Milton Keynes parkrun event number 240 20th September 2014

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.

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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:

Hey Guys,
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...

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Now for some stats:

Men's placings:
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.

Women's placings:
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.

(Paul Woodward)

 

Milton Keynes parkrun event number 239 13th September 2014

This week we had a slight problem with one of the barcode scanners so unfortunately we have lots of people showing as “Unknown” in the results. These things do happen so hopefully everyone will be understanding whilst it gets fixed. If you were in the top 100 positions and you're not shown in the results and you know your position and time please email in and we will add you. We only add those who email miltonkeynesoffice@parkrun.com

What we do know is that there were 405 runners, but the rest of the stats are a bit out!

We have 44 first timers showing in the results including some parkrun tourists such as Craig SOPER on his 65th run, Stewart HOWARD on his 81st run and Michelle CARTWRIGHT on her 42nd run. Welcome to the complete newcomers as well as the more established parkrun tourists.

For those parkrun tourists amongst you, you might be interested in something I found as I was strolling gently through the posts in the “New Parkrun” facebook page and came across Louise Ayling’s post which included a link to her blog which I found highly amusing:

https://abradypus.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/the-rules-of-parkrun-tourism/

Louise did actually visit us way back in 2011, just the once. I know you will be reading this Louise so feel free to visit us again any time.

85 runners recorded new Personal Bests including Simon WHELAN on his 69th, Ian ROPKE of the SRC on his 55th run and Paul KING on his 115th run plus many, many more.

Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part including a whole host of runners from Dunstable RRC and Gail BUCKLAND from fitbuddies.

This week we have some input from Dave Coard who runs the Boxfit Tri club. Their members have recently started taking part in parkruns at MK:

Boxfit are a fitness/triathlon club based in Luton. We race from 5K to Ironman triathlons. I myself have done 3 Ironman races, 27 marathons and one double marathon. We have also completed the Arch to Arc Triathlon which consisted of a run from Marble arch to Dover, swam the channel and biked to Paris, we did it in 36 hours. We have started biking to MK parkrun then running it. It is a great event and I will be encouraging our new and experienced members to take part. We are planning on doing them regularly over winter.
I won the vet on my first MK couple of weeks ago, Paul Halford won overall two weeks ago. On our second run we were 5 mins late but caught the run and saw what it was like to come from the back to front. Great atmosphere!

Thanks for that Dave. If anyone wants to know more then see their website as below:

http://www.boxfit.org.uk/

As always, we are are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen today:

Sinead BRADBEER, Karen CAMIDGE, Marie DAVIES, Chris EDWARDS, Ami GARDNER, Izzy GARDNER, Kevin GARDNER, Yvette GLACKEN, Abi GOOCH, Daniel GREEN, Victoria GREEN, Shelley HADDEN, Maree Blossom JESSON, Keely JUDD, Judith KNIGHT, Emma LILLEY, Pippa MCKEAN, Marcus MITCHINSON, Lisa MITCHINSON, Glenn OLDFIELD, Lucinda PARISH, Jonathan PETERS, David WHITELEY

Huge congratulations to those runners that completed their milestone runs today. We had:

- Mintu SIDHU and Henry LEWIS reach 10 runs
- Alison RUTHERFORD, Jeremy VICK and Lauren ATKINS reach 50 runs
- Jen BATES reach 100 runs

Well done to all of you and look out for the email requesting your T shirt size. Remember, the only way to get these milestone T shirts is to turn up regularly, bring your barcode and pray it scans!

In case you missed it in this week’s parkrun email:

UK parkrunners have completed 4,985,264 runs to date, which means that at some point this Saturday morning we’ll see our five millionth run performance… or 25 million kilometres total distance covered! Wow!

Wow indeed! For those that can’t quite grasp how far that actually is, well it is a sixth of the way from Milton Keynes to the Sun! (approx!) I am sure someone out there fancies doing some maths and working out how long it has taken all the parkrunners to do that distance!

