Milton Keynes parkrun event number 270 11th April 2015

First up, a huge congratulations to Chris Beard for reaching his 250th parkrun. A massive 130 of those runs have been at Milton Keynes. Well done Chris!

This week there were 489 runners enjoying a bit of a soaking at the start line. We had the second running of the new course and thanks to all the marshalls for standing around in the rain showing us the way.

We had 45 first timers at MK with a few parkrun tourists such as Stuart O'CONNELL on his 93rd run and Janet O'CONNELL on her 81st. Welcome to you all whether newbie or tourist and do let us know how you got on today.

56 recorded new Personal Bests including Niam HANI, Richard ALLEN and James CUSHING.

Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part and welcome to a few new clubs such as Buckingham & Stowe RC and Bristol and West AC.

A massive thank-you to this week's volunteers

Angela Sarah COX  •  Ann WILLIAMS  •  Arlette SANCHEZ-GARCIA  •  Ben MULLAN  •  Catherine MOSTYN SCOTT  •  Chris EDWARDS  •  Christopher G J KIRKLAND  •  Claire BAILEY  •  Gareth HOWARD  •  Jacqui BROAD  •  Jo DOWN  •  Kenji WOODLAND  •  Larry CORKREY  •  Nicola HOWARD-BOYD  •  Paul BILLINGTON  •  Quinn ALLEN  •  Sarah BUCK  •  Sean POLLOCK  •  Sheniah ASIAMAH  •  Stacy CLEMES  •  Stewart HOWARD  •  Yvette GLACKEN

We couldn’t stage the event without people such as yourselves so well done for turning up in the rain. See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen. All we ask is that everyone volunteers just three times a year to help keep it going.

Congratulations to the following for reaching their T shirt milestones:

Now for a few stats:

Male placings:

  • Andy INCHLEY (VM35-39) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was first over the line in 17:38 - 10th time in 75 appearances.
  • Jamie FARMER (SM25-29) of Redway Runners, was second over the line in 17:50 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
  • James ARNOLD (VM35-39) of Shenley Striders, was third over the line in 18:22 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 2374 pts.
  • Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 2365 pts.
  • Stuart SINCLAIR (Sweatshop Running Community) 2303 pts.

Female placings:

  • Saskia CLARK (JW11-14) (Unattached) was first (18th overall) over the line in 19:46 - first appearance.
  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was second (30th overall) over the line in 20:49 - has been first to finish on 21 previous occasions.
  • Sinead BRADBEER (VW40-44) of Redway Runners, was third (44th overall) over the line in 22:02.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 2589 pts.
  • Zoe BROAD (Unattached) 2484 pts.
  • Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 2323 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Saskia CLARK (JW11-14) was graded 80.78% for the time 19:46 (18th overall).
  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 80.54% for the time 20:49 (30th overall).
  • Andy INCHLEY (VM35-39) was graded 76.28% for the time 17:38 (first overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,757 different runners, including participants from 447 athletics clubs, have completed 75,864 runs covering a total distance of 379,320 km, and there have been 15,322 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 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 269 4th April 2015

This week there were 549 runners treated to a spectacular new MK parkrun course. In case you hadn’t heard beforehand, we were unable to continue with the old course due to the congestion outside the watersports centre next to the gym. We had three choices, sort out a new course at Willen, find a completely new MK location or cancel MK parkrun. Hopefully you will agree the new course was the best option. Let us know what you thought though of the new course. Well done to Gareth and his merry team behind the scenes sorting it out so we can just turn up and run.

We had a slight delay to the start as Gareth made sure the faster runners knew the new course:

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Of the 549 runners we had 59 who were first timers at MK made up of both seasoned tourists and complete newbies. Welcome to some of the tourists such as David C BROOKS on his 149th run and Katherine BAINES on her 79th run.

Well done to the 116 runners that recorded new personal bests today including Kenton BATT on his 164th run, Simon JARVIS on his 115th run, Julie LOXLEY who managed a pb but was only second place female for a change and Adam SHARMAN who finally went sub 21 mins on his 62nd parkrun. You put the effort and training in and the results should follow, but sometimes you just need to add a bit of patience and relax and enjoy it.

