A huge thanks to this week's volunteers
Andrew DODDS • Anne STREET • Bethan Clare WATERS • David MCINTOSH • Deborah BOTTOMLEY • Donna THOMAS • Gareth SNELSON • Izzy GARDNER • Jenny FENTON • Jeremy HILL • Karen CAMIDGE • Kassia GARDNER • Maree Blossom JESSON • Martin Andrew SHEPPARD • Mike BELL • Peter HINCKS • Royson GOODLEY • Sara GREIG • Spencer OLLINGTON • Stella-Maria THOMAS • Stephane CARPENTER
See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen as we have lots of gaps that need filling. All we ask is that everyone takes their turn and volunteers three times a year. Not too much to ask for a free 5K every Saturday morning!
This week we had 419 runners enjoy a very amusing start to proceedings. I counted at least three run directors trying to sort out where the start line was going to be and walking backwards and forwards with the starting flag. After all that was sorted out, Gareth got us off and running.
A big Milton Keynes parkrun welcome to the 36 runners joining us for the first time. Special mention to all of the parkrun tourists visiting us for the first time including some very high run tourists such as Mark COLBY on 193 runs, Chris ORANGE on 141 and Peter WITLEY on 86. Hope you all enjoyed the route, let us know how you got on.
Over a quarter of you all (124!!) recorded new Personal Bests this morning. What a fantastic achievement. I have actually forgotten what it feels like to get a pb as it was some time last year!
Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part including Graham COOK from Tunbridge Wells Harriers on his first visit to Milton Keynes.
Congratulations to our runners that hit their T shirt milestones today including Shane BAGWELL on 10 runs, Anthony DUNCAN, Sue NICHOLAS (also with a new pb), Sophie ATKINS (with a new pb too) and Annette KRAFT all hitting the big 50 run milestone. Well done and look out for the email requesting your T shirt sizes.
Congratulations to Elliot Hind for coming in first place today in his 9th run at Milton Keynes. This is his story:
I ran my first parkrun in March 2008 at Hyde Park in Leeds where I was at university finishing 5th in 18.55. I hadn't really run much since my younger teenage years and had no idea that I'd quickly become hooked! Just before I left university I finished 2nd in 17.29 but soon after hurt my foot. As a graduate my training was almost non-existent but still did the occasional parkrun near my parents' house in Barnet, North London generally in about 20 minutes.
It was only when I moved to Leighton Buzzard last year when I really got back into it. I joined LBAC and quickly realised that it was the club for me. I battled injuries and struggled round my debut marathon in Brighton this April, but knew it was my 5k (and parkrun in particular) that I wanted to target.
I've traded in quantity for quality of training (approx 5 runs of cumulative. 50km a week) and have really seen some great results recently training on my own, with LBAC or with Marshall MK.
In the past month I've beaten my mile, 5k and 10k pbs and have now finished first in a parkrun (at 35th attempt over 10 venues) for the first time. To say I'm delighted is an understatement!
I'm also very proud of my fiancé Sarah who ran her own pb today in 26.17; a brilliant run.
I'd like to thank all the people who have given up their time to volunteer at a parkrun; it really is an incredibly special community.
Photo of Adam Haylock (in white, a fellow Leighton Buzzard AC runner who came 5th) and Elliot after the Parkrun today.
Fantastic running Elliot, well done.
In case any of you want to combine your love of running with the need for some extra cash then have a read of this send it from Mel in Sweatshop:
Sweatshop is the largest running retailer in the UK with 40+ stores across the country; our purpose is ‘to help people be the best that they can be’. As a company we value ground-breaking customer service, integrity, teamwork, the welfare of our staff and success.
Sweatshop MK has an exciting opportunity for weekend casuals to join the team. This would be Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5.
We also have a part time casual vacancy of around 20 hours. (Tuesday/Saturday/Sunday + one other flexible day)
Do you love to run? Do you want to help others be the best they can be?!
If you think any of these positions are for you, please pop into store with your CV and cover letter addressed to Mel.
All training is provided, retail background isn’t essential but preferable.
If you would like any more information on these roles do not hesitate to contact me. The email is still down, but you can pop into store, give me a call 0844 33 25 612 or send me a message on Facebook.
I will look forward to hearing from you!
Mel – Assistant Manager
This week we have loads of input from some of our fantastic volunteers:
First up, this from Stephane Carpenter:
I started running last December, on my own, to try and improve my fitness level for a weekly 7-a-side football game with the colleagues. After years of heavy smoking and cake eating, the first few 2km runs felt like I was going to die each time, not to mention the blisters caused by my very old cheap trainers. By the spring though, I had left my nearby fields and was running more regularly and longer distances. I found myself running round the Milton Keynes Willen lakes on a couple of occasions on Saturday mornings, against the flow of a very large group of runners of all shapes, sizes and ages. Wondering what that was all about and whether I was missing something exciting, a quick Internet search made me discover the running community that is parkrun and I have been a regular since the end of May (16 runs and counting), now running in the same direction as everyone else. I am now equipped with a decent pair of running shoes and appropriate clothing, and running alongside others has helped me push myself harder and improve my times with a few PBs. parkrun has given me the running bug and I can now 'easily' run 10km distances. There might even be a first half marathon on my path in the not too distant future. Best of all, I have made a few new friends along the way, and convinced a friend to come along and join in.
