Milton Keynes parkrun event number 405 – Christmas Day 2017

I only started parkrunning (and running in general) in May of 2017 so I'm fairly new to it all still. My local has been Luton Wardown although the new Houghton Hall might take its place. I've become a little obsessed with parkrun so a Christmas Day run (and New Years' Day) has always been on the cards. This was my first Christmas Day parkrun so I wasn't sure what to expect. I received many weird looks when I told friends and family about my Christmas Day morning plans. I guess the only other people that truly understand why you'd want to do a parkrun on Christmas Day are other parkrunners!j

I was surprised to see on the results that 421 people ran, jogged and walked the course! Huge turnout! Myself and 41 others were first timers to the course. 17 people were brand new to parkrun. 29 people recorded Personal Bests; what a great start to the day! Representatives from 29 different clubs took part and it was great to see everyone in their club tops... and it was equally great to see people in amazing costumes! I loved them all, especially the three overall favourites; the blue cracker, the turkey and the Christmas tree with lights! It's always entertaining getting overtaken by some of these comical costumes.

Briefing

This Christmas Day run was my 31st run so I have a good understanding of what parkruns are all about and the amazing community feeling that comes with them. However, I was so pleased to see people go the extra mile on this special day of the year. This really was a day where people weren't so concerned with PBs and were more concerned with each other. For example, I saw many people just stop and take photos of the amazing costumes and runners. I also saw quite a few people go back and support friends. There was also an overwhelming amount of gratitude towards all of the marshals and volunteers as runners passed them on the course. Lots of parkruns don't go ahead on Christmas and this really was only possible because of all 32 of the Christmas Day volunteers!

Well done to first male finisher Genci PEPAJ (17:25) from Redway Runners and first female Samantha LUDLOW TAYLOR (18:55) from Serpentine RC.

Also big congratulations to the following milestones;
50 - Phil CUFF - Redway Runners
50 - Kevin SHEPHERD - Redway Runners
50 - Michael NEYLAND
100 - Danny BARTHAUD - Vegan Runners
100 - Debbie DICKINSON - Redway Runners
100 - Susan JUDGE-TALBOT - Redway Runners

Debbie DICKINSON finishing her 100th parkrun

Well done and a big thank you to the volunteers:

Martin LAWRENCE, William SHIPPIN, Terry DOWN, Geoff NEW, Matt JONES, Angela MULLIGAN, James DWIGHT, James FINLAYSON, Joey GARNER, Tony STREET, Gill KIRKUP, David BOYD, Alison RAY, Pet HEDGES, Rosalind CRAWLEY, Paul BOYER, Sophia BURGESS, Jessica DAVIS, Jo GANNON, Matthew CLEARY, Diane MOLE, Kelly HOWARD, Daisy CROKER, Daria CROKER, Sadie HURSEY, Peter GALVIN, Alli COYNE, Vicky CAIRNEY, Penny DEWHURST, Chloe BAXTER, Sue FRANCOIS & Lee HOWARD

Some of this weeks volunteers

Thank you for having me. I didn't enjoy your zig zag hill but I'm sure I'll be back again in the future!

Chloe

 

Milton Keynes Parkrun event number 391 23th September 2017

399 runners just about avoided the rain today as it stopped just as we started our 5km. Lots of runner dogs with us as well which was cool to see and some of even seem to LIKE the wet… I’ll never understand

48 new or visiting runners today – Do let us know how you got on by visiting our facebook page.

57 new PBs recorded today and these included Trevor Crowter with 23:22 and also Greg Scott with 28:00 exactly. Now that’s precision.

Representatives from many different running clubs came today including Vegetarian Cycling and AC (how could you give up meat?) and Nidd Valley Road Runners

Congrats to…

  • Tom Raine with his 10th parkrun
  • Christopher Beaton with his 50th parkrun
  • Danielle Balletta with her 50th parkrun

If you have recently reached an official milestone, look out for the link within your profile to the Wiggle store to order your T shirts.

Thanks to today’s volunteers!

Adam DOWNTON  •  Carlos MONTORO  •  Christopher MIDDLETON  •  Danny BARTHAUD  •  David GREEN  •  David WHITELEY  •  Dom KINGSMAN  •  Gary HOWARD  •  Gillian ADAMSON  •  Hazel MIDDLETON  •  Howard BOYCOTT  •  Imogen KINGSMAN  •  Jim BUTTLEMAN  •  Julie MARTIN  •  Kassia GARDNER  •  Keith FLINT  •  Kelly HOWARD  •  Kelly PARSONS  •  Kevin GARDNER  •  Kevin JACKSON  •  Lorayne MACFARLANE  •  Lucy KING  •  Martin PENNELL  •  Nicky FORD  •  Paul JUDGE-TALBOT  •  Pet HEDGES  •  Pippa DOWNTON  •  Rebecca CAVE  •  Samuel MIDDLETON  •  Sarah KING  •  Steve BURLACE  •  Sue BOOTHBY  •  Tim MACKLEY  •  William SHIPPIN

