Milton Keynes Parkrun event number 325 21st May 2016

A huge number of runners emerged from their warm beds today to run in today’s slightly windy parkrun. 614 runners took part which is/close to a new record of runners for the MK parkrun!

Around 100 runners from the Olney Runners Club arrived today to join the MK parkrun and many of them did very well.

122 new or visiting runners came today, many of them were first timers from Olney running club but there were also new beginners joining us as well. I hope you all enjoyed the course and do let us know how you got on by visiting our facebook page. 85 new PBs were recorded today. PBs were found all over the results page including James McKinnell who ran a time of 20:28 and also Kerry o’Neill who ran 34:03. Well done to you all!

Important Notice/ Parkrun is not taking place at MK on June the 4th, 2 weeks from now. I do not know why but do tell anyone who may turn up anyway just so they don’t get confused when no-one is there. However they may then come in 1st place as no-one else has turned up.

Anyone who is new, visiting or has been running a while and has an awesome parkrun story they would like to share – send (with picture if you want) your own account to madmonkey93@sky.com. We would love to hear about your own experience. I will try to get it in the latest report as soon as I can.

Well done to all who have achieved their milestones today:
Joel Amner who also ran a new PB on their 50th parkrun
Mark Sharp who has also run 50 parkruns
Stephen James Wilson who has run 100 parkruns
Look out for the link within your profile to the Wiggle store to order your T shirts.

Thanks to all the volunteers today – All of you gave great encouragement and those who had dogs, your dogs were awesome too.
Adam SHARMAN • Adriane LUKIC • Alan HALL • Andrew CHILCRAFT • Andy SEALEY • Angela MULLIGAN • Dayle WALKER • Elliot HIND • Fifi FARLEY • Jackie BOND • Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN • Jenny FENTON • Jim BUTTLEMAN • Jon WALKER • Jools BURLACE • Julie HUDSON • Julie MARTIN • Matt JONES • Paul CARTER • Paul DE DENIS LA SOIE • Paul MACLOSKEY • Peter SIMPSON • Robert THORNE • Roger HOBBS • Ros JAMES • Roy TAYLOR • Sharon WICKS • Stacy CLEMES • Stephen SCOTT • Steve BURLACE • Susan JUDGE-TALBOT • Tim MACKLEY • Tom KIBAR
See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.

Today I interviewed Paul,
What do you like most about parkrun Paul? I like the fact that there is a real mixture of people here, both young and old.

Favourite running weather? I like it when it is dry and cool but not hot.

Do you have a running hero? My friend from my gym because he got me into coming to parkrun.

If you could run parkrun as an animal, what would you be? I would definitely be a cheetah that would be nice to try.

Running goals? To get under 26 minutes for the MK course as I have been able to do it elsewhere like the MK Rocket 5km but I would like to do it here. I am only seconds away each time though so it is frustrating.

Have you been a parkrun tourist? I have only been to Buckingham so I think I need to get around a bit more.

Which is your favourite running distance? I prefer 5km like the MK Rocket but I do also like half marathons as they’re quite enjoyable.

Thanks for the interview today Paul and I hope you get under 26 minutes in the future.

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Male placings:
Genci PEPAJ (VM35-39) of Redway Runners, was first over the line in 16:57 - 10th time in 19 appearances.
Michael SANSONI (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:00.
Ashley CRAWFORD (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:02.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Andy SEALEY (Shenley Striders) 7005 pts.
Paul WOODWARD (Redway Runners) 6649 pts.
Quinn ALLEN (Unattached) 6339 pts.

Female placings:
Sarah BIRD (VW40-44) of Redway Runners, was first (50th overall) over the line in 21:49 - 4th time in 64 appearances.
Alex TOWALSKA (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (54th overall) over the line in 22:04.
Deborah SMITH (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (55th overall) over the line in 22:06 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gillian SHEPPARD (Redway Runners) 6684 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 6591 pts.
Sarah BUCK (Redway Runners) 5912 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Genci PEPAJ (VM35-39) was graded 79.94% for the time 16:57 (first overall).
Tim WIGLEY (VM50-54) was graded 77.50% for the time 19:20 (8th overall).
Debra BRENT (VW50-54) was graded 76.22% for the time 22:51 (73rd overall).

This week there were 614 runners, of whom 122 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part.

