Milton Keynes parkrun event number 259 24th January 2015

This week you set a new attendance record of 541 runners! That is a fantastic turn out especially considering the chilly conditions. Hopefully there were no slips out there today as it was very icy. We journeyed up onto the bridle path again today as the back of the lake was too dangerous. I for one found it quite enjoyable. A permanent fixture maybe?

50 runners were first timers and included some high run tourists such as Andrew JEYES on 102 runs, Valerie GATES on 96 and Sally JEYES on 90. Hope you all enjoyed our course whether doing parkrun for the first time or whether you are well on your way to your 250 T shirt.

We had 60 people record new Personal Bests and representatives of 26 different athletics clubs took part. Great turn out today from fitMK Milton Keynes Outdoor Gym and nice to see some new clubs in Ivanhoe Runners, Kings Heath Running Club and Redhill Road Runners.

There was a bit of an incident at the start line today with a particularly rude parkrunner running straight into a walker (who also just happens to be pregnant!) There was not an apology in sight! If you’re late and miss the start then please don’t think it gives you the right to mow people down! We rely on the good will of a number of organisations to stage parkrun so please don’t mess it up for the rest of us.

With so many people starting marathon training these last few weeks, the reasons people aim for a marathon often gets missed. Here is a story about Lucinda Parish:

I am aiming to run the London Marathon this year to raise funds for the Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline. I was diagnosed in October 2012. which was very shocking and difficult to deal with – even more so because I kept thinking, it’s not cancer – it’s just a warning – why am I so upset? It is a real head-spinner and consumes your every-day thoughts for a long, long time. Not only that, because it is a relatively ‘new’ gene discovery – although good old Angelina Jolie has helped us out no end with awareness and therefore knowledge -  the doctors knew nothing about it, and I ended up having over 30 doctors and hospital appointments in one year to try and work out the best solution for me.

I have BRCA1 which is an aggressive gene mutation so I have an 85% chance of breast cancer, and a 60% chance of ovarian cancer. My options are 1) get checked out twice a year to hopefully detect anything early or 2) have an operation to remove the areas at risk and therefore reduce the chance of cancer to 0%.

Lucinda has made a very brave decision and will be having the operation later in the year. If you want to make a donation then Lucinda’s charity page is as follows.

https://www.justgiving.com/Lucinda-Parish

Good luck with it all Lucinda and hope it all works out for you.

Massive thanks to this week's volunteers

Andrew CHILCRAFT  •  Andrew HULLY  •  Angela MONZIONE  •  Chris DEAL  •  Daniel GREEN  •  David HUDSON  •  Ed VOUT  •  Elizabeth TRIBE  •  Elliot HIND  •  Gareth JAMES  •  Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN  •  Jen BATES  •  Laura MASON  •  Mark SQUIRE  •  Mick BATES  •  Niam HANI  •  Paul CURTIS  •  Sheila SQUIRE  •  Sinead BRADBEER  •  William SHIPPIN

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

Next week we have the Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers taking over most of the volunteer positions including some pacers but we are then looking for volunteers for the following weeks.

Huge congratulations to all our new members of the milestone T shirt club:

Ross LEE, Philip ARMITAGE and Brett BURGESS all hit the 50 mark and Peter LOOSE, Stewart HOWARD and David WORSLEY all hit 100. Whilst not an official milestone we also had the legend in his own lunchtime that is Tim MACKLEY hit 150.

Our roving reporter Pippa Downton was out and about again this week and interviewed our latest member of the 100 club, David WORSLEY:

Today after a very cold and icy park run, I interviewed the very talkative Dave. He has done his 100th parkrun today and runs with his dogs Misty and Buffy! He looked very good in his top hat and wig today!

Are you part of a running club?
Yes, I am part of the Shenley Striders club.

Have you been a parkrun tourist?
Yes - quite a few times. I have been to Poole a few times, done 45 here in MK, 3 in Southampton and then a one in Oxford.
My favourite would be Southampton.

What is your best running weather?
I like todays weather because there was no wind and it was sunny (just without the ice!).

If you could be any animal around parkrun, what would you be?
I would probably be a giraffe because I would be able to run really fast with my long legs! (If you don't know Dave - he is taaaaaaaaalllllll)

What is your best parkrun moment?
My best moment would be when I was in Poole and I got 23mins.
My worst parkrun moment would be when I got 32mins.

