#IWDparkrun, pacer day for PB’s a plenty and a special birthday

parkrun #563 – 7th March 2020

Black Park was one of the parkruns across the world celebrating women’s participation as a part of International Women’s Day. Loads of people had turned up wearing purple in recognition of this and the request to ‘bring a woman!’ had gone out – in recognition of the parkrun research that shows more girls and women sign up but then worry about what is involved and struggle to overcome these concerns to get along to their first run. There was a brilliant vibe and as Run Director it was wonderful to see over 330 women all doing 5K their way and loving it (and thanks to the men for their support and kindness – it really does make a difference!)

It was also pacer day and Joe’s flying pacer squad were there covering every minute from 23 minute through to 40 minutes in their stylish blue pacer tabards. Their encouragement and support led to an incredible 99 PBs! Well done to everyone and thank you to the pacers.

It was also a very special day because it was the 80th birthday of regular runner Anne LEIGH, and her son Mike (25 minute pacer) and all of her friends had made sure that the day was marked in style. Do have a look at the lovely video from Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI posted on the Black Park parkrun Facebook page to see the celebrations, plus the inspiration that Anne brings to everyone around her.

This week 730 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part, with all of the local clubs represented and also people from Clubs farther afield: Cleethorpes & District AC, Brighton Outdoor Fitness and Manchester YMCA Harriers Club.

The things that people are chatting about

It was a great day and people were buzzing – whether it was Anne’s birthday cake, celebrating PBss, International Women’s Day or congratulating the MITCHELL family with Stephen completing his 250th parkrun with all of his family (including his elder daughter who had left home at 6am to travel by public transport to get here to mark Dad’s special moment).

The thing about parkrun is that it is just as much about the coffee and the chat afterwards (with friends old and new) as it is about the 5K itself. A couple of things that came up in conversation were:

1) Contributing to ‘parkrun Forever’

Parkrun has now registered as a charity in order to support the work of staying weekly, timed and free forever whilst also growing across the world and getting more people in every community involved. If you wanted to directly support this work, you can make a monthly donation via ‘parkrun forever and you even get entered into a free monthly draw for parkrun prizes!

You can read more about it here: https://parkrunforever.com/about/

2) Representing your country at the 5K distance in the Vitality World Cup – for free!

This challenge is an online challenge and TeamUK is captained by Jess Ennis-Hill, so some of our parkrunners are putting in the miles in pursuit of glory!

You can read more about it and register here if you want to: https://runningworldcup.com/?ref=puouhn

Congratulations:

Well done to our new members to the parkrun milestone clubs this week:

50 Run Club – Emily CROFT, Guy LONG, John GILPIN, Lorraine MC NULTY

250 Run Club – Stephen MITCHELL

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 64 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Glyn WATKINS • Jenny ZAREMBA • Mary LORD • Andy TORRANCE • Steve BREAGAN • Vince ELLERBY • Paula WALKER • Jennie JUPP • Catherine STAUNTON • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Stephen MCALISTER • Sheila O'NEILL • Antony SMITH • Mike LEIGH • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Martin JOSTEN • Bob STANBROOK • Carol COOMBS • Amar BABHANIA • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Joanna MORIARTY • Joanne HARRISON • Chloe BREAGAN • Raymond John HOYLE • Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI • Suzy GAULTON • Adam HORSFIELD • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • Nigel FARNFIELD • Josephine FARNFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • Hilary GAUNA • Mark MOORE • Nivitha LOGATHAS • Marianne HUGHES • Toby ROBINSON • Daniel MOORE • Tony CLISH • Susannah CLEARY • Sharon BUNBY • Richard GOBLE • Sarah CUTHBERT • Harvey O'HALLRON-DONALDSON • Thomas HAYWOOD • Fred CLEMENT • Martin STEWART • Sam PHILLIPS • Vicky HART • Antonia GARCIA • Elinor CASEY • Claire BLAZQUEZ • Marie KOUHI • Nathan ILES • Harry GOWER • Julia HILL • Surkhab LIDHAR

The full results can be seen on the Black Park results page: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/blackpark/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=563

And the wonderful #IWDparkrun photos with all of the birthday celebrations and pacer fun, plus your individual experience can be seen on the Flickr link:

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

Achievements this week:

There was some very impressive running at the front of the field, with two of the top three finishers recording PBs – including first finisher Andrew HUMPHREY (SM25-29) of Burnham Joggers in a speedy 17:40 and Bob FURNELL (SM30-34) in 18:08. Also a big shout-out to Cookham Running Club, as seven of their members all recorded PBs.

