Milton Keynes parkrun event number 236 23rd August 2014

This week there were 434 runners enjoying the rather crisp but sunny morning. We had Stella start us off with a quick 3-2-1 and we were away. The new start certainly seems to be working and everyone is getting away a lot quicker than with the old starting position.

We had 45 first timers at the MK course of which 18 were parkrun tourists. In case any of you missed the link on our facebook page, there is now a new website enabling you to find the nearest parkruns to your location. Great for logging into when on holiday and missing your parkrun fix!

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102 of our runners this morning recorded new Personal Bests including Joanne WEST knocking over a minute off her previous pb, Michelle GEORGE-BARNES (who also came in as first lady using prkrun at the end of a 10 mile run this morning!!), Claire MARRAY with her second pb in August and Caroline BEECHEY on her 166th run! Awesome work people. Well done.

Representatives of 23 different athletics clubs took part including Mik ONIONS of the Brighton Tri Club, Laura BOWLEY of the Happy Bodies Running Club and our first placed gent Mark PINDER of Nestle Rowntree AC.

This week we had just the one person celebrating hitting a T shirt milestone and that is Angela Sarah COX hitting the 50 T shirt mark. Well done Angela and look out for the email requesting your T shirt size.

Next week should be Kevin GARDNER’s turn to hit the 100 mark as he hit 99 today! Great achievement Kevin.

Remember the only way to get these T shirts is to turn up regularly, run and bring your barcode!! Still getting loads of people showing up as Unknown in the results due to missing barcodes or bringing a small piece of a soaking wet barcode and expecting it to scan. Get them laminated!

Thanks to Ian Richardson for putting the following chart together for us:

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Gigantic thanks to this week's volunteers

Adam JOYCE • Callum JONES • Christina TRIBBLE • Claire MCFAULD • Daniel TOLLETT • Elizabeth TRIBE • Gina SHARP • Gwen JONES • Ian PENNICOTT • Ian STEVENS • James DWIGHT • Julie LOXLEY • Lee BARNES • Neil SOLANKI • Niam HANI • Nick FAIRBROTHER • Paul SMITH • Pippa MCKEAN • Sarah KING • Stella-Maria THOMAS • Stuart LAMOND

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

We have huge volunteer-less holes in future weeks on our roster so please, please email in with the position you can undertake. Full training is provided for any of the roles if they seem a bit daunting at first. If in doubt, go for being a marshall on your first go as that is really simple!

Keeping with the theme of volunteers, by chance we have a short story from Nick Fairbrother about the merits of volunteering:

I started running during a mid life crisis and wanted to run the London Marathon. I achieved this in 2007 and again in 2009 and then fell out of love with running. A couple of years later I started hearing parkrun being talked about on podcasts and noticed there was an MK version. In those days there were only around 80 finishers not the 400+ we get now. However, despite the massive growth, the feel is still the same, a friendly welcoming and unique event, run by volunteers. We should all ensure we continue to make this a success by taking our turn to do our bit and volunteer just 3 times a year, there are always weeks when you can't run or are injured so why not give it a go then, you will enjoy it.

Excellent, cheers for providing that Nick.

We also have some input on the same subject from Elizabeth Tribe:

Well here goes, I like to run and I like to volunteer. This year I thought to myself, I will run and volunteer once a month, which so far I have done, plus I've done a few more runs. I would not want to see parkrun cancelled as I know lots of people like it, especially my husband and the friends we've made through parkrun, we look forward to it every week. Volunteering lets me see more of the run, I mean I see the first runners in, the ones in the middle and the ones at the end. You see all sorts of expressions when crossing the finishing line, but mainly determination, and from the smiles on the faces afterwards you can see how much parkrun means to people. Everyone should just give volunteering a go, it is the least any parkrunner should do to say they are a parkrun runner.

Great words Liz, thanks for that and thanks for volunteering so often.

Finally on the volunteer theme we have a slightly longer one from Neil Solanki:

A Park runner’s Vent on the importance of Volunteering

Let’s all be honest here, every single one of us take parkrun for granted. We rock up at the start, run the course, scan our barcodes, mingle with our fellow runners then make our way home or pop into the Coffee shop for a well-deserved shot of caffeine. It’s a free weekly event which has a great social aspect aligned with bettering ourselves whether it is trying to shed a few pounds to getting that PB that you have been craving for. However, naturally we all don’t think much about those behind the scenes, those on the other side making sure that these weekly events run in a smooth and safe fashion – The Volunteers.
These are the people; when you are struggling cheer you on to push that little harder, to run that little bit faster. Before we go for that 5K trek we are all asked to give a half-hearted round of applause for the volunteers, but then we forget about them.

I was pulled up three weeks ago and asked whether I wanted to volunteer. I was caught in an awkward position, gave my barcode number and hoped that they would forget to get back to me. That obviously did not happen as I received an email on the Friday confirming what my role would be. I had to take this on the chin and let’s face it I had already done ten parkruns so you could say it was well overdue.

Being on the other side was a different experience – a demanding one. All members working in unison to ensure that run is done in a manner that is safe but most importantly fun. It was great cheering people that you know on and helping them push that little extra to cross the line. Seeing this from the non-running side it did make me realise that the main stars of these events are the volunteers, without them this would not happen.
This parkrun there were over 430 registered runners and we struggled to get 15 volunteers which is an absolute scandal. What made this worse is that less than 10% of those registered with the MK parkrun volunteer – This is an absolute Travesty!!