Anyway, moving on from space time continuum, there are huge great yawning gaps in our volunteer roster for future weeks.

To volunteer just email into miltonkeyneshelpers@parkrun.com with the role you can undertake and the date. All we ask if that everyone volunteers just three times a year.

This week we have some input from two of our willing volunteers - marshalls Marcus and Lisa Mitchinson:

We started running earlier this year and after graduating from The Sweatshop Running Communities beginner course we began running the MK parkrun.
We realised early on that parkruns don't run themselves and thought it unfair to rely on the same people each week giving up their time so we could run. As a result we regularly volunteer even though we live 25 miles away. Volunteering is really enjoyable and good fun and actually easier than running the 5km!
I would ask every runner to try volunteering, without volunteers there would be no parkrun. I know it takes longer to get to your T-shirt milestone but only by a week or two, so please if you can, help out every now and again.

Well done Lisa/Marcus for volunteering today, especially considering the distance you travelled to do so. Great efforts which are really appreciated by all the runners.

Also some input from Shelley Hadden:

I have been coming along to parkrun for about 10 months now and absolutely love it! I am one of the people that trot round at the back in absolute awe of those of you I see streaking off into the distance. I definitely think that it is important to take a turn to volunteer because quite simply without the volunteers it couldn't happen and then where would we be on a Saturday morning? It is also the least I can do to thank the other people that have had to wait for a very long time in their marshal post for me to get round! I first took up running as part of my get fit and lose weight plan. Sweatshop Running Community introduced my running buddy and I to parkrun and we haven't looked back since! My running is slowly improving and two weeks ago I was delighted to get my first ever sub 40 minute time...more than 7 minutes faster than my initial time! My running buddy and I have signed up to run 14 events for 2014 to raise money for The Henry Allen Trust and have used parkrun as valuable training for this. Our progress in parkrun and our 14 events is tracked in my weekly blog:

www.shelleyrunningoutofexcuses.com

Phenomenal efforts Shelley, you must be really proud of yourself. Well done and keep up the great work. Please don’t ever think that parkrun is just for the fast ones though. The marshalls and all the volunteers are just as pleased to see the person in last place as the person in first place. Just getting out there and doing it is what is important, not how fast you go.

We also have some input from Emma Lilley who undertook some barcode scanning today (and hopefully didn’t have the dodgy one!)

A year and a half ago I had never been much into sport or running (and by not much I mean not at all. Not even a little bit). I decided to join a running club because it seemed like a good way to meet people in the local area, my first plan, joining a wind band or orchestra, foiled by none accepting new flautists. It was here, after building up my stamina in the Step-Up group at David Lloyd Redway Runners, that I heard whispers of ‘parkrun’…

52 parkruns, innumerable 10kms, 5 half marathons and a place in the Paris marathon 2015 later, I would consider myself to be a runner.

parkrun has been a steady component of my running life for the last year or so and every Saturday morning I find myself wondering what on earth has possessed me, and the hundreds of other runners, to spend my morning partaking in 5km run.

For me, it’s about being part of a community, having others encourage me and encouraging others. It never fails to make me smile when a complete stranger says ‘well done’ or ‘keep going’, and how quickly that same complete stranger becomes a familiar face. The event and the volunteers are always amazing and to have this free timed run, right on our doorstep, every week, is just fantastic. Even if you are injured or don’t feel like running, there is still an opportunity to be involved, either by tail running or marshalling or bar-code scanning or number checking or …(you get the point, volunteer!).

Like most runners I have good runs and bad runs, depending on my mood, what else I have planned that week and occasionally the weather. Like most parkrunners I have an alarm set for 7.50am on a Saturday, a pair of trainers with my heavy-duty parkrun barcode attached, and the knowledge that my non-running friends think I am a complete head-case.

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Thanks for that Emma. Not sure one has to do quite so many races to count themselves as a runner though! Thanks for trusting me to pick something suitable from your photo gallery too!

