Milton Keynes parkrun Event number 278 20th June 2015

This week we had a small dip in numbers, with only 474 finishers. Looking back at the stats, that would have been a record attendance as recently as March last year. Just shows how large our event is these days. A record attendance next week would require 657 runners.

It seems the Milton Keynes running scene really is thriving. We have several thriving running clubs, a huge number of people attending our 5k parkrun, and then this morning (Sunday 21st) our 'Little Sibling' MK junior parkrun launched with the largest ever attendance for a junior inaugural event! I think runners are spoilt here with a huge network of segregated paths, and a large number of lakes, woods, rivers and a canal to run at.

We welcomed some tourists this morning, including from Aylesbury, Heaton, Brueton, Bromley, and Longrun Meadow! Apologies to the two runners from Longrun that did exactly that and took a slightly more creative route around the course, though I am glad you still enjoyed your run (and I think your deviation only added 0.06 of a mile to the route!). To clarify, after crossing the short wooden bridge between the lakes, runners stick to the hard path and go under the road bridge to go round the south lake and head to the finish, rather than taking the soft path towards the stone circle.

This week we have a fantastic team of volunteers to thank. The event all went really smoothly, which is a run director's delight. I'd like to offer my personal thanks from writing the run report as I didn't catch a lot of you following the run to thank you.

Debra ANDREWS, Keith ARMOUR, Sinead BRADBEER, Steve BURLACE, Heather CECIL, Andrew CHILCRAFT, Brigitte COX, Rosalind CRAWLEY, Sam DOWNTON, Martin DOWNTON, Adam DOWNTON, Joey GARNER, Malcolm KIDBY, Ivan MOSTYN-SCOTT, Ben MULLAN, Maria PERALTA, Sean POLLOCK, Lauren POLLOCK, Chris RICHARDS, Ian ROPKE, William SHIPPIN, Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN, Leigh STEERE, Dianne VON HAGEN, Len VORALIA, Helen WIGGINS

Finally, I'd like to congratulate those that achieved t-shirt milestones during the run.

50 Club 100 Club 250 Club
Andy COLLINS
Sean ROBERTSON
Simon WHELAN
Stuart SINCLAIR
Tony DAGLISH

Obviously a special mention goes to Tony for being the second person to begin their parkrun career at MK to reach the milestone. He's sent me a summary of his journey to 250, posted below:

OK, so here goes for a parkrun statistic roundup from me. I started my 1st parkrun at MK parkrun no. 2, and finished in 13th in a time of 22.09 on 23rd January 2010. Since then I have done 152 at MK. I have done 69 different parkrun venues to date and have revisited 13 different ones. My PB at MK is 18.44 on the 3rd March last year. I have clocked up four first finishes at Buckingham, Barking, Upton Court and Pymmes. Five 2nd places at Conkers, Milton Keynes, Grovelands, Gunpowder and Bedfont Lakes, and seven 3rd place finishes at Walthamstow, Harlow, Luton, Banbury, Newbury, Oak Hill and St Albans. My official PB is at Wolverhampton in 18.22. My previous slowest was 31.37 at Milton Keynes, the reason for that was my 100th parkrun, and I ran with the lovely Ami Gardner as a change to the normal racing. Today was my new slowest parkrun but also one of my most enjoyable. My favourite parkruns apart from Milton Keynes are Wycombe Rye, St Albans, Cambridge, Basildon, South Shields, and Oak Hill as it has the best looking run director there in Rebecca Bunting. One of my fave moments of parkrun memories was finishing over the line with Rebecca, as well as running around MK with Ami Gardner and of course first finishing the parkruns I have done so far. In that time I have have joined the Redway Runners and made lots and lots of great running friends and improved my running in all my distances because of parkrun. Again I would like to say a big big big thank you to Gareth Snelson for getting me out of bed for the last 5+ years to run around a park. And thanks to Geoff New for all the different parkruns with our tourist group for the good times we have had and more to come in the future. parkrun changed my way of running for the better, as I may not have met some fantastic friends along the way.

Tony

Thanks very much Tony for sending that in.

Andrew

Male placings:
Graham N ROBINSON (SM30-34) of Sandhurst Joggers, was first over the line in 16:50 - second time in 2 appearances.
Ed VOUT (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:02 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Sam NICHOLAS (JM15-17) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was third over the line in 18:03 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 3922 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 3803 pts.
Geoff BROAD (Unattached) 3680 pts.

Female placings:
Jennifer MCBAIN (VW35-39) of Alchester RC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 19:06 - 10th time in 21 appearances.
Miriam DREWETT (SW30-34) of Redway Runners, was second (47th overall) over the line in 21:09 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Claire COURT (VW35-39) of Alchester RC, was third (51st overall) over the line in 21:31.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zoe BROAD (Unattached) 4006 pts.
Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 3983 pts.
Lucy RICHARDS (Redway Runners) 3656 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Diane Josephine FARMER (VW55-59) was graded 81.59% for the time 22:11 (62nd overall).
Peter BEATTY (VM55-59) was graded 80.24% for the time 19:49 (23rd overall).
Jennifer MCBAIN (VW35-39) was graded 78.80% for the time 19:06 (14th overall).