Here we are taking full advantage of a free, fun event and being absolutely narrow minded and thinking of ourselves. This is a social experience and should be fun and we all should share the responsibility. If we averaged this out over the year and if we all contributed equally the maximum number of parkruns that we would have to volunteer is 3. That’s right just 3.

If you are injured and nursing yourself to fitness you should Volunteer. There is no use staying at home and feeling sorry for yourself. Get out there help out in marshalling and watch those runners run. There is no better motivation to get back onto that course when see someone else get that PB.

Sometimes the body needs a rest from the constant bombardment of training hence you should volunteer. If you are dropping by to see your other mates run then you should Volunteer. If you have run ten park runs in a row then I believe you should volunteer.
You’re not going to get fat if you miss a session. If you are that worried, go for a run afterwards or before hand.

You may see this as finger pointing here…….yes it is. Yes I am even pointing the finger at myself for my lack of consideration. The lovey dovey approach has not worked and will never work in these modern times.
I am very vocal individual and not scared in making people feel awkward and using emotional blackmail to get them to volunteer. So watch out I’m coming after you, especially those who run in the Green Jersey.
We are all in this together.

REMEMBER ONE THING.

WITHOUT THE VOLUNTEERS THERE IS NO PARKRUN!!!!!

Why I Run
A year ago I was someone who would pop out for a 40 minute ’jog’ and tire after ten minutes wanting to go home and sit in front of the box sipping on a cup of peppermint tea.

Rewind ten years. Ten years ago whilst I was at University at the age of 21 I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and had to undertake harsh chemotherapy treatment for the year as well as attempt to gain my degree.

Naturally you go through all those phases where you finally accept the situation, some quicker than others. One of those stages is one called ‘Bartering’. I tried to make a deal with the Lord upstairs on the day of diagnosis that if he helped me survive I will run the London Marathon for charity. After getting the all clear the following year I sort of forgot about what I promised – you could say I brushed it under the carpet.

However things had changed back in September 2013, after talking to a friend of mine who does long distance running I was inspired – I was going to run the 2014 London Marathon. This marathon would have marked my ten year anniversary. It was around nine in the evening and I was googling on ways to get into it. The only option available was via the Charity route where you had to raise a minimum of £2,000. Being eager I ridiculously contacted Macmillan Cancer Support and left them a message at around twelve in the morning begging for them to give me a place. Months later I was given confirmation that I had a place. Hand on heart I truly believed that I would not only reach the target but destroy it as I believe that I was running for a cause that touches many and if you put the effort and passion in the Universe pays you back.

Training was tough, I am not going to lie to you but this was something that I had to do and people depended on me. Failure was not an option I was going to complete this Marathon even if it killed me. Waking up in the early morning, pitch black on a cold winter’s day is not everyone’s cup of tea. I eventually slowly increased my distance running from 10K, then slowly to half marathon distance to eventually 20 mile runs all before the Marathon in April. I was averaging 28-32 miles per week during the peak of my training. All this in a space of 5 months.

I successfully ran the Marathon in 4 hrs 52 minutes, slightly disappointed as I wanted to complete it in 4hrs 20 minutes. There are no words that can describe the euphoria and emotions you feel when you cross that finishing line. Emotions are high and all that hard graft, sweat blood and tears – it was all worth it.

I was never a sporty person and had never won a medal unlike my other friends who played football and rugby. However running half marathons and getting those medals becomes a great addiction. I was making up for those accolades that I missed when I was younger. You want more and more and more. It is a good sort of greed. The only regret that I have is that I never ran sooner

I have more runs planned and hoping to go International – Toronto Waterfront Marathon and the Paris Marathon. I am also hoping to eventually run Berlin, New York, Chicago and The Great Wall of China.

Running is my addiction – it’s my Vice. It’s me against me. Trying to better myself at every attempt.

When I run by myself I see it as being my time – I can relax, listen to music and plan my day ahead.

Nowadays you could say I am greedy and want more out of life. I don’t believe in the old defeatist saying of you ‘Only live once’. No! that’s is a cop out ‘You live every day and die only once’.

Everyone can run. Our bodies are made for it – There are 28 bones in the human foot so that should say something. We are born to run!!

‘Be Phenomenal or be forgotten’

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That has to be the longest report anyone has ever submitted Neil but well done for putting together so quickly. Lots of good points in there so hopefully it will have an effect and we won’t have to beg for volunteers in future weeks! Good luck with your running too, very inspirational.

This week we also have some input from Mel, the Assistant Manager, at your local Sweatshop in the Xscape building who did a bit of interviewing prior to the run:

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SRC parkrunners:

This morning at parkrun I went on down to cheer all you lovely runners on. You may have seen me at the finish line cheering!! (Crazy girl in the bright green Sweatshop Tee!). There was some AMAZING Sprint finishes. We want Sweatshop to be able to provide support for runners of all abilities. One of the great things about running is that almost everyone can do it - you don’t need athletic prowess and most runners start out with nothing more than a pair of trainers. If you have never run before but want to start, or run but have no one to do it with, we can help by giving you a place to come to, free of charge, where you will have a chance to go out with supportive and friendly staff at Sweatshop plus other runners to share this experience - with a real community feel.

This bank holiday Monday (25th August, 6pm) we will be restarting our 0-5km programme. This is all being led by volunteers and those that have previously done this programme. If you want to get faster and beat those times, come and join the friendly SRC. We are all about getting the running community together. We believe running groups should be free, fun and for everyone.