Now for the last report - one from Karen Camidge who was one of today’s marshalls:

Today I’m volunteering for the third time, as I also volunteered last week. I really enjoyed both times as a marshal and really, without the volunteers, there would be no parkrun. I see it as my opportunity to ‘do my bit’ and help to keep parkrun going. Being able to cheer people on and encourage them and often getting a ‘Thank you, Marshal’ in return is rewarding, although I always want to run when I see others doing so!

I currently run at least 4 times a week and am training for the British Heart Foundation Half Marathon at Blenheim Palace in October. I’m also doing the Dirt Half Marathon in November. I have only been regularly running since April, after I ran in the Silverstone 10K as part of a team made up of parents, teachers and governors from my son’s school. That was it. I joined David Lloyd Redway Runners, a great supportive club where many people give their time for free to help and encourage others, and I’m enjoying running more than I ever have before. After a friend told me about it, I did my first parkrun on 3rd May and try to do as many as I can around family commitments. My favourite parkrun was the DLRR family parkrun, which I did with my little girl in her pushchair. It was such a lovely, friendly atmosphere. I also did Edinburgh parkrun recently, which was a nice, flat, scenic route and very friendly. Since my first parkrun, I have knocked over 2 minutes off to get a PB of 23.44, largely as a result of doing the ‘Improve your 5K’ course with David Lloyd Redway Runners, which I would highly recommend.

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Thanks for that Karen - great report and photo!

Finally, our roving reporter has been busy again interviewing unsuspecting people in the scanning lines. Over to you Pippa Downton:

After todays shock start at parkrun, when Mr shouty- man didn't give us the countdown to the start of the run, here is one for you all now.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1....

Today I interviewed music-man of MK David Rose from the music service. He has done about 12 parkruns.

Why do you come to parkrun?
I come because I like keeping fit and being social.
What is your favourite part of the course?
I like the final stretch because I always try to sprint and take over people.

What is your favourite volonteering role?
I think I would quite like marshalling because its nice to cheer people on. I haven't volunteered yet but as I have changed my work to enable me to come to parkrun more often I will do it soon.

Who is your running hero?
All the athletes that are on television because I think they are inspiring.

If you could be any animal around parkrun, what would you be?
I would be a cheetah. Remember to spell it correctly- cheetah not cheater!

What is your favourite running weather?
I prefer running when its cool with a small breeze.

Any running goals?
I want to run a marathon but when I ran a half I hurt my knee.

Have you ever been a parkrun tourist?
I have only done a different parkrun when I was in my home town in Wales - Tredegar. It was in the Welsh valleys and I was expecting it to be hilly but it was actually very flat.

Thank you for letting me interview you today David, apart from the dodgy start, I hope that everyone had a good run today! Next week I will be a parkrun tourist myself in Aylesbury. Bye for now. Pippa

Great interview Pippa and well done for running parkrun after running to parkrun! As for the start, you do learn to be ready for anything when Chris is run director. I always have my finger on my garmin start button as soon as Chris turns up!

Now for some stats which obviously have a few people missing from them at the moment:

Men's placings:
Adam BOWLLER (SM30-34) of Vale of Aylesbury AC, was first over the line in 17:10 - first time in 4 appearances.
An unknown runner was second.
An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 6044 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 5235 pts.
Kenton BATT (Unattached) 5156 pts.

Women's placings:
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (14th overall) over the line in 19:44 - 76th time in 104 appearances.
Debra BRENT (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (57th overall) over the line in 22:44.
Leah HARTWELL (VW35-39) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was third (65th overall) over the line in 23:00 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 6289 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5584 pts.
Caroline BEECHEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5076 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kirk CLIFFORD (VM60-64) was graded 87.24% for the time 18:33 (6th overall).
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) was graded 78.55% for the time 19:44 (14th overall).
Sam NICHOLAS (JM15-17) was graded 76.19% for the time 18:16 (5th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 7,497 different runners, including participants from 375 athletics clubs, have completed 62,424 runs covering a total distance of 312,120 km, and there have been 13,040 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 238 6th September 2014

