Black Park parkrun is cancelled on 2021-06-19 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Event 562 – ‘Leaping’ into Parkrun history

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

 

Milestone Runs
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.

 

Male placings:

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

 

Female placings:

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).

 

Our stats

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.

 

Road Closures 29th Feb and 7th March

On Saturday 29th Feb you will not be able to turn right from the A412 Uxbridge Road heading towards Slough into Black Park Road - the centre reservation gap will be closed. Instead you'll need to carry on to the next right turn (Wexham Park Lane) and do a U turn there.

Then the following week, March 7th, there will be no access at all to Black Park Road from the A412 in either direction. A diversion will be in place via Wexham Park Lane, Church Lane, Wexham Street & Rowley Lane, bringing you out at Black Park from the opposite direction. There will also be no exit from Black Park Road to the A412 - you'll need to retrace the diversion. The diversion will be fully signposted.

Please allow extra time for your journies on both days.

 

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.

 

Dennis the Menace

Run # 560 – 15th February 2020

Dennis the Menace!
Well that was the initial concern but thankfully Storm Dennis held off until the afternoon enabling us to enjoy a relatively calm and peaceful parkrun. The temperature was also kind to us so no reason not to thoroughly enjoy our Saturday morning 5k fun!

Event numbers were back to a slightly more manageable 572, still impressively high considering the threat of Dennis. And that’s not young Oliver Dennis who successfully managed a PB at the event.

As ever, a good selection of clubs represented at the event. Particularly of note is the turnout from Dacorum and Tring whose Chris Marriott came in first with an impressive PB. Plus congratulations to their Thomas Mack reaching his 100 milestone!

I’m also sure Linda Nisbet and Gino Ferriggi were hugely appreciative of their band of vocal supporters and colourful banner celebrating their reaching 100 runs.

It seemed as if we had a record number of our canine participants at this event. Their frustration at their owners’ inability to run at their speeds is audibly clear!

Event photos can be found here. https://www.flickr.com/groups/black-park-parkrun/pool/
The following participants achieved amazing milestones this Saturday:

10 – Vishal Ravickumar Radhika, Edey Kestell
50 – Angela Stanbrook, Bridget Elliott, Martin Critchfield
100 – Susan Wood, Linda Nisbet, Gino Ferriggi, Thomas Mack
250 – Nikki Tasker, Richard Elliott

Also of note is Louise Flower reaching 200.
Congratulations everyone!

This week 572 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:
Barbara ALLEN • Dirk VENNIX • Glyn WATKINS • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Margaret MARDALL • Sue BREE • Paula WALKER • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Charlotte PEDRICK • Suzy RALPHS • Gareth RALPHS • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Nigel WRIGHT • Glyn HAYWOOD • Jo SHEPHERD • Richard GOBLE • Joe HARVEY • Thomas HAYWOOD • Fred CLEMENT • Lotte VISSER • Martin STEWART • Sam PHILLIPS • Holly PHILLIPS • Marie KOUHI • Harry GOWER • 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 21,406 participants have completed 231,351 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,156,755 km, including 34,441 new Personal Bests. A total of 854 individuals have volunteered 11,146 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.

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