Santa run day!

Run # 447 – 23 December 2017 2017

Dry and unseasonably warm. However, it did mean that those areas of the course that had mud on the surface made it particularly ‘squelchy’ underfoot resulting in lots of Ergh!! shouts from competitors not used to cross country extremes! All good fun.

Report from the field

This week was a ‘come in your Christmas outfit’ event and runners certainly took this to heart.
In the nine years I’ve been taking part in these events, I don’t think I’ve seen so many Santas, elves and reindeer (dressed up as dogs) as took part today, fantastic!
Even our event photographer was in full Santa regalia!
Talking before the start to one participant who shall remain nameless (mainly due to the fact I forgot to ask her name), she told me this was the best event she attended over Christmas as it made her smile from start to finish, it keeps her fit and she didn’t feel pressurised to buy anything!!
To top it all, the sound system is working well and we all had the pleasure of hearing Dave’s dulcet tones reaching our ears. So that’s what he’s been saying for 9 years!

Just as a reminder of upcoming events

There is no run on Christmas Day at Black Park.
Events that are operating on Christmas Day include Northala Fields, Cassiobury, Maidenhead, Rickmansworth & Woodley. For up-to-date details of which events are running please check out the parkrun Christmas Compendium

There is no parkrun on Boxing Day, however there is the Pinewood Trails 5k at 9:30, running a different 5k route through Black Park. Online entries are already open.

We will be running as usual on Saturday 30th December at 9am.

Achievements this week
50 club – Michael Day
100 club – Melanie Louise Ratcliffe

This week 523 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Sue BREE • Arjun BABHANIA • Chris ZAREMBA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • David COOMBS • Liz LEE • David MCSHANE • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Nigel FARNFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • Ben ROBINSON • James ROBINSON • Jo SHEPHERD • Alexandra MARTIN • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI
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 17:07 on 28th June 2014 (event number 262).
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 15,316 participants have completed 160,366 parkruns covering a total distance of 801,830 km, including 26,137 new Personal Bests.