Congratulations to all of the 374 people who ran, jogged and walked the course this week; you have all taken part in a Parkrun first. Since it began in 2004, the 29th of February has never fallen on a Saturday, so this was the first ever ‘leap run’!
Compared to recent events, turnout was quite a bit lower, no doubt thanks to the very wet weather! But despite weather more suited to ducks, 24 brave folks recorded their first ever run at Black Park and discovered a well-kept secret; it rarely ever rains at 9am on a Saturday. Sure enough this week was no exception, the rain cleared just in time to make conditions for the run actually rather nice (if a little muddy).
This week 4 runners celebrated their entrance to the coveted milestone clubs. Carol Coombs recorded her 400th Parkrun; 394 of those runs were completed at Black Park, so that’s 1,970 KM of the 4,000 KM that make up 400 runs! Mairi and Anthony Vodden crossed the finish line together, both completing their 100th Parkrun. They celebrated with the obligatory cake and I can personally confirm it was very tasty. And finally, Oliver Watson earned his first milestone t-shirt with 10 Parkruns under his belt. Congratulations to you all.
A special mention to Zippy Grice from Portsmouth Triathletes, the second male over the line this week who recorded a new PB.
Now for a couple of ‘leap’ stats; the 29th person over the line was Weeraphon Thongchumsaend (with a new PB too! Congratulations). And very satisfyingly, on the 29th day of the 2nd month, Sally Vigurs came over the line in 29:02
Now for a friendly reminder; could all runners please double check that their shoelaces are securely fastened before the start. Runners are reporting a fair few people running with shoelaces that have come undone, and as the Black Park course covers lots of stony paths it’s very unforgiving of runners who face plant the ground. So please, save your faces and tie your laces!
Finally, next Saturday Parkrun is participating in International Women’s day. Statistics show that women are more likely to worry about taking part, so Parkrun would love everyone to encourage female friends and relatives to come along and run/walk their first Parkrun. To celebrate women’s participation in the voting process, purple (the colour of the suffragettes) has been chosen as the colour to wear.
A huge thank you to our heroes in high-vis:
Barbara ALLEN • Dirk VENNIX • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Paula WALKER • Stuart R EVANS • Ian SMALES • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Stephen R MITCHELL • Diane KENDALL • Amar BABHANIA • Chloe BREAGAN • Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI • Suzy GAULTON • Adam HORSFIELD • Steve HORSFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Alice COBURN • Des MERRIGAN • Joe HARVEY • Sam PHILLIPS • Holly PHILLIPS • Vicky HART • Karen DAVIES • Alan HAYES • Martyn SMITH • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Nathan ILES • Harry GOWER • Sumayah SIDDIQI
This week the following people reached milestone runs:
10 Club – Oliver WATSON
50 Club – Kalpana THANVI
100 Club – Mairi VODDEN, Anthony Vodden
Congratulations to all those that joined a new milestone this week.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Black Park parkrun Results Page.
Andrew PENFOLD (VM45-49) of Farnham Common Joggers and Wheelers was first over the line in 17:30
Zippy GRICE (VM45-49) of Portsmouth Triathletes was second over the line in 18:32
Charlie EDWARDS (SM20-24) of Hillingdon AC was third over the line in 18:41
Joanna EDWARDS (VW50-54) (unattached) was first (39th overall) over the line in 23:24
Kathryn FROST (VW50-54) (unattached) was second (42nd overall) over the line in 23:4
Maanya KUMAR (JW11-14) (unattached) was third 55th overall) over the line in 24:34
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Kevin MCDONALD (VM55-59) of Hillingdon AC – 81.47% for the time 19:31 (5th overall)
Andrew PENFOLD (VM45-49) Farnham Common Joggers and Wheelers – 81.05% for the time 17:30 (1st overall)
Zippy GRICE (VM45-49) of Portsmouth Triathletes – 78.96% for the time 18:32 (2nd overall)
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 21,482 participants have completed 232,435 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,162,175 km, including 34,551 new Personal Bests. A total of 859 individuals have volunteered 11,210 times.