Representatives of 36 different athletics clubs took part with For Cod's Sake, Razzers Runners and West 4 Harriers all putting in an appearance today. Special mention to those hardcore runners over at Energise Mud Runners whom I saw running the course carrying tires. Great efforts guys!

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Huge thanks as always to our amazing volunteers this week:

Andrew SCHOLEFIELD  •  Arlette SANCHEZ-GARCIA  •  Ben MULLAN  •  Blaine PRICE  •  Catherine MOSTYN SCOTT  •  Chris ERRIDGE  •  Claire HILLMAN-BROWN  •  David HUDSON  •  Derek ANDREWS  •  Gareth SNELSON  •  Geoff BROAD  •  Gillian SHEPPARD  •  Gwen JONES  •  India HILLMAN-BROWN  •  Joshua GALE  •  Julie HUDSON  •  Martin Andrew SHEPPARD  •  Mike BELL  •  Nikoleta JONES  •  Paul CURTIS  •  Peter LOOSE  •  Shelley HADDEN  •  Victoria GREEN  •  William SHIPPIN  •  Winny BONJA

Our roster is looking very sparse over the coming weeks. Until the new course beds itself in we really need lots and lots of help to make sure it goes smoothly. See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen. All we ask is that everyone volunteers a few times a year to enable the run to occur every week. No volunteers - no parkrun!!!

Congratulations to our milestone runners as follows:

Gareth Alexander WATKINS and Luke LANGRIDGE on 10

Adam O'REILLY, Gill SOUTER and Joshua APPLETON on 50

Special mention to Karen LAWRENCE who hit the big 200 this week. Whilst not an official T shirt milestone it is still an impressive number so here she is: (I am sure there is a caption competition here!)

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Next week should be Chris BEARD’s 250th run!!

Remember the only way to hit these milestones is to turn up regularly and REMEMBER YOUR BARCODE! Official parkrun policy is simple - no barcode - no result - no exceptions. Our fantastic volunteers have lives too away from parkrun and shouldn’t be expected to sit and manually update all the results because people forget their barcodes.

Now for some stats:

Men's placings:

  • Jamie FARMER (SM25-29) of Redway Runners, was first over the line in 17:13 - third time in 31 appearances.
  • William SHIPPIN (SM25-29) of Redway Runners, was second over the line in 17:41 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
  • Simon JARVIS (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:34.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 2374 pts.
  • Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 2191 pts.
  • Stuart SINCLAIR (Sweatshop Running Community) 2111 pts.

Women's placings:

  • Claire HALLISSEY (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first (third overall) over the line in 18:09 - third time in 4 appearances.
  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 20:15 - has been first to finish on 21 previous occasions.
  • Johanna SHARPLES (SW20-24) of St Albans Striders, was third (34th overall) over the line in 20:55.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 2390 pts.
  • Zoe BROAD (Unattached) 2296 pts.
  • Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 2134 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • John SKELTON (VM60-64) was graded 88.29% for the time 18:39 (6th overall).
  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 82.80% for the time 20:15 (22nd overall).
  • Claire HALLISSEY (SW30-34) was graded 81.73% for the time 18:09 (third overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,712 different runners, including participants from 443 athletics clubs, have completed 75,375 runs covering a total distance of 376,875 km, and there have been 15,264 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 268 28th March 2015

This week there were 496 runners out enjoying a bit of a blowy run around the course. Great pre-run instructions from Tam Quinn this morning with a great round of applause for a beginners group graduating with their first 5K run. Hope you all enjoyed yourself, let us know how you got on.

Picture below is of the beginners group with their buddies just before the run this morning:

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We had 45 first timers, including the beginners course above, at MK today including just three parkrun tourists with Nigel WALMSLEY on 96 runs, Tim RUMBLE on 66 and Nicky DODDS on 12 runs. Welcome to you all whether complete parkrun newbie or seasoned tourist. Let us know what you thought of our parkrun.

