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If you have any photographs of Maidenhead parkrun then please add them to the shared Google photos album for that week. Any photographs others have taken will be in the same album.

Here are the links for 2021

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The Plan That Went ‘PING’. Maidenhead parkrun #265

Many thanks for this week's run report which is written by voluntourist Simon Grigor who is a Run Director at Harrow parkrun. Simon also did some barcode scanning for us after his run.


My buddy Paul Ashton had once been to a parkrun before; in March 2019, at Himmel Park, Tucson, Arizona. We were holidaying in the city and he kindly gave me a lift to and from the park to enable me to get a ‘foreign tourist’ fix. He can be seen here offering his ‘support’ while I am in my usual post-run knackered state.
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I wouldn’t have imagined then that Paul might ever do parkrun himself but, when we met up a couple of weeks back, he revealed to me that he has lost two stone during lockdown, completed the ‘couch to 5k’ programme, and had registered for parkrun and printed off his barcode. Paul lives in Maidenhead, and today was to be the big day. I said I would come to support and celebrate.

Alas, on Friday, the eve of the big day, his phone went ‘ping’. He was another victim of the ‘you have been in contact with…’ craze (not!) that has been sweeping the nation. Isolation for him, poor man. Please give him a welcome when he is allowed out and makes his first appearance in a week or two.

But I had already arranged to come along, and having walked through the truly magnificent leisure centre (and used their immaculately clean toilet) I found myself near the start-line, and getting a warm welcome from Run Director Nick and his partner Juli.

And what a nice course you have! The paths through the woods are lovely, though I imagine there’s a bit of mud about in the winter. Your hill, though a shorty, is a steep little bu**er too, though the marshal at the top of it was full of encouraging words.

316 parkrunners took part today. That included 22 folk doing their first parkrun: hope you all enjoyed the experience and will return, either to Maidenhead or another venue – remember your barcode ‘admits’ you to any parkrun in the world! And there were tourists aplenty too. I was one, and among the others, I spoke to Katie David and Andy Livsey, who’d come down from East Anglia, seen a show in Windsor last night before running today, and Steve Turvey from Coventry, wearing his ‘250 parkruns’ shirt but doing Maidenhead for the first time.

There were a few milestones being celebrated today: Anna Richards, Margaret Carlyle and Sammy March all completed their 50th parkruns, and David Pollard his 200th . Well done all of them.

First home today was a local, Adam Bennett, celebrating his 201 st parkrun with a time of 19:35, and another local, Kirsty Matthews, was first female in 20:42.

A wonderful volunteer team marshalled the runners round the path and saw us safely through the finish: thank you to them all. Parkrun relies on volunteers and if you are able to have a break from running to help out in the coming weeks, the team at Maidenhead would be delighted to hear from you. As a regular Run Director at my home parkrun (Harrow) I can recommend the non-running bit of parkrun as good fun too. In fact I am RD there next Saturday – anyone turning up and mentioning ‘Maidenhead’ will get VIP treatment!

Finally, everyone I’m sure sends ‘get well soon’ wishes to Ruth Hill, who ended her parkrun today with a nasty fall at the finish, and had to be helped away in a wheelchair. Hope you’re back on the start-line very soon, Ruth!

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This week 316 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Pauline SIDDONS • Matthew SNELLING • Dave WATERMAN • Gillian SCOLARI • Susan MASKELL • Amresh BANGALORE • Sara FORD • Linda SZULC • Jim HOUSE • Sarah DAVIES • Amogh AMRESH • Jo ROSE • Lesley GRAVES • Gill SMITH • Juli WOOD • Nick BAGGOTT • Anthony HORNBY • Simon GRIGOR • Liz HORNBY • Debra KELLY • Kate SAYERS • Dennis MURPHY • Colin WEBB • David MCCULLOCH • Malcolm MOODY • Herve BAVAZZANO

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

The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 17:19 on 1st September 2018 (event number 179).
The male record is held by Robert CORNEY who recorded a time of 15:57 on 27th April 2019 (event number 214).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sheila CAREY who recorded 92.09% (23:24) on 21st March 2015 (event number 1).

Maidenhead parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 10,065 participants have completed 72,928 parkruns covering a total distance of 364,640 km, including 11,893 new Personal Bests. A total of 759 individuals have volunteered 6,018 times.

 

Maidenhead parkrun #264…or Number 3

With thanks to Derek Philip-Xu, here's the latest run report, with photos from Catherine Hutt and Alex Brooke (many more of which can be found on our Facebook page.

Last Saturday saw Maidenhead parkrun return to Braywick sports ground for the third time since the easing of restrictions, and what a morning it was. 273 runners, joggers, walkers, barkrunners and buggy runners braved the torrential rain to complete the 5K circuit around Braywick nature reserve. At least the run around the nature reserve was relatively sheltered by the trees although there were a few low hanging branches to contend with.