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 11,436 different runners, including participants from 570 athletics clubs, have completed 101,064 runs covering a total distance of 505,320 km, and there have been 19,158 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Emily TALLEN who ran in a time of 00:17:04 on 2011-10-29 (event number 94).
The male 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 Angela COPSON who recorded a 95.57% run (22:33) on 6th February 2016 (event number 311).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Milton Keynes parkrun Results Page.

Thanks for Reading,
Adam Downton

 

Milton Keynes Parkrun event number 324 14th May 2016

572 runners met the chilly, windy sunny morning for parkrun today. The atmosphere was cheerful and people looked like they definitely enjoyed themselves.

64 new or visiting runners made a visit to MK parkrun. I hope you all enjoyed the course. Do let us know how you got on by visiting our facebook page.
An astonishing 134 new PBs were recorded today which is incredible. Is it people pushing you on? Or is it the weather? Whatever it was, well done to you all. Paul Hindley recorded a new PB of 23:02 and Georgina Fuszard recorded 36:51 as her new PB.

There were many representatives from different running clubs today including runners from Bristol and West AC and also Lytchett Manor Striders.

Gwen (a previous Redway Runner) visited her old running group from Scotland today. All the Redways Runners got together for a parkrun photo. Welcome Gwen and I hope you still do parkrun in Scotland. I can’t imagine how the hills are though.

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Spencer (also from Redway Runners) ran parkrun today dressed as a chef with a group of running supporters. You may have noticed him and this is because Spencer won MK chef of the year. Well done Spencer – hope you are able to cook up a PB soon!

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Anyone who is new, visiting or has been running a while and has an awesome parkrun story they would like to share – send (with picture if you want) your own account to madmonkey93@sky.com. We would love to hear about your own experience. I will try to get it in the latest report as soon as I can.

Congratulations to the runners who have achieved their milestones:

Ollie Miller who has run 10 parkuns
Simon Gurney and Grzegorz Zajac who have completed 50 parkruns
Greg Swannell and Andrew Hully who have reached 100 parkruns

Look out for the link within your profile to the Wiggle store to order your T shirts.

Thanks to all the volunteers today – Fantastic encouragement all the way round!

Ann WILLIAMS • Daniel HORNER • Fifi Trixabelle FARLEY • Ian HORNER • Imogen KINGSMAN • James LOMAX • Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN • Jenny FENTON • Jude SRIVALSAN • Julie LOXLEY • Kevin CHURCH • Laura DAVIS • Matt JONES • Niam HANI • Oliver TOMLINSON • Paul CARTER • Pelham WEST • Pete LINDSAY • Ros JAMES • Rosalind CRAWLEY • Rowan ALBERRY • Sarah LOFTUS • Sarah WILSON • Sean O'LEARY • Sheniah ASIAMAH • Stacy CLEMES • Stephen ROSE
See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.

This week I interviewed the MK chef of the year: Spencer
Hi Spencer, how many parkruns have you completed so far? 96 I think so far
What do you like most about parkrun? I love the community and the way you can talk to everyone. I also like the fact that it’s free.
Favourite running weather? Warm and sunny but a bit brighter than today.
Running hero? I think anyone who takes up running and improves their lifestyle is a running hero to me.
If you could run parkrun as an animal, which animal would you be? Well I ran an event recently as half-lion half-Spencer so I think that is the animal I would be. I did it for Lucinda who is recovering really well from her operation.
Any running goals? To run a couple marathons this year and to get drunk during parkrun. I don’t think it’s long enough though.
Favourite part of the MK course? I love the pagoda hill because the scenery is beautiful and the zigzags are behind me.
Have you been a parkrun tourist? Yes, I have done 10 or 15 different parkruns including Rushmere and Bedford. All the quite local ones.
Favourite one? I liked Rushmere out of them all but I love the MK one best.
Thanks today Spencer and congratulations on becoming the MK chef of the year.

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(I like the picture on the t-shirt Spencer)

Male placings:
Genci PEPAJ (VM35-39) of Redway Runners, was first over the line in 16:48 - 9th time in 18 appearances.
Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) of Redway Runners, was second over the line in 17:44 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Michael SANSONI (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:21.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Andy SEALEY (Shenley Striders) 6605 pts.
Paul WOODWARD (Redway Runners) 6289 pts.
Quinn ALLEN (Unattached) 6000 pts.

