Leighton Fun Runners volunteer takeover
This week there were 410 runners, of whom 38 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different athletics clubs took part.
Huge thanks to the volunteers as always. This week helping out we had:
Run Director Tam QUINN
Run Director Gareth SNELSON
Timekeeper Laura WINTON
Backup Timer Pamela Joan O'CONNELL
Pre-event Setup Gordon HILL
Barcode Scanning Claire AMOS
Barcode Scanning Kerry Joanna WHITFORD
Barcode Scanning Mark MCLOUGHLIN
Finish Tokens Maxine MARSHALL
Finish Token Support Christine AYERS
Number Checker David AYERS
Funnel Manager Laura JACKSON
Funnel Manager Deena BLAND
Tail Runner Jason CHARLEY
Marshal Clive DANIELS
Marshal Steph NASH
Marshal Paul HAIGH
Marshal Briony HOUGHTON
Marshal Mariam ALLEN
Marshal Michelle BRADLEY
Marshal Catherine GAME
Marshal Jennifer Anne NEWTON
Marshal Ricky TARBUCK
Photographer Karen STANDY
Huge congratulations to Leigh Steere for winning the Sweatshop parkunner of the month.
A few words from our worthy winner:
I moved to Milton Keynes in 2006 and was promptly told by my wonderful sister that I could now come running with them. I had never run before and like most people I read about hated running at school. I have to admit I loved it from day one, I moaned an awful lot - some things never change, but kept going out and trying. I was at the first Milton Keynes parkrun and have kept coming back. I have loved every run I have done, but my proudest moment will be finishing the London Marathon on 13th April 2014.
Being part of parkrun and DLRR has made me realise that I can do it and I will do it with the support, encouragement and help I will get from every single person involved with running. So Thank You to everyone who has and will get me there.
Well done Leigh and enjoy choosing your new trainers!
Congratulations to the following for reaching their T Shirt milestones this week:
Billy MOON reached his 10th run milestone including a 93 second pb!
Both Sarah Loftus and Claire MARRAY reached their 50th run milestones.
Look out for the email requesting your T Shirt size. Quite a few coming up to their 50th or 100th parkruns next week. Sure to be a cake frenzy!
Now for a little story from one of our recent 50th run milestoners – Sarah Loftus, written yesterday:
When I started running it was all about losing weight. I’d just had my second child and was over 3 stones heavier than I should have been and was happy just plodding around my estate as long as I was getting lighter. It was effective but it was so, so boring. Then a friend introduced me to parkrun and totally changed my relationship with running. These days, running is about friends. There is an amazing community spirit at every event I’ve tried and I have made so many genuine friends while running and volunteering. I’m very proud to be doing my 50th parkrun and looking forward to wearing my red t-shirt with pride. I’ll be there at the end with lots of cake for all of my parkrun friends, those I know well and those I haven’t met yet.
As some of you may have seen on the parkrun facebook page, this year carrying on with the tradition we have a Christmas parkrun. I wasn’t allowed out last year (buttering her up for this year though!) but I understand there was over 160 runners. Chances are there won’t be a full house of volunteers but if we have enough to safely stage the event then it will be on. Fancy dress, mince pies etc are obviously compulsory but being sober is optional.
Massive thanks to the Leighton Fun Runners for their volunteer take over today. It went like clockwork so well done to you all. A little bit of info about the club sent from the club press officer Nick Hughes:
The clubs primary goal is to be a supportive group of social fun runners.It’s our 30th anniversary this year. Nine founder members lead by the then manager of Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre Vedrun Webley and are now 120+ strong.
The club meets “formally” twice a week all year around (Tues/Thursday) at 7:15 from Bell Close LU7 1RX (Tennis & Cricket Clubs) but many informal groups meet up during the week with parkruns and longer runs at the weekend (some of the club do both by running back to Leighton Buzzard after the MK parkrun – Nutters !). Some more adventurous members regularly arrange running further afield with trips to the four corners of the UK and foreign trips common (e.g. Barcelona half marathon this year & Berlin Marathon next year)
There is a wide profile of runners at the club ranging from youngsters (17) to Mature 70+; Ultra runners to complete beginners (recent Couch to 5K graduates) and an even split of male & female runners.
Recent Highlights for the club have included:
• Summer BBQ,
• Group Run with Photo,
• Halloween run through Stockgrove and Rushmere Parks,
• Club Captain (Claire Amos) & Dee Naughton get lost and run an extra eight miles during the Dunstable Downs Challenge Marathon. In effect completing their first Ultra of 34 miles.
• John Kirwan recently joined the exclusive 100 marathon club when finishing at the Fairlands valley Challenge
• LFR had 25 entries into Leighton Buzzard Athletic Club’s “Tough” 10 Mile Road Race this weekend. Not only were we the greatest in number but we also won the Team of Ten.
• Glynn Ryman runs further, in one go, than anyone at the club by completing the 145 mile Grand Union Canal Race from Birmingham to London.
• 40+ Graduate from recent Couch to 5K (C25K) programme. Some of last years ”graduates” went on to join the club as full members and have gone on to complete half marathons!
• 2013/14 Three Counties Cross country season started in Wellingborough. Current 7th out of 13 club teams.