What is your favourite part of the course?
I like the finish because I can sprint past my mate and he will be left in my dust cloud (or spray cloud today)!

Who is your running hero?
Steve Ovett from the 1980's because he is really inspirational in his running and he had some really competitive rivals!

Thank you for letting me interview you today Dave. I congratulate you on achieving 100 parkruns. I hope that everyone was safe and didn't fall over on the ice today!

Great report, well done Pippa and congratulations Dave

Now for the stats:

Men's placings:

  • Daniel WEBBER (VM35-39) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 17:35 - 4th time in 13 appearances.
  • Chris DUNN (SM25-29) of UK Lunatics, was second over the line in 18:54.
  • Damien CESBRON (VM40-44) of Shenley Striders, was third over the line in 19:04.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 400 pts.
  • Andrew HULLY (Redway Runners) 400 pts.
  • Chris DEAL (Unattached) 400 pts.

Women's placings:

  • Amy INCHLEY (SW30-34) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was first (32nd overall) over the line in 21:40 - 5th time in 45 appearances.
  • Johanna SHARPLES (SW20-24) of St Albans Striders, was second (46th overall) over the line in 22:12.
  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was third (58th overall) over the line in 22:40 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Jen BATES (Redway Runners) 400 pts.
  • Sinead BRADBEER (Redway Runners) 400 pts.
  • Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 395 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Peter BEATTY (VM55-59) was graded 78.65% for the time 20:13 (13th overall).
  • Andrew JEYES (VM65-69) was graded 77.38% for the time 21:53 (39th overall).
  • Daniel WEBBER (VM35-39) was graded 76.49% for the time 17:35 (first overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,242 different runners, including participants from 424 athletics clubs, have completed 70,645 runs covering a total distance of 353,225 km, and there have been 14,416 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 258 17th January 2015

Happy Birthday to us!

This week we had a massive 517 runners turn up to help us celebrate our 5th Birthday which is our 3rd highest attendance ever. Not bad for a very chilly, icy morning! If you look at how our parkrun has grown in that time it is such a fantastic achievement and all those involved should be mighty proud of themselves.

It is perfect time to look back over the year and congratulate a few people starting with our wonderful volunteers. Top three male and female volunteers this year were as follows:

Name Num runs Num volunteered
Gareth SNELSON 14 17
David HUDSON 10 11
Max KELLY [Jnr] 0 10
Kassia GARDNER 22 20
Niam HANI 29 19
Stella-Maria THOMAS 3 16

Some fantastic figures in there. Of course we are grateful to everyone that has volunteered this year so please keep up the great work. None of the roles are especially difficult and never feel that you will be forced to undertake a role you don’t want to do. We rely on our volunteers to keep the event going and have had to send out a few begging emails and posts this year. Please help us to keep it all going by volunteering a minimum of three times per year.

A special mention this year to Ian Richardson who has provided us with a fascinating set of parkrun statistics each week in the form of the following graphics:

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A huge thanks as well to young Pippa Downton who has often stood out in the pouring rain and lashing wind to interview people in the barcode scanning queues straight after her own run. Some great interviews and photos this year Pippa, well done.

 

We also have had a parkrun points competition running all year with 200 points awarded to first place male and females, 199 to second place etc. People can also collect 200 points for the first three times they volunteer in a year. Top three males and females as follows:

Name Num runs Num volunteered Points
1 Lucy RICHARDS 42 5 8449
2 Angela Sarah COX 42 2 7479
3 Gillian SHEPPARD 35 6 7232
1 Paul WOODWARD 51 3 8939
2 Andy SEALEY 48 3 8633
3 Jim BUTTLEMAN 43 3 8354

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We have the following sent in from Lucy about her running experience:

I started running a few years after my daughters were born, doing 10-15 mins initially & gradually built up over time. I entered the Milton Keynes Race for Life 5k each summer, achieving a higher place & a faster time each year. I had the running bug - however other than treadmill running at home, gym & a few outdoor runs with my hubby Chris I hadn't really done regular running or timed races.

It was in the summer of 2013 that my training took a turn ..... for the better! The reason? The discovery of Milton Keynes parkrun of course! Chris found parkrun on the internet & we excitedly looked forward to our first timed run round Willen Lake. It was a lovely run & the sun was shining, lots of friendly people around & I was so pleased with my time but I wanted to improve it, each week..... the rest is history, 18 months on & we're still loving our early start on Saturday mornings. I've only missed attending Milton Keynes parkrun twice, once to do Edinburgh parkrun & the other due to sleeping through my alarm!! I need a lay in sometimes....