Female placings:
Claire HALLISSEY (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 19:02 - 6th time in 8 appearances.
Fiona TIDESWELL (VW40-44) of Cambridge Canoe Club, was second (40th overall) over the line in 21:15.
Zoe BROAD (JW15-17) (Unattached) was third (57th overall) over the line in 22:19.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gillian SHEPPARD (Redway Runners) 6294 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 6209 pts.
Sarah BUCK (Redway Runners) 5912 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Genci PEPAJ (VM35-39) was graded 80.65% for the time 16:48 (first overall).
Claire HALLISSEY (SW30-34) was graded 78.11% for the time 19:02 (8th overall).
Debra BRENT (VW50-54) was graded 77.64% for the time 22:26 (63rd overall).

This week there were 572 runners, of whom 64 were first timers and 134 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different athletics clubs took part.
Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 11,314 different runners, including participants from 567 athletics clubs, have completed 100,450 runs covering a total distance of 502,250 km, and there have been 19,073 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Emily TALLEN who ran in a time of 00:17:04 on 2011-10-29 (event number 94).
The male 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 Angela COPSON who recorded a 95.57% run (22:33) on 6th February 2016 (event number 311).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Milton Keynes parkrun Results Page.

Thanks for Reading,
Adam Downton

 

Milton Keynes Parkrun event number 323 7th May 2016

An amazing 598 runners came out in the lovely warm weather today which I think is almost a new record of runners for MK parkrun. Wow!

Congrats for all the people who ran in the MK marathon and half-marathon last Monday. Well done to you all, you should be very proud of yourselves.

70 new or visiting runners made a visit to MK parkrun. I hope you all enjoyed the course. Do let us know how you got on by visiting our facebook page.
There was an amazing 98 PBs recorded today including Elliot Hind with 16:32 which is a great new PB for him and also Melissa Santiago-Val who recorded 33:28. Well done to everyone who achieved a PB today. It was a nice day to do it.

Anyone who is new, visiting or has been running a while and has an awesome parkrun story they would like to share – send (with picture if you want) your own account to madmonkey93@sky.com. We would love to hear about your own experience. I will try to get it in the latest report as soon as I can.

These following runners have recorded their personal milestones:
Ben Miller, Mike Boast, Jonathan Hill and Danny Barthaud who have run 50 parkruns
Nick Costin and Adam Sharman have achieved 100 parkruns
This was a great number of new milestones – well done to you all!                             Look out for the link within your profile to the Wiggle store to order your T shirts.

Adam Sharman ran his 100th parkrun today and decided to introduce parkrun to his daughter: Layla. 100 for dad and 1 for daughter, parkrun is turning into a family activity for these guys. Layla ran 42:33 on her debut. Well done to the both of you and everyone who supported them!

Adam and Leyla

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Thanks to all the volunteers today – Fantastic encouragement all the way round!
Alison RAY • Brian HIRD • Carolien BOTHA • Charlotte GOODWIN • Danielle BALLETTA • David REES • Dennis VERHOEVEN • Edward KERR • Fifi Trixabelle FARLEY • Gillian SHEPPARD • Hazel COCKERILL • Ian PENNICOTT • James TAYLOR • Kassia GARDNER • Kevin CHURCH • Lynne BALLETTA • Matt JONES • Michael BALLETTA • Neil GOODWIN • Niam HANI • Patryk GALARDZIAK • Phillip STOCKING • Rebecca CAVE • Sarah BIRD • Sheralyn WHATLEY • Stacy CLEMES • Tim MACKLEY • Vivien BLACK • William SHIPPIN
See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.

Thanks for everyone’s support today with the backlogged finish line. With so many runners finishing all at once we need a bit of support from you guys as you continue down the finish area so that the line doesn’t prevent other runners from finishing.

We have a double interview special this week.

Today I interviewed Carmel and Noreen who ran the MK half marathon on Monday.

How many parkruns have you each ran so far? I have run 43 I think (Carmel) and I have run about 40 (Noreen). We run together a lot of the time, especially in running events like the MK half.

What is your favorite part of the MK course? It’s very beautiful and also local which is good for us (Carmel). I do like the top of the zigzags with the view of the lake and the hilly zigzags are also out of the way (Noreen).

What do like most about parkrun? The fact that it is free and will hopefully remain that way (Carmel). The fact that it is all inclusive and there is no matter about what size you are or how fast you are (Noreen).

Favourite Weather for parkrun? Just like today: warm but not too warm. (Carmel + Noreen)

Running heroes? We think each other because we run together a lot and we are always motivating each other whilst we run.

