So here it is…Merry Christmas

Run # 499 – 22nd December 2018

So here it is…Merry Christmas

Everybody’s having fun… tell me who hasn’t got Slade on their mind!

A very mild and dry December day ensured everyone was in fine fettle for our 499th Parkrun. We even had what I thought was some sun but I was reminded that it was more likely to have been a shining star guiding our way!

It was a great turnout for Black Park’s pre-Christmas event and a large number of participants had decided to grace us with their Christmas outfits!

We had elves, fairies, shepherds, jangling bells, a reindeer plus several stars to adorn the route.

Best of all, Mary (yes, she really is Mary), Joseph and the baby Jesus participated. Due to local parking difficulties, they had to leave their Wonkey Donkey (one for the children) at the stables. More importantly, despite being carried for 5km, the young baby looked as happy and contented at the finish as he did at the start, surely a testament to Mary’s mothering skills!

Just to cap things off, the real Santa Claus (Oh yes he is!!) was on hand at the finish to give out mince pies to the participants.

Here’s hoping everyone enjoyed the festivities.

A few of things to note……..

There is no Parkrun on Christmas Day at Black Park. The closest alternatives are Rickmansworth, Northala Fields, Maidenhead  and Cassiobury who are all starting at 9am.

Full details of which events are running can be found in the parkrun Christmas Compendium.

On Boxing Day the team that brings you the Black Park parkrun every week are organising the Pinewood Trails 5k in Black Park. This is a completely different route to parkrun, taking you into parts of the park you usually won't see. Enter online by the 24th for a very reasonable £4 affiliated/£6 unaffiliated, or on-the-day entry is available at a £2 surcharge. Start is at 10am. Money from this event will help support Black Park parkrun.

December 29th will be parkrun number 500 at Black Park, and that sounds like a good excuse to have a bit of a celebration. And by that I mean CAKE! So please put on your best Bake-Off apron and let your imagination run riot. We don't even mind soggy bottoms.

And because the colour of the parkrun 500 shirt is blue we'd also like you to wear blue on the day!

The following fantastic runners achieved milestones this Saturday:

10 – Leo Marchant, Luke Woolley, Louis Cowan and Amy Wells

50 – Andy Williams, Hayet Bouguerra, Natalie Corney and Mark Timson

Also a mention to Dianne Cooper for reaching a 200 runs and John Rickman for reaching 300 runs!

Well done everyone.

This week 619 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Andy TORRANCE • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Ian SMALES • Carol COOMBS • Nick ARCHER • Amar BABHANIA • Sophie GREATOREX • Charlotte PEDRICK • Chloe BREAGAN • Raymond John HOYLE • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Paula KELLY • Sam LOWE • Des MERRIGAN • Martin STEWART • Linda HOPE • Marie KOUHI • Isabella AMITRANO • Callum PATERSON

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 17,962 participants have completed 191,115 parkruns covering a total distance of 955,575 km, including 29,890 new Personal Bests. A total of 736 individuals have volunteered 8,961 times.