• 24th November LFR Hosts Three Counties Cross Country Event at Wing, Ascott estate. Some 400-500 runners
• A Santa Dash through Leighton Buzzard Town centre on 30th November, in conjunction with Kids Out – a local charity giving disadvantaged children positive experiences. 105 Santas, elves and one Christmas pudding took part in the dash last year (an increase from 45 the year before) and we are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year for this 5k seasonal spectacular
• Club Championship in progress, which encourages participation in local road races of varying distances from 5K to ½ Marathons.
• New Couch 2 5K programme due to start early 2014
• Sainsbury (Sports relief) Mile in The Recreation ground Parsons Close.
• 10K road Race March 9th
If you are interested in joining or want to learn more then visit their website which can be found here http://leightonfunrunners.org.uk/home.html
Once again, cheers guys, excellent work.
If your club fancies doing something similar then just get in touch. We are always looking for volunteers. Looking at the roster we could do with a little bit of assistance over the next two weeks but then have a complete drop off from 30th November. Please email in and volunteer, we need you!
After a two week abcence we have our roving reporter back again - here is Pippa Downton’s parkrun report from today:
Today after parkrun I interviewed Roy Goodley who has just finished his third parkrun. He is 57 years old and is from Milton Keynes.
How did you think the run went today? I think it went very well as my watch says I have beaten my PB!
Will you be back at parkrun? Yes I will be back!
What is your favorite part of the course? The end! (funny how everyone says that isn't it?)
Would you change anything about parkrun? No, I think it is well organised, well marshalled and very good to do!
Thank you Roy for your very enthusiastic and encouraging words about parkrun! It is great to see people enjoying it!
Well done Pippa – keep them coming!
I reckon today was our 41st week of the parkrun year so just 11 (plus the Xmas run) to go before we celebrate our parkrun Birthday and reset the points/volunteer tables. At the moment it is looking like Ed Vout is now starting to create a lead at the head of the male points table although I will do my bext to keep the pressure on. As for the women’s table, it looks like Julie Loxley has the lead all to herself. Still a long way to go yet though so we will see what happens.
We still had 25 “Unknowns” this week in the results. It would help if you could try and get your barcode laminated or similar as some of them are falling to bits. Imagine how disappointed you will be getting a PB and then your barcode not scanning! No barcode – no result!!
It is probably time to start thinking about how we plan to celebrate the 200th Milton Keynes parkrun which will be the 30th November. Pretty sure it needs to be fancy dress as a minimum but if anyone has any ideas then email in or post on our facebook page.
After today’s run we had a couple of people send us some messages which are very worthy of sharing:
Hazel Jay Ahamer
Hi Guys, Today my husband and I did our very first park run. What's special is that we actually live in Germany and my brother (Minesh Pandya) has been going on about this parkrun for ages. So, we decided that the next time we come over to visit our family here in MK we'd do it. And we did. I just wanted to let you know that we loved it. The atmosphere was so friendly and polite and considerate and we're so impressed and are still on a high. Thank you guys for a wonderful experience! Best, Hazel
Gil Linnell and I would like to say how proud we are of Gill Souter. In the last seven months she has come incredibly far not only in her running abilities but on her journey to a healthier version of herself. Gill has lost a fantastic 3 stone 6 pounds through her hard work and dedication to her new lifestyle. Back in April, Gill and I started running with the Couch to 5K app, and we thought we were going to die in the first minute of running. On our first parkrun we were followed by the back marker almost the whole way and received a time of 44:47. Now she has completed 14 parkruns, each and every week she gets a new PB – she now currently holds a personal best of 32:53! I think it would be fair to say that Gill has fallen in love with running and enjoys nothing more than challenging herself with her weekly runs.
We’d just like to let her know that we are extremely proud of her and all of her achievements so far.
Last, but not least, a quick mention of one of our regular parkrun run directors Kassia Gardner. Some of you within a 30 mile radius of MK may have heard the squeals of delight yesterday when she found out, courtesy of Lucozade Sport, she had won a Virgin Money London Marathon place and VIP trimmings!
Huge congratulations Kass, very well deserved.
Time for some stats:
Daniel WEBBER (SM35-39) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 17:26 - third time in 10 appearances.
Jamie FARMER (SM25-29) of Leighton Buzzard Triathlon Club, was second over the line in 17:44.
James ARNOLD (SM30-34) of Shenley Striders, was third over the line in 18:10 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ed VOUT (Unattached) 6664 pts.
Paul WOODWARD (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 6648 pts.
Adam HAYLOCK (Leighton Buzzard AC) 5295 pts.
Miriam DREWETT (SW30-34) of David Lloyd Redway Runners, was first (47th overall) over the line in 21:24 - 6th time in 90 appearances.
Julie LOXLEY (VW45-49) of Cake Club, was second (63rd overall) over the line in 22:27 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Emma WHEATCROFT (SW30-34) of Shenley Striders, was third (79th overall) over the line in 23:07.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Julie LOXLEY (Cake Club) 6312 pts.
Julie MARTIN (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5852 pts.
Caroline BEECHEY (David Lloyd Redway Runners) 5845 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Daniel WEBBER (SM35-39) was graded 76.58% for the time 17:26 (first overall).
Tony DAGLISH (VM45-49) was graded 76.53% for the time 18:49 (7th overall).
Nigel SHEPPARD (VM50-54) was graded 76.25% for the time 19:39 (15th overall).
MiltonKeynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 5,809 different runners, including participants from 289 athletics clubs, have completed 45,737 runs covering a total distance of 228,685 km, and there have been 10,187 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 MiltonKeynes parkrun Results Page.