her pb but came in as first lady and her fastest time for over a year

  • Steve Morris (Adam Dent) did very well but I think pulled something along the way

  • Veritie Yates (Andy Hully) took 40 seconds off her previous pb

  • Rob West (Simon Baker) did fantastically well but just outside of his pb although did a 2 minute pb the other week

  • Sarah Jones (Steve Wright) took nearly 2 minutes off her previous pb

  • Sara Greig (Caroline Beechey) took 9 seconds off her pb

  • Suzy Patmore (Jonathan Clements) got a pb but had a wet barcode so it wouldn’t scan

  • Debra Andrews (Kerry Cooper) did fantastically well but just outside of her pb

  • Janet Maidment (Julie Martin) took almost half a minute off her pb set just two weeks ago!

  • Jo Wood (Jason Wood) took a massive four minutes off her previous pb!

Congratulations to all of you. Massive thanks to the organisers and trainers Graeme Bickle, Spencer Ollington and Diane Gilbert.

Huge congratulations to our T shirt milestone runners today. We had Alice BALDWIN and Rebekah HINCHLIFFE both reach 10 runs and Ian ROPKE, Richard BOOTH and Michael PIZEY all reach 50 runs. No 100 runs today but plenty on 97/98 that should reach their milestone over the next few weeks. Look out for the email requesting your T shirt sizes.

Thanks to this week's volunteers
Adrian RIDGWAY • Chris RICHARDS • David ALLEN • Donna ROBERTS • Emily RICHARDS • Helen VAUGHAN • Ian ROPKE • Jenny STONES • Jon BERRY • Lisa MITCHINSON • Lucy RICHARDS • Marcus MITCHINSON • Mark CONWAY • Michael LOVETT • Minesh PANDYA • Niam HANI • Paul RAMCHANDANI • Phill WRAY • Richard BOOTH • Stella-Maria THOMAS

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

We have a few volunteers scattered about over the next few weeks but certainly not as many as we would like or need. If you can look after any of the positions for us then please email in. Without you it can’t happen each week.

Finally, an interview from our roving reporter Pippa Downton:

Today I interviewed Fin. He has done his 1st parkrun today and this is his first run in a while!

Why do you come to parkrun?
I come to get fitter.
My Dad and I used to go running a while ago.

Have you ever been a parkrun tourist?
No this is my 1st ever park run.

Who is your running hero?
Mo Farah because he is a really motivational character.

What is your favourite running weather?
I like the rain because I get quite warm when I run and rain is really nice to cool down in, especially at the end.

If you could do any volounteering, what would you do?
A marshal on the course because it's nice to motivate people and keep them going.
Any running goals?
To get around 9 min/mile.

If you could be any animal around parkrun what would you be?
A sloth because they don't move much, just like me!
I think this is typical for a teenage boy. My brother is the same!

Thank you for letting me interview you today Fin. I hope that the heat didn't stop anyone from doing a good run today? I know that I was really hot, sweaty & tired after the run today!

Now for some stats:

Men's placings:
Martin RUTTER (SM30-34) of Clapham Chasers RC, was first over the line in 17:42 - first appearance.
Jamie FARMER (SM25-29) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second over the line in 17:49 - was first to finish once before.
Pawel TANIUKIEWICZ (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:17.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4471 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 4289 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 3927 pts.

Women's placings:
Abi GOOCH (VW35-39) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was first (40th overall) over the line in 21:25 - third time in 85 appearances.
Julie DALZELL (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second (48th overall) over the line in 21:40 - was first to finish once before.
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was third (50th overall) over the line in 21:41 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4774 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4588 pts.
Carol DOWNS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4027 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) was graded 76.40% for the time 21:41 (50th overall).
Peter BEATTY (VM55-59) was graded 74.84% for the time 21:04 (29th overall).
Julie DALZELL (VW45-49) was graded 74.77% for the time 21:40 (48th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 7,056 different runners, including participants from 358 athletics clubs, have completed 58,549 runs covering a total distance of 292,745 km, and there have been 12,351 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 229 28th June 2014

This week there were 421 runners enjoying the calm before the downpours. Perfect running weather this morning. We had the pre-run briefing at the new start position and this is where we will be meeting from now on. Just as well this week really as the mini-bowl was full of campers! Not sure they would have been happy with 400+ runners converging upon them!

We had 27 runners join in at MK parkrun for the first time today including some parkrun tourists in Bobbie SAUERZAPF on 152 runs and Chris CHORLEY on 114 runs, both from Bungay Black Dog RC. Hope you all enjoyed yourselves, let us know how you got on.