This is of course thanks to the numerous volunteers who each week give up their time to make it possible for everyone else to take part. The person scanning my barcode always congratulates me after my run but I unfortunately am usually too busy catching my breath to be able to voice a response. Same scenario with the encouragement of the marshals along the course. So I decided that the best way to show my gratitude was for me to take my turn encouraging others by volunteering, which is what I am doing this week.
So well done to all participants, whatever your goals, and a big thank you to all the volunteers that make it possible every week.
Oh, by the way, I no longer play football, but I run 3 to 4 times a week now that I have caught the bug.
And I can still eat cakes.
Thanks parkrun! Now for that 50 t-shirt...
Great report Stephane, thanks for that and good luck with the running. Glad you managed to find the volunteers gathering at the cafe!
Next comes our super biker Mike Bell who was sorting out the finish tokens for us today and has just completed the coast to coast cycle ride:
I did my first parkrun back in March 2010 when just 60 runners crossed the finish line, I think it's great how the event has grown over the years and is now part of so many peoples weekend. I try to come along and run as often as I can, as well as enjoying the run it's a chance to catch up with other runners (after I've recovered!) My target is to get to 250 parkruns before my 50th Birthday, I'm just about on target with 114 runs under my belt, but after a spell on the sidelines due to an injury I'll need to step it up a bit....
My usual volunteer role has been pre-run set-up/signs which I have enjoyed as it also gives the opportunity to run the event, I have however been given the finish token duty on this occasion so will be concentrating on that and not dropping the tokens! It's great to be be able to give something back to our event and I would urge anyone who is yet to volunteer to give it a go, with lots of roles to choose from there's something for everyone and it's always a rewarding experience doing your bit in order that so many others can benefit.
Excellent, thanks for that Mike and good luck with getting to 250!
Finally, one from Sara Greig who was one of our barcode scanners today:
I knew very little about parkrun (having only ever run one with my sister in law last November) until I joined DLRR in January this year. As I got to know people I realised many ran every Saturday at parkrun so I thought I'd give it a try and ran my first Milton Keynes parkrun in March this year. Since then I've become hooked and it's become part of my Saturday morning routine.
I enjoy my running for the social and fitness benefits and completed the DLRR IY5K course graduating with a PB in July this year. Since then I've managed to knock a few seconds off every few runs, helped and encouraged by DLRR and my parkrun buddies.
What I love about parkrun is that it's all inclusive and it's free! What also makes parkrun is the volunteers, without them parkrun couldn't happen. Today will be my third time volunteering and I enjoy it as much as the running. You get to meet and spend time with different people and I feel I'm giving something back to parkrun and to everyone who has volunteered for previous runs which has meant I could run and achieve my PB's.
The photos above shows Sara on the left being buddied by Caroline Beechey.
Great report, thanks Sara.
Finally, our regular roving reporter Pippa Downton was over at Aylesbury and interviewed her uncle this week:
Today I was in Aylesbury parkrun running with my uncle Gareth and Auntie Louise, I have interviewed my uncle today and Aylesbury is completely flat and I got a great time today!
Why do you go to parkrun?
To get fit and thin!
How many park runs have you done?
I have done 9 park runs and this is exciting as I have never been interviewed before!
What do you enjoy about parkrun?
Finishing! I always struggle between the third and fourth kilometre!
How did your run go today?
Really well because I had you in front of me and that allowed me to get sub 30mins! You were a great pacemaker thanks!
If you could be any animal around parkrun, what would you be?
A Great Dane because it is big and I am quite big and when they run their tongue hangs out like me!
What is your favourite running weather?
I like the cold and drizzly rain because it is already making you wet so when you sweat it just looks like rain!
What are your running goals?
Get sub 30 PB I did that today!
I've entered the 10-12 mile tough mudder so I need to train for that!
Have you ever been to another parkrun?
Not yet but we are planning to go to woodley next weekend and we will make it to Mk!
Well done for getting a good time today! And thanks for a lovely after run cooked breakfast!
Now for some stats:
Elliot HIND (SM25-29) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was first over the line in 17:26 - first time in 9 appearances.
Paul HALFORD (VM45-49) of Boxfit Tri, was second over the line in 17:39 - was first to finish once before.
Sam NICHOLAS (JM15-17) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was third over the line in 17:49.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 6213 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 5584 pts.
Kenton BATT (Unattached) 5313 pts.
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (17th overall) over the line in 19:31 - 77th time in 105 appearances.
Sarah LAMBERT (VW40-44) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second (50th overall) over the line in 21:32 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Martinha FERREIRA (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (57th overall) over the line in 21:48.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 6476 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5584 pts.
Caroline BEECHEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5242 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul HALFORD (VM45-49) was graded 81.59% for the time 17:39 (second overall).
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) was graded 79.42% for the time 19:31 (17th overall).
Sam NICHOLAS (JM15-17) was graded 78.11% for the time 17:49 (third overall).
Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 7,534 different runners, including participants from 377 athletics clubs, have completed 62,843 runs covering a total distance of 314,215 km, and there have been 13,168 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.