Here are the age graded results that deserved a huge cheer (age grading is a scoring vs the best time for that age and gender over 5K):

  • Kevin McDONALD (VM55-59) of Hillingdon AC with 83.5%
  • Pete JEWELL (VM55-59) of Reading Roadrunners with 81.3%
  • Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) with 78.1%
  • Helen POOL (VW45-49) of Reading Roadrunners with 77.6%
  • Fergal DONNELLY (VM45-49) of Reading Roadrunners with 77.3%

Although the amazing Margaret Moody still holds the course record of 92.5% set back in April 2014.

And finally…

If you would like to tell a little of your personal story, please do email parkrunstories@yahoo.com and we will hopefully catch up with you at Black Park and feature your story.

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).

 

Wind and rain won’t stop us

Black Park parkrun
Event number 561
22nd February 2020

Despite the recent bad weather, our hardy Black Park parkrunners were not put off and we had another great event. The wind was howling at 6am on Saturday but by 9am it was less windy, dry and good weather for a February run. The park itself had suffered a bit over the past few weeks from the wind and rain with twigs and small branches scattered all over the paths. Thankfully, it didn’t impede our runners and everyone finished safely.

This week 710 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers, thanks to them as we couldn’t put on the event each week without them:

David PRIDDY • Andy TORRANCE • Paula WALKER • Ian SMALES • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Carolyn FRYER • Denise NISBET • Karen ALOE • Peter TOUGH • Raymond John HOYLE • Liz MACARTNEY • Denis KERBY • Audrey PARSONS • Richard ELLIOTT • Marianne HUGHES • Shona LOWE • Nigel WRIGHT • Des MERRIGAN • Thomas HAYWOOD • Fred CLEMENT • Martin STEWART • Sam PHILLIPS • Linda HOPE • Jose Ramon POLO LOPEZ • Marie KOUHI • Emma FRYER • Surkhab LIDHAR • Sue DAVIE • Thomas EARLEY

The following people achieved milestone runs this week:

10 Club

Alicia BUSHELL, Darcey WHITE, Grace MINTER, Noah HOMER

50 Club

Alex COCKCROFT, Tansie DAVIES, Whitfield BRYAN

100 Club

Kim REES

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 21,458 participants have completed 232,061 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,160,305 km, including 34,516 new Personal Bests. A total of 856 individuals have volunteered 11,176 times.

 

Before Ciara visited Black Park

Black Park parkrun Event number 559

All was calm for parkrun on the Saturday 8th, but the next day Ciara was due to visit... we were all pre-warned! Still the weather for Saturday was benign and not too muddy underfoot.
Visiting on Wednesday I thought I would take some pictures:

Fallen Trees

Fallen Trees

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Some trees have fallen and I guess the park rangers are out cleaning up the park for us all to return on Saturday. We will then enjoy running along the avenue of dreams:

Avenue of Dreams

Avenue of Dreams


I caught the last 3 minutes of a Harry Potter film this week and lo and behold the cast were all walking along this path! (Order of the Pheonix for the HP fans out there). There have been many films that were shot along this section of our parkrun: Captain America, Avengers Assemble, Death Of Stalin, Snow White and the Huntsman, Bond: Quantum of Solace, Harry Potter and of course Star Wars where it was Endor, with Ewoks beating up the Empire forces. Not to mention many TV shows - Christmas Carol, Prime Suspect ..... the list is huge! I always enjoy spotting Black park on the screen!

Milestones:

10 Club: Eleanor SMITH, Paige ROBINSON
50 Club Sandra GLADWIN, Simon WALL
100 Club: Jenna WOOD, Marianne HUGHES, Toby SHELDON

This week 766 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 93 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 Hi-Viz heroes:
Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Ian SMALES • Wim NUYTS • Tarsem BAINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • David COOMBS • Denise NISBET • Karen SPROD • Raymond John HOYLE • Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI • Suzy GAULTON • Sharron LEWIN • Adam HORSFIELD • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Pat LEWIN • Nivitha LOGATHAS • Marianne HUGHES • Richard GOBLE • Joe HARVEY • Lotte VISSER • Martin STEWART • Sam PHILLIPS • Richard PIERCY • John PUSEY • Mary MILES • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Nathan ILES • Surkhab LIDHAR • Alison THORPE • Sumayah SIDDIQI

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 21,372 participants have completed 230,779 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,153,895 km, including 34,382 new Personal Bests. A total of 851 individuals have volunteered 11,116 times.