We have brilliant incentives to keep you going such as a free yellow Adidas tee after 5 runs!!! If you would like any more info pop into store or email me at MiltonKeynes@sweatshop.co.uk

Here is a few stories from our SRC family and why they run and do parkrun:

‘’I've just completed the parkrun at willen who would have thought it, this time 8 months ago I went to Sweatshop for a pair of trainers thinking I start the gym and a lovely lady said (Mel) why don’t you come to our beginners club couch to 5k in 9 weeks so I took the challenge, on week 5 I thought this isn't going to happen couldn’t breath. I had to walk lots in between BUT with the support and encouragement of everyone at SRC I actually made it! I was so chuffed I carried on and even went with SRC to the Westminster mile, I think this is when I got hooked on running. I love it I keep trying to get stronger and SRC help with this with Sunday hill training and I think it’s paying off. I can now cope with so much more and speaking to others at SRC who all are such a lovely friendly group that the parkrun is good I signed up my first run 2 weeks ago was WOW lots more people but all very friendly I loved the run and then being e mailed my times was so good I think I beat my times this week by nearly 2 min. Thanks SRC and parkrun for your commitment to all of us runners new and old, without you we couldn’t do this.’’
Theresa Norris

‘‘Today was my third parkrun and I still can't believe I've actually now running 5k three times a week. I've never been sporty or active and certainly never run before and I only took after running after reading about all the health benefits in a magazine a few months ago. I was really struggling with my weight and with diabetes in my family, I thought there was nothing to lose and it was worth a try. I stumbled across Sweatshop Running Community when I was buying some bits and pieces in the MK store and they asked if I fancied coming along. I've only just completed the "Couch to 5k" with Sweatshop MK and am really grateful to all the support. Everyone there is so friendly and encouraging and to my own amazement I now enjoy running and want to progress more and they've even got me to like hills! What I really love about parkrun is that it appeals to everyone, whether you’re competitive, a newbie like me, or just enjoying a run with your kids and that the Marshall's really encourage you on. My best bits are when you run up the zig zag path and see the view of the lake and of course the finishing line!
Wendy Poole

Shelley Hadden & Keely Judd

Favourite park of the course:
That finish line!! We also like under the canal path as it’s a bit cooler round that size!

How did you guys do today:
I was chuffed to bits to get my second PB in 2 weeks!! Loved the support you get from other runners and marshals on the way - they really help to keep you going !:)

WELL DONE GIRLS!

Great reports ladies and thanks to Mel for sorting that out for me this morning. It is always great to hear about how people got into running and the effect the local clubs and parkrun are having on people’s lives.

Finally, Mel also put together the following for those looking for a GPS watch:

Garmin 10

One piece of kit I can’t live without is my GPS watch. It is perfect to help with those parkruns and get those times down. I found it showed me where I was slowing down and what part of my training I needed to work on. Mine is that zig zag hill!!

The perfect watch I would recommend for parkrun training is the Garmin 10, something nice and simple. It accurately tracks how far you run, how fast you run and your calories burned, helping you to keep track of your goals. It is also great for any runner, due to it’s run/walk features (interval training) as well it’s current pace alert feature which will make sure you keep to your pace in the moment or alert you if you’re going to fast or too slow (great for those chasing a parkrun P.B. or keeping up pace for fitness). You can always pop into the store and chat to one of our friendly team for more advice on which GPS unit is right for you!

Now for a few stats:

Men's placings:
Mark PINDER (SM20-24) of Nestle Rowntree AC, was first over the line in 16:58 - first time in 6 appearances.
Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:11 - was first to finish once before.
Andy INCHLEY (VM35-39) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was third over the line in 17:25 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5516 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 4894 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 4681 pts.

Women's placings:
Michelle GEORGE-BARNES (VW40-44) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was first (58th overall) over the line in 22:05 - second time in 17 appearances.
Zoe BROAD (JW15-17) (Unattached) was second (68th overall) over the line in 22:26.
Autumn HALES (SW18-19) (Unattached) was third (77th overall) over the line in 22:48.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5723 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5584 pts.
Angela Sarah COX (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4582 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Malcolm DOWN (VM50-54) was graded 79.63% for the time 18:59 (7th overall).
Caroline BEECHEY (VW55-59) was graded 78.25% for the time 22:50 (78th overall).
Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) was graded 76.72% for the time 17:11 (second overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 7,368 different runners, including participants from 371 athletics clubs, have completed 61,169 runs covering a total distance of 305,845 km, and there have been 12,801 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 235 16th August 2014

This week there were 430 runners which is 90 down on last week. Must be holiday season! It certainly felt a very fast run this morning and this was proved once the results came through. The first three were all on 17 minutes or less! Very impressive. Even our tail runner came through in less than 48 minutes.

Well done to everyone that took part. We still had far too many people forget their barcodes though with 28 this morning. Please make sure you bring your barcode along each week and also try and get it laminated. It makes it so much more pleasant for those having to stand there and scan 400+ barcodes!

We had 48 first timers with quite a few parkrun tourists visiting us for the first time too. Welcome to Andrew Duncan MITCHELL and thanks for choosing us to enjoy your 50th parkrun. We also had Jenny WILSON come over from her usual Bedford parkrun to her 81st parkrun with us. Welcome to both tourists and complete newcomers alike. Let us know how you got on and any feedback.

Almost 1 in 4 of you recorded new Personal Bests with a whopping 97 runners! Special mention to Derek ANDREWS on his 71st run, Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN on his 69th and one of our 11-14 year old runners Morgan SMITH on his 38th run.

Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part. Welcome to Neil GUNSTONE of the Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, Tina MITCHELL of the The SeafRUNt Smilers and Andrew Duncan MITCHELL of SunCityTri. Hope you all had a great time.

