Perfect running conditions

Run # 573 – 18th September 2021

Perfect running conditions

It was our ninth event since parkrun restarted and our 429 participants had pretty much perfect running conditions, slightly fresh but with sun greeting us towards the finish……it’s great to be back!

We had two participants with over 80% age grade today, Adrian Huntley and Liz Lee, well done to you both!

A few additional stats for those who like detail:

The average age of participants this week is 47

The age range with the highest number of participants for both males and females is 55-59

We had 20 people who had never run parkrun before and 31 who had never participated at Black Park before. To those just starting their parkrun adventure, I’m sure Barbara Allen, who completed her 605th run today, will say the time flies by! We hope you all enjoyed it and will be back for more.

I know I keep mentioning it but with the changes required to restart our beloved parkrun, we are always in need of additional volunteers. They are the backbone of our event and without them we couldn’t continue with them. You can see the event's future volunteer roster via the future roster page. To get in touch directly, just send an email to blackpark@parkrun.com

Black Park parkrun photographs can be found at:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/black-park-parkrun/pool/

The following participants achieved amazing milestones this Saturday:

10 – Rory Walsh

50 – Jaimeet Jassal, Graeme Wellard

100 – Margaret Jones

Also of note is Antony Smith with 400 runs.

This week 429 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • Dirk VENNIX • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Andy TORRANCE • Roderick HOFFMAN • Peter TOUGH • Chloe BREAGAN • Tristan WONG • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Nigel WRIGHT • Ken PHILLIPS • Richard GOBLE • Janett BAKER • Joe HARVEY • Martin STEWART • April PATMORE • Elinor CASEY • Marie KOUHI • Surkhab LIDHAR • Allan SOMERVILLE • George SUMMERVILLE

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 21,962 participants have completed 237,360 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,186,800 km, including 35,172 new Personal Bests. A total of 876 individuals have volunteered 11,537 times.

 

11th of the 9th … or 9/11 parkrun

Black Park parkrun #572 11th September 2021

An auspicious day for parkrun but Black Park was a welcome sight on Saturday or for many of us parkrunday as it is known!

We had 428 who took part running, jogging, walking or trotting on 2 or four legs. 8 were doing parkrun for the very first time and 20 were visitors from other parkruns... so 400 regulars!

Milestones:

100: Karen Cobb

50: Alison Thorpe, Sharon Spellman

10: Ella Davey

V25: Jessica Collins

There were many who will now have to find a new local parkrun as they return or go to University. Have fun everyone and remember Black Park is waiting for you ... and over Christmas Holiday it is normally boggy and wet so extra fun!

Well done to all our volunteers this week in pink. If you want to help make the magic happen please email: blackpark@parkrun.com

John Pennifold was our photographer/drone pilot this week see the pictures at:

https://www.flickr.com/.../10431.../albums/72157719819648627

Or on the Black Park parkrun Facebook page!

This week 428 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • Dirk VENNIX • Mark LUCAS • Andy TORRANCE • Sue BREE • Diane KENDALL • Raymond John HOYLE • Nigel FARNFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Nigel WRIGHT • Phaedra CASEY • Richard GOBLE • Richard BAMBER • Joe HARVEY • Sam PHILLIPS • Holly PHILLIPS • Harry PATMORE • Elinor CASEY • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Surkhab LIDHAR • Allan SOMERVILLE • George SUMMERVILLE

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 21,911 participants have completed 236,931 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,184,655 km, including 35,113 new Personal Bests. A total of 874 individuals have volunteered 11,513 times.

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As Autumn begins…

444 people ran, jogged and walked the course, the highest turnout since Parkrun returned. As September begins, we saw 33 first timers, 52 new Personal Bests and 36 representatives of different clubs take part. As a quick reminder to our participants, please be cautious when taking dogs on the course with you; we ask that you keep them on a non-extended lead, close to you. We would like to avoid a game of chase with a herd of runners. 

This week, we also saw an incredible age grade result from Fiona Kennedy of 91.94%, the 3rd person ever to score over 90% on the Black Park course, with a time of 21:43. Some may know Fiona as she has been the race director for the Langley Park summer series in the past, and has been run director at Northala Fields Parkrun, not too far from Black Park. This is a remarkable result, congratulations to Fiona for making Parkrun history this week! 

Additonally, we had a few milestones this week-a massive well done to everyone!