ML

 

Bigger… Better… and more humongous… it’s a Black Park thing!

Black Park parkrun Event number 556 - 18th January 2020

WOW!!! 888 completed the course - can we break 1000? So a new record number for Black Park... but what UK parkruns had more?

Biggest UK parkruns: Bushy Park (1620), Southampton (1612), Milton Keynes (1240), Clapham Common (1218), Heaton Park (1112), Poole (1050), Cannon Hill (996), Coventry (976), Chelmsford Central (955), Cardiff (940)

However 116 parkruns were cancelled - mostly due to flooding, waterlogged and /or icy courses. Although a bit of mud at Black Park is pretty normal for winter :) I try to go through as many puddles as possible and try not to splash too many others as I go - normally getting a bit wet, but it does clean the shoes!

So with so many running I have to add a comment on the slight upwards flat section at 4K... it really isn't a hill just:

Incline of opportunity

The part where if you push onward you will be rewarded with a good time... or get a stitch for your efforts!

See you all next weekend in BP for parkrunday!

Milestones for this week

10 Club: Albie Stewart, Alan Somerville, Emily Shuttle

50 Club: Emily Wood, Jackie Batten

100 Club: Gemma Hughes, Shona Lowe (at last!)

This week 888 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 84 were first timers and 86 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 45 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 Hi-Viz heroes:

Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Philip YORK • Sarah QUANTRILL • Andy TORRANCE • Steve BREAGAN • Vince ELLERBY • Sue BREE • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Amar BABHANIA • Chloe BREAGAN • Raymond John HOYLE • Ellie BEES • Adam HORSFIELD • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Paula KELLY • Darshan KENT • Richard GOBLE • Fred CLEMENT • Alice SILVEY • Lotte VISSER • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Elinor CASEY • Caroline PARRY • Prabhjot LIDHAR • Surkhab LIDHAR • Sumayah SIDDIQI

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 21,184 participants have completed 228,409 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,142,045 km, including 34,071 new Personal Bests. A total of 848 individuals have volunteered 10,989 times.

Mark Lucas - Who has now done 301 parkruns! :)

 

We Did It-Again!

This week, a record-breaking 862 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 86 were first timers.69 recorded new PBs-congratulations!. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.

Last week we had set a record of 845 runners-to say the funnel was busy is an understatement. But this week, we seem to have outdone ourselves! From what started on the 18th July 2009 as a group of less than 100 runners, we can see how Parkrun has developed and become a weekly habit, a guilty pleasure or a starting point for a lot of people-862 people to be precise (thats 862 pairs of feet pounding through a park at 9am)! Well done to everyone for making a new record possible, and to all first timers-welcome to your first of many!

Here are this week’s hi-vis heroes who helped us to achieve this record (if you are interested in volunteering please get in touch via the website-we would love to have you!):

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Ian SMALES • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Carol COOMBS • Amar BABHANIA • Peter TOUGH • Chloe BREAGAN • Raymond John HOYLE • Adam HORSFIELD • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Jo WARNOCK-HORN • Paula KELLY • Sarah JOHNSON • Darshan KENT • Richard GOBLE • Joe HARVEY • Fred CLEMENT • Alice SILVEY • Lotte VISSER • Mollie JARDELLA • Martin STEWART • Richard PIERCY • Elinor CASEY • Caroline PARRY • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Nathan ILES • Surkhab LIDHAR • Alison THORPE • Sumayah SIDDIQI

Well done to those who have achieved milestones this week:

10-Jonah Franklin

50-Darrell Bressington, Parneet Lidhar

100-Clara Wetton, Frances Jardella, Sarah Munn

250-Dianne Cooper,Jon Kew

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 21,100 participants have completed 227,521 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,137,605 km, including 33,984 new Personal Bests. A total of 847 individuals have volunteered 10,958 times.