This week there were 474 runners, of whom 54 were first timers and 108 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part.

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 9,256 different runners, including participants from 463 athletics clubs, have completed 80,110 runs covering a total distance of 400,550 km, and there have been 16,247 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.

 

Milton Keynes parkrun Event number 277 6th June 2015

 

*please take note, there is NO Milton Keynes parkrun next Saturday, the 13th of June. Feel free to visit another parkrun instead! We'll see you all again on the 20th*

 


 

parkrun this week was bought to us by a wonderful team of volunteers directed by Tam Quinn. So, thanks to the following:

Heidi BROWN, Tracy CARDNO, Heather CECIL, Helen DEARDON, Jenny FENTON, Neil Richard GOODRIDGE, David HUDSON, Maree Blossom JESSON, Edward KERR, Paul MANCHESTER, Julie MARTIN, Kate METCALFE, Cathy MILLAR, Ben MULLAN, Matt O'KANE, Lauren POLLOCK, Sean POLLOCK, Sally PUDDEPHATT, Tam QUINN, Ian ROPKE, William SHIPPIN, Carol Elizabeth SMITH, Mark SQUIRE, Jean-Paul SRIVALSAN, Elizabeth TRIBE

 


 

This week, congratulations go to the following for their new parkrun club memberships:

100: Katie ORMAN

50: Paul SMITH, Debbie DICKINSON, Darren Michael O'LEARY, David BOYD.

 


 

We have some input this week from MK Lakeside Runner, Brigitte:

 

On Saturday 6th June MK Lakeside Runners enjoyed a double celebration at Milton Keynes parkrun.  We had Arlette Sanchez-Garcia celebrating a special birthday (60 - I know she won't mind me saying that, and the photos kind of give it away anyway) and Katie Orman running her 100th parkrun.  Our club motto is 'run for fun and fitness' and we certainly did that on this day.  We decided it should be a tutu run.  Arlette had been suffering from an ankle injury for a number of weeks and we didn't want her on her own at the back running and walking so it was  decided from the start it was going to be a real team run.  I was quite pleased as I quite fancied a nice slow walk/run, but she went off like a rocket and to start with some of us really struggled to keep up with her!  We stayed together all the way round, even some of our faster runners managed to hold themselves back and we just enjoyed the scenery and chatted to each other as we ran.
On the last stretch, we had Arlette and Katie at the front and tried to do a bit of a formation finish (sort of like the red arrows only slower).  It worked well for the first 3 rows, I'm not sure after that, but we got a nice big cheer from everyone as we finished, and then afterwards of course there was tea and plenty of cake in the cafe.

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Brigitte

The last thing I'd like to mention before the stats-attack is a request for someone to step up to be a new run director. Knowledge of the various volunteering roles is preferred, but can be learned. The most important factor is a willingness to help out, and understanding and putting into practice the parkrun ethos that we know and love! There is no pressure to volunteer any more than you would normally, and the main reward is a warm fuzzy feeling inside, and an intense satisfaction upon successful upload of the results! Rumour has it the 'core team' socials are good fun too. ;) If you're interested, please speak to the run director at a MK parkrun event or email in to let us know.

Milton Keynes parkrun
Event number 277
6th June 2015

Male placings:
Tom COMERFORD (SM25-29) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 16:43 - second time in 6 appearances.
Steven DANIELS (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:21.
Adam MOLE (VM35-39) of Rugby & Northampton AC, was third over the line in 18:06.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
William SHIPPIN (Redway Runners) 3727 pts.
Andy SEALEY (Unattached) 3625 pts.
Geoff BROAD (Unattached) 3496 pts.

Female placings:
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (21st overall) over the line in 19:16 - 83rd time in 114 appearances.
Lisa WEBB (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (45th overall) over the line in 20:23.
Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) of Redway Runners, was third (49th overall) over the line in 20:34 - has been first to finish on 23 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Julie LOXLEY (Redway Runners) 3983 pts.
Zoe BROAD (Unattached) 3815 pts.
Caroline BEECHEY (Redway Runners) 3471 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Julie LOXLEY (VW50-54) was graded 81.52% for the time 20:34 (49th overall).
Maree Blossom JESSON (VW40-44) was graded 81.06% for the time 19:16 (21st overall).
John LOXLEY (VM50-54) was graded 79.30% for the time 18:36 (8th overall).

This week there were 560 runners, of whom 45 were first timers and 132 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part.

Milton Keynes parkrun started on 16th January 2010, and since then 9,202 different runners, including participants from 461 athletics clubs, have completed 79,636 runs covering a total distance of 398,180 km, and there have been 16,139 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.

 

Andrew

 
 
 

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

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