Volunteering after 17 months away

Driving pack into the car park at Black Park at 8.15am on a Saturday morning is something I haven't done since March 2020. I've been at Black Park lots of times in the last 16 months to run and walk - I've been so many times, I'm on first name terms with the trees! But this was special, I was going to meet up with Parkrun family and volunteer at event #566.

There were already plenty of runners chatting in groups and warming up as I made my way to the shelter to register and pick up my hi-viz . Arriving early gives you time to chat and get to know the other volunteers as well as see what goes on behind the scenes before the run director gives the welcome at 9am.

When I run, I normally start near the back but when I volunteer I'm standing at the front, often to make sure no-one runs into the dreaded post at the first corner, and so I see all the fast runners. It is joyous to see everyone run past. As soon as the last runner crosses the start line, we tidy up and make our way back to the shelter ready for the first runner home which is normally about 17 minutes after the start.

This week I was the volunteer manually writing your number and position - thank you to all those runners who thanked the volunteers! It is a great way to meet lots of people and to experience the event from behind the scenes. There are lots of roles and since we have restarted we need more volunteers on a weekly basis as we need more people to scan so there aren't any big queues and more marshals to show you where to go, again to avoid queues building up.

So if you fancy volunteering, please email blackpark@parkrun.com 

Thats enough about the volunteers, on to the runners.

This week, 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Andy TORRANCE • Kate SHEPHARD • David COOMBS • Nick ARCHER • Dominic HOLLERON • Amar BABHANIA • Heather PIPER • Joanna MORIARTY • Chloe BREAGAN • Raymond John HOYLE • Suzy GAULTON • Nigel FARNFIELD • Josephine FARNFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Shona LOWE • Nigel WRIGHT • Richard GOBLE • Sam PHILLIPS • Holly PHILLIPS • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Hannah KRULL • Allan SOMERVILLE • Alison THORPE • Nina KURTIS • George SUMMERVILLE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Black Park parkrun Results Page.

Huge congratulations to the following people who reached milestone in the their Parkrun life - they've waited a long time to get here having been so close when we went into lockdown

50 Club 100 Club
Andrew FOYLE
Chris PRENTICE
Priti PATEL
Ronan CHAMPION
Kevin SPENCE
Mike MAY

Look forward to seeing you all next week.

 

 

 

 

Back Together!

Black Park parkrun 24/07/2021 #565

Back Together

Black Park saw the return of parkrun on Saturday 24th July after the break due to Covid-19 restrictions and 324 runners turned up to run, jog or walk 5K. The rain held off despite a few rumbles of thunder and it was fantastic to be back in the park again

Photos were kindly taken by Logathas Velayuthapillai and can be found by clicking on:  https://www.flickr.com/groups/black-park-parkrun/pool/page1

The start was emotional for some who let out yelps of joy as they took off around the course. The familiar sounds of dogs barking eager to get going were great to hear

This week 324 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

Milestones this week:

50 Club: Jo RICHARDS - Finally able to claim their 50 parkrun shirt after a bit of a wait!

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Dirk VENNIX • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andrew SOMERVILLE • Andy TORRANCE • Paula WALKER • Catherine STAUNTON • Carol COOMBS • Liz LEE • Heather PIPER • Peter TOUGH • Chloe BREAGAN • Raymond John HOYLE • Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI • Audrey PARSONS • Nithila LOGATHAS • Marianne HUGHES • Mark HUGHES • Nigel WRIGHT • Phaedra CASEY • Alice COBURN • Kenyah NYAMECHE • Sam PHILLIPS • Holly PHILLIPS • Vicky HART • Harry PATMORE • Elinor CASEY • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Gary THORPE • Allan SOMERVILLE • Alison THORPE • Nina KURTIS

All made it possible with increased scanning points and the use of the new parkrun app.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Black Park parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 15:09 on 10th March 2012 (event number 140).
The female record is held by Pippa WOOLVEN who recorded a time of 16:32 on 5th January 2019 (event number 502).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret MOODY who recorded 92.51% (22:15) on 5th April 2014 (event number 250).

Black Park parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 21,624 participants have completed 234,034 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,170,170 km, including 34,734 new Personal Bests. A total of 867 individuals have volunteered 11,331 times.

 

 

parkrun Restart 24th July 2021

Preparations are currently underway for the return of parkrun at Black Park on 24th July, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you all back with us again each week.

One of the significant changes that we will be making when we restart is to switch to using the parkrun Volunteer app on mobile phones for both timing and scanning. For Covid reasons we cannot supply the phones, so we will be asking all volunteers to install the app onto their own phones, and to ensure they arrive on the day with the app installed and with their phones fully charged. Use of the app will mean we can considerably increase the number of scanning volunteers each week which will help maintain social distancing and decrease the queues. This will however obviously mean that we will need more volunteers each week.