Chloe Breagan

 

 

NYD – The Day With Two parkruns

01 January 2020 - NYD Double Event

HAPPY NEW YEAR PARKRUNNERS! What a smashing morning it turned out to be today. The weather was on it’s best behaviour too, 4’c and cloudy, very favourable conditions for a run around a park (or two!) on the first morning of 2020.

Let’s admit that it’s all too easy to stay in bed and sleep off last night’s partying, over-eating and way too much drinking, but that wasn’t the case for HUNDREDS of you deciding instead to kickstart 2020 with a parkrun attending Black Park and/or Upton Court parkrun events this morning. What better way to get the new year started.

Both parkrun event teams are all too familiar now with the crowds of parkrun enthusiasts that they attract on NYD, Black Park hosted it’s 10th NYD event attracting 669 parkrunners and Upton Court hosted it’s 7th NYD event attracting 388 parkrunners. Ofcourse, this is only possible with the tremendous help of the volunteer teams at both events, our hi-vis heroes make it possible to hold an extra event this week and we are grateful to them for giving up their time so we can run.

The Run Director’s at both events had celebrations of their own too, as if managing the biggest event of the year was not enough… David Priddy was celebrating 500 volunteers today and Alison Brownhill was celebrating her birthday! We hope you’ve had an unforgettable day and your hard work at both events was appreciated.

Both event teams have been gearing up for many weeks for today’s events calling in extra volunteers in anticipation of the crowds. Neither event disappointed, with wide welcoming smiles, happy new year greetings in abundance, it was quite a party at both start lines! There was a very special vibe today, there must be something in the 2020 air!

A thumbs up to the event teams for enabling parkrun enthusiasts to achieve a NYD “Double” challenge again this year. The NYD Double challenge is when you can run two parkruns on one New Year’s Day and it will count as two separate events on your parkrun profile. It is the only day in the year this is possible to do. Many of you joined in on this too, Black Park had a start time of 09:00am and Upton Court started at 10.30am.

On the way to Black Park this morning along the A412/Uxbridge Road at exactly 8.27am I spotted 6 parkrunners on their way to Black Park on foot! And then after the Black Park event was done, on the way to Upton Court at exactly 10.06am I counted 23 parkrunners on their way for the double… on foot! Ofcourse this was just one mode of transport between the two events and let’s give a massive cheer to these guys (and girls) for going hardcore, certainly inspiring and maybe a challenge for others at the next year’s NYD?! Other modes of transport involved car journeys of around 12 minutes (lifts and car sharing were mentioned) and cycling between the two events with a journey time of approximately 20 minutes.

The beauty of both…

One thing’s for sure, those doing the double at Black Park and Upton Court today certainly got an all-round workout. Both events offer variety and beauty in their unique way. Black Park offers a single lap course amongst scenic woodland, sheltered by the towering pine forest on compacted gravel paths vs Upton Court boasting a two lap course of playing fields, stunning views of Windsor Castle, lots of grass and mud! Ah yes, the mud… about that… I’m so glad Upton Court was the later parkrun this morning, with some of it’s course resembling a tough mudder challenge, this was definitely the finish on a high!

At Upton Court, we welcomed parkrunners who were doing the double but came from other events slightly further afield including Bracknell parkrun and Dinton Pastures parkrun. Thank you for choosing us for your double event today and we loved having you.

A very special thanks to members of the Black Park events team that made it over to Upton Court after the Black Park event finished to take part and support us too. David Priddy, Run Director at Black Park swapped his clipboard for a camera at Upton Court, capturing runners down the concrete path with just 1K left to go! Jenny Zaremba, today’s Run Report Writer for Black Park joined in by running at both events.

Welcome first timers…

New Year resolutions might account for the 15 first timers at Black Park and 6 first timers at Upton Court who made their first ever parkrun this morning. Hopefully you enjoyed your first experience of a parkrun and will be back again soon, how about this coming Saturday 4th January? All the best with your parkrun journey, one thing is for sure, once you start, you will not stop and your Saturday morning’s will never be the same again.

Something to think about…

During the run briefing at Black Park this morning there was a message for anyone thinking of making running part of their new year’s resolution. You’re encouraged to join a local running club, no matter your level of fitness, running clubs are inclusive, friendly and a support network for sharing your running goals. Why not give it a go? There are many local running clubs in the area, you’re really spoilt for choice. Maybe have a chat with the event teams or with runners from local clubs for more information at the next Parkrun.