We had the following achieve their T shirt milestones:

  • Fran JAMES on 10 runs
  • George FAIRWEATHER also on 10 runs
  • Andrew Duncan MITCHELL on 50 runs and
  • Minesh PANDYA also on 50 runs (and another huge pb!! Well done mate!)

Look out for the email requesting you T shirt sizes but do note the message in the parkun newsletter the other week stating they are experiencing lots of delays with the T shirts. You will get them eventually so please be patient.

Thanks to Ian Richardson for producing the following graphic showing this morning’s parkrun. It puts a few things into perspective! Cheers Ian, great work.

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Massive thanks to this week's volunteers
Adam SHARMAN • Caroline BEECHEY • David WHITELEY • Gareth SNELSON • Gillian SHEPPARD • Julie LOXLEY • Karen LAWRENCE • Kevin ORCHARD • Laura DAVIS • Leigh STEERE • Martin LAWRENCE • Mike WEBBER • Oliver TOMLINSON • Robert GRITTON • Roger BLOFELD • Sarah KERR • Sarah SHERMAN • Sheniah ASIAMAH • Simon Paul WOODS • Winny BONJA

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

We have huge great holes in the future roster. As Martin, our Run Director, mentioned this morning, all we ask is that people step up and volunteer three times a year. Please email in to miltonkeyneshelpers@parkrun.com with the role you can fill.

As we are now on week 30 of the parkrun year, lets have a look at the top 10 volunteer charts:

Ladies first of course:

Niam HANI 13
Stella-Maria THOMAS 12
Iona RICHARDS [Jnr] 9
Christina TRIBBLE 9
Jenny FENTON 7
Elizabeth TRIBE 7
Maree Blossom JESSON 6
Kassia GARDNER 6
Natalie GARFOOT 6
Winny BONJA 6

And the men:

Max KELLY [Jnr] 10
Gareth SNELSON 10
Adam SHARMAN 4
Simon BAKER 4
Derek ANDREWS 4
Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN 4
Marcus MITCHINSON 4
Mark CANHAM 4
Jonathan CLEMENTS 4
Paul BARNES 4

Note there are quite a few males on 4, this is just the top 10 when clicking on the column sorter.

This week we have some input from one our runners that recently achieved the fantastic milestone of 100 parkruns! Ian Stevens, take it away:

I re-discovered running on 15th October 2011, my very first parkrun. My daughter, a Bushy Park regular, was staying for the weekend and asked if I’d give her a lift to Willen. “You can have a go too, Dad, if you like.” I knew nothing about parkrun. Conspicuous in beach shorts, T-shirt and battered plimsolls, I staggered dangerously to a 31.32 finish. I was hooked again. The following day limped into Sweatshop and increased their takings dramatically. My new Asics trainers, technical T and socks marked “R” and “L” meant I was a born again runner! Some months later I posted a best of 25.20.

This year, I’ve been to Northampton, Buckingham, Aylesbury and Eastbourne. They’re all different but at each there’s the same warm welcome, good humour, and encouragement, whatever your age or ability. Since 2012, I’ve participated in 10k events and this year, I’ve stepped up to the half marathon. I completed my 100th parkrun at Milton Keynes on 2nd August, 2014. We’re adapted to run but no longer having to chase our food or flee predators, we find different reasons for running. Personally, its benefits are emotional and physical well-being. There’s a sense of natural freedom being out in the elements and sharing that feeling with others. I’ve enjoyed that hugely at parkrun and particularly with fellow Redway Runners - a mixed and generous group of people, who look after and encourage everyone. Thank you to everyone at parkrun!

Ian Stevens
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Fantastic input Ian, thanks for putting that together and glad you are enjoying your running. I think many of us have experienced that conspicuous feeling going to their first parkrun, only to find out when they start that runners are some of the friendliest people around, even when not at parkrun.

It is rare for me to come across another runner that doesn’t smile and/or nod when you meet them coming the other way. Cyclists on the other hand just seem hell bent on mowing you down!

At the other end of the scale we have a story from one of our first time parkrunners - Nivedita Parthasarathy:

As a child I never fancied running. But then, after I joined work and I heard that running is good for your health, I started running and have now been running for the last year. My cousins in Bristol told us about parkrun 2 weeks ago and they told me and the hubby how to register. We registered and did our first ever park run in Bristol 2 weeks ago.
We liked it, so we found where it’s held in Milton Keynes and joined the run last week.
Why run : workout in general is one thing that makes you feel good and it is actually good for you that's why. I am amazed at the awesome positive energy at Milton Keynes parkrun so we would try to make it a regular Saturday event for us.

Glad you enjoyed it Nivedita, keep coming back for more positive energy! We have a photo below of Nivedita and hubby Prasanna Gopalan at the end of their first Milton Keynes parkrun.

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Now for a couple of stories from the Hudsons. First up, David:

The 9th August MK parkrun was a day that I was very proud. I buddied my wife Julie on her first official parkrun. She managed a very credible 31:47. What's more, she did it at an age where my grandmother was walking with a stick :-)

If I jump back to mid May 2014 neither of us had done any running. We were confirmed non runners. Running was stupid, pointless even. If I jump back even further to January 2014 Julie was a stone heavier and I was 3.5 stone heavier than we are now. In February we decided to lose weight, we were both fit but just did not eat the right things.

I was "Pie Powered".