At Milton Keynes over the last year I've volunteered 5 times & run 42, so I'm a pretty committed parkrunner all round. My family is involved generally with parkrun as my youngest daughter Iona did her Duke of Edinburgh volunteering there, taking part in all volunteer roles from barcode scanner to shadow race director. My husband is an avid fan as well, running most weeks & also doing his fair share of volunteering. Even our Siberian husky Inka has been round the course, twice.....she got a PB last time!! Our whole family is obsessed!

What keeps me motivated to keep going? Well, the route is awesome & the challenge of the 5k race is definitely a huge factor, also the people we meet & the community spirit there is all very motivating! A few months after discovering parkrun we joined Sweatshop Running Community (I particularly enjoy their Thursday night 10k paced group) which improved our running further, then just over a year ago the Redway Runners. Love the Redway Runners - Martin & co, amazing group of people & it's down to them that I managed to achieve my PB in Spring of last year after completing the IY5k course - graduation at parkrun was interesting, Andy Hully was pacing me & was trying to chat but I was just trying to breath! Haha, awesome fun though & he got me the time I wanted!

More recently I managed not just one but 2 consecutive parkruns on New Years Day which was a challenge, but again a huge achievement. Future plans, obviously I'm looking forward to loads more runs with MK parkrun, especially the warmer ones & perhaps some more tourism this year .... I've entered Race for Life 2015, Bournemouth Half, Bacchus Half & will also be running in the MK Festival of Running again this year, MoRun & more..... Lots of races & events & already enjoying training for them with the Redway Runners Sunday Marathon training sessions!

Oh I have to mention as well, my favourite volunteer role has to be Timekeeper, love seeing other runners completing parkrun & the hub of activity around the finish line. Parkrun really has been life changing for me, socially as well as training wise, so glad we signed up!

Huge thanks to Gareth & his team of race directors & volunteers & of course my hubby for getting me into all this in the first place! Happy 5th Anniversary Milton Keynes parkrun!

Brilliant, thanks for sending that in Lucy and congratulations on the points trophy, well deserved!

We had 53 runners turn up at MK for the first time and 67 runners dodged the ice and recorded new Personal Bests.

Hopefully the Redway Runners pacers we had helped with some of those PBs. Pacing results as follows with pacing time and then actual time in brackets:

  • Simon Read - 20 (20:00)
  • Stephen Dunham-21 (20:50)
  • Mick Bates-22 (22:00)
  • Martin Lawrence-23 (22:55)
  • Maurice O'Connell-23.30 (23:14)
  • Steve Burlace-24 (23:53)
  • Tim Giffen-25 (25:06)
  • Glenn Dickinson-26 (25:47)
  • Jen Bates-27 (27:00)
  • Graeme and Sam Bickle-28 (28:01)
  • Jonathan Clements-29 (29:17)
  • Paul Woodward-30 (29:53)
  • Karen Lawrence-31 (31:00)
  • Sinead Bradbeer-32 (32:42)

Well done to all of you. Ironically Jonathan Clements spent most of the run shouting over his shoulder at me telling me to slow down as I was catching him. Maybe time for a new watch Jonathan? :-)

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Have you ever seen a finer set of specimens before!

Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part including some news ones such as Chelmsford Canoe Club and Tickhill Running & AC. Welcome to all of you and do let us know how you got on.

Thanks to this week's volunteers

Andrew HULLY  •  Annette KRAFT  •  Chris DEAL  •  Danny MORRIS  •  David HUDSON  •  Deborah BOTTOMLEY  •  Fiona SIEQUIEN  •  Glenn DICKINSON  •  Graeme BICKLE  •  Greg SWANNELL  •  Helen WIGGINS  •  Isla PORTER  •  Jacqui MILLS  •  Jen BATES  •  Joanne WEST  •  Jon WALKER  •  Jonathan CLEMENTS  •  Karen LAWRENCE  •  Marcus MITCHINSON  •  Martin LAWRENCE  •  Maurice O'CONNELL  •  Mick BATES  •  Paul BILLINGTON  •  Paul WOODWARD  •  Pippa MCKEAN  •  Simon BAKER  •  Simon READ  •  Sinead BRADBEER  •  Stephen DUNHAM  •  Steve BURLACE  •  Steve QUINNELL  •  Tim GIFFEN  •  William SHIPPIN  •  Yvette GLACKEN

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

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

Martin HUTTON and Sally BAKER both reached 50 and decided on a first time trip to MK parkrun to celebrate and Sheniah ASIAMAH hit the big 100!