Black Park highlights

  • 15 ran at parkrun for the very first time
  • 127 visitors were welcomed
  • 65 achieved a PB result

Upton Court highlights

  • 6 ran at parkrun for the very first time
  • 131 visitors were welcomed
  • 30 achieved a PB result

Let’s start as we mean to go on… here’s wishing everyone’s new year gets off to a flying start and all the best for your resolutions and goals for the year ahead.

Ja Hansra

 

Extra Brownie Points!

parkrun #548 – 30th November 2019

It felt like those who braved the cold fog this morning deserved extra Brownie points! There was nervous laughter when Nigel (the Run Director) said that he had a very long set of announcements that would keep everyone standing in the cold – but luckily that proved to be a joke! And the morning did warm up as time went on, and made the views at Black Park very dramatic. One visitor commented on the beauty of the avenue of trees just before the 4km marker - probably one of the signature views of Black Park parkrun.

This week 506 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part, including lots from our local running and triathlon clubs.

Notices for the festive period

As many people will know, there are some special parkruns through the festive period – on Christmas Day and also on New Year’s Day (the only day of the year where there are two runs on one day!) These runs are in addition to the usual Saturday morning runs.

At Black Park we will NOT be running on Christmas Day, but usually some others nearby do run – so please do check the parkrun website. But we WILL be running at 9am on New Year’s Day (1st January) and many people will do the double with Upton Court at 10:30am.

Obviously, we do need the volunteers to make this possible. So if your new year’s resolution would be to volunteer at parkrun, this would be a great time to do it! Please email blackparkhelpers@parkrun.com

Congratulations:

Well done to our new members to the parkrun milestone clubs this week:

10 Run Club (for under 16s): Jessica MAHER (JW10) with a new PB!

50 Run Club – Enda BUTLER, Liz LOSTY, David HOOPER

100 Run Club – Justin ATKINSON, Linda BARROW, Vicky HART

250 Run Club – Wendy SMITH (with a lovely green 250 sash!)

We also have to say a massive thank you to the volunteers who stood in the cold in order to make today’s parkrun possible.

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 27 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Karen ALOE - Amar BABHANIA - Elinor CASEY - Fred CLEMENT - Carol COOMBS - Sue DAVIE - Karen DAVIES - Raymond John HOYLE - Marianne HUGHES - Marie KOUHI - Surkhab LIDHAR - Alexander MILL - Audrey PARSONS - David PRIDDY - Sumayah SIDDIQI - Alice SILVEY – Amanda SILVEY - Freya SMITH - Zoe SMITH - Martin STEWART - Andy TORRANCE - Lotte VISSER - Paula WALKER - Philip WOOLHOUSE - Nigel WRIGHT - Chris ZAREMBA

News from the field

Vicky Hart celebrated her 100th run and reflected on her centenary journey:

“100 runs ...

Three years ago I was very unfit and looking to change.  I remembered a fellow school mum talking about something called parkrun that happened on a Saturday morning at Black Park.  I found the website, signed up and on the 10th December 2016 I turned up with no idea what to expect. That first run/walk felt like it would never end, but I finally got round in 38 mins 35 secs.

100 runs later and for me, parkrun has become about so much more than just getting fit.  Yes, achieving PBs has definitely motivated me to work hard at improving my fitness levels, but it’s also my (almost) weekly catch up with newfound running friends and a chance to de-stress from the week and clear my head.

Since I started running at parkrun I’ve taken part in numerous 10k races and 2 half marathons, something I would never have believed I was capable of 3 years ago!  6 months ago I even found the confidence to start volunteering as one of the monthly pacing squad, which I absolutely love.  Having fellow runners approach you after a run and tell you that you helped them get a PB is such a fantastic feeling.

I now count myself as an official ‘parkrun bore’; I never miss an opportunity to tell anyone who will listen how amazing parkrun is (and obviously that Black Park is the best!).”

Congratulations Vicky and thank you for all of your volunteering support too.