First up this week, a huge thanks from all of us at parkrun to this week's volunteers:

Adam JOYCE • Alison RUTHERFORD • Bethan ATKINS • Christopher G J KIRKLAND • David BOYD • David HUDSON • Emma JACOBS • Gareth SNELSON • Kassia GARDNER • Kate METCALFE • Kevin NUTTALL • Larry CORKREY • Lindsay O'KANE • Nivedita PARTHASARATHY • Paul CURTIS • Pippa MCKEAN • Rhiannon ATKINS • Roger HOBBS • Royson GOODLEY • Sarah KING • Simon BAKER • Sue MCINTOSH • Tracy NUTTALL

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We have huge wide open spaces in our volunteer roster for future weeks. Just three times a year is all we ask and you can tell from the smiles in the photo above that it is great fun! Special thanks to Adam JOYCE for taking the photos and for letting me use some for the report.

This week there were 438 runners in the perfect running conditions around Willen. There were a few people coming the other way though so please look out for others using the redways especially those on bikes or with dogs. Don’t assume they will move out of the way as they have as much right to the paths as we do. A simple warning to other parkrunners really helps those behind you though so just shout out a “keep left” or “dog” or whatever the problem is and it will help avoid any complaints or injury!

We had 40 first timers including 11 parkrun tourists including Marc WOODCOCK, Simon STANNARD, Emma REES, Catherine MCLEISH, Alf HEGGBRENNA and Neil ENSKAT all of Ealing Eagles Running Club. Welcome to all of you whether running parkrun for your first time or 123rd! Do let us know how you got on and give us feedback.

A huge 72 runners recorded new Personal Bests which is fantastic especially since I know a lot of our runners this morning have completed the 6 races in 6 days Tour of Milton Keynes this week. Special mention to Steve BURLACE for his pb on 149 runs, Leigh STEERE on her 171st and Angela MULLIGAN on her 46th run (more from her later)

Representatives of 23 different athletics clubs took part. We had all of our usual clubs represented but great to see people from clubs far and wide such as James WALKINTON from Chelmsford Canoe Club, Diane Josephine FARMER from Eastbourne Rovers AC and Niall ROBINSON from Brighton & Hove City AC.

Talking of club runners - today’s mildly interesting fact is that 41.7% of today’s runners are registered as club runners. Of those 183 runners, just 28 managed a pb which is just 15.3%. Whereas of the 255 non club runners, 44 managed a pb which is 17.2%. Therefore, it is a statistical fact that you have more chance of getting a pb by not joining a running club! Of course, 86% of statistics are made up on the spot!

Keeping with the stats - thanks as always to Ian Richardson for the stats image below:

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Some of you may have heard a slightly out of tune rendition of Happy Birthday this morning for Natalie Garfoot. I was perfectly in tune but not so sure about Caroline Beechey and Laura Davis! Anyway, Happy Birthday Natalie! I do believe cake was involved too!

Huge congratulations to our runners that reached their T shirt milestone this morning. We had Brian BARLOW, Heather CECIL and Jim BUTTLEMAN all reach their 50th run. Well done and look out for the email requesting your T shirt size.

This week we have some input from one of our future run directors - Andrew Chilcraft:

I'm currently lying in bed in Romania, 7 hours from the nearest parkrun, which means that tomorrow will be my first non-involvement in parkrun since December last year. I thought this might be as good a time as any to send this email.
Last week marked 17 months of parkrunning, in which I have cut 17.5 minutes from my time. I started coming as I was the slowest runner in in a group of friends that do tube challenges (traversing the London Underground as quickly as possible), and I needed to speed up. One of them already did parkrun, which is how I heard about it, and I have since had a hand in getting some others to join in too!
I want to thank the core team, to everyone that has volunteered, and to every runner that has ever been nice, or offered a piece of encouragement. I'm not sure how much I would enjoy parkrun without the awesome community it comes with. It's not just Milton Keynes this applies to, those that tour know a friendly welcome is available at all other venues too. At this point I would like to give a shoutout to the wonderful folk at Pymmes parkrun, who have welcomed me 4 times and now know me by name. Certainly my other favourite parkrun to attend!
Here's to many more parkruns, and possibly even knocking a few more seconds off my PB!