10 Club:Aidan SULEYMAN, Archie FOWKES, Nia BROWN, Reem CHOUDHRY

50 Club: Brian LLOYD. Nikki O'HALLORAN, Phaedra CASEY, Sarbjeet DHILLON

100 Club: Susannah CLEARY

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • Dirk VENNIX • David PRIDDY • Andy TORRANCE • Steve BREAGAN • John PENNIFOLD • Chloe BREAGAN • Raymond John HOYLE • Suzy GAULTON • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Louise WELSFORD • Paul SILVESTER • Richard GOBLE • Joe HARVEY • Lotte VISSER • Angela BRYDGES • Sam PHILLIPS • Holly PHILLIPS • Elinor CASEY • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Surkhab LIDHAR • Allan SOMERVILLE • George SUMMERVILLE

As always, we would love to see more volunteers, so please email blackpark@parkrun.com if this interests you. 

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 21,883 participants have completed 236,503 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,182,515 km, including 35,056 new Personal Bests. A total of 874 individuals have volunteered 11,489 times.

Have a brilliant week!

CB

 

 

Last of the Summer Parkruns

It was a beautiful sunny morning at Black Park, a nice contrast to some of the poor weather we had been experiencing, a lovely end to the summer season! As September approaches, like myself, many will be going back to school in the coming weeks, perhaps moving up to secondary school or even university (there may be a parkrun nearby!). Some may be moving up to higher year groups, where you may start the Duke of Edinburgh scheme-we always need volunteers, and it's a fantastic choice to gain confidence and new skills. Even if you are not doing the scheme, you can email blackpark@parkrun.com to get involved, we would love to have you with us! The volunteers have always been the most essential part of parkrun, helping the event to run (excuse the pun) smoothly, and we couldn’t do it without them.

There were some more incredible milestones this week-congratulations to all of them!
10 club: Arjan DHILLON, Charlie QUANTRIL
50 club: Jason BANNISTER, Sue BLACKSTOCK
100 club: John PALMER, Michael DUNNE, Tim KARBANI

At this week's event, 433 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers (we hope to see you again, remember to register!) and 80 recorded new Personal Bests (well done!). Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

We had 24 volunteers at yesterday’s event; a massive thank you to:

Barbara ALLEN • Dirk VENNIX • David PRIDDY • Mary LORD • Andy TORRANCE • Carol COOMBS • Peter TOUGH • Chloe BREAGAN • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Nigel WRIGHT • Sharon BUNBY • Richard GOBLE • Angela BRYDGES • Sam PHILLIPS • Holly PHILLIPS • Vicky HART • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Surkhab LIDHAR • Allan SOMERVILLE • Joanne O'RIORDAN • Karen COUTTS

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 21,849 participants have completed 236,059 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,180,295 km, including 35,004 new Personal Bests. A total of 874 individuals have volunteered 11,464 times.

Have a great weekend, and good luck if you are returning to school!

CB

 

 

Event 569

Congratulations to all 422 who ran, jogged and walked the course this week.  The rain held off just long enough to see everyone over the line, although conditions were a touch humid to be called perfect running weather.  This week 52 runners recorded personal bests, so well done to all of you and 38 were first timers including our first finisher (who will hopefully now register so next time he can appear in the results!).

Congratulations to our only milestone runner this week; Aidan Taheny from Boyle Athletic Club; it was Aidan’s first parkrun at Black Park, having completed most of his runs at Lough Key parkrun.  Thank you for choosing to run your milestone with us, we hope you enjoyed our beautiful course. 

 

A huge thank you to our heroes in high-vis:

David PRIDDY • Andy TORRANCE • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Sue BREE • Bob STANBROOK • Amar BABHANIA • John PENNIFOLD • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Nigel WRIGHT • Richard GOBLE • Des MERRIGAN • Richard BAMBER • Angela BRYDGES • Sam PHILLIPS • Holly PHILLIPS • Vicky HART • Harry PATMORE • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Allan SOMERVILLE

 

Milestone Runs

This week the following people reached milestone runs:

100 Club – Aidan TAHENY

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

 

Male placings:

An Unknown was first over the line (so no time is available)

David PEARSON (SM20-24) of Oxford University Triathlon Club was second over the line in 18:11

Christopher OWEN (VM40-44) (unattached) was third over the line with a PB in 18:12

 

Female placings:

Liz LEE (VW50-54) (unattached) was first (23rd overall) over the line in 21:09

Isabelle RAYNER  (SW20-24) of Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC was second (25th overall) over the line in 21:13

Fiona TIDESWELL (VW45-49) of Haverhill RC was third 29th overall) over the line in 21:37

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Liz LEE (VW50-54) (unattached) – 80.22% for the time 21:09 (23rd overall)

Fiona HARRINGTON (VW65-69) (unattached) – 78.31% for the time 26:17 (125th overall)

Tracey MCDONALD (VW55-59) of Hillingdon Athletics – 76.75% for the time 24:35 (77th 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).

