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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Autumn Glory and cake on World Alzheimer’s Day

parkrun #538 – 21st September 2019

The weather was still lovely and warm & sunny, even though autumn is starting to progress in the park, with lovely colours and lots of conkers and beech mast around the park. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful place to do our parkrun every Saturday!

This week 663 people ran, jogged and walked the course – many wearing orange in recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day.

51 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. We had tourists from far and wide – including USA, and even tourists doing the volunteer roles as well. We hope that you all had a great time and will come and join us again.

Representatives of 32 different clubs took part, including a large number of Burnham Joggers all celebrating Andy Burland’s birthday. He was not the only person celebrating – Caroline Parry celebrated her 50th parkrun last weekend and her 50th birthday this weekend! Her family had travelled from far and wide to be with her – two sisters from Ireland and a brother from Scotland.

Together with some fabulous milestone runs, there was a lot of cake – true to parkrun’s style of the coffee, cake and chatting being an integral part of the Saturday morning experience.

Congratulations:

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

50 Club – Natalie BATTEN, Michael MORIARTY

100 Club – Nigel NAYLOR-SMITH, Paul LOMAS, Maria LEE,

250 Club – Joanna MORIARTY

This week there were 26 people who have done over 300 runs – with Chris ZAREMBA doing his 301st run and coming in 301st position!

Update from the Park

This week, we wanted to share the story from the Moriarty family, as an inspiration to others. Parkrun can seem like great fun when we are fit and healthy and working on getting faster and better PBs each time, but when we are set back by injury or illness it can be a whole lot harder.

Joanna and Michael celebrated together with family and friends this week – with Jo completing 250 runs and Michael 50. You may have seen them over the weeks, with Nordic walking poles.

Michael had come along and supported Jo as she ran at parkrun for some time, but he himself had never been a runner. Then he was diagnosed with Advanced Prostate Cancer and everything in life became very tough. At the same time, Jo had surgery on her knee, and started back at parkrun walking as a part of her rehabilitation programme. She would encourage Michael to walk a little and they discovered that the Nordic poles helped both of them to manage the pain through ensuring good upright posture, as well as extra support for the knees. Michael would go off for his own walk around the lake and they would all meet up afterwards for coffee.

Then one day when they were away for the weekend, Jo told Michael that she was going to walk the Stratford parkrun and encouraged him to come along too – reassuring him that since he routinely did that distance, it would be fine. And they walked together and built their confidence. Then the following week, Jo was doing some tourism at Rickmansworth parkrun and persuaded him to do that one with her too – and from there he signed up to get a barcode and started to walk at their home run at Black Park.

The benefit of the Nordic poles is that they allow you to build up a bit of a rhythm, but there is no time to look at your watch! As Jo’s rehab progressed she would start to walk into the finish funnel a little ahead of Michael. It became a ritual for her to shout out the times for him in the finish stretch if he was close to a PB, as one Saturday he had stopped to blow his nose and missed a PB by 3 seconds! The PBs have been coming for both of them – as Michael’s times have come down below 50 mins, and Jo has been able to strengthen her knee enough to start some running – including getting back to being a pacer covering the run/walk group. But as they will both tell you – PBs feel great, but parkrun is about so much more than that.

So, the message is that if you know someone who is struggling with illness or injury, they will find a supportive group at parkrun working through the challenges and supporting each other. Do encourage them, as it is proven that gentle exercise, together with a supportive community environment really help!