One of our first timers today was Bethany MALTBY whose mum Helen has sent in the following:

I started running to loose weight and discovered that I loved it. I've done a few parkruns and a few races where I've earned some medals. My seven year old daughter is particularly envious of my medals. So she decided that she wanted some medals and wanted to 'run like mummy'.

Being aware of the need to be active I have of course encouraged her and she has come on a few short runs with me. Today was my birthday and as part of that I said that I would like us to do the parkrun as a family. She readily agreed but my son was more reluctant. Still, he came and decided to run with my husband who is faster than me, whilst my daughter ran with me.

Both of them completed the course, even though my daughter and I came in nearly last. In her words 'it doesn't matter because at least I'm running and at least I'm doing it'. How right she is.

Unknown to her we had bought a medal for her, and Tam kindly presented it to her at the end of the race. She could not stop beaming. We also got one for my son, but being a few years older, he wasn't quite so excited!

Thank you to parkrun for making her first 5k so special. I hope she will continue to run.

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A huge 75 recorded new Personal Bests which is impressive in that wind, especially along the back of the lake. I did hear quite a few people saying “taking it easy today as have Oakley tomorrow”, mainly as they overtook me! Cheers for that! Special mention to Izzy GARDNER for a huge 2 minute pb this morning, even though she slowed down to give me a high five as she ran past me on the home straight. Great effort.

Representatives of 30 different athletics clubs took part with some new additions to our club list such as Black Pear Joggers, Castle Point Joggers and Port Talbot Harriers & AC.

Huge thanks as always to this week's volunteers

Abi GOOCH  •  Amit PATEL  •  Andy COLLINS  •  Angela MULLIGAN  •  Ben MULLAN  •  Daniel GREEN  •  David NOURSE  •  David WHITELEY  •  Derek ANDREWS  •  Derek SLANN  •  Helen BLUCHER-ALTONA  •  Maree Blossom JESSON  •  Nicky FORD  •  Pete WHITMORE  •  Philippa FAIRHALL  •  Simon GURNEY  •  Tam QUINN  •  Tim GIFFEN  •  Victoria Marie BERRY  •  William SHIPPIN

We had a full volunteer roster today which was great but future weeks are looking a bit sparse. See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Milton Keynes parkrun happen.

Well done to the following for reaching their T shirt milestones. We had Dania ALANI reach 10 and Ivor HOWARD reach his 100th run! Very impressive. Remember the only way to reach these sort of numbers is to remember your barcode. No barcode, no time, no exceptions. Even our event director Gareth had to go and get his barcode after forgetting it!

Whilst on the topic of milestones, the next milestone after 100 is 250 and we have Chris BEARD on 248 - let us know what your plan is Chris for your 250th run. Hope you’re celebrating it at MK!

As you may all be aware it is not long till the awesome London Marathon. We have a few of our regular MK parkrunners doing it for charity so here are some of their stories complete with the charity links:

First up, Nicola Church. Nicola is running for Whizz-Kidz and her charity page .https://www.justgiving.com/Nicola-Church3/
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We also have Kerry Cooper who is running for the Evelina Children's Heart organisation - ECHO .
Kerry’s cousins baby was born Feb 18th this year and at only 5 days old baby Rosie underwent 7.5 hours open heart surgery to help her tiny heart work more efficiently. She has had fantastic care and support from the Evelina hospital. Kerry aims to raise £2500 for them which helps to provide counselling to families and vital equipment for patients. Rosie will need further surgery as she grows bigger.

Kerry’s page is virginmoneygiving.com/Kerrycooper01 or text donate echo97 £3 to 70070

Kerry is the one in the middle below:

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Next is Jennifer Sangster, from Broughton, who is supporting the British Heart Foundation by attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Fastest Love Heart’ at the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise vital funds for BHF

Jennifer, aged 40, Business Manager at Santander, will be donning a huge red love heart costume for the BHF and running the 26.2 mile course on 26 April, hoping to raise £3,000 to help raise vital funds for research into heart disease.