Some of the other lovely snippets from the field were:

  • the Mum & 2 daughters from Rickmansworth parkrun who were doing a run-walk as a part of starting to training for London marathon 2020 – together every step of the way.
  • the Dad & 2 daughters who are visiting local parkruns – all 3 of them at their own speeds, but meeting up together at the end.
  • the whole family walking together and chatting the whole way around the course.
  • regular parkrunners currently having to walk for health reasons (but still working towards their milestones) and realising what a warming work-out it can be to walk parkrun.
  • the regular parkrunner who told us how it had become a regular and happy Saturday ritual to run and catch up with friends for coffee after being inspired by the shining health and positivity of a parkrunner she met at school.
  • the groups planning to meet up tomorrow for a seasonal Santa Dash, raising money for charity and getting into the Christmas feeling.

Achievements this week:

There was some very impressive running at the front of the field, with four of the top ten finishers recording PBs – including first finisher Andrew MITCHELL (VM50-54) of Thames Valley Harriers in a new PB of 17:46 and also Zippy GRICE (VM45-49) of Portsmouth Triathletes and Kevin McDONALD (VM55-59) and Wayne MENSAH (VM40-44) both of Hillingdon AC.

Here are the age graded results that deserved a huge cheer (age grading is a scoring vs the best time for that age and gender over 5K):

  • Kevin McDONALD (VM55-59) of Hillingdon AC with 84.4%
  • Andrew MITCHELL (VM50-54) of Thames Valley Harriers with 83.0% and a PB
  • Zippy GRICE (VM45-49) of Portsmouth Triathletes with 78.3% and a PB
  • Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) with 77.8%
  • Alicia BUSHELL (JW15-17) of Chiltern Harriers AC with 76.6%
  • John SMITH (VM75-79) with 75.8%

Although the amazing Margaret Moody still holds the course record of 92.5% set back in April 2014.

And finally…

If you would like to tell a little of your personal story, please do email parkrunstories@yahoo.com and we will hopefully catch up with you at Black Park and feature your story.

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 20,471 participants have completed 220,533 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,102,665 km, including 33,381 new Personal Bests. A total of 833 individuals have volunteered 10,556 times.

 

Every cloud has a silver lining…

Although the days have been shorter and colder recently, Parkrun has brightened up my week!

Giving the cold shoulder to the grey skies, 612 people ran, jogged and walked our lovely course. We had 43 first timers (welcome to the rest of your life!) and 36 recorded new PBs-congratulations! Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

I have been running since I was 7 years old, and one of the most interesting elements of the run was the dogs-whether they were big or small! It’s great to see that even our four-legged friends and their owners can enjoy our beautiful park-rain (which, to my dismay, my dog seems to love,especially walking through puddles) or shine. I can't wait for the day he can run with us, although I am not so excited for when nature calls...

We were given the time and dedication of 26 volunteers, who managed to put a smile on our faces despite the grey weather. As always, we are in need of volunteers-our hi-viz heroes are what makes Parkrun happen. If you are interested, please email blackparkhelpers@parkrun.com -we would love to have you onboard!

Thank you very much to this week’s Hi-Viz Heroes:

David PRIDDY • Andy TORRANCE • Steve BREAGAN • Paula WALKER • Stephanie MORTIMER • Amar BABHANIA • Joe HARVEY • Chloe BREAGAN • Raymond John HOYLE • Adam HORSFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Paula KELLY • Jo SHEPHERD • Janett BAKER • Joe HARVEY • Alice SILVEY • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Elinor CASEY • Theo WRAIGHT • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Isabella AMITRANO • Surkhab LIDHAR

This week’s Milestones:

50 Club: Caroline PIERCY, Dean LEPLEY ,Emma BRISCOE, Judy BAKER, Lee COLLINS, Mark KRULL, Yestin LINTON-SMITH

100 Club: Ben HULL, James FORD

250 Club: Karen ALOE

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 20,598 participants have completed 222,340 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,111,700 km, including 33,514 new Personal Bests. A total of 834 individuals have volunteered 10,637 times.

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When the going gets tough…

parkrun #544 – 2nd November 2019

We have posted this run report since it was written… but it has to be said that the Black Park Visitor Run Report from Jaspal also posted is a beautiful read and if you have to choose just one – then switch pages now! It captures so well the vibe at our parkrun and the things that we love about it. In fact, if you come over at New Year Jaspal – we would love a follow-up report.

An early group were out with the park rangers at 7:30am to make a decision on whether the winds and the storm would make the risk of falling branches too significant for us to go ahead. At that time there was even a little weak sunshine and the wind was not as strong as predicted. But the storm was coming – although by 9am the ferocity seemed a little lower than the predictions, but the rain made up for it!