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

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Paula WALKER • Chris ZAREMBA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Carol COOMBS • Amar BABHANIA • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • Anna TAYLOR • Marianne HUGHES • Paula KELLY • Sarah MARSDEN • Sarah OSBORNE • Fred CLEMENT • Martin STEWART • Vicky HART • May BOUGUERRA • Karen DAVIES • Theo WRAIGHT • Marie KOUHI • Isabella AMITRANO • Zak SEXTON

Thank you to Fred for taking photos this week. These will be on the photo pool: https://www.flickr.com/groups/black-park-parkrun/

We are looking for more people who could do the volunteer role of photographer – if you know someone who would enjoy this, please do get in touch via blackparkhelpers@parkrun.com

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):

  • Jackie STALLWOOD (VW75-79) of Datchet Dashers with 80.2%
  • Karen O’ROURKE (VW50-54) of Hillingdon AC with 77.9%
  • Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) with 77.5%
  • Catherine STAUNTON (VW60-64) of Chiltern Harriers AC with 77.4%
  • Dean CLARK (VM40-44) of Hillingdon AC 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).
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 20,229 participants have completed 217,485 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,087,425 km, including 33,042 new Personal Bests. A total of 818 individuals have volunteered 10,331 times.

 

Sunshine after the rain!

parkrun #533 – 17th August 2019

The weather was warm and sunny, although the park was wet underfoot after the heavy rain yesterday.

This week we had 615 finishers. We were delighted to welcome tourists and 42 first timers. Thank you for joining us today! 31 different clubs represented with 14% of the finishers showing a club affiliation in the results. As always, we had lots of local representation from local running clubs – if you ever want to run with a group on a regular basis do look up these groups and come along. All clubs will welcome you to try it out for a few weeks and see what it is all about.

Congratulations:

We congratulate our new members to the parkrun milestone clubs this week:

10 Club – Callum PATERSON and Fred MELLOR (with a new PB!)

50 Club – Gordon BIRRELL

100 Club – Kevin McDONALD and Dave BALL

And also a special mention for Martin JOSTEN for 200 parkruns.

There were 2 photographers today. Logan’s are already loaded and Fred’s will be coming soon.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/black-park-parkrun/pool/133200514@N02

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 33 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Maureen PEDRI • Andy TORRANCE • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Sue BREE • Ian SMALES • Tarsem BAINS • David COOMBS • Beverley Ann JEWELL • Stephanie MORTIMER • Amar BABHANIA • Raymond John HOYLE • Siobhan FERGUSON • Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI • Liz MACARTNEY • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Shona LOWE • Paula KELLY • Lucie JENNINGS • Elliot HODGSON • Fred CLEMENT • Emily JARDELLA • Martin STEWART • Roger GORHAM • Phil NASH • Linda HOPE • Theo WRAIGHT • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Isabella AMITRANO

It is amazing to note that 810 people have volunteered over 10,176 times for our wonderful Black Park parkrun. There are many people who volunteer over and over again. Within this list there are a number of people who have volunteered over 100 times! Thank you to all of our High Viz Heroes.

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):

  • Kevin McDONALD (VM55-59) of Hillingdon AC with 83.4% on his 100th run
  • Jason LEAF (VM45-49) with 80.6%
  • Kareem FADEL (JM11-14) with 78.4% on his first ever parkrun!

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).
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 19,927 participants have completed 214,028 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,070,140 km, including 32,657 new Personal Bests. A total of 810 individuals have volunteered 10,176 times.

 

The hot summer’s day that we were surprised to find a snow-covered graveyard on the course

parkrun #522 – 1st June 2019

The weather was already hot at 9am and the weekend is only set to get hotter. So we were all rather surprised to find a church and graveyard had appeared on the course – and even more surprised that it was covered in snow …who know what they are filming at the moment?

This week we had 788 finishers – our 2nd biggest run ever at Black Park. We were delighted to welcome tourists and 69 first timers, with 36 different clubs represented (including the Lonely Goat RC, The Long Distance Walkers Association, Jog Derbyshire, Buzzacott Runners, Wilson’s School and the GOG Triathlon Club). Thank you for joining us today!

A massive 129 recorded new Personal Bests – helped by Joe Nolan’s amazing pacer squad who paced every minute from 20 to 38, and a run-walk group. Thank you to all of the squad for the support and encouragement that you gave to everyone.