Mud, rain and low branches aside, it was great to see lots of people back at Maidenhead Parkrun. And clearly many of you have been putting in some practice as there were 50 personal bests. Nicely done! There were also 34 first timers to Maidenhead, 12 being completely new to Parkrun. That’s great to see and a warm if not slightly soggy welcome to you all.

Congratulations to Adam Bennett who was the first male runner to finish in a time of 18:47, and to Sophie Drysdale (one of the aforementioned first timers to Parkrun) who was first female runner to finish in 21:19. That was also Adam’s 200th Parkrun! Other milestones included Ben Thirakaluthy and Louise Sebire who completed their 50th Parkrun. Well done!

Finally, thank you as ever to all the volunteers who had to stand around in the rain while we ran around in the rain. Your cheering and encouragement certainly helped us on. Here’s hoping for some better (dare I say summer) weather next Saturday. See you next week.

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Maidenhead parkrun #262 – The Grand Return

Maidenhead parkrun is back! After a 16 month COVID gap, it was great to welcome 252 runners back to Braywick for - finally - Maidenhead’s 262nd parkrun. Back in 2020, I was on the roster to write the run report for Maidenhead parkrun’s 5th birthday, which turned out to be the first week of lockdown. Few of us expected at that point that parkrun would still be suspended for Maidenhead’s 6th birthday but it was lovely to see so many familiar faces back today - both running/walking and volunteering, as well as 32 first timers to Maidenhead (with 13 doing their first ever parkrun).

After a week of hot and humid conditions, the weather welcomed us back with cooler and fresher conditions, and fortunately no sign of the forecast thundery showers.

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Run Director StJohn highlighted some of the changes that have taken place over the last 16 months. These include the new cycleway that crosses the course creating a potential trip hazard, as well as the new edging to the infamous Hill making the path there a challenge for overtaking. He also outlined some of the COVID era adjustments to keep parkrunners and volunteers safe including lining up for the start according to expected run time and holding out tokens and barcodes for scanning before dropping the tokens into a bucket, so that volunteers do not need to touch them. Excitingly for the volunteers, there were also new shocking-pink hi-viz jackets.

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While all the participants deserve medals for their patience in waiting for parkrun to restart, the gold must go to Tony Merritt who had to wait to complete his 500th parkrun. We look forward to seeing his ultimate parkrun blue 500 t-shirt soon. The elite 500 club had just 116 members before today’s events. Milestones were also achieved by James Muir and Jane Gale, both completing their 50th parkruns.

It was great to see Malcolm and Lynne back at their corner and lookout respectively and they were joined by a total of 29 volunteers doing a wonderful job as ever. The silver medal for ‘good reasons not to run today’ went to John Scaife, with his impressive ‘walking boot’ but he was beaten into second place by Rosalyn Cooke who is in Tokyo with the GB women’s football team.

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Fastest runner was Hugo Donovan in a time of 18:34 and fastest female was Kirsty Matthews in 21:56. The best age grade result was achieved by Juli Wood with 76.08%.
James Muir and Jenna Hoult share the award for ‘most attractive time of the week’ both clocking a nicely symmetrical time of 33:33. An impressive 35 participants achieved new PBs.

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This week 252 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Pauline SIDDONS • David DYER • Chris SUTTON • Stjohn FORD • Sara FORD • John SCAIFE • Benita SCAIFE • Jody BROOKES • Susannah CLEARY • Jim HOUSE • Sandra KOCH • Dave FITZGERALD • William HOLLWAY • Richard PINK • Malcolm MOODY • Mike PREEDY • Katie HEPWORTH • Lynne JOLLEY • Lesley GRAVES • Liz HORNBY • Debra KELLY • Sam GILLESPIE • Kate SAYERS • Jason RAWLINGS • Sarah SIMMS • Nikki SPROSON • Gurdip SINGH • David MCCULLOCH

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

The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 17:19 on 1st September 2018 (event number 179).
The male record is held by Robert CORNEY who recorded a time of 15:57 on 27th April 2019 (event number 214).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sheila CAREY who recorded 92.09% (23:24) on 21st March 2015 (event number 1).

Maidenhead parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 9,956 participants have completed 72,054 parkruns covering a total distance of 360,270 km, including 11,749 new Personal Bests. A total of 743 individuals have volunteered 5,930 times.

