Volunteering after 17 months away

Driving pack into the car park at Black Park at 8.15am on a Saturday morning is something I haven't done since March 2020. I've been at Black Park lots of times in the last 16 months to run and walk - I've been so many times, I'm on first name terms with the trees! But this was special, I was going to meet up with Parkrun family and volunteer at event #566.

There were already plenty of runners chatting in groups and warming up as I made my way to the shelter to register and pick up my hi-viz . Arriving early gives you time to chat and get to know the other volunteers as well as see what goes on behind the scenes before the run director gives the welcome at 9am.

When I run, I normally start near the back but when I volunteer I'm standing at the front, often to make sure no-one runs into the dreaded post at the first corner, and so I see all the fast runners. It is joyous to see everyone run past. As soon as the last runner crosses the start line, we tidy up and make our way back to the shelter ready for the first runner home which is normally about 17 minutes after the start.

This week I was the volunteer manually writing your number and position - thank you to all those runners who thanked the volunteers! It is a great way to meet lots of people and to experience the event from behind the scenes. There are lots of roles and since we have restarted we need more volunteers on a weekly basis as we need more people to scan so there aren't any big queues and more marshals to show you where to go, again to avoid queues building up.

So if you fancy volunteering, please email blackpark@parkrun.com 

Thats enough about the volunteers, on to the runners.

This week, 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Andy TORRANCE • Kate SHEPHARD • David COOMBS • Nick ARCHER • Dominic HOLLERON • Amar BABHANIA • Heather PIPER • Joanna MORIARTY • Chloe BREAGAN • Raymond John HOYLE • Suzy GAULTON • Nigel FARNFIELD • Josephine FARNFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Shona LOWE • Nigel WRIGHT • Richard GOBLE • Sam PHILLIPS • Holly PHILLIPS • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Hannah KRULL • Allan SOMERVILLE • Alison THORPE • Nina KURTIS • George SUMMERVILLE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Black Park parkrun Results Page.

Huge congratulations to the following people who reached milestone in the their Parkrun life - they've waited a long time to get here having been so close when we went into lockdown

50 Club 100 Club
Andrew FOYLE
Chris PRENTICE
Priti PATEL
Ronan CHAMPION
Kevin SPENCE
Mike MAY

Look forward to seeing you all next week.

 

 

 

 

Your Parkrun Needs YOU!

 

Yesterday, the beautiful weather and our fantastic pacers made a great start to our weekend. Despite our political differences, Parkrun will always bring the world together.

This week, 766 people ran, jogged and walked the course, with 65 first timers (you have caught the bug!). 110 recorded new personal bests-congratulations! - and representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

Although our numbers were slightly lower this week, we really have outdone ourselves in expanding Parkrun,at Black Park and across the world. I remember when our Parkrun was a lot smaller; on my first ever run in 2012, there were just 327 runners. In the past 8 years, it has been wonderful to see how the network has grown across the world, and how many changes it can make to someone’s live. It really is a magnificent creation!

This week, we had 65 Hi-Viz Heroes to make this event possible. We would love you to come along and volunteer, as Parkrun is impossible without them (and sometimes you get chocolate!). If you would like to join us, please email blackparkhelpers@parkrun.com.

Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Mary LORD • Steve BREAGAN • Mark STEVENS • Jennie JUPP • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Jackie STALLWOOD • Philip Morris JONES • Antony SMITH • Mike LEIGH • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Kenneth BROWN • Martin JOSTEN • Bob STANBROOK • Diane KENDALL • Alyson MCSHANE • Karen ALOE • Amar BABHANIA • John PENNIFOLD • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Tim DAWSON • Joanna MORIARTY • Joanne HARRISON • Zena PHILLIPS • Chloe BREAGAN • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Ian SEARS • Patrick FITZGERALD • Suzy GAULTON • Adam HORSFIELD • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • Denis KERBY • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Toby ROBINSON • Tony CLISH • Susannah CLEARY • Phaedra CASEY • Sharon BUNBY • Sanchana MISHRA • Richard GOBLE • Janett BAKER • Kathryn FROST • Christopher GYNN • Sarah MUNN • Sam PHILLIPS • Holly PHILLIPS • Richard NORRIS • Antonia GARCIA • Chris TAYLOR • Elinor CASEY • Marie KOUHI • Nathan ILES • Julia HILL • Sumayah SIDDIQI

This week’s milestones-congratulations!

10 Club- Matilda THOMPSON, Neve HOLDOM, Theo SCOTT

50 Club- Julia HILL, Mante SAAKWA-MANTE, Sharon HEWITT

100 Club-Alexandra VELLASCO LONGTON, Manjit SOHAL

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 21,323 participants have completed 230,013 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,150,065 km, including 34,289 new Personal Bests. A total of 849 individuals have volunteered 11,080 times.