Stories from the park

In the parkrun briefing we shared a couple of pieces of great news:

1)      The Run Director now has a dedicated mobile number – so please stop reading and programme it into your mobile phones right now! Then it will be there in case of an emergency where you need to call the Run Director during parkrun. The number is 07884 173731. Remember that we have a defibrillator, a big first aid kit and trained first responders that we will get to you on the course, if you tell us where it is needed.

2)      The wonderful Rangers of Black Park are in the process of marking our course with permanent log markers at the start, finish and km markers. These are all in place and the 4km marker has the disc on it – the others will come soon to replace the chalk markings! So not only does this help our volunteers with the course set-up, it also means that you can come and run the course as a ‘Freedom parkrun’ anytime – and you can even enter the time into your parkrun profile online, if you wish.

3)      As many of you know, more than half of our volunteer positions each week (excluding pacers) are covered by Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants. We really appreciate their hard work. Right now a lot of them have exams, so we would love anyone old enough not to be doing exams to volunteer to help over the next month. Simply email blackparkhelpers@parkrun.com – we would love to have you as a part of the team (and we do have quite a lot of fun behind the scenes).

Congratulations:

We also congratulate our new members to the parkrun milestone clubs:

10 Club - Brett MATTHEW-LEE, Eleanor SHIELD, Scarlett HIRST

25 Volunteering Club - Callum PATERSON

50 Club – Florence MITCHELL, Joshua BARROW

100 Club – Charles HAMPSHIRE, Karen OROURKE, Lynne PATRICK, Mark HEARD, Sarah NEWBERY

250 Club - Stuart Paul WILSON

What a huge week! At the big 250 was Stuart Wilson – and his wife, Sarah, (and the dog!) were there at the finish line with lovely 250 balloons to mark the moment. Congratulations! Not far off the distance of Land’s End to John O’Groats all within Black Park and other similar parkruns!

A huge group from Hillingdon AC came to celebrate Karen O’Rourke’s 100th run, with copious cake for all – many thanks! And it was very special to see our very own Lynne Patrick back from hip injury and tourist travels to dance across the start-line as the 36 minute pacer on the occasion of her 100th run.

It was lovely to see Florence MITCHELL join the rest of the family with her 50 milestone. One of the things that makes parkrun truly special is all of the family participation and support for each other.

A huge well done to all of our milestone finishers and volunteers.

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 66 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Mary LORD • Andy TORRANCE • Steve PARSONS • Sue BREE • Jennie JUPP • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Stephen MCALISTER • Sheila O'NEILL • Philip Morris JONES • Antony SMITH • Chris ZAREMBA • Mike LEIGH • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Andrew LAUGHLAND • Bob STANBROOK • Carol COOMBS • Diane KENDALL • Alyson MCSHANE • Amar BABHANIA • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Tim DAWSON • Joanna MORIARTY • Zena PHILLIPS • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Patrick FITZGERALD • Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI • Suzy GAULTON • Fiona JAMIESON • Steve HORSFIELD • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Aran DAVIDSON • Mark MOORE • Marianne HUGHES • Toby ROBINSON • Tony CLISH • Sharon BUNBY • Sanchana MISHRA • Lynne PATRICK • Richard GOBLE • Fred CLEMENT • Sarah MUNN • Richard NORRIS • Antonia GARCIA • Chris TAYLOR • Elinor CASEY • Marie KOUHI • Callum PATERSON • Sarah MCCUTCHEON • Iona DI TULLIO • Nazeema SHAIK

Achievements this week:

Congratulations to today’s first finisher James LAING of Hillingdon AC, for a 16:48 finish – one of our faster finishes, although the record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 15:09 in 2012.

And to Annie-Rose QUANTRILL (part of a family of great runners) who is in the 10 year-old age group and ran a new PB of 23:31 to be our 10th female finisher and record the (equal) fastest age-graded result of the day at 83.1%!