Jen says: “I decided to set myself a really fun challenge to ‘give back’ what I could to the BHF. My little godson was born with a major congenital heart defect, which required surgical intervention if he was to survive.  So far he has undergone major open heart surgery on two occasions. The amazing research that the BHF have funded meant that Jacob was one of the first children worldwide to have the course of action Great Ormond Street undertook for him. The treatment has enabled little Jacob to do more than simply survive, today he’s up and running like any normal little boy.”
To raise money and awareness Jennifer will also be running the Paris Marathon two weeks before the Virgin Money London Marathon and then the Milton Keynes marathon just 8 days after that. She has also set herself the goal of running 2,015 miles in 2015 which will include a run across Wales, a 50 mile run across the Lake District and a non-stop 100km run in one day.

You can support Jen in her challenges by making a donation viahttps://www.justgiving.com/Jennifer-Sangster3

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Next is Lisa Vedder, this is her London marathon story.

It was almost two years ago I decided to get fit and lose some weight and running was my choice of exercise.

I was going to run in race for life in four weeks and had started to raise money to keep me motivated. This was important as I wasn't very good. I couldn't even run 50 meters without wanting to collapse in a heap on the floor. If I raised money I had to train, no matter what!

It was from here that my passion for running grew. I started to love it and how it made me feel. The longer I was able to run the less stressed I became. I was and still am addicted. I find myself needing to run and miserable if I don't train.

Parkrun has become part of that. I loved it when I finally broke the 30 minute mark last year and most recently under 29 minutes. The support from other runners here has helped me continue to drive forward on my running journey and with that knowledge and continued support from my personal trainer (Lewis from Perfect Fit) I've done three 10km races, two half marathons and MK Festival of Running 20 miles.

Virgin Money London Marathon was always my ultimate challenge and my charity place was secured within weeks of last years event.

Every year since I was 4 I've watched others take part in ore always saying that one year I will do that. Well this year is that year.

I would love to do the run in under 5 hours but in reality I will settle for getting round in one piece. For my first marathon I think that's a great target.

It's going to be tough. I struggled with the 20 mile run and my training hasn't gone exactly according to plan but I will get through it. Knowing that I'm raising money for such a great cause is all the motivation I need to persevere and keep going.

Through raffles, bake sales, the ice bucket challenge, sweet competitions and starting to get sponsorship I'm almost half way to my fundraising target of £2k.

If you would like to help then go to
Www.justgiving.com/lisa-Vedder
Thank You and best wishes to all taking part.

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Last but by no means least we have Debbie Dickinson.

Glenn Dickinson and I are running VLM for Willen Hospice.  On Milton Keynes marathon day 2012 our auntie Eileen lost her life to a brain tumour.  She was diagnosed early March and passed away in Willen Hospice on 29 April.  She was 67.  We are extremely grateful for the care Willen Hospice provided for her and her family.  I ran MK marathon in 2013 for Willen and now London in 2015.

We have raised £2215 so far!  We have held cakes sales at our workplaces and with Hannah Conelly hosted a fancy dress party, raffle, quiz and bingo night.  People have been very generous.

https://www.justgiving.com/DebbieandGlenn2015/

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Great efforts and thanks for sending all those in. Good luck with raising the remaining sponsorship money.

Now for this week’s stats:

Men's placings:

  • Tim HARRIS (SM30-34) of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC, was first over the line in 16:15 - second time in 2 appearances.
  • Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) of Redway Runners, was second over the line in 16:38 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
  • William SHIPPIN (SM25-29) of Redway Runners, was third over the line in 18:13 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 2175 pts.
  • Stuart SINCLAIR (Sweatshop Running Community) 2111 pts.
  • Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 2017 pts.