We were competing against not only the weather, but also the Rugby World Cup final kicking off at 9am and England the favourites to beat South Africa. So many of our regular parkrunners had opted for a full-English breakfast and a pint in front of the TV. That did seem like the easier option at 9am… but probably did not feel like that for the England supporters as the game progressed. We can only say well done to South Africa.

In spite of the weather, a small, but hardy field of 336 people ran, jogged and walked the course.

27 were first timers and representatives of 30 different clubs took part, including Herne Hill Harriers, CB845 Runners and Riders Please, University of Portsmouth AC, Tring RC, This Mum Runs and NHS Couch to 5K.

Congratulations:

Well done to our new members to the parkrun milestone clubs this week – a memorable day for a milestone:

25 Volunteering Club: Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI

50 Run Club – Eleanor HUISH, Jonathan BLOGH, Katie SOMERVILLE-HALL, Sigi NENNING, Wayne MENSAH

Also congratulations and many thanks to all of our wonderful team of pacers who turned out under the watchful eye of Joe NOLAN. They paced every minute throughout the field – from 21 mins to 38 mins and a Run/Walk group and Carol COOMBS from our team of tailwalkers.

And a huge congratulations to the 31 people who managed to complete a PB today - truly a special achievement in the face of the weather conditions. And to the 27 First Timers – well done – it so rarely rains on parkrun, and it is hard to remember when we last had conditions like this morning. So please do come back again next week – and join the pacers on the first Saturday of every month. And do stay on for a coffee and a chat with others - whether outside at the open-air cafe by Go Ape, or inside (and with a greater selection of breakfasts, cake and even ice-cream!) just around the other side of the lake beyond the car park.

We also have to say a massive thank you to the volunteers who stood getting wet and cold in order to make today’s parkrun possible.

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 57 volunteers (including the pacers) – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Sarah QUANTRILL • Mary LORD • Andrew SOMERVILLE • Andy TORRANCE • Mark STEVENS • Joe NOLAN • Jackie STALLWOOD • Stephen MCALISTER • Sheila O'NEILL • Philip Morris JONES • Antony SMITH • Mike LEIGH • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Kenneth BROWN • Martin JOSTEN • Louise BROWN • Bob STANBROOK • Carol COOMBS • Diane KENDALL • Karen ALOE • Amar BABHANIA • Ja HANSRA • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Tim DAWSON • Isobel CARRON • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Patrick FITZGERALD • Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI • Suzy GAULTON • Adam HORSFIELD • Fiona JAMIESON • Audrey PARSONS • Nivitha LOGATHAS • Marianne HUGHES • Paula KELLY • Paul SILVESTER • Sanchana MISHRA • Joe HARVEY • Christopher GYNN • Thomas HAYWOOD • Sarah MUNN • Richard NORRIS • Antonia GARCIA • Chris TAYLOR • Elinor CASEY • Theo WRAIGHT • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Annie-Rose QUANTRILL • Surkhab LIDHAR • Gurdip HANSRA

 

There was some excitement about the film crew on the first corner, but we think that they are probably there for James Bond. However, our very own parkrun photographer was on-hand to catch all of the action and the photos are on the photo pool. Have a look and bask in the pride of getting out there on a tough day and getting it done: https://www.flickr.com/groups/black-park-parkrun/pool/133200514@N02

Achievements this week:

Here are the age graded results that deserved a huge cheer (age grading is a scoring vs the best time for that age and gender over 5K):

  • Susan BURNS (VW60-64) with 86.3% and our first Female Finisher today
  • Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) with 77.3%
  • Patrick BUTLER (VM45-49) of Burnham Joggers with 76.5% and our 2nd Finisher today
  • Alan DORRICOTT (VM55-59) with 75.8% and our 9th Finisher today
  • Maureen PEDRI (VW60-64) of Running Sisters Network with 75.4% and 12th Female Finisher
  • Jon KEW (VM45-49) of Maidenhead AC with 75.2% and our 4th Finisher today

Although the amazing Margaret Moody still holds the course record of 92.5% set back in April 2014.

And finally…

If you would like to tell a little of your personal story, please do email parkrunstories@yahoo.com and we will hopefully catch up with you at Black Park and feature your story.

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 20,471 participants have completed 220,533 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,102,665 km, including 33,381 new Personal Bests. A total of 833 individuals have volunteered 10,556 times.

