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 email@example.com
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.
If you would like to tell a little of your personal story, please do email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.