With a combination of healthy eating, lots of spin classes and gym work we gradually lost weight and became a lot fitter. At the end of May I noticed that people I know seemed to be having exciting conversations about running related topics - it's all your fault Ola!!
Being at a loose end I decided to Google running in MK and two areas tweaked my interest:-

  • MK parkrun - FREE
  • David Lloyd Redway Runners (DLRR) - Beginners Class - FREE

So it was that I convinced a very unwilling Mrs Hudson that we should enrol on the DLRR running course. Not wanting to wait until the 18th June (it was now Sunday 1st June) I decided we should get some practise right away - so off we drove to Furzton and did a circuit of the lake. It was a bit stop/start - run a bit, walk a bit but we both managed the circuit. At the end of one circuit I was buzzing - Julie was still not sure. I decided to run back home while Julie took the car. My first run (with some walking) - 7.35km 52:25. I was hooked :-)

The following day I went along to the DLRR Step Up Group 5.5km in 39:59 - no walking - all running - and I have not looked back. One the 7th June I did my first parkrun - 29:43 by my watch - I started it as I went through the Start Line - official time was a little over 30:00.

With the exception of injuring myself by overdoing things (24km in two days in July was silly) I have enjoyed the vast majority of it all. So, from thinking that running being a silly pointless activity the pair of us are now confirmed runners and looking forward to the next run each time we return tired and glowing from the last run.

If you are thinking about running but are unsure if you are athletic enough - come down to Willen on a Saturday morning. You will be surprised at the wide cross section of people and abilities that you find there. Talk to some of the runners and you may find that your next stop is the running shop to get kitted out.

Go on, you know you want to.

I love it David, very good job. Pie Powered - brilliant! Great photo too as below:

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Now Julie’s turn:

Saturday 9th August was a momentous occasion for me - I ran my first parkrun in Milton Keynes. It was momentous for a number of reasons. Firstly, I haven't run since I was fourteen and that was a very long time ago! Secondly, I ran it with my husband David who has been a massive influence in my progress. Thirdly, I ran in my newly acquired David Lloyd Redway Runners t-shirt, my equivalent of a graduation robe at the end of a brilliant beginners running course.

It started as part of a campaign by David and I to get fit and slim. We'd been regular visitors to the gym when David saw the beginners running course advertised. Against my better judgement I agreed to sign up, convinced that it wouldn't be for me but it was something we could do together. As a pre-course test of our ability we took a jog around Furzton Lake and it just about killed me! David, on the other hand, decided it was easy and ran home - a mere 3 miles away - and turned up as fresh as a daisy and grinning like a Cheshire Cat. Needless to say, he didn't join the beginners group but did come along to support me most weeks. Our coach was Glenn Dickinson and he did a fantastic job in nurturing a group of mixed abilities to success at our graduation.

What surprised me the most was how quickly I came to love running. I never missed a class and did all my homework sessions. I looked forward to each time I went out running prompting my husband to post several posts on Facebook about his wife being replaced by an alien! I'm not a morning person but found I was up and eager to go out running very early for my Saturday morning homework runs.

I woke early on the day of my first official parkrun - I was very nervous and had dreamt about it most of the night. We met up with all my fellow beginners where we were all buddied with another runner (I had my own personal buddy!) and following the obligatory DLRR group photo we walked round to the start - a sea of green t-shirts descending from above the start line!

The start was manic but eventually I settled into my stride - I apparently have a natural ability to pace myself - and after the first kilometre the field had settled itself as had my heart rate and the run was on. The only thing I had to concentrate on then was remembering to smile when the DLRR cameras were around! I've still to see a picture of me running where I don't look pained but the fact that there is evidence that I am now a runner is nothing short of miraculous!! I was aiming to run it within 35 minutes and came in at 31.47 - it's amazing what adrenalin does for you!

I will be there at the next parkrun trying to get a PB and will continue to run with DLRR. Next target I guess is 10k but for now I'm going to concentrate on improving my 5k with the support of newly found friends and a great mentor in my husband.
At the age of 54 I've left it pretty late in life to start running but I've got to say that I wish I'd started sooner. I'm fitter (and slimmer) than I've been in years, I've made lots of new friends and I've got a great way to measure my progress by doing the parkrun. See you on Saturday!

Well done Julie and that should serve as an inspiration to many other people thinking of starting running. One is never too old to start, I didn’t start till I was 40 and wish I had started earlier in life. Love the celebration below:

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It would be a shame to stop there when I one final story from the very shy and reclusive Gillian Sheppard:

When asked to provide an insight into what I enjoy about parkrun and how I go about achieving a pb I was initially stumped. I get up on a Saturday morning without ever thinking about the prospect of a pb...in fact I quite often don't even feel like running.

I get to the start line without wearing a watch to record my time and quite often stand quite far back and start slowly. Weird you say and maybe yes it is, however because I have now run over 160 parkruns mainly in Milton Keynes I just go with the flow and literally see how I feel.
Some weeks I find myself catching up with other runners I have come to know well and have a reasonably good idea of the time they run and other weeks I literally have no idea what my time is until I get an email from parkrun Central.

I love parkrun because it is inclusive for all abilities. I love seeing others achieve their goals and I get a thrill when I have a good run!

I love the coffee, toast and banter with friends in the café afterwards and really enjoy chatting to the many acquaintances I have made over the years, some of whom have become close friends. I also enjoy sorting the tokens for the following week and always sort the 1-100 numbers to the amusement of friends who say I can't count over 100!

Sometimes people find it odd that I enjoy running around the same course every week but it differs with the seasons. Sun, rain, strong winds on the homewards straight, snow and ice all add to the enjoyment and provide variety!

We are so lucky in Milton Keynes to have such a wonderful beautiful course and I hope to carry on enjoying it for as long as my legs allow me to!

Thanks for that Gillian and well done on being able to count to 100!