Women's placings:

  • Emma WHEATCROFT (SW30-34) of Shenley Striders, was first (24th overall) over the line in 20:35 - 5th time in 37 appearances.
  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was second (26th overall) over the line in 20:38 - has been first to finish on 21 previous occasions.
  • Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (27th overall) over the line in 21:00 - has been first to finish on 78 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 2191 pts.
  • Zoe BROAD (Unattached) 2110 pts.
  • Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 1947 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 81.26% for the time 20:38 (26th overall).
  • Tim HARRIS (SM30-34) was graded 80.72% for the time 16:15 (first overall).
  • Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) was graded 79.76% for the time 16:38 (second overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,653 different runners, including participants from 439 athletics clubs, have completed 74,826 runs covering a total distance of 374,130 km, and there have been 15,149 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 267 21st March 2015

Normal service was resumed this week with “just” 504 runners out for a bit of a breezy run around the lakes. Great vocal support from the marshalls this week, well done!

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We had 36 first timers at MK today, most of whom were trying out parkrun for the very first time however we did have some first time tourists such as Andrew CHALMERS, Andrew PARSONS and Mike BRISTOW. Welcome to you all and let us know how you got on.

A huge 120 of you recorded new Personal Bests. Special mention to Gillian SHEPPARD who knocked nearly 20 seconds off her pb on her 192nd run. That was her first pb since way back in October 2013. Credit has to be given to Victoria Marie BERRY who was really encouraging to her all the way around.

Thanks to this week's volunteers

Andrew DODDS  •  Andrew STRINGER  •  Arlette SANCHEZ-GARCIA  •  Ben MULLAN  •  Claire HILLMAN-BROWN  •  David BOYD  •  David HUDSON  •  Derek ANDREWS  •  Gina SHARP  •  Harriett (Claire) HARMAN  •  India HILLMAN-BROWN  •  Jenny FENTON  •  Maree Blossom JESSON  •  Pete WHITMORE  •  Rob WEST  •  Roger BLOFELD  •  Ruth CHILCRAFT  •  Salima KESWANI  •  Sinead BRADBEER  •  Stephen HOBBS  •  Stephen SCOTT  •  William SHIPPIN

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

Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part including some great sounding clubs such as Garden City Runners, Grange Farm Girls and viewtube runners!

Huge congratulations to the following that reached their T shirt milestones:

Rebecca SOPER 10

Ruth LYNCH 50

Yvette GLACKEN, Paul CLIFFORD-JONES and Jeremy HILL all on 100

Awesome efforts, well done.

This week we have an update on the junior parkrun that should be coming to Milton Keynes very soon:

In January this year I decided to try and set up a junior parkrun in Milton Keynes. junior parkruns are set up on the same principles as parkrun, the key differences are that junior events are just 2km in length, are targeted at children aged between 4 and 14 years and they are run on a Sunday at 9am. In Milton Keynes we have teamed up with MK Rugby Union Football Club to hold MK junior parkrun on at their facilities in Emerson Valley.

To establish a new event, parkrun contributes half the cost, and seeks a £3,000 start-up fee from the local community. After that, parkrun commits to support the event indefinitely free of charge.

This £3,000 is a one-off service charge paid to parkrun and covers them providing us with all the equipment needed to run the event, such as laptop and software for processing results, signs, volunteer bibs, training, website, and so on.

So far we have raised £2,000 but I need your help to raise the last £1,000. I am looking for community-minded businesses based in Milton Keynes who would like to donate some money to help us reach our fundraising target.

If the organisation you work for, if you know any businesses with a CSR policy/charity fund, would like any more information please contact me for more information. Just email kas@the-gardners.co.uk.

Thanks
Kassia
MK junior parkrun Event Director

Fantastic effort Kas. Keep up the great work and good luck with it.

Now for some stats:

Men's placings:

  • Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) of Redway Runners, was first over the line in 16:36 - 6th time in 10 appearances.
  • An unknown runner was second.
  • Daniel WEBBER (VM35-39) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was third over the line in 17:28 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 1977 pts.
  • Stuart SINCLAIR (Sweatshop Running Community) 1916 pts.
  • Geoff BROAD (Unattached) 1846 pts.