Pippa Downton was out with her notepad this week and pounced on Jeremy Hill:

Today I interviewed Jeremy and he is doing his 92nd parkrun today! (Well done - almost at 100)!

Why do you come to parkrun?k
I come because its good for my fitness, and I like all the fellowship between runners.

What is your favourite part of the course?
I like the canal because it is flat and I am still fresh while running.

What is your favourite volunteering role?
I like being funnel manager because you can see people finish & enjoy their sense of achievement.

What are your running goals?
I would like to get under 25mins for my parkrun time.

What is your favourite running weather?
I like it when it is cool.

If you could be any animal around park run, what would you be?
I would be a butterfly because I could land on a faster runner & choose to be quicker.

Have you ever been a parkrun tourist?
I have done 3 and my favourite was in Kingston in London as I got my best time there on a flat course.

Who is your running hero?
Gareth Snelson because he made parkrun possible in MK.

Thank you for letting me interview you today Jeremy, I hope that no one slipped over on the ice on the way round the course!
Well done to all who ran today.

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Great work Pippa, cheers for sending that in.

Finally, our stats section:

Men's placings:

  • Mark RYALL (SM30-34) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 16:55 - 7th time in 8 appearances.
  • Tom KIMBER (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:45 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
  • Andrew KIRSCHNER (SM30-34) of Shenley Striders, was third over the line in 18:49.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • David HUDSON (Redway Runners) 200 pts.
  • Maurice O'CONNELL (Redway Runners) 200 pts.
  • William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 200 pts.

Women's placings:

  • Linsey RYALL (SW30-34) of Redway Runners, was first (31st overall) over the line in 21:04 - 9th time in 12 appearances.
  • Jennifer SANGSTER (VW40-44) of Redway Runners, was second (35th overall) over the line in 21:07 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
  • Georgina HOLLOWAY (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (40th overall) over the line in 21:23.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Jacqui MILLS (Redway Runners) 200 pts.
  • Sinead BRADBEER (Redway Runners) 200 pts.
  • Fiona SIEQUIEN (MK Lakeside Runners) 200 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Mark RYALL (SM30-34) was graded 77.14% for the time 16:55 (first overall).
  • Tom KIMBER (VM35-39) was graded 75.21% for the time 17:45 (second overall).
  • Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 74.74% for the time 22:26 (61st overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,192 different runners, including participants from 422 athletics clubs, have completed 70,104 runs covering a total distance of 350,520 km, and there have been 14,356 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 257 10th January 2015

This week there were 466 very brave runners out enjoying the glorious wet and windy weather. Somehow 31 people still recorded Personal Bests which is a fantastic achievement! Special mention to Leigh STEERE who managed to nail her pb on her 186th run. Well done Leigh.

We had 49 first timers with most of them picking today to try out their very first parkrun! Well done to you all for coming along and we hope to see you all again next week, maybe for some sunshine. We even had a few parkrun tourists including Hannah WATKINSON from Sweatshop Running Community. Hannah would appear to be a big parkrun tourist fan looking at her stats. Well done Hannah.

Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Thanks to this week's volunteers

Amelia SANTERRE  •  David HUDSON  •  Dennis VERHOEVEN  •  Elisabeth MORRISON  •  Elliot HIND  •  Gillian SHEPPARD  •  Glenn DICKINSON  •  Hannah CHALK  •  Julie HUDSON  •  Julie MARTIN  •  Kate NEALE  •  Layla MORRISON  •  Leigh STEERE  •  Lucy FITZGERALD  •  Martin LAWRENCE  •  Niam HANI  •  Paul CARTER  •  Pete WHITMORE  •  Sean POLLOCK  •  Sheralyn WHATLEY  •  Simon GURNEY  •  Sinead BRADBEER  •  Tara WOOTON  •  Terri CAVE  •  Tim MACKLEY

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

Even though our volunteer pages may look full we are always after more people to help out so please email in with the week and position you can look after.

Next week we have the Redway Runners doing a stint at pacers - more info to follow but they hope to cover most minutes from around 18 to 40.