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):

  • Annie-Rose QUANTRILL (JW10) with an age grading of 83.1% and a new PB
  • Kevin MCDONALD (VM55-59) of Hillingdon AC also with 83.1%
  • Martin THORLEY (VM40-44) with 79.2% on his first-ever parkrun!!
  • Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) with 78.6% on her 376th parkrun
  • Karen O’ROURKE (VW50-54) of Hillingdon AC with 78.4% to celebrate her 100th parkrun.

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)
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 19,347 participants have completed 207,088 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,035,440 km, including 31,912 new Personal Bests. A total of 783 individuals have volunteered 9,797 times.

 

Why you should all be feeling a million dollars!

parkrun #512 – 23rd March 2019

It was a beautiful mild spring day in the park, and at 9am there was no wind. Maybe this is why we had an amazing day today with 10 of the top 15 runners all achieving PBs and almost 1 in every 7 people completing the course getting a PB. Well done all!

This week 692 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 93 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

Stories from the park

There were a couple of milestones this week for Audrey PARSONS – celebrating her birthday and also her 250th event as a volunteer! (In fact, she admitted that she did about 100 more before she signed up and got a barcode, as she knew that her back pain would prevent her from getting around 5K and was not aware of the value that parkrun places on volunteers.)  Audrey can usually be found just near the café welcoming everyone and answering any questions. If you have a dog, they will know Audrey for sure because she always has a bag of dog treats in her pocket! I cannot imagine how many treats that is over 250 events! She also loves to scan barcodes at the finish, and is well known and loved by our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award volunteers since she always makes sure that everyone knows their job and has the right kit to-hand. Thank you Audrey – you are very much appreciated by all of your 2-legged and 4-legged friends!

We are also coming up to another very exciting milestone – the person who finishes in 30th position next week will be our 200,000th finisher at Black Park and will complete our 1 millionth kilometre! What an amazing contribution to local health and wellness that is! Congratulations to every single one of you in being a part of the first million. And why not bring a friend along to be a part of the second million? We all know what a great contribution parkrun makes to healthy and happy lives.

Congratulations:

We also congratulate our new members to the parkrun milestone clubs:

10 Club (for our junior runners) –Laurie MCGRATH, Serene ELLIS

50 Club – Daniela MAYEROVA, Stuart PICKARD

100 Club – Des MERRIGAN, Michael GOODMAN, Pablo PESO PARADA

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

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Andy TORRANCE • Steve BREAGAN • Sue BREE • Chris ZAREMBA • Amar BABHANIA • Sophie GREATOREX • Raymond John HOYLE • Ian SEARS • Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Verity MITCHELL • Marianne HUGHES • Sam LOWE • Mollie JARDELLA • Martin STEWART • Sarah MUNN • Holly PHILLIPS • Tommy LAWS-BARRETT • Mary MILES • Caroline PARRY • Eve TAYLOR • Marie KOUHI • Amy WELLS • Natalie MUNN • Callum PATERSON • Callum ODONNELL

Achievements this week:

There were also some spectacular 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 an age grading of 84.5% and a new PB
  • Ed DYER (VM35-39) also of Hillingdon AC who ran his first parkrun ever and was our first finisher with an age grading of 82.3%
  • John SMITH (VM75-79) with 80.4%
  • Ben JACKSON (JM15-17) of Chiltern Harriers with 79.1% - a new PB and 4th finisher overall
  • Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) with 78.9%
  • Fiona HARRINGTON (VW60-64) with 78.2%
  • Judi WILSON (VW65-69) with 78.1% and a new PB on her 45th parkrun
  • Tony JACKSON (VM50-54) of Hillingdon Triathletes with 77.9%
  • Mark MOORE (VM55-59) of Burnham Joggers with 77.4%
  • Stephen MCALISTER (VM55-59) of Hillingdon Triathletes with 77.4%

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).
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 18,731 participants have completed 199,970 parkruns covering a total distance of 999,850 km, including 30,905 new Personal Bests. A total of 766 individuals have volunteered 9,416 times.

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