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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.

 

Maidenhead parkrun #259 by Sarah Simms

The last time a leap year fell on a Saturday it was 1992. As the first ever parkrun took place in 2004, that makes today the first ever leap parkrunday, and so the 342 of you who ran, jogged or walked the course today at Maidenhead and the 33 who volunteered (some of whom also ran!) are all part of history. Every week being part of our fantastic parkrun community (whether running or volunteering) is something special, but some weeks are just a little bit more special than others. The next leap parkrunday will be in 2048. I wonder how many of those who ran, jogged, walked or volunteered today will be doing so then? I certainly hope I am!
Whatever the weather, the Maidenhead Run Directors (supported by fab volunteers) make sure Maidenhead parkrun happens (unless it really is too dangerous) and today was no exception. With all the rain we’ve had recently, it was seriously wet and muddy with plenty of puddles, but the river hadn’t flooded so we were good to go on the usual course. Run Director Ed cautioned that this probably wasn’t a week for getting a PB, but that didn’t stop 27 of you – very impressive, and just think what you’ll be able to do in the dry (when this rain eventually stops)!
As with last week, there was a choice at the start: left along the narrow muddy path or right to hit the firmer path earlier (although there were probably more puddles to splash through this way as the middle of the field, which had to be crossed to reach the path, was quite waterlogged). This option to split the runners seems to be working as there is less congestion at the start.
First across the line, for the second week running, was Tom Easten who finished in 18:30. Firstfemale finisher was Lili Rawlings who hit a huge PB with 21:46, knocking over 30 seconds off her previous PB. Disappointingly, no one managed to run in a time of 29:02, although we did have a 29:20 from Tom Standring, and Janice Moorekite came remarkably close with 29:01.
There were 12 brave runners who made today their first ever parkrun – if you can do it in these conditions, anything else has to be easier! A further 25 were tourists who were parkrunning at Maidenhead for the first time. We had tourists from as far afield as Liverpool and Huddersfield, as well as a fair number of more local (and by now probably quite regular) tourists as many of our nearby parkruns, including Marlow, Henley and Reading, were once again cancelled due to flooding.
Martin Palethorpe achieved the only official milestone today, with 100 runs completed (and 98 of those at Maidenhead). There were a few arbitrary milestones though: Mary Hollway (150), Gareth Ralphs (200) and Jenny Griffiths (200). You don’t get a t-shirt for those, but you do get a ‘Congratulations!’

Congratulations to everyone who ran today, whether you hit a PB, a milestone, or just got yourself
out of bed and into the Great British weather early on a Saturday morning, and of course huge
thanks to all the volunteers, without whom this wouldn’t be possible.
This week 342 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 27
recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:
Jason LEAF • Jon OLIVER • David DYER • Rosie ELLIS • Gillian SCOLARI • Suzy RALPHS • Sara FORD •
Nick SILLE • Frances SILLE • Nellie SCOTCHMERE • Ed DIMMOCK • Debbie BRITTON • Jim HOUSE •
Sandra KOCH • Malcolm MOODY • Mike PREEDY • Katie HEPWORTH • Freddie MACGREGOR • Greg
MARSH • Lynne JOLLEY • Jack KNIGHT • Lesley KERNAGHAN • Sinclair SCOTCHMERE • Ruth HILL •

Claire HOBSON • Angelika LAWRENCE • Liz HORNBY • Faye HASLER • Henry CARTER SHAW • Sarah
SIMMS • Katie HOBSON • Jane PETROU • Mia LAWRENCE
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 9,847 participants have completed
70,973 parkruns covering a total distance of 354,865 km, including 11,588 new Personal Bests. A
total of 734 individuals have volunteered 5,836 times.

 

Maidenhead parkrun #258 – 22nd February, 2020

Run Report by Sarah Simms

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago the grassy and sometimes muddy sports pitch area of Braywick Park was flat and Maidenhead parkrun started and finished in the same place, with the start and finish being run along a nice firm path. (OK, so maybe it wasn’t that long ago, but it feels like forever.) Then, one day, a huge pile of earth appeared around about where parkrun used to start/finish and Table Mountain was born. A new plan was needed and the start line and first few hundred metres of the course were moved to the left. That move included rerouting along a much narrower path, which became very muddy in the winter months. The popularity of Maidenhead parkrun increased and congestion started to become a real problem. So, the Maidenhead Run Directors ate a lot of pizza and came up with a plan: after passing Table Mountain for runners to have the choice of either taking the usual course staying on the left or veering towards the right of the hedge and going out via the same path that is used to come back to the finish. By splitting the field, it was hoped that congestion would ease.