At the end of January we have a special parkrun take over from Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers. They will also be having pacers so January looks good for going after that shiny new pb to start the year off well.

Huge congratulations to those hitting their T shirt milestones. This week we had the following:

Whilst not an official milestone, well done to Simon KIRSCHNER-HEAVENS for hitting 150. Great efforts all round today.

Remember the only way to hit these big numbers and get the T shirts is to drag yourself out of bed no matter what the weather and remember your barcode! Official parkrun policy is no barcode, no result, no exceptions!

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Well done for some great photos today Tim Mackley!

Finally we have a slightly damp report from our roving reporter Pippa Downton who was with Jonathan Clements this week:

Today after a VERY wet and windy parkrun, I interviewed Jonathan. He has done his 51st park run today and sometimes "buddies-up" with beginners, including our friend Helen when she did her first parkrun!

Why do you come to parkrun?
I come because I like chatting to people on the way round the course!
Seems to be a common thing with people wearing Redway Runners vests!!

What is your favourite part of the course?
The start because my legs don't hurt yet!

What is your favourite part of the course?
I like the pre-event set up because I still get to run the course.

Who is your running hero?
Martin Lawrence!
Everyone likes him because he's a good runner, does a lot for the club and you can hear him a mile away!

If you could be any animal around parkrun, what would you be?
A hippopotamus because they are my favourite animal and they can run faster than people think!

Have you got any running goals?
Yes, I want to run my first marathon and I have since entered the Windermere Marathon in the lake district.
My goodness that sounds like a real challenge. Good luck!

Have you ever been a parkrun tourist?
Yes I have done about 10 and my favourite one was in Chester in a forest. The ones I least enjoy are the multi-lap ones.

What is your favourite running weather?
I like it cool but with no wind.

Thank you for letting me interview you today Jonathan and I hope that everyone is warm and clean now after a rather windy, muddy and wet parkrun!

Thanks for sending that in Pippa.

Now for some results:

Men's placings:

  • Mark RYALL (SM30-34) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 16:40 - 6th time in 7 appearances.
  • Daniel WEBBER (VM35-39) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was second over the line in 17:58 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
  • Damien CESBRON (VM40-44) of Shenley Striders, was third over the line in 19:12.

Final standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • Paul WOODWARD (Redway Runners) 8939 pts.
  • Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 8633 pts.
  • Jim BUTTLEMAN (Leighton Fun Runners) 8354 pts.

Women's placings:

  • Linsey RYALL (SW30-34) of Redway Runners, was first (14th overall) over the line in 20:48 - 8th time in 11 appearances.
  • Jennifer SANGSTER (VW40-44) of Redway Runners, was second (15th overall) over the line in 20:51 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
  • Wendy WEBBER (VW35-39) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was third (24th overall) over the line in 21:24 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Final standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 8449 pts.
  • Angela Sarah COX (Redway Runners) 7479 pts.
  • Gillian SHEPPARD (Redway Runners) 7232 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Mark RYALL (SM30-34) was graded 78.30% for the time 16:40 (first overall).
  • Daniel WEBBER (VM35-39) was graded 74.86% for the time 17:58 (second overall).
  • Jennifer SANGSTER (VW40-44) was graded 73.38% for the time 20:51 (15th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,137 different runners, including participants from 420 athletics clubs, have completed 69,587 runs covering a total distance of 347,935 km, and there have been 14,289 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 256 3rd January 2015

This week there were 428 runners, of whom 44 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests.

Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

Congratulations to Jessica Jasmine WILLIAMS for reaching her 10th run milestone. As you may have heard at the start of the run the sponsor has changed so there will be a delay with the T shirts but you should receive an email requesting your T shirt size in due course.

Thanks to this week's volunteers

Ann WILLIAMS  •  Chris ERRIDGE  •  Claire BAILEY  •  Darren ASHPOLE  •  Hannah LINFORD  •  Ian STEVENS  •  Jackie BOND  •  Jenny FENTON  •  Kevin CHURCH  •  Marcus MITCHINSON  •  Maree Blossom JESSON  •  Nick FAIRBROTHER  •  Philippa FAIRHALL  •  Sean ASTLEY  •  Sophie MARTIN  •  Stephen SCOTT  •  Tim MILES  •  Tracy NUTTALL  •  Tracy WILSON  •  Victoria WELLS

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

We are very very short of volunteers over the coming weeks so please email in with the position and date you can cover.