See you next week and thanks again,
Andrew Chilcraft
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Andrew is going to shadow one of the other run directors shortly with a view to being a fully fledged run director in the near future. We never just throw anyone in at the deep end so if you are ever worried about volunteering and what the role requires, just ask. We are keen to start developing a few more run directors so if it is something you are interested in then once again just get in contact or talk to any of the existing run directors about what is involved.

Celebrating her 50th parkrun this morning, we have some input from Heather Cecil:

After finding out I’m pregnant I was even more determined to reach my 50th Parkrun especially before baby arrived. I'm so proud to say that at 7 & 1/2 months pregnant today I reached my goal & I couldn't have done it without the fantastic support of my friends at David Lloyd Redway Runners.

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That is such an awesome achievement Heather, well done. I can’t imagine running 7 ½ months pregnant, but I feel bad for moaning that I had an insect bite on my ankle now! Great work!

We also have some input from Angela Mulligan who managed to smash her pb this morning:

Today I went to Milton Keynes parkrun to celebrate Heather Cecil completing her 50th Parkrun (impressive, but even more so when she is 31 weeks pregnant!). I slept in, turned up with a few minutes to go, forgot my lucky green vest and managed to get a PB by nearly 20 seconds – the interval training over last few weeks must be working! It’s been three months since my last parkrun PB, but in that time I am happy to say that I have paced four friends round parkrun and helped them achieve their own PB’s. I am very close to getting my own 50 shirt, and am busy training for my second half marathon in October.

Well done on the pb Angela. I think we need to do a piece on how people are managing to get pb’s in the near future. Share a few training tips etc!

Now for one from someone I haven’t seen for best part of a year with whom I used to run to parkrun with - Ana Mullenger:

Today I ran my first parkrun of the year. Since October of last year I had been off due to an injury. I started running a couple of months ago, setting my goal to get back into parkrun. I kept putting off my first run but today I finally did it and I am so glad as I had a great run! I had to stop for a few seconds and a nice man asked me if I was OK, but then asked me not to stop as apparently I was 'pacing' him! His comment really helped me to keep going and ended with a better time than I set myself!
I absolutely loved the new route and enjoyed seeing lots of familiar faces. It was almost like I never left!

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Thanks for that Ana and great to see you again with a high five this morning! Looking good!

Finally, to round off the report, we have input from our roving reporter Pippa Downton:

Today I interviewed Fred and Bob. They are brother in laws and they have a challenge to volunteer 3 times in 3 months from now as they haven't volunteered yet this year! (No pressure boys)

Why do you come to parkrun?
Fred - Its enjoyable to run and be sociable.
Bob - Its nice when you get to know people and everyone encourages you.

Whats your favourite part of the course?
Fred - Surprisingly, The zig zags.
Bob - The finish!

What are your running goals?
Fred and Bob - To get a sub 20 minute time! (wow, that's quick)

Who is your running hero?
Fred - Steve Ovett, I remember him when I was younger.
Bob - Daley Thompson (I don't know who he is but mum remembers him being really smiley and winning all the decathlons)

If you could be any animal around the course, what would you be?
Fred - Jaguar! I would beat everyone!
Bob - Kangaroo! I'd be so fast.

Thank you for letting me interview you today Fred and Bob, I hope that we see you volunteering and letting parkrun happen!

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Nice one, cheers Pippa!

Now for some stats:

Men's placings:
Peter MACKRELL (SM30-34) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was first over the line in 17:21 - third time in 6 appearances.
Jamie FARMER (SM25-29) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second over the line in 18:22 - was first to finish once before.
Niall ROBINSON (SM25-29) of Brighton & Hove City AC, was third over the line in 18:32 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5867 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 5235 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 5067 pts.

