44th Buckingham parkrun

171 one of you completed our parkrun this morning, the threatening skies thankfully didn't come to anything!

18 of you for the first time ever at any parkrun.. woo hoo we hope your enjoyed it & return again very soon.

A whopping 41 personal best times.

An ace team of volunteers, cheering you along and last but no means least the January Sweatshop winner..... Debbie Morris. Well done Debbie, we hope you enjoy your new trainers.

See you all next :-)


Now you see it, now you don’t

I got up early yesterday so that I could put the signs out and looked out to see my car covered in ice. An hour later I popped out to turn the engine on to thaw it only to find it had all melted. Similarly the frost on the paths was vanishing rapidly and the finishers reported ideal conditions for a run.

We had 136 runners with 19 first timers

The first 3 runners back were:
Jamie Chatfield in 18:28 (his second parkrun)
Jennifer McBain in 18:57 (parkrun number 73)
Michelle Pank (plus dog) in 19:07 (her second parkrun)

Nice one ladies :-)


A record turn out for a New Year!

A later start time of 10.30 am saw a record turn out of 216 runners some of whom had already run at another parkrun earlier in the day!

We had 77 first timers and hope to see them again soon.  25 runners recorded new Personal Best times.

Simon WOODWARD (VM40-44) of Silson Joggers AC, was first over the line.
Gareth Bowden was second and Charles LAMBLEY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third

Claire HALLISSEY (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first lady (third overall) over the line on her first visit to Buckingham.
Jennifer MCBAIN (VW35-39) of Alchester RC, was second and Sarah RENDELL (VW40-44)also  of Alchester RC, was third.

First junior back was Jamie Prince (JM10), second was James Spencer (JM11 -14) and third was James Conquest (JM10).



New Years Day parkrun – kick off 2015 how you intend to continue…

By popular demand, Buckingham parkrun will be seeing in 2015 in style with a new years day event. We will be kicking off at the celebration-friendly start time of 10:30am.

What better way to spend the first day of the year than doing something active with your mates?

Please note that New Years Day is the only day of the year where you can run at 2 different parkruns and have both runs count towards your 50, 100 and 250 club shirts. Aylesbury parkrun will be taking place at 9am, meaning that it will be possible to run both Aylesbury (9am) and Buckingham (10:30am).

For those of you interested in tackling the double, here is the website for Aylesbury parkrun - www.parkrun.org.uk/aylesbury

Hope to see many of you on New Years Day - and I promise not to use the megaphone in the pre-run briefing!



Christmas Day Parkrun

We'll be celebrating Christmas this year by holding our first ever Christmas Day parkrun - usual place but starting at 9.30 am.  For those of you with young children this will seem like the middle of the day and maybe a chance to get out of the house for some peace and quiet. Or perhaps, bring your youngsters along and tire them out a little! Everyone welcome, especially the grandparents .. and it's the ideal time to try out the new running gear you got for Christmas. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.


Buckingham parkrun Stats so far…

Buckingham Parkrun, Statto speaks!

If there is one thing most runners like more than running, it is stats about running, pb's, split times, training logs etc. One of the great things about Parkrun is that the fun and social side are clearly the most important thing about our Saturday morning in Bourton Park, but come Saturday afternoon those of us with an inquisitive mind have ready access to a whole fresh set of stats to delve into.

As we approach our 20th event next Saturday we have a growing body of facts about the Buckingham parkrun family. In our first 19 weeks we have seen over 2100 separate runs over the 5k course completed by 769 different people. A total running time, of 973 hours, or to put it another way, and not getting too biblical about this but roughly 40 days and 40 nights! If run in a relay, the distance covered is about the same as that between Buckingham and Kuala Lumpa and I reckon at the current rate we could get around the world by next April!

Anyway, before I disappear up my own statistical orifice, the beauty of parkrun is really about people and communities and I think that a booming running community has been galvanised in Buckingham over the past few months. It has been fantastic to see the growing numbers as the weeks have passed and the gathering of the clan in our bright running gear every Saturday morning has brought a real buzz to the town and to the parks.

Before I sign off, I would like to bring your attention to our points table that is based on both running and volunteering activity. The male points tally is currently being led by Jonathan Fox who has run on 14 separate occasions and has also volunteered further 3 times, a pack of our regular runners led by Timothy Waggett are hot on his heels. In the female points tally Jennifer McBain is top of the pile having also been first finisher on 10 separate occasions with Debbie Morris leading the chase. We are all in there somewhere, so check to see where you are and see your points tally rise as we head into the autumn.

Buckingham Statto


Christmas comes early to Buckingham!

For anyone in the vicinity of the skatepark last Saturday morning it appeared that time had moved forward several months as a horde of runner in tinsel, antlers, Santa hats and even full Santa suits ran down towards the finish! No, we hadn't all gone completely mad. Aylesbury Vale District Council wanted us to adorn the front of the winter edition of their newsletter and so that it could go to press photos were needed now. Most people changed back into summer gear for the run but we did have Santa Jenny encouraging 2 new parkrunners around the course :-)

Now for some stats:
This week there were 156 runners, of whom 40 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.

For the men:
Mark PALSER (SM30-34) of Milton Keynes AC, was first over the line in 17:28 - 6th time in 7 appearances.
Will TUCKETT (SM25-29) of Vale of Aylesbury AC, was second over the line in 17:39.
Gareth BOWDEN (VM40-44) of Brackley and District Running Club, was third over the line in 18:03 - was first to finish once before.

Looking at the ladies:
Dawn BREWARD (VW40-44) of Brackley and District Running Club, was first (21st overall) over the line in 21:44 - first appearance.
Jane SIMONS (VW35-39) of Winslow Warriors Running Club, was second (28th overall) over the line in 22:22 - was first to finish once before.
Sue TORRANCE (VW50-54) of Brackley and District Running Club, was third (32nd overall) over the line in 22:49.


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 www.parkrun.org.uk/buckingham


Announcing the start of Buckingham parkrun

Buckingham parkrun starts 17 May 2014

We are delighted to announce the launch of Buckingham parkrun on 17th May 2014, 9:00 am at Bridge Street Skate Park, Buckingham. We hope you'll be able to join us for the launch and a coffee afterwards.

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