 

Our stats

Black Park parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 21,801 participants have completed 235,626 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,178,130 km, including 34,924 new Personal Bests. A total of 872 individuals have volunteered 11,440 times.

 

Welcome Back Scotland!

Saturday 14th August -  Black Park parkrun  No.568

Scotland: This Saturday (14 August) we are delighted to be welcoming back 5k parkrun events across mainland Scotland, and with this, from Sunday (15 August), 11-14 year olds will once again be able to record a walk, jog or run at junior parkrun events.

Currently more than 90% of events in Scotland have landowner permission to return.

Wales: It’s now only one week to go until 5k parkruns in Wales return, with many Saturday-morning events reopening from 21 August.

Landowner permissions continue to come in, there is a green light at over two-thirds of locations, and whilst it may not be able to restart all Welsh parkrun events a week on Saturday the remainder won’t be far behind.

Northern Ireland: The large majority of both 5k and junior parkrun events are now operating across Northern Ireland

England: More than 500 5K parkruns have now resumed across England, and 11-14 year olds are once again logging walks, jogs and runs at over 200 junior parkruns.

However if thinking of doing a parkrun while on holiday or setting off for a new event:

There are still a small number of events without confirmed return dates

With this in mind, please do check local event web pages, and social media, before attending any parkrun event.

Black Park went ahead at 9:00am on Saturday with good running conditions and after last weeks deluge - NO RAIN!

Milestones:

10 Club: William MAYHE

50 Club: Alex OLD; Jayne BROOKS; Michael PATERNOSTER

100 Club: Emily JARDELLA; James WINTER

250 Club: Zena PHILLIP

600th parkrun: Barbara ALLEN (!)

This week 404 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers in Pink:

Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Andy TORRANCE • Margaret MARDALL • David COOMBS • Nick ARCHER • Eliseo RIVAS NEIRA • Joanna MORIARTY • Raymond John HOYLE • Roderick PATON • Nigel FARNFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • Mark MOORE • Marianne HUGHES • Nigel WRIGHT • Darshan KENT • Richard GOBLE • Janett BAKER • Kathryn FROST • Sam PHILLIPS • Harry PATMORE • Elinor CASEY • Marie KOUHI • Surkhab LIDHAR • Allan SOMERVILLE • Thomas BAKER • George SUMMERVILLE

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 21,763 participants have completed 235,204 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,176,020 km, including 34,871 new Personal Bests. A total of 872 individuals have volunteered 11,418 times.

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Anyone spot the rain?

Run # 567 – 07th August 2021

Anyone spot the rain?

It was our third event since parkrun restarted which saw 380 souls run, walk, paddle, skip, splash and swim around Black Park. Yes, it was wet……very wet, with lots of running water throughout the course. What everyone thought would be a passing shower turned into a continuous downpour. But were we disheartened…..Never! We were back again at BP and loving the return.

One interesting aspect of a very wet run is whether you dress up for the conditions in a waterproof jacket and cap or throw caution to the wind, take a deep breath and stride out in vest or t shirt. I confess to being one of the former though I was still soaked by the end.

A few stats for those who like detail:

The average age of participants is 45

The age range with the highest number of participants for both males and females is 50-59

Just to mention, with the changes required to restart our beloved parkrun, we are always in need of additional volunteers. They are the backbone of our event and without them we couldn’t continue with them. You can see the event's future volunteer roster via the future roster page. To get in touch directly, just send an email to blackpark@parkrun.com

Logathas Velayuthapillai was today’s photographer, his event photos can be found here when uploaded.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/black-park-parkrun/pool/

The following participants achieved amazing milestones this Saturday:

50 – Emma Kennedy, Lindsey Blake and Nish Chugh

250 – Frances Alcock

Also of note are Linda Somerville and Michael Harper who reached 200 runs.

This week 380 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

David PRIDDY • Glyn WATKINS • Andy TORRANCE • Diane KENDALL • Nick ARCHER • Dominic HOLLERON • Denise NISBET • Karen ALOE • Amar BABHANIA • Charlotte PEDRICK • Raymond John HOYLE • Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI • Audrey PARSONS • Mark MOORE • Nithila LOGATHAS • Nivitha LOGATHAS • Marianne HUGHES • Shona LOWE • Phaedra CASEY • Richard GOBLE • Richard BAMBER • Sam PHILLIPS • Holly PHILLIPS • Elinor CASEY • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Hannah KRULL • Surkhab LIDHAR • Des THOMAS • George SUMMERVILLE

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 21,705 participants have completed 234,800 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,174,000 km, including 34,816 new Personal Bests. A total of 871 individuals have volunteered 11,391 times.

 

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

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