Women's placings:
Gina EDWARDS (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (25th overall) over the line in 21:13 - first time in 4 appearances.
Julie DALZELL (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second (41st overall) over the line in 21:59 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Diane Josephine FARMER (VW55-59) of Eastbourne Rovers AC, was third (48th overall) over the line in 22:12.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 6099 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5584 pts.
Angela Sarah COX (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4936 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Diane Josephine FARMER (VW55-59) was graded 80.48% for the time 22:12 (48th overall).
Phil CLARKE (VM60-64) was graded 78.04% for the time 21:06 (20th overall).
Caroline BEECHEY (VW55-59) was graded 77.18% for the time 23:09 (72nd overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 7,453 different runners, including participants from 374 athletics clubs, have completed 62,019 runs covering a total distance of 310,095 km, and there have been 12,955 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)

 

New start line reminder

Please remember that the new start line is up towards the canal, approx 500m along the original route. The briefing is also at the new start line. As always we recommend you arrive early enough to reach the start before the briefing at 8:55

 

Milton Keynes parkrun event number 237 30th August 2014

This week there were 412 runners enjoying the Milton Keynes parkrun. I suspect the numbers will start to ramp up again in a couple of weeks as the summer holidays will be over and the kids back at school. Our Run Director Donna Law started us off after a very hushed briefing with a countdown from 5 and we were away up to the canal. As most of you will be aware there were a few technical problems with the timing and back-up timer so we are very grateful to Donna for sorting things out overnight. Its an unenviable job to get everything straight when things go wrong so thanks for that Donna. I am aware from a few people that the timings are not exactly correct but things do go wrong occasionally even on big paid events.

We had 42 runners joining us for the first time including 10 parkrun tourists. Welcome to you all and a special mention to the three girls I met before the run doing their first parkrun and explained what to do with their barcode. Saw them during the run when I did some impromptu marshalling at the final corner (not sure what happened to the marshall?) and they assured me they loved it and will be back again next week (or words to that effect!) Also welcome to the tourists with special mention to Malcolm and Jill WHITE on your 114th parkrun and Linda CROOK on your 139th. Hope you all enjoyed it and do let us know how you got on.

We had 79 record new Personal Bests including Andrew CHILCRAFT on his 69th run knocking over a minute off and Paul HALFORD also with a pb and coming in as first male.

Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part including Neil GUNSTONE of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, Kathryn Amanda CRAWLEY of the Energise Mud Runners and Rachel CAVE of Higham Harriers AC.

Huge thanks to all our volunteers this week. Taking a look at future weeks though on the roster we only have 21 volunteer places filled out of the next 6 weeks. If you were thinking of volunteering to keep us going then now is your chance. Things are getting desperate and no one wants to see it cancelled! Please email to miltonkeyneshelpers@parkrun.com with the position you can undertake. There are still a massive amount of people that have complete loads of runs this year without volunteering at all. Please do your turn as we can’t keep relying on the same faces all the time. You will only have yourself to blame if it gets cancelled one Saturday very soon.

Run Director Donna LAW
Timekeeper James MERRICK
Backup Timer Nivedita PARTHASARATHY
Pre-event Setup Maree Blossom JESSON
Barcode Scanning Mick BATES
Barcode Scanning Geoff BROAD
Barcode Scanning Zoe BROAD
Barcode Scanning Rebecca ABBOTT
Barcode Scanning Christopher G J KIRKLAND
Finish Tokens Pippa MCKEAN
Finish Token Support Sarah KING
Number Checker Sarah LOFTUS
Funnel Manager Jeremy HILL
Tail Runner Paul BILLINGTON
Marshal Niam HANI
Marshal Andy GARDNER
Marshal Steve DOYLE
Marshal Kyla HINCKS
Marshal Kenton BATT
Marshal David HUDSON
Marshal Sinead BRADBEER
Photographer Zoey ALLEN

We have a short report this week from Rachel Cave who came in as first lady today.