If there is one thing I know Gillian loves, its having her photo taken - so here we go with a couple of great ones:

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Now for a few stats:

Men's placings:
Stephen GREEN (SM30-34) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 16:46 - 6th time in 17 appearances.
Jonathan PETERS (SM25-29) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was second over the line in 16:49 - was first to finish once before.
Mark PINDER (SM20-24) of Nestle Rowntree AC, was third over the line in 17:00.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5333 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 4725 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 4681 pts.

Women's placings:
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (27th overall) over the line in 20:10 - 75th time in 102 appearances.
Julie DALZELL (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second (51st overall) over the line in 21:43 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Autumn HALES (SW18-19) (Unattached) was third (72nd overall) over the line in 22:41.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5584 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5532 pts.
Angela Sarah COX (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4398 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Stephen HERRING (VM45-49) was graded 78.41% for the time 18:13 (8th overall).
Stephen GREEN (SM30-34) was graded 78.23% for the time 16:46 (first overall).
Jordan CLAY (JM15-17) was graded 78.03% for the time 17:18 (4th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 7,322 different runners, including participants from 369 athletics clubs, have completed 60,735 runs covering a total distance of 303,675 km, and there have been 12,699 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 234 9th August 2014

This week there were 520 runners out enjoying the sunshine which is our second highest attendance ever and only just short of the attendance record which was 527 set back in April.

Congratulations to this months Sweatshop Award winner - Darren O'Leary. Get yourself down to Sweatshop and enjoy getting fitted out with some new trainers.

We had 86 first timers out there today including 14 parkrun tourists visiting us for the first time. These tourists included Ben REEVES, Ben WRIGHT and Colette MULDOWNEY. Welcome guys and please let us know how you got on today. 72 runners were thus doing parkrun completely for the first time. Well done to you all and keep coming for more. Hope you all enjoyed it.

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62 recorded new Personal Bests including Claire MARRAY, Stuart SINCLAIR, Minesh PANDYA (3rd time on the trot!) and Ian ROPKE.

Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part with Clare WORLEY of Billericay Striders RC, Daniel JAMES of L'Eliana Running, Roy UNDERWOOD of Plymouth Musketeers RC and Andrew CHAPMAN of Tickhill Running & AC all paying us a visit today.

There seemed to be a massive gathering from the MK Lakeside Runners today. Great to see such a friendly, smiling bunch out there today in their blue T shirts.

 

 

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Massive congratulations to all those graduating from the DLRR Beginners group today as below. Well done to all the buddies that helped them around the course too. You all did fantastically well and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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Congratulations to the following for reaching their T shirt milestones:

Max HORNSHAW with 10 runs
Lesley CUTLER, Emma LILLEY and Jacqui MILLS each with 50

Well done to you all and look out for the email requesting your T shirt sizes. Note the information in the last parkrun email which stated they are trying to clear the backlog so it may take a while to come through. Don’t panic though, all T shirts will be delivered at some point soon.

We have quite a few coming up to the 50 and 100 T shirt milestones including Minesh PANDYA coming up to 50 (more from him in a minute) and Kevin GARDNER coming up to 100. Nearly there guys, keep going!

Massive thanks to our volunteers this week. We had the following in action around the course:

Run Director Gareth SNELSON
Timekeeper Stella-Maria THOMAS
Backup Timer Steve DOYLE
Pre-event Setup Jonathan CLEMENTS
Barcode Scanning Claire SMITH
Barcode Scanning Kyla HINCKS
Barcode Scanning Callum JONES
Barcode Scanning Winny BONJA
Finish Tokens Lewis MOORE
Finish Token Support Brett BURGESS
Number Checker Elisabeth MORRISON
Funnel Manager Mark MCLOUGHLIN
Tail Runner Rob WEST
Marshal Claire BAILEY
Marshal Adam JOYCE
Marshal David ARMITAGE
Marshal Stewart CAMPBELL
Marshal Gwen JONES
Marshal Tracy NUTTALL
Marshal Emma AFASSI-ALAMI
Photographer Adam JOYCE

In case any of you missed Kyla’s post on our facebook page then she posted the following:

Hi, I volunteered for the second time today and just wanted to say thank you to everyone for making it such an enjoyable experience. I was very nervous being on scanning duty (apologies for the ones that I did fail to scan) but once we were in full swing and everyone was smiling and sweaty, I forgot about being worried. I realise how important volunteering is and would encourage everyone to give it a try, there are always plenty of people who will help you - how lucky are we to have such a great group of over 500 people in MK

Thanks Kyla, glad you enjoyed it! You scanned me quite early into your shift and didn’t seem nervous at all. Well done.

Loads of spaces in future weeks so just email in to miltonkeyneshelpers@parkrun.com with the role you can help out with.

One of our favourite run directors was going to do a little story for this week’s report but instead decided to turn it into an excellent blog entry. Kas Gardner’s blog about parkrun is at the following link:

http://kassiagardner.co.uk/love-parkrun-aka-im-parkrun-run-director/

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Great blog Kas and lovely photo of you all. If anyone else is doing a blog about parkrun and wants to get it included in the report then just get in touch.

Now we have a bit of a story from Manish Pandya who I have been having a bit of a parkrun battle with over the last couple of months:

It had been over a year since I got my last PB at parkrun and over the past twelve months I had been trying every week (injuries permitting!) to get a PB but I never managed it until three weeks ago. Now I have hatrick of PB's What changed?

1. I concentrated on the weakest part of my running, which is the strength and flexibility of my core. I've been doing lots of strengthening and stretching exercises which has helped reduce the pain I felt when running. It's not the easiest or most pleasant exercise routine to do and I must admit that I do hate it but it has definitely helped.

