Birthday Celebrations

What a morning, the sun shone and ice cream was served. We had a record turnout for our anniversary event and fittingly Andy Inchley led home a field of 217 in a time of 17.29. For those of you that don’t know, Andy was very helpful in getting our course approved last year and in providing the backing of AVDC for the new event, he even led the volunteer team at our inaugural. First lady home for the 6th time was Sarah Rendell in 19.40, a great run from Sarah in matching her achievement is being the fastest female in our debut event. In perfect running conditions a whopping 50 people including our brilliant photographer Chris Scadden recorded PB’s, see the link to some of his fantastic shots from yesterday FabPhotos


It is always pleasing to see new faces joining us and 18 people enjoyed the parkrun experience for the first time today, welcome to the fold and we hope to see you next week.


Ahead of today’s run awards were presented to some of our most regular volunteers and to the winners of our points competitions. The points award is for the most consistent  runners over the past year. The men's award was awarded to Jonathan “the flying” Fox who has completed the Buckingham course a whopping 49 times and volunteered 3 more whilst the women's award was won by Debbie “does marathons” Morris who has either run or volunteered a 45 brilliant times. As the French would say chapeau to both of our winners – could you follow in their (well-worn trainer) footsteps this time next year?


Next Saturday we may well have another bumper turnout, word on the street is that a large contingent from Milton Keynes are planning  a pilgrimage along the A421 to the hallowed grounds of Bourton Park. As Deputy Mayor of Buckingham Paul Hirons so rightly said ahead of starting this weeks run, we may not have a premier league football team but we certainly have a premier league park  – here, here!


Fantastic turnout for inaugural Buckingham parkrun

Buckingham became the 405th event to join the global parkrun phenomenon on Saturday. 185 runners aged between 7 and 70 took part in the inaugural Buckingham parkrun event, that sets off adjacent to the skatepark in Bridge Street and follows an attractive riverside route through the Heartlands and Bourton Park.

New town mayor of Buckingham Cllr Lisa O’Donoghue set the runners on their way, and amongst the participants was Town Clerk Chris Wayman who completed the course alongside his 8 year old daughter Jenna. Speaking afterwards, Chris commented that it was fantastic to see such a mix of local runners and visitors to the town taking part in the event. "We are really proud of our parks in Buckingham and parkrun is a great way of encouraging more people to enjoy our wonderful facilities”

The parkrun phenomenon is often cited as one of the most obvious examples of the London 2012 Legacy gaining momentum across the UK with over 1 million individuals now registered to take part. The philosophy is simple, a free, timed 5k run through a local park at 9am every Saturday. The event is entirely managed by a team of volunteers and all runners are encouraged to volunteer a couple of times a year to put something back into the events.

After the run, volunteers and runners gathered in the Gelateria cafe and ice-creamery for a well-earned coffee or ice-cream.

Buckingham Town Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council must also be thanked for their support, and allowing use of both the parks that the run goes through.

For the record, the first runner home was Mark Palser from Milton Keynes AC in a time of 17.04, with Sarah Rendell the first woman home in 19.07. If you would like to take part in the weekly event all you have to do is register and download your free barcode. Visit

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