I have ran since I was 9 and just love running. I had glandular fever 3 years ago and once recovered I became so determined to become better than I had been. Doing a parkrun every now and again really helps with this process as it helps you to gauge where you are in your training programme. It's a great way for all different levels to come and participate together. I usually do the Northampton parkrun but was having a day shopping in MK so just thought I do it while over there!!
I have to give my partner and coach Dan a huge amount of credit for the support and encouragement he gives me 24/7.

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Thanks for sending that to me Rachel and well done on first lady.

Congratulations to our runners that hit their T shirt milestones today. We had Nicola THOMPSON achieve 10 runs and also a one and a half minute pb from her previous pb just two weeks ago!
Also Angela NORRIS hit her 50th parkrun milestone. Well done to both of you and look out for the email requesting your T shirt sizes. In case you are not aware parkrun are having a few logistical problems with the T shirts but sound like they are starting to get the backlog sorted.

Well done also to Ashley CRAWFORD, our 2nd placed male, as he hit 99 this weekend. 100 next weekend?

We have some input from Angela Norris who hit the big 50 parkruns today:

50th Parkrun.

I remember running my first parkrun, in October 2010! Yes, it has taken me 4 years to get to 50, not only because I work shifts, but also because I was not very confident at running in a group. I had convinced myself that running alone was my future, then I entered a "Race for Life" which inspired me to carry on running. I was also running with my dog as a way for us both to stay fit. When I realised I could take her to the parkrun, too, I was even more keen to become a better runner. I joined the David Lloyd Redway Runners in October 2013 and have never looked back, since joining them I have ran every parkrun I can - even as a parkrun tourist all over the country! I have knocked over 3 minutes off my average time and I have many more friends because of running. I am a great advocate of parkrun and I made a promise to myself to volunteer 1 in 10 runs, which I am on target at volunteering 6 times so far. I ran my first half marathon this year too as a Redway Runner and entered into a marathon next year! The parkrun is part of my life now, a great way to start the weekend!

Well done Angela and thanks for sending that into me.

We also had one of our regular runners hit his 100 mark whilst over in the US. Paul Carter came 14th in 25.04 at Clermont parkrun, Florida. Congratulations Paul!

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This week we have some input from one of our regular parkrunners who had a turn at tail-running today, Paul Billington:

I started running regularly as part of a beginners running club in February 2013 progressing to 5k in April when I then joined MK parkrun. My first time was around 32 minutes so this was my marker, my PB is now around 27.30. For the rest of 2014 I ran at MK parkrun when I could and ran on my own to make sure I ran on a regular basis. During the 2013 Christmas period a friend told me he was going to run the Silverstone Half Marathon in March for JDRF, a charity for research into Type 1 diabetes. This was a double challenge I accepted, training for the half marathon and managing my Type 1 diabetes. New Year came and I found an 8 week half Marathon plan which meant that I did not do many parkruns as my weekend runs needed to be longer than 5k. I progressed to 13k then developed a knee problem. Ice, heat, physio, foam rollers, I was trying everything but struggled to run more than 5k. The week before the HM I invested in some proper insoles and KT taped my knee and on the Tuesday I ran 10k with no pain. Sunday came and 2 hours 35 minutes later I completed the HM managing 19k before my knee hurt to much to run, the final 2k was a mix of running and walking. The real success for me was that I had managed my illness perfectly. I took on enough carbs at the beginning and at regular intervals during the HM to finish with a perfect blood sugar level and no issues with low sugars during the rest of the day. I also managed to raise around £600 for JDRF a lot better than my £200 target.

Every bit of exercise I do needs to be managed because if it's not I could collapse. I've been Type 1 diabetic for 27 years and in that time had around 45,000 injections and always kept it well controlled. I now wear an insulin pump which has helped my exercising and made my Diabetes easier to manage. I have never let my illness stop me from exercising and just manage it based on the level of intensity. There won't be a cure in my lifetime so I accept it and move on, there are far worse illnesses you could get.

