Father Christmas loves volunteers

Black Park parkrun

Event number 552

28th December 2019

For some people the weekend between Christmas and New Year is a time for relaxing but not for the 636 people who ran, jogged or walked our Parkrun this week. After the rain of the last couple of days, this morning was dry and fair - great December running weather. In fact, the weather was so good that it tempted Father Christmas back from the beach for one last run this year. Some of you may have seen him with his mini sleigh and his two helpers. They weren’t just at Black Park to run off those extra Christmas pounds, they handed out presents to all the volunteers.

On behalf of all the volunteers, we want to thank you for the generous gifts you gave, it was so thoughtful of you. It wasn’t just Father Christmas who thanked the volunteers, so many of you runners thanked us especially in the funnel as you got your tokens.

We don’t volunteer to be thanked, we volunteer because we love meeting all you runners and so that Parkrun can function as efficiently as possible on a weekly basis. Why don’t you consider volunteering in 2020? It’s a great way to meet people and, if like me, you start towards the back of the field you get to see what the front looks like. In addition, you get to see all the runners and be part of a great team.

Of the 636 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 66 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 46 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers: Barbara ALLEN • Dirk VENNIX • David PRIDDY • Maureen PEDRI • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Vince ELLERBY • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Carolyn FRYER • Amar BABHANIA • Karen SPROD • Raymond John HOYLE • Suzy GAULTON • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Shona LOWE • Paula KELLY • Karen COURT • Paul SILVESTER • Joe HARVEY • Thomas HAYWOOD • Alice SILVEY • Martin STEWART • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Ellie HENDERSON • Sue DAVIE • Sumayah SIDDIQI • Julie 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 20,796 participants have completed 225,145 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,125,725 km, including 33,760 new Personal Bests. A total of 842 individuals have volunteered 10,826 times.

 

Christmas & New Year parkruns

Black Park parkrun will be operating as usual on Saturday December 21st & 28th, and there will also be an additional run at 9am on New Year's Day. There are currently no plans for an additional run on Christmas Day.

 

It may be cold but we’re going to park run

Black Park parkrun
Event number 442
18th November 2017

For event #442 it seemed as though winter had arrived, there were a lot more long sleeves and gloves this week. However, cold weather does not deter the hardy runners who make up the Black Park park runners and 550 ran this week.

For one runner it was her last time as a Black Park regular as next week she is moving to Hampshire. Karen Sinclair has been running at Black Park since 2012 and this week marked her 130th park run, 110 of which have been completed with us. When I caught up with Karen, I asked her if the fact that Alice Holt park run was going to be only a few miles from her new home had influenced her decision to buy her particular house. “Well, it was certainly one factor” she replied without missing a beat. “I looked at some properties and towns and if the nearest park run was more than 10 miles away that property was off the list.” Park run is such a fixture in peoples’ lives that it can influence more than what time they set the alarm for on a Saturday morning. We wish Karen all the best in her new home and at her new park run.

A fantastic run
Huge congratulations to our first female finisher today, Orla Williams who ran 19:16 which equalled the JW11-14 age category record for Black Park. She was very happy with this run.
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Image taken by George Mardall

Christmas and New Year Runs
Christmas is fast approaching and with it our running schedule.

Saturday 23rd December – our usual 9am run
There will be NO run at Black Park on Christmas Day
Saturday 30th December – our usual 9am run

Monday 1st January 2018 – 9am run at Black Park
Monday 1st January 2018 – 10.30am run at Upton Court
This is the only day of the year when you can be credited with 2 runs on the same day.

Various other local events may be running on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, you can check the list here:
http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

This week 550 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 amazing volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Vince ELLERBY • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Arjun BABHANIA • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Bob STANBROOK • Diane KENDALL • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Ben ROBINSON • James ROBINSON • Jo SHEPHERD • Alex MARTIN • 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 following people reached run milestones this week:
50 Club
Colin SMITH
Jen SIMPSON
Kristina SHAW
Martin STEWART
Michael TUCKER

100 Club
Ali CORK
Jacqueline BOWLES

Volunteers 25 Club
Diane KENDALL

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 15,171 participants have completed 158,117 parkruns covering a total distance of 790,585 km, including 25,896 new Personal Bests.

 

Extra events over the Christmas & New Year period

Please note that Black Park parkrun will be operating as usual on Saturday December 24th and Saturday December 31st. There will not be an additional run on Christmas Day, but there will be an extra event on Sunday January 1st at 9am. And for those of you desperate for a double you can then make your way to Upton Court where they will be starting at 10:30.

  • Saturday December 24th - Regular run at 9am
  • Sunday December 25th - No run
  • Saturday December 31st - Regular run at 9am
  • Sunday January 1st - Extra run at 9am

If you're wanting a Christmas Day run then please check out the Christmas Compendium for a list of the events that are running.

 

Christmas and New Year Events

As in previous years, there will not be an additional Christmas Day parkrun event at Black Park this year. There will however be an additional run on New Years Day at 9am, followed by the option of a cheeky second run at Upton Court at 10:30. And for those of you who like a bit of extra distance, there is usually a group that does both events but also runs between Black Park and Upton Court.

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