Running goals? We have run half marathons this year and I think we will do the Race for Life and then look on from there. We always try to get under 30 during parkrun as well – we don’t know if we managed that this week yet.

If you could be an animal whilst running parkrun, what would you be? I would be a gazelle as my family and I always joke that I run like a gazelle (Carmel). I would definitely be a cheetah (Noreen)

Parkrun tourists? We’ve been to a parkrun in Ireland and also the Buckingham parkrun.

Which was your favourite? I liked the parkrun in Ireland (Carmel) and I preferred the Buckingham one because of the field looped park that you run around (Noreen).

Thanks for letting me interview you today; you definitely look like a good team together.

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(Why am I not looking at the camera?)

Male placings:
Elliot HIND (SM25-29) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was first over the line in 16:32 - 10th time in 27 appearances.
Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) of Redway Runners, was second over the line in 16:35 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Jamie SEDDON (SM20-24) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was third over the line in 17:05.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Andy SEALEY (Shenley Striders) 6223 pts.
Paul WOODWARD (Redway Runners) 5922 pts.
Quinn ALLEN (Unattached) 5654 pts.

Female placings:
Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was first (28th overall) over the line in 20:52 - 27th time in 111 appearances.
Alexandra KNOWLES (VW50-54) of Milton Keynes AC, was second (33rd overall) over the line in 21:12 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Alison SMITH (VW40-44) of North Shields Polytechnic AC, was third (54th overall) over the line in 22:04.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gillian SHEPPARD (Redway Runners) 5916 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 5836 pts.
Sarah BUCK (Redway Runners) 5519 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 81.31% for the time 20:52 (28th overall).
Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) was graded 80.50% for the time 16:35 (second overall).
Alexandra KNOWLES (VW50-54) was graded 80.03% for the time 21:12 (33rd overall).

This week there were 598 runners, of whom 70 were first timers and 98 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different athletics clubs took part.

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 11,250 different runners, including participants from 564 athletics clubs, have completed 99,878 runs covering a total distance of 499,390 km, and there have been 18,940 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Emily TALLEN who ran in a time of 00:17:04 on 2011-10-29 (event number 94).
The male 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 Angela COPSON who recorded a 95.57% run (22:33) on 6th February 2016 (event number 311).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Milton Keynes parkrun Results Page.
Thanks for Reading,
Adam Downton

 

Milton Keynes Parkrun event number 322 30th April 2016

It was a beautiful sunny morning for the 491 runners who came out today for parkrun. As I chatted to people after the run, I saw that many people looked cheerful today so that was very good to see.

Good luck to all the runners who are running the Mk marathon or half marathon on bank holiday Monday. I am sure you will all do really well.
Also congratulations to all the London marathon runners – I saw a fair few t-shirts – and also well done to the supporters. I myself was there and recognized a few people as well as a supporter group from Redway Runners. The atmosphere was incredible.

52 new or visiting runners made a visit to MK parkrun. I hope you all enjoyed the course as many people have said about how awesome the course is with the lake view and the canal. Do let us know how you got on by visiting our facebook page.
A great number of PBs recorded today: 82 new PBs were set as these runners crossed the line including Nathan Davidson with 21:34 and also Mervyn Kelly with 28:49. Well done to everyone today!
Of the different runners here today, many were representatives of different running clubs including “Team Mk” and “Happy Bodies Running Club”. It’s great that so many different clubs take part in our parkrun.

Anyone who is new, visiting or has been running a while and has an awesome parkrun story they would like to share – send (with picture if you want) your own account to madmonkey93@sky.com. We would love to hear about your own experience. I will try to get it in the latest report as soon as I can.

These following runners have recorded their personal milestones:
Ronnie Blaber who has ran 10 parkruns
Dave Lawford and Paul Billington who have achieved 100 parkruns

Well done to you all!
Look out for the link within your profile to the Wiggle store to order your T shirts.

Thanks to all the volunteers today – Great motivation from the martials, the barcode scanners were cheerful and everyone else that helps make parkrun happen.

Andrew CHILCRAFT • Andy SEALEY • Brian HIRD • Chris MCKENNA • Colin KIGHTLEY • Declan CONATY • Diana WELLS • Diane MOLE • Gary HEDGES • Gillian SHEPPARD • Helen WIGGINS • Imogen KINGSMAN • Jane DRAKE • Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN • Julia BALDWIN • Kevin TILLEY • Lynn FLECKNEY • Maren MATTMULLER • Matt JONES • Neville ROWLES • Patryk GALARDZIAK • Quinn ALLEN • Rena RICHARDS • Richard LITWINCZUK • Sandra BROWN • Stacy CLEMES • Stephane CARPENTER • Stephen DUNHAM • Steve DOYLE • Stewart CAMPBELL • Tim MACKLEY • William SHIPPIN
See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.