 

 

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.

 

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.

Chloe Breagan

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Pacer day – once we got the other side of the Police cordon!

parkrun #527 – 6th July 2019

The weather was already very hot at 9am and the pacers were all set to help people get personal bests – and lots did! Well done to the 93 who recorded PBs (14% of the field)

This week we had 662 finishers We were delighted to welcome tourists and 53 first timers, with 32 different clubs represented (including Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can’t Run Good, Cambridge University Hare and Hounds, Spa Striders RC, Hart Road Runners and Lonely Goat RC). Thank you for joining us today!

BIG NEWS! Put the date in your diaries…

In 2 weeks’ time (21st July) we will be celebrating our 10th birthday! So please do bring cakes and wear your party clothes and bring any favourite memories of Black Park parkruns past. It is a fantastic milestone for a fantastic event – and as always, we have to thank Dave Priddy and Fred Ashford who have been organising the event right from the start, and everyone else who makes parkrun a very special part of our lives. Not just the exercise and getting out first thing on the weekend, but the love and support that is there when things in life are not so good. A community that is centred on the event, but is so much more than that too.

It is great to look back at the 62 runners and 6 volunteers at the inaugural Black Park parkrun on 18th July 2009 and see how many of them are keen parkrunners: 12 are now in the 250 club, 12 more in the 100 club, 9 in the 15 volunteer club, 6 in the 50 club and 1 in the 10 club. Check it out here:   https://www.parkrun.org.uk/blackpark/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=1

And as always, this only happens because of the people who volunteer – many of them week-in, week-out. A massive thank you (and of course you too can volunteer any time – just drop Marianne a message at blackparkhelpers@parkrun.com – the volunteers have a lot of fun too!)

Congratulations:

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

10 Club – Lucia Maya BONILLA PALMER (complete with a new PB!), Katy HOBSON (aged just 6 years old and a tourist from nearby Maidenhead)

25 Volunteering Club – Marianne HUGHES

50 Club – Dale HARRISON, Nicholas PRIEST

100 Club – Rebecca AMOS, Antonia GARCIA, Paula KELLY (guide-running with one of our VI runners today)

250 Club – Philip Morris JONES (pacing 24 minutes today) – joining 38 other 250 club members parkrunning today. A great achievement!

And also a special mention for Sheila O’NEILL for 300 parkruns, pacing 39 mins today.

The people who had done the most parkruns today were Steve PARSONS – 424th parkrun and pacing 23 minutes and Ali ALLEN – 422nd parkrun and one of the original Black Park parkrunners.

 

Well done to everyone – and a special thank you to Dawn and all of the Rangers in Black Park, plus Sally and the Thames Valley Police and the ace Volunteer team for their help in making today possible in the context of the police work in the park today. There was a lot of work that went into the 18 hours before the start to make it possible, and it is very much appreciated.

The photos from today will be uploaded by Logathas very soon:

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

 

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 54 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Dirk VENNIX • Fred ASHFORD • Mary LORD • Andy TORRANCE • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Steve PARSONS • Jennie JUPP • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Sheila O'NEILL • Philip Morris JONES • Chris ZAREMBA • Mike LEIGH • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Gary NISBET • Kenneth BROWN • Martin JOSTEN • Bob STANBROOK • Karen ALOE • Amar BABHANIA • Steve WELLS • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Michael DYER • Sophie GREATOREX • Tim DAWSON • Raymond John HOYLE • Ian SEARS • Patrick FITZGERALD • Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI • Suzy GAULTON • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Hilary GAUNA • Mark MOORE • Nivitha LOGATHAS • Marianne HUGHES • Paula KELLY • Sharon BUNBY • Elliot HODGSON • Janett BAKER • Richard NORRIS • Chris TAYLOR • Theo WRAIGHT • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Barbara SOTON • Isabella AMITRANO • Simon JENNINGS • Iona DI TULLIO

Achievements this week:

Congratulations to today’s first finisher Simon SAMPSON (SM30-34) who narrowly out-sprinted Luke BIRDSEYE (JM11-14) in the final straight. But the good news for Luke was this is a new PB for him. Fantastic running guys!

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):

  • Fiona KENNEDY (VW60-64) of Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC who achieved 86.9% age grading and was our 3rd female finisher overall
  • Annie-Rose QUANTRILL (JW10) with 83.9% and a new PB as our 6th female finisher overall!
  • Kevin McDONALD (VM55-59) of Hillingdon AC with 80.7%
  • Luke BIRDSEYE (JM11-14) with 79.8% and a new PB as our 2nd finisher overall!
  • Fiona HARRINGTON (VW60-64) with 79.7%

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 19,617 participants have completed 210,349 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,051,745 km, including 32,284 new Personal Bests. A total of 795 individuals have volunteered 9,973 times.