Women's placings:

  • Emma WHEATCROFT (SW30-34) of Shenley Striders, was first (30th overall) over the line in 20:01 - 4th time in 36 appearances.
  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was second (39th overall) over the line in 20:24 - has been first to finish on 21 previous occasions.
  • Jennifer SANGSTER (VW40-44) of Redway Runners, was third (60th overall) over the line in 22:06 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 1992 pts.
  • Zoe BROAD (Unattached) 1918 pts.
  • Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 1762 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 82.19% for the time 20:24 (39th overall).
  • Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) was graded 79.92% for the time 16:36 (first overall).
  • Robert HICKMAN (JM11-14) was graded 79.89% for the time 18:09 (5th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,608 different runners, including participants from 435 athletics clubs, have completed 74,330 runs covering a total distance of 371,650 km, and there have been 15,073 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 266 14th March 2015

This week there were 624 runners which is by far our highest ever turn out. Our previous record was just 541 back in January. Our ranks were swelled by graduates of the recent Redway Runners beginners group who all lined up nicely for a club photo before the start. 10845602_878953965458852_3469809642073483161_o.jpg I managed to talk to one of the new runners and her buddy before the run. This is the story of Tammy Spicer and her buddy for her first parkrun - the lovely Lucinda Parish:

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I buddied a Redway Runner's beginner at the parkrun today. I met my runner, Tammy, before the race and we got on great from the word 'go'! Tammy had the perfect attitude - the only time she was worried about was having a good time right the way round! My kind of runner. The spirits were high at the start line amongst all the beginners - everyone seemed really positive and excited. If there were any nerves they were very well hidden.

After the Redway Runners group photo (always highly amusing) and the director's briefing we were off. Tammy was a natural runner. She didn't set off too fast, attacked the zig-zags with caution but stamina and stayed at a very even pace throughout the race. Glenn had obviously taught her very well!

Tammy had run her first ever 5k last week at the MK Festival of Running so to run another one only six days later was quite incredible. I was secretly hoping to get Tammy round faster than her previous time and was delighted that she beat it by nearly a minute! Awesome running, Tammy, and it's very far to say we achieved our objective - we certainly had a good time right the way round!

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115 runners were first timers including Dave WILSON who was running his 275th parkrun!

We also had 108 runners record new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different athletics clubs took part.

After the run we were all treated to the cakes on sale by Nicola Church in aid of her marathon fund for Whizz kidz. Good luck with it Nicola.

You can sponsor her at https://www.justgiving.com/Nicola-Church3/

Huge congratulations to the following for reaching their T shirt milestones:

Eric Arthur WATKINS 10

Paul BILLINGTON 50

Susan RICKSON 50

Winny BONJA 50

Now for some stats: Men's placings:

  • An unknown runner was first.
  • Damien CESBRON (VM40-44) of Shenley Striders, was second over the line in 18:29.
  • Devon HARFORD (JM15-17) of Milton Keynes AC, was third over the line in 18:51.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 1780 pts.
  • Stuart SINCLAIR (Sweatshop Running Community) 1725 pts.
  • Geoff BROAD (Unattached) 1669 pts.

Women's placings:

  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was first (26th overall) over the line in 20:32 - 21st time in 79 appearances.
  • Deborah SMITH (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (37th overall) over the line in 21:07 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
  • Clare MOORE (VW50-54) of Worthing & District Harriers, was third (53rd overall) over the line in 22:03.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 1793 pts.
  • Zoe BROAD (Unattached) 1732 pts.
  • Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 1578 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 81.66% for the time 20:32 (26th overall).
  • Diane Josephine FARMER (VW55-59) was graded 78.31% for the time 22:49 (65th overall).
  • Caroline BEECHEY (VW55-59) was graded 78.19% for the time 22:51 (67th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,572 different runners, including participants from 433 athletics clubs, have completed 73,826 runs covering a total distance of 369,130 km, and there have been 14,953 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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