2. I invested in a foam roller. Before I started using it, I used to get really bad pain in my knees and achilles. But now after every training session I use the foam roller, and although it hurts like hell, the next time I go for a run my knees no longer pain as my leg muscles are more relaxed.

3. I've increased my mileage and interval training sessions as I'm training for the Great North Run next month. It took me a few weeks for my body to get used to the new training regime, but no longer feel close to death after a session of interval training! This has really helped my fitness levels.

4. Ditched the GPS watch! I know many of the runners at parkrun love their GPS watches but I found myself constantly checking my Km splits and fighting a constant losing battle trying to keep up to my target pace required to get a new PB. I think I have discovered that running doesn't work on set intervals, it all comes down to how you feel on the day and how your body is naturally able to speed up and slow down during a race rather than constantly chasing a split time.

5. Doing point 4 (and obviously the others) allowed me to relax and enjoy my running again which is what running and participating in parkrun is all about!

Every week I would see Paul Woodward so far away in the distance and now the gap is not too big - maybe one day I will be able to get ahead

Cheers for that Minesh (and your wife Philippa). Keep up the great work as you are giving me something to push for each week and it stops me being such a lazy runner!

Finally we have input from our roving reporter who sounds like she had some mojo missing!

Report from Barnstaple parkrun from Pippa today.

A cautionary tale of laziness today.......

I am on holiday this week so when my mum tried to wake me up for the local parkrun I just moaned and stated that I was on holiday so I didn’t need to wake up early to run.
Nevertheless, I was forced by mum to get into my running kit and go out into the countryside to run. I was so tired that before I was supposed to run I had to sit down!
When the run was about to start I sat at the side because I didn’t want to do it. When all the runners started - including my mum, dad and my brother- I had happily stepped aside and was left with the marshals to relax.

After all my family had finished I realised that as it was a 2 lap course I found out that I was much happier running. Next time you feel lazy - it is always better to run than stay at the end.

Thanks Pippa, very good advice. I have always felt getting your trainers on and getting out the door is always the hardest part of running and I have never regretted a run, only regretted the ones I didn’t do!

Now for a few stats:

Men's placings:
Stephen RATCLIFFE (SM30-34) of Newcastle (Staffs) AC, was first over the line in 17:25 - 5th time in 12 appearances.
Gary HOARE (SM20-24) of Imperial College Cross Country & AC, was second over the line in 17:37.
William SHIPPIN (SM25-29) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was third over the line in 17:41 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5159 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 4681 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 4560 pts.

Women's placings:
Michelle GEORGE-BARNES (VW40-44) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was first (49th overall) over the line in 22:11 - first time in 16 appearances.
Lindsay O'KANE (VW35-39) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second (77th overall) over the line in 23:23.
Natalie SETTLE (SW25-29) of MK Lakeside Runners, was third (78th overall) over the line in 23:24.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5342 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5184 pts.
Caroline BEECHEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4318 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul Julian MASON (VM60-64) was graded 75.04% for the time 21:34 (32nd overall).
Stephen RATCLIFFE (SM30-34) was graded 74.45% for the time 17:25 (first overall).
John LOXLEY (VM45-49) was graded 74.28% for the time 19:42 (11th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 7,273 different runners, including participants from 366 athletics clubs, have completed 60,305 runs covering a total distance of 301,525 km, and there have been 12,601 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 233 2nd August 2014

This week there were 455 runners which is our biggest turn out for quite a few weeks. We had Stephen Green come home in first place for the second week running. Amazingly that is the first time we have had someone win two weeks on the trot since way back in March. Well done Stephen!

We had 40 first timers visit Milton Keynes including a large proportion of parkrun tourists. Always great to see people coming to visit us from their regular parkruns. We had a contingent visit from Coventry based Sphinx Athletic Club with

  • Ian Peter WILKINSON on 145 runs
  • Andy WILKINSON on 187 runs and
  • Paul SLATFORD on a massive 199 runs! Good luck on your 200th run next week Paul. About time they started giving T shirts out for that amount of runs (especially since I expect to reach the 200 milestone next week too!)

Welcome to you all whether a seasoned parkrun tourist or someone out for their first parkrun.

We have a little report from a complete parkrun novice today in Rachel Glanvill:

I first got started as some of my friends took part. I completed the NHS C25k and now I love running. I was pretty nervous about this morning as I don't run with a club and normally run alone but supportive words from family and friends made me love the run. The run today was really good,It was a good mix of flat and hills which I am not used to. I loved it!! Thank you so much.

Well done Rachel (she's the one on the right above with Annette Smyth on the left) and glad you enjoyed it. We have plenty of local running clubs and you are bound to find one suitable for your needs. Links to all of them can be found on our Milton Keynes parkrun website.

71 runners recorded new Personal Bests this morning which is a great achievement. As I know from experience how much harder it is to get a pb the more parkruns you do, I thought this week we would give a mention to those that managed a pb with the most amount of parkruns under their belt:

  • Stuart SINCLAIR on 59 runs
  • John GOSTLING on 77 runs and
  • Stewart UNDERHILL on 95 runs

Well done guys and keep up the great work.

Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part from far and wide including Megan RUDGE from the Peterborough based Bushfield Joggers.

A quick reminder to try and bring your barcode each and every week and make sure it is not going to fall apart on the run. We had 4 unknowns in the top 20 runners alone this week! No barcode = no result = no exceptions.

We don’t ask for much but we do ask that you:

  • take a finish token at the end of the funnel,
  • get it scanned (or just drop it in the token bucket if you don’t want a time),
  • bring your barcode,
  • volunteer at least three times a year
  • respect your fellow runners and other users of the parks
  • have fun!!!