Sorry interview fans, we have taken an interview break this week but will return next week.

Male placings:
Mintu SIDHU (JM11-14) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:58 - first time in 63 appearances.
David MOODY (VM35-39) of Redway Runners, was second over the line in 19:04.
Geoff BROAD (VM50-54) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:20.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Andy SEALEY (Shenley Striders) 5838 pts.
Paul WOODWARD (Redway Runners) 5559 pts.
Quinn ALLEN (Unattached) 5290 pts.

Female placings:
Ella TOWNSEND (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (29th overall) over the line in 21:24 - first time in 5 appearances.
Sarah BIRD (VW40-44) of Redway Runners, was second (33rd overall) over the line in 21:42 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Victoria Marie BERRY (SW30-34) of Redway Runners, was third (41st overall) over the line in 22:10 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gillian SHEPPARD (Redway Runners) 5526 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 5448 pts.
Carol DOWNS (Redway Runners) 5191 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Geoff BROAD (VM50-54) was graded 76.29% for the time 19:20 (third overall).
Pauline TURNER (VW75-79) was graded 76.03% for the time 32:28 (341st overall).
Jim BUTTLEMAN (VM50-54) was graded 75.29% for the time 19:54 (8th overall).

This week there were 491 runners, of whom 52 were first timers and 82 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different athletics clubs took part.

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 11,180 different runners, including participants from 562 athletics clubs, have completed 99,280 runs covering a total distance of 496,400 km, and there have been 18,842 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Emily TALLEN who ran in a time of 00:17:04 on 2011-10-29 (event number 94).
The male 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 Angela COPSON who recorded a 95.57% run (22:33) on 6th February 2016 (event number 311).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Milton Keynes parkrun Results Page.

Thanks for Reading,
Adam Downton

 

Milton Keynes Parkrun event number 321 23rd April 2016

Despite the windy, chilly morning, the St George’s Day sun made an appearance for the 533 runners who came out for a patriotic parkrun. You may have noticed a few people who had the country colours around them as they ran. I hope the flag parachute didn’t slow down their run.

Good luck to everyone who is running the London Marathon tomorrow. I am sure you will all do really well and the supporters will be cheering you the whole way.

Happy birthday to David Forbes who is running parkrun on his 50th birthday. I hope you had a good run David.

49 new or visiting runners made a visit to MK parkrun. I hope you all enjoyed the course and do let us know how you got on by visiting our facebook page.
There was an astonishing 102 PBs recorded today which is brilliant! This includes Matt Kirtley with a time of 19:34 and also Jill Batten with a time of 30:02 on her 10th parkrun.
Of the different runners here today, many were representatives of different running clubs including “Vegan Runners” and “Vegetarian Cycling and AC”. It’s great that so many different clubs take part in our parkrun and there also seems to be a vegetarian theme going around.

Anyone who is new, visiting or has been running a while and has an awesome parkrun story they would like to share – send (with picture if you want) your own account to madmonkey93@sky.com. We would love to hear about your own experience. I will try to get it in the latest report as soon as I can as part of "My Parkrun Story".

We had a range of different milestones achieved today:
Kieran Siva who has run 10 parkruns
Steve Slack who has achieved 50 parkruns
Shirley Rose Gibson who has achieved an amazing 250 parkruns
Look out for the link within your profile to the Wiggle store to order your T shirts.

Shirley's 250th

(Pictured: Shirley Gibson on her 250th parkrun)

Thanks to all the volunteers today – Great encouragement from all of you!

Brian HIRD • Chris BEARD • Dennis VERHOEVEN • Gillian SHEPPARD • Ian STEVENS • Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN • Jenny FENTON • Jools BURLACE • Kevin FERRIS • Len VAUGHAN • Maree Blossom JESSON • Matt JONES • Michelle GEORGE-BARNES • Nalin RAWAL • Neville ROWLES • Nick FAIRBROTHER • Paul BILLINGTON • Peter MCSWEENEY • Sara GREIG • Sharon BROWNE • Stacy CLEMES • Steph GRIFFIN • Stephen CLARK • Stephen SCOTT • Steve BURLACE • Stuart SINCLAIR • Tim MACKLEY    

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

"My Parkrun Story" - Hayley Payton

I did my first park run at MK a week ago (16th April) and came in first female at 22:36. Even though this is not a PB for me (my recent training times have been sub 22mins but I found the conditions tough and was very cold) it is the first 5k race I have done since before having two children (so first in 5 years as they are now aged 4 and 2).