67 runners recorded new Personal Bests including Hannah LINFORD knocking nearly a minute off her previous pb and Janet MAIDMENT knocking over two minutes off! I know Janet is doing the DLRR Improve your 5K course and it certainly seems to be having an effect! I think I might have to give the course a try seeing as it is nearly a year since my last pb!

Representatives of 28 different athletics clubs took part including runners from far and wide including Newcastle University Cross Country Club, Pont-y-pwl and District Runners and Tamar Trotters all the way from Cornwall!

In case you couldn’t hear Stella at the start line this morning, we were moments away from having to cancel today’s parkrun due to a lack of volunteers. So far this year we have had 1368 different males and 1076 different females attend at Milton Keynes and yet we struggled to get enough volunteers to stage the event. The graph below shows how our number of runners has gradually but steadily increased over the four years since event number 1. If we are to continue the MK parkrun phenomenon then we simply have to find a way to get more people to volunteer. Thoughts welcome people. It is your event so over to you for ideas as sooner or later it will get cancelled. What is stopping people volunteering just three times a year?

Due to another event at Willen Lake next Saturday there will be no MK parkrun next week! I am off to Bedford parkrun which I haven’t attended since the very first one back in June 2011. Interesting if you look at the stats for Bedford since its inception you get the following graph:

It clearly shows they too have more than doubled in size since they started and looking at their future roster they too are struggling to fill it with volunteers. With more and more events starting up and lots more people starting running we will reach a point where we simply don’t have enough volunteers to stage all the events in the local area unless we can encourage people to take their turn. Just three times a year is all parkrun asks of people. Let’s all ask ourselves if we are doing our bit.

So let me finish the volunteer moan on a lighter note by thanking those that have stepped up this year and volunteered more than three times already:

Males

Max KELLY [Jnr]

10

Gareth SNELSON

8

Ian STEVENS

4

Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN

4

Mark CANHAM

4

Derek ANDREWS

4

Simon BAKER

4

Paul BARNES

4

Females

Niam HANI

11

Christina TRIBBLE

9

Iona RICHARDS [Jnr]

9

Stella-Maria THOMAS

8

Jenny FENTON

7

Elizabeth TRIBE

7

Kassia GARDNER

6

Maree Blossom JESSON

6

Natalie GARFOOT

6

Yvette GLACKEN

5

Sarah BUCK

4

Sarah LOFTUS

4

Melanie JORDAN

4

Ami GARDNER [Jnr]

4

Fantastic efforts, well done and a massive thanks to each and every one of you.

Enormous thanks to this week's volunteers, many of whom came to the rescue at the last minute allowing the rest of us to run:

Andy SEALEY • Angela MULLIGAN • Catherine MOSTYN SCOTT • David AIREY • David Anthony LEWIS • Elizabeth TRIBE • Gary KELLY • Heather CECIL • Heather CHARLES • Jenny FENTON • Kassia GARDNER • Kevin WILLIAMSON • Lisa MITCHINSON • Malcolm KIDBY • Marcus MITCHINSON • Max KELLY • Ric BRACKENBURY • Ruth LYNCH • Simon BAKER • Stella-Maria THOMAS • Stuart SULLIVAN • Vashti COOK

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

We had a number of people reach their milestone runs including:

Dayle WALKER and Katie HEALY on 10 runs and Marcus COOKHAM, Nigel David GALE, Eleanor GRANT and Lucy RICHARDS on 50 runs.

Huge congratulations to you all and look out for the email requesting you T shirt sizes.

Some of the more observant of you may have noticed a couple of runners dressed up as a camel today. These two guys - Mathew Brown and Richard Bazeley - are going for a world record at the NSPCC half marathon next Sunday. Here is a picture of them crossing the finish line:

We have a bit of feedback from Mathew Brown (who was in the back of the Camel) about how the run went:

Due to being slightly late we had to run quite fast at the start to catch the group. The heat gets pretty intense, best comparison is a cross between a sauna and that heat from when you first open the oven door. It gets worse the further you run as breathing in nice hot air your body struggles to cool down so you get very sweaty. Communication is a massive factor with Rich constantly updating Mat on obstacles approaching, changes in the terrain on just other runners we might be going past. Richard paces well and Mat is nuts constantly trying to push the pace, all in all today was a fantastic test run with great encouragement from all the parkrunners and especially the marshals.

Good luck guys and see you there! We have all the DLRR members running in green tutus so it should be quite a party!

In case anyone missed it in the parkrun newsletter this week, David Airey wrote in to mention the great experience he had at our MK parkrun recently:

On Saturday I 'ran' at Milton Keynes parkrun. As a 29 year old I am ashamed to say this was my first venture into running ever. The whole occasion was special to me, made even more so by the numerous friendly people I met who made me feel so welcome despite being 'just' fellow runners. My time wasn't impressive but what it has given me is the drive to return next week to improve. I can honestly say I think parkrun will be changing my life, improving my health and helping me to meet like-minded people, regardless of differences in our ability. Thank you all: parkrun staff, volunteers and fellow parkrunners.