Remember, parkrun is not a race and never will be. It is an all inclusive environment and all are welcome to participate regardless of their ability.

A few words from our fantastic first time Run Director from this morning, the lovely Sarah Loftus:

I’d like to thank everyone who came along to parkrun this morning and helped to make my first go as Run Director go so well, especially to my volunteers as there’s no way I could have made everything happen without you all.
I will admit that I was really rather nervous first thing this morning. Despite having been a parkrunner and occasional volunteer for more than 4 years now and knowing how parkrun works, it was still rather nerve wracking to be responsible for getting the whole thing right for the 455 runners who turned up on this lovely cool morning.
I needn’t have worried though, the parkrun community spirit that makes running it so much fun shone through and the support and encouragement from everyone I spoke to made the whole thing lots of fun. The weather was perfect, everything went smoothly and now that the results emails have gone out, I can breathe a sigh of relief. I might even do it again one day ;)
Volunteering is really rewarding. I loved being part of the team today, seeing everyone finish and knowing that I was part of getting that to happen. I’d encourage everyone to have a go at any of the jobs we have on offer. None are difficult and full training is given. It’s great to see parkrun from the other side and see all the work that goes into making it all happen.
Thank you all. I hope your parkrun was as good as mine was today.

Well done this morning Sarah, you did a great job!

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Huge thanks to this week's volunteers
Alex BRENT • Carol WEBBER • Debra BRENT • Donna LAW • Gary MEARS • Hazel COCKERILL • Jack POCOCK • Lucy HUBBER • Marcus MITCHINSON • Matt COX • Mike JONES • Niam HANI • Pelham WEST • Rachael FURN • Rebecca HUBBER • Sarah LOFTUS • Sean ROBERTSON • Stella-Maria THOMAS • Stephen ROSE • Steve SHARPLES • Ursula COX • Winny BONJA

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen. We have quite a few spaces in future weeks available should you be available to help out. Also a big thanks to those that help out afterwards sorting out the tokens etc. You never get volunteer points but we would be lost without you. Left to right below

Gillian SHEPPARD, Tim MACKLEY, Martin Andrew SHEPPARD and Michelle GEORGE-BARNES. Thanks guys!

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This week we had the following reach their T shirt milestones:

Daisy Louise YABSLEY 10 (and a pb!)
Phoebe MILLER 10

Julie DALZELL 50
Pippa DOWNTON 50

Ian STEVENS 100

Keep an eye out for the email requesting your T shirt size.

Next week we should have Paul CARTER reach his 100th parkrun!

As it was Pippa’s 50th parkrun today she took a break from interviewing and was interviewed herself by her Brother Adam:

Some brotherly/sisterly love this week from Pippa.

As it is my 50th parkrun today - yay, I asked Adam (my big brother) to interview me today.

Name: Pippa Downton Age: 11

(Q) So pippa today was your 50th run, were you excited at the prospect of this milestone?
(A) I was very grumpy and tired as i had just got back from MK summer camp but mother was very persuasive and forced me to come.

(Q) Does this mean you are not that happy about achiving this milestone then?
(A) I am happy that i did it but it was very hard today.

(Q) Which part of this "hard" course was the best for you today?
(A) The flat part after the ziggy zaggy hill because it relaxed me after the climb.

(Q) That hill is difficult. But was it the hardest part today?
(A) I started in a grumpy stroppy mood. That was the hardest part because I wanted to stay in bed like a typical teenager would.

(Q) Who is your running hero? (if it isn't mum then it should be)
(A) It is my mum because she is encouraging and has run three marathons and also got a PB today. (WELL DONE)

(Q) What type of animal would you have been today?
(A) I would have been a wolf because they are fast and have good stamina.

(Q) What is your favourite running weather?
(A) I like the pouring rain as it is relaxing.

(Q) What is your favourite volunteering role?
(A) I like being a marshall because I like encouraging everyone.

Thank you and well done today even if you didn't want to do it PIPPA and well done mum for taking 47 seconds off your PB!

Well done Adam for interviewing Pippa (and mum Sam on your pb!)

Now for a few stats:

Men's placings:
Stephen GREEN (SM30-34) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 17:51 - 5th time in 16 appearances.
Tom KIMBER (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:54 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Elliot HIND (SM25-29) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was third over the line in 17:57.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4975 pts.
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 4681 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 4388 pts.

Women's placings:
Laura BRINE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (39th overall) over the line in 21:05 - first time in 2 appearances.
Julie DALZELL (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was second (41st overall) over the line in 21:08 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was third (45th overall) over the line in 21:21 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Julie LOXLEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5184 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5151 pts.
Caroline BEECHEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 4138 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) was graded 77.60% for the time 21:21 (45th overall).
Caroline BEECHEY (VW55-59) was graded 76.90% for the time 23:14 (89th overall).
Julie DALZELL (VW45-49) was graded 76.66% for the time 21:08 (41st overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 7,186 different runners, including participants from 364 athletics clubs, have completed 59,785 runs covering a total distance of 298,925 km, and there have been 12,537 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 232 26th July 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now for some stats:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The women's record is held by Emily TALLEN who ran in a time of 00:17:04 on 2011-10-29 (event number 94).

The men's record is held by Ian KIMPTON who ran in a time of 00:15:01 on 2013-07-27 (event number 182).

The Age Grade course record is held by Shirley Rose GIBSON who recorded a 89.38% run (23:23) on 20th October 2012 (event number 145).

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

Paul Woodward

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