The app is really easy to use and has the added benefits of automatically recording the user as a volunteer and automatically submitting the data directly to parkrun HQ (data usage is minimal). It is available for free from the Apple’s AppStore or from Google’s Play Store. You can see further details by clicking the link below:

https://volunteer.parkrun.com/principles/virtual-volunteer

Please consider installing this app onto your phone

 

Black Park not parkrun # 4

Black Park not parkrun # 4 from 6 to 12 July 2020

We’re back......in a manner of speaking.

OK, not the normal parkrun event that we know and love but the next best thing!

It’s been a strange and difficult past few months for most of us and if you’re like us, the absence of our regular parkrun and the community spirit it provided has made things even more challenging.

However, the Black Park parkrun community have risen to the challenge and have now completed week 4 of the not parkrun initiative, details of which are below.

During the course of this past week, 47 people ran, jogged and walked the 5k course of their choice, at a location of their choice; 13 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Well done everyone.

First male finishers were Charlie Edwards in 17:30 and Mark Korinek in 19:53

First female finishers were Kathryn Frost in 22:47 and Laura Hawkins in 27:14

For those of us with an enquiring nature, the days when participants carried out their personal challenge……….

Monday 7, Tuesday 2, Wednesday 2, Thursday 7, Friday 4, Saturday 20 and Sunday 5. I guess Saturdays still have a special place in people’s hearts.

Black Park not parkrun complete event history can be found here:

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/blackpark/results/notparkrunhistory/

Do remember to let people know about not parkrun, it’s fun and may help those struggling with the current situation.

Not parkrun

The not parkrun initiative is an effort to help people retain the parkrun community spirit by retaining a weekly 5k event that we can each participate in at a time and place of our own choosing.

The rules for not parkrun are below but please do remember to follow government rules about social distancing with any participating colleagues or other members of the public.

What are (not)parkruns?

In the absence of parkrun events (not)parkrun is an opportunity for parkrunners to submit a 5k walk, jog, or run, on a route of your choosing, on a day and time of your choice, wherever you are in the world and following appropriate guidelines for physical activity wherever you’re based. You can record up to one activity per day, with your fastest time each week included in a weekly results table.

For more information on (not)parkrun and how to get involved, please visit our FAQs.

The columns

  • (End)Date - the last date of the week by which (not)parkruns are grouped
  • parkrunners - the number of unique participants who have recorded a (not)parkrun.
  • (not)parkruns - the total number of (not)parkruns recorded for the given time period.

Results can be sorted and searched using the filters at the top of the table.

 

Non-parkrun report…. Quiz!!!

As from Monday 23rd March Black Park is closed to ALL visitors (Langley and Denham parks also shut)

With the shutdown of parkrun what could you be doing on a Saturday at 9am? Well there is always the parkrun Quiz!!

The inaugural Great Big parkrun Quiz

With no parkrun due to the COVID-19 restrictions, there was a new experience for all of us.

The lovely Vassos Alexander hosted a quiz at 9am on the parkrun YouTube channel. Over 2,700 people were viewing the Europe and South Africa edition at 9am GMT (with Australia/New Zealand having gone 11 hours before and North America going 5 hours later).

The questions were difficult, but some of our Black Park parkrunners did rather well. The best scores that we have heard so far were all 8 out of 15 (with the top 10 in Europe/South Africa scoring 11 and 12). Some of the UK teams were so keen that they had even participated in the Antipodean version before bedtime and were planning to join the American version too!

Well done to Black Park parkrunners Richard GOWER, the JARDELLA family and the MITCHELL family. Neck and neck at the finish line this week.

And the good news is that you too can watch it back to join in the fun, and get online next Saturday morning for the Great Big parkrun Quiz #2. Just search for the ‘parkrun’ channel on YouTube and the Live broadcast should be the first item at that time.
JZ

Black Park

I managed a freedom run before the park closed completely last week. It was very quiet and calm and the parkrun course was deserted. It will be there when we get the chance to return.

ML

The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 15:09 on 10th March 2012 (event number 140).

The female record is held by Pippa WOOLVEN who recorded a time of 16:32 on 5th January 2019 (event number 502).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret MOODY who recorded 92.51% (22:15) on 5th April 2014 (event number 250).

Black Park parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 21,587 participants have completed 233,710 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,168,550 km, including 34,704 new Personal Bests. A total of 864 individuals have volunteered 11,300 times.

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