Since the HM my running has been a bit hit and miss. I have come within 4 secs of a MK parkrun PB and run some that are 5 minutes away from a PB. As we enter the later part of 2014 I need to focus on more regular running to improve my times and increase my stamina. I also plan to increase my distances so I can run a few 10k and maybe another HM in early 2015.

As far as volunteering goes I have run MK parkrun around 30 times and today is my first time volunteering so I am guilty as charged for not volunteering. I guess like a lot of people who don't volunteer it's always " I'll do it next week" then next week comes, the volunteers needed call comes out and you think if no one else does it I'll volunteer. The regulars step up and all places get filled so you think "I'll do it next week" and the cycle begins again. I didn't do that last week and volunteered as soon as I got home from and now plan to volunteer more regularly because if I don't and nobody else does parkrun doesn't happen.

Paul is pictured below on the left.

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Cheers for that Paul, great report and good to have a chat before the run. Well done on the running and good luck with the half marathon next year!

We also have some input from Kenton Batt who was one of our marshalls today:

I have always enjoyed running and keeping fit in general but it was always something I did mainly on my own. Just over three years ago I was told about parkrun, and thought that it would be something that I would like to get involved with. I was a little nervous turning up for my first parkrun, but everyone there were so friendly and after that first run I couldn't wait for the next Saturday to come round.l am approaching 140 runs now and have enjoyed every one of them.

Volunteering
I think that most of us at times take the volunteers for granted, and are happy to turn up, run and go home, without giving them a thought. But they are so important. Each time that I have volunteered people have always thanked me, and every time I run I try and thank each one as I go round.
We all need to remember, no volunteers no parkrun.

Great input Kenton, thanks for doing that.

Finally our roving reporter is back on the scene after being missing for ages - Pippa Downton take it away:

Today I interviewed Enrico, who has done about 30 parkruns and prefers to run on days where it is overcast with only a slight wind. (Like today).

Do you like the course of MK parkrun?
Yes I do but when they moved the start it was just as chaotic as before. Maybe more.

What is your favourite part of the course?
I like the zig-zags because it gives me a goal to get to the top and a challenge to overtake as many people as I can!

If you could be any animal around parkrun, what would you be?
I would be a grey-hound because they have stamina and are very speedy. And quite cute.

What is your most memorable moment?
Its always really nice when you get a PB.

What is your favourite volunteering role?
Oh um. I haven’t yet volunteered.... Thats my aim. Trouble is I know I should but I like running too much. (This is where Enrico got very sheepish.)

If you could change parkrun in any way, what would you change?
I would run the route a different way every few weeks e.g - Start at the current finish and finish at the current start so we get a different route and it is still the same distance. Plus, you get to run DOWN the zig-zags.

Thank you for letting me interview you today Enrico. I hope that in a few weeks we see you volunteering and making parkrun possible!

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Great report, thanks for that Pippa, glad to have you back.

Now for some stats:

Men's placings:
Paul HALFORD (VM45-49) of Boxfit Tri, was first over the line in 17:54 - first time in 3 appearances.
Ashley CRAWFORD (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:57.
Stephen HERRING (VM45-49) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was third over the line in 17:59 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5682 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 5053 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 4870 pts.

Women's placings:
Rachel CAVE (SW25-29) of Higham Harriers AC, was first (11th overall) over the line in 19:00 - first appearance.
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (26th overall) over the line in 19:54 - has been first to finish on 75 previous occasions.
Abi GOOCH (VW35-39) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was third (54th overall) over the line in 21:33 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5907 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5584 pts.
Angela Sarah COX (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4756 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul HALFORD (VM45-49) was graded 80.45% for the time 17:54 (first overall).
Stephen HERRING (VM45-49) was graded 79.43% for the time 17:59 (third overall).
Rachel CAVE (SW25-29) was graded 77.89% for the time 19:00 (11th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 7,413 different runners, including participants from 372 athletics clubs, have completed 61,581 runs covering a total distance of 307,905 km, and there have been 12,882 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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