 

Don’t forget to run!

Black Park parkrun
Event Number 520
18th May 2019

At the end of a week when mental health awareness has been in the news and received a lot of coverage, it seemed to be a good opportunity to stop and remind ourselves how important running and exercise can be for our overall physical and mental health.

With my work, I sometimes end up working long hours at little notice and am on call so often end up working outside normal office hours. This can be stressful and I find that exercise and my running specifically help me to manage and deal with my workload and life in general. Going for a run after work is a great antidote to sitting in an office all day and ensures that I get fresh air if I haven’t been able to have a lunch break outside. It also gives me time to think and process issues that I’m dealing with and perhaps most important of all it is time for me.

Black Park is beautiful and to be able to run there is a real joy that never goes away especially living near the huge, busy capital city that is London. I try not to take the park for granted as I’m very aware that many people don’t have a country park as a local amenity.

This week 711 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 83 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

David PRIDDY • Andy TORRANCE • Chris ZAREMBA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Karen ALOE • Amar BABHANIA • Sophie GREATOREX • Peter TOUGH • Raymond John HOYLE • Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI • Adam HORSFIELD • Steve HORSFIELD • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Marianne HUGHES • Shona LOWE • Sam LOWE • Lotte VISSER • Mollie JARDELLA • Thomas HARRIS • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Harry GOWER • Callum PATERSON • Iona DI TULLIO

The following people had milestone runs this week, so many congratulations to them:

50 Club - Angela M DUNCAN, Christine BLACK, Dale THOMAS-BAINES, Thomas RICE
100 Club - John HUTCHINS

Today’s full results and a complete 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 19,210 participants have completed 205,591 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,027,955 km, including 31,685 new Personal Bests. A total of 781 individuals have volunteered 9,708 times.

 

May the 4th (and pacers) be with you

Black Park parkrun
Event number 518
4th May 2019

This week there was a double reason to get up and out and make your way to Black Park. Not only was it pacer day but it was May 4th, so Happy Star Wars Day to you all.  Many of our participants took the opportunity to come dressed as a Star Wars character so if you ended up running next to Princess Leia, don’t worry!

Filming was still going on in the park and our route did take us past a number of vehicles and filming equipment at various points. Did anyone else see the trees that were painted in a fairly vibrant brown colour? Or was I dreaming?

As it was the first weekend of the month, it was pacer day - thank you to all our pacers. Looking at our results page, it appears over 150 of you registered new personal bests for 5k - congratulations to you all. Please do thank your pacer, it’s always a special day when you lower your time and the pacers love to hear of your successes.

This week 758 people ran, jogged and walked the course of whom 78 were first timers. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 64 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • John COBB • Andy TORRANCE • Mark STEVENS • Kate SHEPHARD • Paula WALKER • Catherine STAUNTON • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Jackie STALLWOOD • Stephen MCALISTER • Sheila O'NEILL • Philip Morris JONES • Mike LEIGH • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Martin JOSTEN • Andrew LAUGHLAND • Bob STANBROOK • David COOMBS • Alyson MCSHANE • Karen ALOE • Amar BABHANIA • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Guy RATCLIFFE • Sophie GREATOREX • Zena PHILLIPS • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Patrick FITZGERALD • Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI • Mandy VIOLET • Suzy GAULTON • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Hilary GAUNA • Mark MOORE • Marianne HUGHES • Shona LOWE • Toby ROBINSON • Nigel WRIGHT • Paula KELLY • Emma HUGHES • Karen COURT • Sharon BUNBY • Janett BAKER • Fred CLEMENT • Martin STEWART • Sarah MUNN • Thomas HARRIS • Vicky HART • Tommy LAWS-BARRETT • Marie KOUHI • Callum PATERSON • Callum ODONNELL • Lucy JENNINGS • Iona DI TULLIO

Congratulations to the following people who all joined milestone clubs:

10 - Izzy BACH

50 - Andrew JONES, Brian GREGOR, David LEY, Gerald MCGRATH, Harriet LEMON, Mare-Anne FISCHER, Sarah GREGORY, Yvonne SHAVE

Congratulations  to Matthew ROBINS who joined the 25 volunteers club.

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 19,068 participants have completed 204,190 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,020,950 km, including 31,524 new Personal Bests. A total of 778 individuals have volunteered 9,654 times.

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