 

Celebrating International Womens Day

Maidenhead parkrun #260 – 7 March 2020 – Run Report by Sarah Simms

To mark International Women’s Day, parkruns all over the world joined forces with This Girl Can to celebrate female participation and encourage as many women as possible to run, jog, walk or volunteer at parkrun. While there are plenty of women who can’t get enough of their weekly parkrun fix (do I really have to wait a whole week till it’s parkrunday again…), it’s not like that for everyone, and there are many perceived barriers to participation. However, in the words of today’s fantastic Run Director Sarah Davies ‘If you can’t run, then jog, if you can’t jog, then walk, and if you can’t walk then volunteer!’

But really, I can’t run 5k, what if I’m too slow?
There’s no such thing as too slow, and if you walk it all then that’s fine. There’s always a Tail Walker or two bringing up the rear, ensuring no one is left behind and providing encouragement or just a chat when needed. This week’s terrific Tail Walkers were Jane Hitching and Ruth Hill and that means they finished last. No one comes last at parkrun except the Tail Walkers.

What do I wear?
That age-old cliched female problem, but the reality is it doesn’t matter, as long as you’re comfortable. If you decide you love parkrun and keep coming back, you can even get your hands on a milestone t-shirt to mark the number of runs you’ve done – red for 50, black for 100, green for 250 and (although I’ve never seen one at Maidenhead parkrun) blue for 500. Milestones were achieved this week by Pawel Czarnomski and Niamh Fitzgerald (both 50), so they should both soon be the proud owners of a red 50 t-shirt. Extra congratulations to Niamh as she put a stamp on her milestone by achieving a PB as well. You can even get a lovely purple t-shirt if you volunteer at parkrun 25 times and that can be a great way to get involved if running maybe isn’t quite your thing.

What do I do with the kids?
Bring them along! Maidenhead is a buggy friendly course and we have some fantastic and very welcoming buggy runners. Speak to any of them for tips and advice. If the kids are a bit too big for a buggy, they can run or walk with you, or do what I do and leave them with their Dad, sometimes at home and sometimes coming along as my personal cheer squad – there’s nothing that spurs me on more than hearing a little voice shouting ‘Faster Mummy, faster!’

I don’t know the course, what if I get lost?
You can mostly just follow the person in front of you, but every week we have plenty of hi-vis heroes, marshalling the course and they can always point you in the right direction. They’re also great at providing encouragement and Sula Bransden and Nikki Sproson did a superb job of this at The Hill today, cheering on all the runners and giving them the little extra boost needed to tackle that short, sharp climb.

But if you’re one of the 475 who ran, jogged or walked Maidenhead parkrun today, then you already know all of this. You got out there and did it, and well done especially to the 20 of you who ran your very first parkrun today. Whether that was inspired by International Women’s Day (perhaps more so for the 10 female first timers) or any other reason, then it was good to see you, we hope you enjoyed and that you want to come back. Maidenhead parkrunners love a reason to get out and celebrate something and this was again a bumper attendance week with the 5th highest number of runners to date.

It was close at the front this week, with Liam Busby finishing first in 18:08, just 4 seconds ahead of Tom Easten, who has been first finisher for the last two weeks. First female finisher, for the second week in a row, was Lili Rawlings. There were a fantastic 73 new PBs recorded this week, quite a turnaround from last week’s mudfest, with much firmer conditions underfoot. If you do get a PB, make sure you ring that bell at the end and let everyone know what you’ve achieved: done the best you’ve ever done. It’s not a race at parkrun, but there’s no better feeling than competing against yourself and coming out on top.

This week 475 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Gemma LLOYD • David DYER • Helen PREEDY • Yvette BUCKINGHAM • Jet WALKER • John SCAIFE • Benita SCAIFE • Alistair SAYER • Andrea SAYER • Jim HOUSE • Benjamin BROADBENT • Sarah DAVIES • John DAVIES • Malcolm MOODY • Stephen MAPPLEY • Martin DYER • Simon GRAVES • Freddie MACGREGOR • Lesley GRAVES • Ruth HILL • Jane HITCHING • Jen MORTIMER • Liz HORNBY • Mia BROADBENT • Alfie MAPPLEY • Kate SAYERS • Sula BRANSDEN • Jonathan CARTER SHAW • Henry CARTER SHAW • Sarah SIMMS • Nikki SPROSON • Mark OLDING • Jon SUDBURY • Jane PETROU • Pip OLDING
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Maidenhead parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 17:19 on 1st September 2018 (event number 179).
The male record is held by Robert CORNEY who recorded a time of 15:57 on 27th April 2019 (event number 214).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sheila CAREY who recorded 92.09% (23:24) on 21st March 2015 (event number 1).
Maidenhead parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 9,898 participants have completed 71,448 parkruns covering a total distance of 357,240 km, including 11,661 new Personal Bests. A total of 736 individuals have volunteered 5,871 times.

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