Whilst on the subject of volunteers, we have had a tremendous response to the post from Kas Gardner about setting up a Junior parkrun. She will be in touch with those that showed interest in helping out shortly.

This week we have a story kindly sent in by Carmel Tamburrino who volunteered recently:

parkrunMK has been life changing for me. At age 58 I am fitter than I have ever been in my life. I have lost weight and feel amazing. I am a relative newcomer to parkrun with 13 runs under my belt. I have volunteered twice, once as funnel manager and once as marshall. My sister Noreen Vincent( left in the photo) runs with me when she can. She has a 2 second advantage over me at the moment which I plan to smash next year! This sibling rivalry began when i offered her a cream cake on a Friday night. Instead of saying 'thank you. dearest sister, she accused me of sabotaging her chances of a PB the next day!

My running started in March 2014 when Noreen entered me(nay, coerced) into participating in the Race For Life, a 10k Charity event for Cancer Research. I had never run in my life. And so, in March 2014, training began. To tell you all that I gasped round Furzton Lake 3-4 times a week would be a huge understatement. I had to stop 5-6 times on what is a 2-4k route approx. But, after 3 weeks of gasping and feeling I might surely die, I cracked it! I managed to complete the route without stopping. Ok, so the time wasn't anything to boast about. But, Carmel had done it! And so on a hot June day, Noreen and I and our daughters Clara and Michelle completed the 10k Race for Life in 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Since then I haven't looked back. I caught the bug. I released those endorphins. Or as my friend jokes 'Carmel has released her dolphins'! During the Summer, I thought that for the winter, I would prefer to have company on my runs (Noreen can't always make the weekdays) and so by researching online, I found parkrun MK. I turned up alone at Willen Lake in September 2014, slightly nervous as I had no clue what to expect. It was so friendly and non intimidatory. Since then I have had 5 PB's. I just adore that email result. parkrun is addictive. My current goal apart from recapturing 2 seconds off my sister's time is to crack 30 minutes. If anyone can help us with pacing to achieve this we would be very grateful. Please bear in mind though, that you will have to resuscitate us afterwards!

Lastly, can I say Happy New Year to everyone at parkrun MK, to the organisers, the volunteers and to the runners alike. You are amazing. I am in awe of those  front runners who achieve incredible times each week. Also a special shout out to the ladies in my age group and older. You are awesome! I raise a festive glass of brandy to you all(Ok, so I'm Irish and I have an awesome drinking reputation to uphold!)

Happy New Year to you all. x

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Thanks for sending that in Carmel, very inspiring so good luck with it.

Also one from Elaine Wells who also volunteered recently:

What a joy it was to see happy smiling faces of all ages coming in to be barcoded. It warmed me up. As a runner, you don't realise the effort that has gone into volunteering.  If it's cold, unlike us runners who can warm up, they can't, so have so appreciation of them standing around waiting for us runners.

Here's a photo of me at Rocksolid. Before the mud and dirt.  I did the 10km race in 2013, 2014 and plan to do again in 2015.

Excellent, cheers Elaine.

We have a few graphics sent in from Ian Richardson covering Xmas Day and last couple of weekend’s runs:

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Finally we have our roving reporter Pippa Downton back to pounce on us in the scanning queues:

Happy New Year everybody! Hope everyone had a great year.
Today I interviewed Nuca the dog and her owners but I forgot to ask their names as the dog was so cute. She has done her 2nd park run today and she comes to parkrun because she (we) liked the website and we like the nature and trees.

What is your favourite part of the course?
We like the arch round the pagoda because you have a really nice view at the top.

Have you ever been a parkrun tourist?
No but we have plans to take Nuca and go and do another parkrun.

What is your favourite volunteering role?
My paws are a bit big and clumsy but I am sure my owners would enjoy scanning the barcodes at the end because you get to stand under a shelter!

Who is your running hero?
The people who got us into running.

What is your favourite running weather?
I am assuming that Nuca would like it to be a little warmer and drier than today as after the run she was snuggled in her blanket.

Thank you for letting me interview you today. I hope everyone had a good park run despite the rainy weather and cold showers! Well done to all runners and thank you to all volunteers who had to stand in the cold today!

Cheers for that Pippa!

Now for some stats:

Men's placings:

  • Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) of Redway Runners, was first over the line in 16:48 - third time in 7 appearances.
  • An unknown runner was second.
  • An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • Paul WOODWARD (Redway Runners) 8760 pts.
  • Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 8448 pts.
  • Jim BUTTLEMAN (Leighton Fun Runners) 8174 pts.