Thanks for doing that David and welcome to the MK parkrun community.

This week we have a short story from Turan Ayvaz who is now on 9 parkruns:

I only started to run this year after losing 3 stone. I wanted to change my exercise and started to run on a treadmill at my gym, as I was too shy to run outside on my own. One of the trainers there told me about parkrun and he said I should try it out. I’m so glad I did as it has helped with the training for the first half marathon I did in May and I will be doing another one in July. I very much like the atmosphere at parkrun and love the fact that its for everyone. You can't keep me away now, I'm hooked and am trying to beat my PB!

Thanks for that Turan and good luck with the chase for the pb! We hope to have some pacers again at some point which may help.

One of our regular runners - Adam Sharman - is lucky enough to be in Australia and sent me this after his experience of Main Beach Park Run on the Gold Coast in Queensland:

I am in Australia for my cousins wedding. Thought I might as well check out the local parkrun. Might even do the Gold Coast Marathon or half next week. The Main Beach parkrun starts at 7am. Its along the beach front for the first 2km. Then the middle kilometre goes inland slightly and a little bit undulating and on sand slightly and then the final 2km are back along the seafront. Its winter over here at the moment so it was a cool 22 degrees at 7am this morning!! Going to try and run it again before I come home. If anyone is over this part of the world, I highly recommend this parkrun.

Cheers for sending me that Adam and hope the wedding etc goes ok.

Finally, a fantastic interview with our two Camel runners today from our roving reporter Pippa Downton:

Guess who I interviewed today! I will tell you a joke and see if you guess:

How do you know if a camel is upset?
It has got the hump.

What is a camels favourite nursery rhyme?
Humpty dumpty!

What do you call a camel without a hump?
Humphrey! (Hump Free.)

Guessed it yet?

Yes! I interviewed the two men Richard and Matthew who ran parkrun in a
camel outfit as a warm up for their attempt to beat the world record of - running a half marathon in a 2-man pantomime outfit! Obviously, the animal they would run parkrun round would be a camel!

Why do you come to parkrun?
It keeps us fit and it got us used to running in a camel suit so we know what to expect on the day of the record breaking run.

Have you been a parkrun tourist? - Where?
Well actually we are tourists today here at MK because our usual parkrun is Aylesbury.

Did you enjoy running today?
Yes it was very enjoyable and lots of the people and runners around the course were very supportive to us.

What is your favourite volunteering role?
Richard: I like being the tail runner because you notice things that you wouldn’t notice normally. (Then why were you being the front in the camel not the tail?)
Matthew: I like being a marshal because at Aylesbury they ask the marshals to cheer everyone on really enthusiastically!

Who is your running hero?
Richard: Mo Farah because he keeps going and is very inspirational.
Matthew: Wes Allen - you wouldn’t know him as he's a work mate - He got me into running and kept me going.

How did your run go today?
Hot, Hot, Hot.

What is your favourite running weather?
We both agree that it is nice when it is cooler rather that warm.
What are your running goals?

To get the world record for two people in a panto costume of course!
Thank you for letting me interview you today.

If you want to help these two raise money to breakthrough breast-cancer you can go to their twitter page -
@carbloadedcamel
Or see their youtube -
Carb Loaded Camel.
You can also text CARB99 £2 to 70070

Well done Pippa for the interview, just need to work on a few of those jokes!

Now for the stats:

Men's placings:
An unknown runner was first.
Tom KIMBER (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:41 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Sam NICHOLAS (JM15-17) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was third over the line in 18:44.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4309 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 4095 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 3769 pts.

Women's placings:
Karen LENNOX (VW35-39) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was first (20th overall) over the line in 20:23 - 6th time in 8 appearances.
Laura BRINE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (28th overall) over the line in 20:55.
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was third (33rd overall) over the line in 21:01 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4574 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4390 pts.
Carol DOWNS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 3869 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) was graded 78.83% for the time 21:01 (33rd overall).
Jack LENNOX (JM10) was graded 78.07% for the time 22:48 (71st overall).
Tom KIMBER (VM35-39) was graded 75.02% for the time 17:41 (second overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 7,023 different runners, including participants from 357 athletics clubs, have completed 58,121 runs covering a total distance of 290,605 km, and there have been 12,294 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 228 21st June 2014

This week there were 414 runners enjoying a rather warm but gorgeously sunny Willen Lake.

We had 35 runners join us for the first time today including first and second place ladies - Georgina RAWLE and Debbie TERRY. I had the pleasure of running with Debbie for most of the run until she left me for dead at the last km. Well done Debbie and hope to see you again next week! We also had some parkrun tourists in Darren TOYN on his 47th run, Steve CHESTER and Stephen HIGGINS. Welcome to all of you and do let us know how you got on.

