When I signed up to volunteer at Milton Keynes parkrun as part of my Duke of Edinburgh (DofE), I was really excited to meet new people, help the community and get outside. This enthusiasm lasted right up until I had to stagger downstairs at the ungodly hour of 7:30am, and then go stand outside in the freezing cold, trying to muster up some cheerfulness even as my toes felt like they were about to drop off. In the following weeks the weather didn’t get any nicer, the time didn’t get any later, but I was surprised to catch myself (sort of) enjoying it! It turns out that parkrun is highly infectious, too, because in just a few months both my mum and I have volunteered multiple times, and everyone (apart from my brother) has run it several times!
Milton Keynes parkrun has been a brilliant thing to choose for my DofE, partly because of all the new experiences and skills that it is possible to gain and also partly because it’s such a great community. I have learnt how to be enthusiastic - even at 8:30 in the morning, (no mean feat for a teenager!) - and it has given me a good reason to be outdoors and active, rather than be tempted to lounge around inside all day. I still wouldn’t say that I am sociable, but I came uncomfortably close to being so a couple of times whilst waiting alongside other volunteers for the first runners to arrive. It has got me out meeting new people, increased my confidence and wrenched me away from my phone for a couple of hours, which is a miracle in itself. Thanks parkrun! The guidance and encouragement from the parkrun team, and the community in general, has been amazing and it’s been a privilege to watch people of all ages, all levels of fitness and from all walks of life taking part enthusiastically in this brilliant event every week. Even though I’ve now completed the volunteering section of my DofE, I will definitely still be back both as a runner and a volunteer.
This week was especially pleasant for everyone involved, as it was above freezing for once. The nice weather obviously sparked a lot of enthusiasm in the community, as an astounding 581 people turned up and ran, jogged or walked the course, all under an hour, and 77 PB’s were broken. There were 51 new-comers, and also a few notable milestones including:
The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:
Simon BAKER • Gareth SNELSON • Julie ORMSTON • Steve CLARKE • Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN • Darren Michael O'LEARY • Sophie Jade O'LEARY • Geoff BROAD • Fiona SIEQUIEN • Pippa DOWNTON • Teigan HINCKS • Annabel CACCHIOLI • Pet HEDGES • Ros JAMES • Stuart WRIGHT • Jan HOWARD • India HILLMAN-BROWN • Hayley BAYER • Beth DEVENISH • Mary MCKINNELL • Jude SRIVALSAN • Elise MARRAY • Brian HIRD • Jane DRAKE • Serena HENCHY • Diane MOLE • Svetlana BLACKBURN • Louise PAGE • Samantha EVANS • Lucy WRIGHT • Alice ROBERTSON-GLASGOW • Rachel MARRAY • Joanne KERINS • Kayleigh HAWKINS • Ceri MOORE • Keiran MILNE • Leisa MILNE • Sophia BUDDRIGE • Gabrielle HUMAN
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Milton Keynes parkrun Results Page.
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 16,191 participants have completed 144,554 parkruns covering a total distance of 722,770 km, including 25,528 new Personal Bests.
Congratulations to all who ran, and of course the tireless volunteers who make this entire event possible. I will see you all next week!