 

Black Park Parkrun #544 – A Vistor’s View

NENDY Touch and Go!

I’d been looking forward to Black Park parkrun today for a very long time! My home parkrun (Upton Court) was cancelled this week for the annual bonfire event and Black Park was listed as my NENDY challenge (Nearest Event Not Done Yet) so I was keen to get down here at my earliest opportunity.

To think that it nearly didn’t happen! The Met Office issued a weather warning yesterday, this meant that park rangers had to inspect the conditions at first light this morning before giving the green light for Parkrun and indeed the rest of the Country Park to open. It was touch and go there for a while certainly, but I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say the efforts of park rangers and parkrun teams is much appreciated in allowing us to run safely this morning.

I tell you what I will never take parkrun for granted again.

Despite the rain, puddles and a rugby match final, there were LOADS of people gathered at the starting line ready for their Saturday morning fix. The parkrun good vibes and friendly welcomes were in abundance here, whether it was making light of the weather conditions, missing the rugby match or deciding which pacer to follow.

I was delighted to see the pacer arrangement; this is the first time I’ve seen this at parkrun. My typical parkrun form is to put my headphones on and off I go completely zoned out for the full 5K. This morning though, I thought what better way to absorb Black Park parkrun vibes so I selected my pacer and kept my fingers crossed that I would be able to keep up. Off I went and for the first 1-2KM in the excitement of it all, I didn’t get a chance to search for the pacer, I was just finding my rhythm. I spotted him at 3KM, he was some way ahead of me, but within my line of sight so I slowly chased him, and it worked! Just after 4KM, I was running alongside my pacer Bob Stanbrook, we got talking, I told him I’m a visitor here today and I want to push myself in the last KM, please don’t leave me behind Bob I secretly prayed!

Bob gave me the cue I needed and at just the right time “nice and steady now… just at the next set of trees then you can go for it… ok here you go now… now! go for it! give it everything!” It was an incredible moment, I’ve never had a finish like that at parkrun, I was overwhelmed by Bob’s support and especially him entertaining my chit-chat in the last KM. Bob Stanbrook, it was wonderful meeting you today and you made all the difference to my first parkrun visit at Black Park. Bob informed me the pacer event happens here the first Saturday of the month, so that’s handy to know.

It was a refreshing change having parkrun in a Country Park, very different from my home parkrun which is a couple of laps of playing fields, stunning views of Windsor Castle and lots of sky and exposure to the elements. In stark contrast, Black Park offers an enchanting and atmospheric run amongst scenic woodland and pine forest. The towering trees offered some protection and shelter from the elements, but the puddles were less forgiving, still, all part of the fun! I couldn’t help but notice the spectacular array of autumnal colours along the whole route, the reds, oranges, yellows, browns… so picturesque, very national geographic magazine worthy! The regular park runners at Black Park are so lucky to have this lovely space for their Saturday morning fix, no wonder it attracts such high numbers every week.

Back at the forest shelter, I had the pleasure to meet more lovely people. I got chatting to Linda Gaitskell (VI runner) and she shared her own parkrun journey, Linda has 85 parkruns under her belt, a regular at Black Park and that 100 milestone is planned for January. She also spoke of the last New Year’s Day events, she did Black Park at 09:00am and then went over to Upton Court to get the double, that’s awesome and inspiring. Keep going!

Running with Linda Gaitskell today in a VI guide role was Paul Silvester. Paul has been running parkrun for 4 years now and has undertaken many volunteer roles too in that time. He has 160 parkruns and is eyeing up the 250 milestone, all the best with that Paul, wish you the best!

Now for some event highlights

  • 336 took part in Parkrun today
  • 31 achieved a PB result
  • 6 were brand new to parkrun
  • 21 visitors
  • Susan Burns had the highest age grading score today, 86.29%, impressive!
  • Barbara Allen has a whopping 576 parkruns and is a regular at Black Park, awesome!       

To the Black Park parkrun team, thank you for giving me a slot to submit an additional run report for you today, it made my visit very special and a great excuse to get to know some of the regulars. I am eyeing up the New Year’s Day event for a return visit.

Have a great weekend all!

Jaspal

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Black Park parkrun Results Page. The standard run report will also be available by the Black Park Parkrun team detailing all milestones and achievements.

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