Amazingly in that heat we had 65 runners record new Personal Bests. Very impressive efforts. A few to mention including Natalie GARFOOT knocking 33 seconds off her time from just the other week, Manny SUCHA with his second pb in two weeks and Pippa DOWNTON also with two PB’s in two weeks but this week took a fantastic 1 minute and 25 seconds off last week’s PB!!!

Here is a picture of our super speedy Natalie Garfoot at the top of the zig-zags:

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Representatives of 26 different athletics clubs took part including a huge participation from the SRC. Photo below from before the run briefing which included the MK Sweatshop staff.

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The Sweatshop Sale is on now so get down there and get yourself some new gear. You can never have enough trainers!

Don’t forget there is no parkrun at Milton Keynes on the 5th July due to another event at Willen. Please share with anyone you know that usually comes along to make sure the message gets out.

Thanks to this week's volunteers
Andy COLLINS • Andy SEALEY • Andy STANSFIELD • Autumn ALLEN • Danny BARTHAUD • David HUDSON • Donna LAW • Gareth REES • Geoff BROAD • Ian STEVENS • Jenny FENTON • Julia BALDWIN • Lorraine DEVEREUX • Martyn SAMUEL • Niam HANI • Phil ATKINS • Sarah LOFTUS • Stephen DUNHAM • Stuart WALLS • William SNELL • Zoey ALLEN

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen. We could really do with some volunteers for next week as looking a bit thin on the ground.

Huge congratulations to our T shirt milestone runners today:
Gary MEADOWS and Zoe BROAD both hit the 10 mark and Emily HANCOCK, Claire BOWLES and the lovely Sarah BUCK all hit the 50 mark. Look out for the email requesting your T shirt size. We have loads of runners showing as 49 runs this week so should be some good celebrations next week. Remember the only way to get the T shirts is to remember your barcode each week. Loads of runners showing as “Unknown” again this week.

You may remember back on the 3rd May I mentioned Kirsty Lund and some of her friends are going to be running the Up & Running MK half in December to raise fund for Kirsty's Daughter Neve who has cerebral palsy. Well the vests are being organised but she now has the fundraising page all sorted. The link is as follows:

http://www.treeofhope.org.uk/love-bug/

If you are also running it and would like to join in the fun then you can create your own JustGiving fundraising page from the link above which will link directly to her reference number.

Finally we have the interview from our roving reporter Pippa Downton:

Today I interviewed Dave who is part of the Sweatshop Running Community and was running as part of the great yellow parkrun! (as I like to call it!) Dave has done 39 parkruns and came to parkrun because his neighbour pressured him to start running and to train for the London 10K

What is your favourite part of the MK course?
I have to be honest, the finish line. (The most popular answer!)

Have you done any other parkruns other than MK?
I did Aylesbury parkrun and it was a bit strange because you run down a straight, do a couple of loops then back down the straight.

What is your favourite volunteering role?
I like just being out around the course and encouraging people because when you're at the end with all the technical equipment it gets so hard and all you have to do in marshalling is encourage and point at where to go!

Who is your running hero(s)?
My friend Glynn because he is very inspirational and is very enthusiastic about running and he is so encouraging.

What are your running goals for this year?
I just want to beat my parkrun PB!

How did your run go today?
Well it was very hot and it felt as if I was running really fast when I was only doing my normal time.

If you could be any animal around parkrun what would you be?
I would be a cheetah. (Most popular answer!)

Thank you for letting me interview you today Dave I hope that you beat your PB soon and we will look out for you when you're next marshalling!

Nice one today Pippa and well done on the awesome PB!

Now for a few stats:

Men's placings:
James WALLACE (VM35-39) of Hart Road Runners, was first over the line in 17:32 - second time in 4 appearances.
Andy INCHLEY (VM35-39) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was second over the line in 17:40 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Tom KIMBER (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:54 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4128 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 3898 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 3569 pts.

Women's placings:
Georgina RAWLE (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (19th overall) over the line in 19:17 - first appearance.
Debbie TERRY (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (33rd overall) over the line in 20:32.
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was third (49th overall) over the line in 21:13 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4383 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4192 pts.
Carol DOWNS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 3714 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) was graded 78.08% for the time 21:13 (49th overall).
Georgina RAWLE (SW20-24) was graded 76.75% for the time 19:17 (19th overall).
Peter BEATTY (VM55-59) was graded 76.29% for the time 20:40 (35th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 6,996 different runners, including participants from 354 athletics clubs, have completed 57,700 runs covering a total distance of 288,500 km, and there have been 12,221 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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