I returned to fitness following the birth of my second son two years ago by attending Buggy Bootcamp classes with Buggy Bootcamp MK. I wasn't nearly as fast before having children but it just goes to show what training runs with a double buggy can do! I would like other women to know that Buggy Bootcamp MK exists so that they can get back to running and exercising after childbirth without having to find childcare. I personally found them a real fitness lifeline.

The man that owns and runs Buggy Bootcamp MK is called Andy Whyte and he also has a general fitness business called MK Trainer (www.mktrainer.co.uk) - both businesses have their own facebook page. I have separately emailed in to ask that MK Trainer be registered as an athletics club and recorded against my time entry. Andy has worked very hard to get my fitness levels to a place where I could come first at a parkrun so I would really like to have these efforts recorded in print. Thanks to all the volunteers that cheered me on through my run and helped me finish on cloud 9 despite all the rain!

Hayley Payton

Hayley

 

So for all you pregnant women out there parkrun is not over!

If you see Hayley at any future parkruns, do give her a wave as I’m sure she will appreciate it.

Our normal reporter is out in the countryside today so we had a substitute representative take her place.

Today I interviewed a lordly knight who goes by the title of Saint George.

How many parkrun crusades have you run so far? I have run about 88 so far.

Favourite running weather? Quite cool because I think I got my PB on a day where it was only 3 or 4 degrees.

What is your favourite part of the MK course? I like the recover section after the Zigzags because you get a great view over the lake as you run.

Who is your running hero? I would have to say Eddie Izzard

If you could run parkrun as an animal, what animal would you be? Well I definitely want to go faster so I think I would be a gazelle.

Favourite volunteering role? Being the tail runner because it’s just great to run with the people at the back. I really enjoy it.

What do you like about parkrun? The fact that it’s all inclusive. No matter if you’re fat, thin, fast, slow you are always welcome and everyone can take part and that is what makes it different from other sports.

Have you been a parkrun tourist? Yes I have been to Birmingham, Sheffield and Sheringham.

Which is your favourite? I liked Sheringham because the start is 1km downhill so it is fast and you get a great view of the sea. However you then finish on a 1km uphill to the finish.

Thanks a lot Saint George. It’s been a pleasure interviewing you. How many dragons have you slain so far? Just one. He's in the background on the left.Knight Picture

Male placings:
Mark PALSER (SM30-34) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 18:15 - 6th time in 21 appearances.
Jeremy VICK (VM35-39) of Milton Keynes AC, was second over the line in 18:28 - was first to finish once before.
Ed VOUT (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:36 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Andy SEALEY (Shenley Striders) 5438 pts.
Chris ERRIDGE (Redway Runners) 5199 pts.
Paul WOODWARD (Redway Runners) 5179 pts.

Female placings:
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (21st overall) over the line in 20:05 - 104th time in 139 appearances.
Alexandra KNOWLES (VW50-54) of Milton Keynes AC, was second (36th overall) over the line in 20:52 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Paige TOMPKINS (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (49th overall) over the line in 21:43.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gillian SHEPPARD (Redway Runners) 5135 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 5060 pts.
Carol DOWNS (Redway Runners) 4932 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
John SKELTON (VM65-69) was graded 89.03% for the time 18:50 (4th overall).
Shirley Rose GIBSON (VW65-69) was graded 85.27% for the time 25:41 (174th overall).
Alexandra KNOWLES (VW50-54) was graded 81.31% for the time 20:52 (36th overall).

This week there were 533 runners, of whom 49 were first timers and 102 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part.
Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 11,128 different runners, including participants from 561 athletics clubs, have completed 98,789 runs covering a total distance of 493,945 km, and there have been 18,759 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Emily TALLEN who ran in a time of 00:17:04 on 2011-10-29 (event number 94).
The male 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 Angela COPSON who recorded a 95.57% run (22:33) on 6th February 2016 (event number 311).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Milton Keynes parkrun Results Page.

Thanks for Reading,
Adam Downton

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