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

Some Stats

Male placings:
Jeremy VICK (VM35-39) of Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 18:18 - third time in 79 appearances.
Alex PATRICKSON (SM25-29) of Nidd Valley Road Runners, was second over the line in 18:21.
Dan HIPPEY (VM40-44) of Redway Runners, was third over the line in 18:42 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Jessica COX (SW20-24) of Redway Runners, was first (35th overall) over the line in 21:50 - first time in 52 appearances.
Sarah RITCHIE (SW25-29) of Redway Runners, was second (40th overall) over the line in 22:07.
Zoe BROAD (SW18-19) (Unattached) was third (42nd overall) over the line in 22:13.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Shirley Rose GIBSON (VW70-74) – 82.35% for the time 27:29 (158th overall).
Pauline TURNER (VW75-79) – 81.15% for the time 31:34 (282nd overall).
Mary MCKINNELL (VW65-69) – 77.28% for the time 26:38 (135th overall).

The female record is held by Emily TALLEN who recorded a time of 17:04 on 29th October 2011 (event number 94).
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:01 on 27th July 2013 (event number 182).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 95.57% (22:33) on 6th February 2016 (event number 311).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010. Since then 14,760 participants have completed 131,471 parkruns covering a total distance of 657,355 km. This week 399 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers

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 388 26th August 2017

What do you get if you run behind a car?

Exhausted!

Warm and sweaty… it was quite a humid parkrun today. 473 people ran with little wind in their way. It was a good day for running around the lake.

56 new or visiting runners today – Do let us know how you got on by visiting our facebook page.

83 new PBs for you guys today. These included Martin Burton with 22:23 and also Jennie Barker with 31:46.

Special Congrats to Elliot Hind who has yet again broken his PB to 16:11 – Wow!

Representatives from many different running clubs came today including East London Runners and Loughborough Students AC

Congrats to…

  • 300th Parkrun to Karen Lawrence (I count that as a milestone :D)

If you have recently reached an official milestone (sorry Karen), look out for the link within your profile to the Wiggle store to order your T shirts.

Thanks to today’s volunteers!

Adam DOWNTON  •  Brian BONSON  •  Christina KINGSMAN  •  Claire HILLMAN-BROWN  •  Danielle BALLETTA  •  Davinia INKSON  •  Dennis VERHOEVEN  •  Dom KINGSMAN  •  Elisabeth MORRISON  •  Fiona SIEQUIEN  •  Gareth LEVENE  •  Gillian ADAMSON  •  Hazel COCKERILL  •  Ian PENNICOTT  •  Ian WEATHERBURN  •  Imogen KINGSMAN  •  India HILLMAN-BROWN  •  Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN  •  Jenny FENTON  •  Julie LOXLEY  •  Kelly HOWARD  •  Kevin FERRIS  •  Louise GOFFIN  •  Lynne BALLETTA  •  Martin PENNELL  •  Matt JONES  •  Michael BALLETTA  •  Michael MARIENFELD  •  Nicol ONSLOW  •  Nicola HIERONS  •  Nina Charmain LILL  •  Pet HEDGES  •  Ros JAMES  •  Rosalind CRAWLEY  •  Sarah BIRD  •  Sue BOOTHBY  •  Tim MACKLEY  •  William SHIPPIN

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

Some Stats

Male placings:
Elliot HIND (SM25-29) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was first over the line in 16:11 - 20th time in 37 appearances.
Mintu SIDHU (JM15-17) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:51 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Gary BLABER (VM40-44) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was third over the line in 17:59 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Sarah BIRD (VW40-44) of Redway Runners, was first (39th overall) over the line in 21:23 - 6th time in 77 appearances.
Katie COLE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (50th overall) over the line in 21:55.
Debra BRENT (VW50-54) of Milton Keynes AC, was third (76th overall) over the line in 22:58 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Pauline TURNER (VW75-79) – 80.95% for the time 31:04 (321st overall).
Elliot HIND (SM25-29) – 79.81% for the time 16:11 (first overall).
Sally CONNELLY (VW60-64) – 78.65% for the time 25:46 (154th overall).

The female record is held by Emily TALLEN who recorded a time of 17:04 on 29th October 2011 (event number 94).
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:01 on 27th July 2013 (event number 182).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 95.57% (22:33) on 6th February 2016 (event number 311).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010. Since then 14,618 participants have completed 130,160 parkruns covering a total distance of 650,800 km, including 23,666 new Personal Bests.

This week 473 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 83 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers

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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