Women's placings:

  • Wendy WEBBER (VW35-39) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first (27th overall) over the line in 21:06 - second time in 5 appearances.
  • Jennifer SANGSTER (VW40-44) of Redway Runners, was second (37th overall) over the line in 21:56 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
  • Sinead BRADBEER (VW40-44) of Redway Runners, was third (38th overall) over the line in 22:00.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 8280 pts.
  • Angela Sarah COX (Redway Runners) 7330 pts.
  • Gillian SHEPPARD (Redway Runners) 7232 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Andy GREEN (VM50-54) was graded 82.36% for the time 18:03 (6th overall).
  • Ben FAIRHALL (VM35-39) was graded 78.97% for the time 16:48 (first overall).
  • Stuart SINCLAIR (VM45-49) was graded 72.91% for the time 19:45 (12th overall).

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 8,088 different runners, including participants from 418 athletics clubs, have completed 69,121 runs covering a total distance of 345,605 km, and there have been 14,257 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 junior parkrun

There’s no doubt in my mind from the conversations in the school yard, at the playground or chatting to running friends that people want free, sociable, easy to access, community led activities for all the family.

parkrun offers this and much more which is why I count myself very fortunate to be involved in Milton Keynes parkrun. I mentioned why I'm a parkrun Run Director in a personal blog post a while ago: for me it’s particularly important to me that my daughters both enjoy and are inspired by sport because by seeing positive role models in our own community they’ll discover that the skills they learn through participating in sport can be transferred to other aspects of their lives.

Encouraging our children, particularly girls, to participate in sports and to be more physically active is one of the major challenges of parenthood. More and more as parents we are trying to fight the increasing levels of childhood obesity. Sports activities, and not just running, offer so many benefits for children and not just in terms of physical benefits such as fitness. Sport also has benefits in terms of skills such as socialising, making new friends, determination, focus, goal setting and dealing with failure.

It’s why as parents we should do our utmost to encourage our children to participate in sport and that brings me to junior parkrun and why I want to set up a junior parkrun in Milton Keynes.

As a parent and a Run Director at Milton Keynes parkrun every week I see parents and children running, jogging and walking around 5k parkrun courses around the UK. But let’s face it, not every child can manage 5k, which is why I’d love to bring junior parkrun (two words, all lowercase) to Milton Keynes.

junior parkrun is a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14 held every Sunday morning. They are held in areas of open space around the UK, they are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. junior parkruns are proving to be a great success round the country and I am sure that will also be the case here in Milton Keynes.

"Big or small, walk or run, junior parkrun is for everyone!"

Parents can bring along their children to junior parkruns to enjoy the fresh air and even run round with them. And parkrun is just that, it's a run not a race. Yes, there will be those more competitive children that want to challenge themselves and see if they can beat last week’s time or test themselves against others and that’s fine, but the most important thing is that our children enjoy physical exercise and that they participate in junior parkrun for fun.

You don’t have to be sporty for your children to enjoy sport but what I think helps is that as parents we support and show encouragement to our children. As you’ll have guessed if you’ve read this far I’m a big believer in children being more active. But there are too many competing distractions for children. I think the Olympics in 2012 helped immensely in inspiring both young and old alike to take up sport and any initiative such as junior parkrun which gets kids moving is a good thing.

 

How you can help

I’m aiming to launch a junior parkrun in Milton Keynes in mid-2015. However I need to establish a core volunteer team before I can take this further.

I’m looking to recruit a team of at least six Run Directors to help set up and run the event, in reality this means you would be responsible for running a junior parkrun about once every six to eight weeks. Honestly, from experience I can tell you being a Run Director is not as scary as it sounds and you’d be fully trained in all aspects of parkrun and junior parkrun.

The experience of other junior parkruns is that most of the volunteers are drawn from parents of children who do parkruns or junior parkruns. So please forward this to anyone else you think might want to get involved, including people at local schools, running clubs, athletic clubs and other sports clubs with junior athletes, for example perhaps rugby and netball clubs.

If you would like to be involved or just know more about becoming a Run Director for Milton Keynes junior parkrun please email me at miltonkeynesoffice@parkrun.com and I will be in touch.

I look forward to hearing from you if you are interested and thanks for your support!

Cheers,

Kas Gardner

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