6 years on!
Celebrations were muted this year, with a much lower turnout than last year. Maybe the sudden cold snap scared everyone off. Of course we also have loads of other great parkruns nearby now. When I set up MK I chose to do so as there was nothing between Gorleston on the east coast and Cardiff to the West, Black Park to the South and Manchester to the North. How things have changed.
We had 474 runners this morning, our biggest attendance since 25/7/15 so I don’t know why I’m disappointed that more people didn’t show up on a beautiful frosty morning..
61 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different athletics clubs took part.
Huge congratulations to the following runners for earning their milestone T shirts today:
▪ Jude LEESE on 10 runs as a junior
▪ Rob SMITH, Claire GOODWIN and Claire HALLISSEYall on 50 runs. We will hear more from Claire H in a while.
▪ No 100’s or 250’s today but a lot of you are getting very close
Look out for the link within your profile to the Wiggle store to order your T shirts.
The anniversary run is the start of a new points competition, now with 400 points for the first finishers!
Topping the ladies leaderboard is Gillian Sheppard, looking to regain her crown of 5 years ago and at last get her hands on The Cow.
Eliot Hind tops the men, which is annoying as it should be me (2nd). I will have to run faster than Will Shippin this Saturday to claim the top spot J
Sadly some doofus (me again) forgot to bring along the trophies. I will remember them this Saturday so we can have a proper awards ceremony.
Massive thanks as always to this week's volunteers without whom the event would not be possible:
Aaron GLUE • Ben MULLAN • Bernadette MARTIN • Daniel WEBBER • Dennis VERHOEVEN • Dianne VON HAGEN • Douglas SELLERS • Elliot HIND • Gareth SNELSON • Gary HEDGES • Gillian SHEPPARD • Jen BATES • Jenny FENTON • Jeremy VICK • Jools BURLACE • Julie HUDSON • Julie MARTIN • Laura DAVIS • Lynn SIGGINS • Malcolm KIDBY • Matt JONES • Matthew BRAIN • Millie BURLACE • Salima KESWANI • Sarah BUCK • Sarah KING • Steve BURLACE • Steve QUINNELL • Terry SIGGINS • Tim MACKLEY • William SHIPPIN • Winny BONJA
I would like to double up on that shout out by giving a personal thank you to Aaron, Daniel and Jeremy for covering as our tail runners, with kids in tow.
See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.
We are looking good for volunteers next week but the next few weeks are all looking very sparse! If you don’t want marshals to direct you where to go, a time for your run, a finish token handed to you or your barcode scanned then you are in luck as we don’t have any of those positions covered! Currently it will just be a friendly run with 400 or so other runners! Come on, you know you want to volunteer, just email in with the position and week you can cover. All we ask is for each of you to volunteer just three times a year.
First finisher was David HUDSON, which is quite incredible as he also finished 266th. I was chatting to our visitor from Aylesbury so knew that it was the Redway Runner David HUDSON
You may have noticed that second place was a super-fast female, with the very welcome return of Claire HALLISSEY, Olympian athlete, and the second fastest female we have had at our parkrun. She had a few words to say after the event:
It's taken over 6 years, and I was comfortably beaten to the milestone by my mum and sister, but I finally notched up my 50th parkrun today at Milton Keynes. The parkrun community has grown considerably since my first run at Cardiff in 2009, when I had to take a train from Bristol to get to what was then the closest event to me. Most people now seem to be lucky enough to not have to travel more than a few miles to get to their local parkrun, with many even having a choice of neighbouring events to visit each week.
My own running world has also changed quite a lot over the past 7 years, and I am glad that I have always found a place for at least an occasional parkrun in my running schedule. Back when I was training for international competitions, parkrun gave me a chance to have company in running a hard 5k and so I would sometimes run one as a training session. Once I stepped up to marathon training I unfortunately had to add on another few miles by myself afterwards!
In the last 2 years I have taken a step back from competitive running and am just running for sheer enjoyment. As my weekends are no longer filled with racing or carefully structured training sessions, I have found time to take part in a lot more parkruns and even managed a bit of volunteering. As well as getting to know some lovely friendly people at many different parkruns I have attended, I have also enjoyed sharing the parkrun experience with my mum and sister. Towards the end of last year I even started some monthly parkrun tourism with a group of work colleagues.
It was a pretty cold morning for my 50th run today, and I almost ended up at Tring instead to try to avoid too much ice. My sister was out marshalling at Milton Keynes though, so I decided to risk the slight slippy conditions. A big thank you to her and all of the rest of the volunteers who braved the cold today!
Claire was too quick for a photo today but here she is in action at Tring parkrun in December.
David HUDSON (SM30-34) of Team Bex, was first over the line in 18:33 - first appearance.
Stuart SINCLAIR (VM45-49) of Sweatshop Running Community, was second (third overall) over the line in 19:01.
Alan HALL (VM45-49) of Serpentine RC, was third (4th overall) over the line in 19:02.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Elliot HIND (Leighton Buzzard AC) 400 pts.
Gareth SNELSON (Redway Runners) 400 pts.
Gary HEDGES (Team MK) 400 pts.
Claire HALLISSEY (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first (second overall) over the line in 18:40 - 5th time in 6 appearances.
Katie JAMES (SW20-24) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was second (43rd overall) over the line in 22:29.
Zoe BROAD (JW15-17) (Unattached) was third (54th overall) over the line in 22:47.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Claire HALLISSEY (Bristol and West AC) 400 pts.
Gillian SHEPPARD (Redway Runners) 400 pts.
Laura DAVIS (Redway Runners) 400 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Claire HALLISSEY (SW30-34) was graded 79.46% for the time 18:40 (second overall).
Stuart SINCLAIR (VM45-49) was graded 76.34% for the time 19:01 (third overall).
Jim BUTTLEMAN (VM50-54) was graded 75.23% for the time 19:55 (14th overall).
This week there were 474 runners, of whom 61 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different athletics clubs took part.
Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 10,566 different runners, including participants from 534 athletics clubs, have completed 92,737 runs covering a total distance of 463,685 km, and there have been 17,816 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 Kirk CLIFFORD who recorded a 90.23% run (18:05) on 27th June 2015 (event number 279).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Milton Keynes parkrun Results Page.