It was a tentative start with the front runners eyeing each other up, wondering which way would be quicker and when to commit. Video evidence shows the first through the split were from the original path on the left, but many of those who chose right were happy with their choice. The general consensus was that it was probably a bit longer, but as it was firmer underfoot that made it easier to run. Those who chose left felt it was less congested than usual; not bad considering there were 450 runners out today!

Now if Table Mountain feels like it has been a feature of Maidenhead parkrun forever, that pales into insignificance when compared with Malcolm’s Corner. Malcolm Moody has marshalled that particular corner on a staggering 250 occasions (out of the 258 parkrun events at Maidenhead) – a huge congratulations and thank you on behalf of everyone who has ever run at Maidenhead parkrun.

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To mark the occasion, Malcolm was presented with a very special ‘Malcolm’s Corner’ cake and a slightly soggy card, thanks to the sudden downpours which appeared as a lot of runners were finishing.

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Maidenhead parkrun just wouldn’t happen without our volunteers, and it doesn’t matter if it’s you’re first time or your 250th, you’re still massively important in making it happen. If you’ve never volunteered before, give it a try, you might just like it enough to come back and do it again!

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There was cake-a-plenty today, with a number of other runners celebrating milestones. Congratulations to Beatrice Melbourne (junior 10), Sinead Fitzgerald, a junior who also hit a huge PB today (50), Paul Rice (50), Run Director and buggy runner Rosalyn Cooke (100), Paul Sharp (100) and Martin Cowie (100).

First across the line today was Tom Easten, who is starting to become a regular in the top spot, finishing in 18:14. First female finisher was Shona McCallin in a new PB of 21:23. Shona was one of 61 runners who recorded a PB today – congratulations to all of you.

There were 22 runners who came down to Braywick Park for their first ever parkrun. In addition, 38 tourists travelled from far and wide (and not so far) to Maidenhead for the first time. Welcome to all our new parkrunners and visitors, we hope you enjoyed it and come back soon.

This week 450 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

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Pete WALKER • Andy BROADBENT • David DYER • Adam TURNBULL • Yvette BUCKINGHAM • Oliver KEENE • Ben JONES • Jet WALKER • Maddie MCTAGGART • Nick SILLE • Hilary GAUNA • John DAVIDSON • Malcolm MOODY • Simon GRAVES • Lynne JOLLEY • Joanne WHITFIELD • Lesley GRAVES • Jen MORTIMER • Nick BAGGOTT • Trevor HARVEY • Peter TURNBULL • Sarah SIMMS • Max OLDING • Amy LOVELL • Jane PETROU • Peter PETROU • Maddie HINCH

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 9,810 participants have completed 70,631 parkruns covering a total distance of 353,155 km, including 11,561 new Personal Bests. A total of 731 individuals have volunteered 5,803 times.

 

#IWDparkrun – International Women’s Day parkrun

On Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day, lots of parkruns around the world, including Maidenhead, will be hosting a female-focused parkrun celebration. #IWDparkrun will be supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by parkrun partner Sport England.

parkrun research shows us that, across the world, women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun. Despite the fact that females make 54% of registrations, they are less likely than men to take part in parkrun and to continue participating. #IWDparkrun is a fantastic opportunity to encourage more women and girls to participate in parkrun events all over the world.

So why not join in with the celebrations by bringing a female friend, colleague or family member and walk, jog, run or volunteer together!

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Maidenhead parkrun #255 – 1st February 2020

Run Report by Sarah Simms

There is always much excitement and anticipation leading up to pacer week at Maidenhead parkrun, which is now a regular fixture, scheduled to happen on the first Saturday of every even-numbered month. This week an astounding 477 parkrunners descended on Braywick Park, making it Maidenhead parkrun’s highest Saturday attendance to date, with one more runner than last week. Word is clearly getting out that Braywick Park is the place to be at 9am on a Saturday, and we had tourists from as far afield as South Africa – a big welcome to you and all our other new and returning tourists. We also had 16 people doing their very first parkrun – we hope you enjoyed it and come back soon.

This week, 14 pacing volunteers bravely stepped up to the plate, ready to help the rest of us achieve our goals, whether that was a PB, or like me just wanting to get under a particular time because it had been a while. Your superhero pacers (cape optional!) were:

parkrun_pacers_01-feb-202020mins - Tom Easten
22mins - Alex del Campo
24mins - Paul Sharp
25mins - Mickey Price
26mins - Dave Fitzgerald
28mins - Sam Gillespie
29mins - Richard Hobson
30mins - Joanne Whitfield
31mins - Christopher Sutton
32mins - Dennis Murphy
34mins - Colin Godbold
36mins - Russ Brown &
Herbie the dog
38mins - Andrew Millhouse
Run/Walk - StJohn Ford

The pacers lined up in order at the Start and Run Director Ros then invited everyone to position themselves accordingly, the idea being that this would help with the bottleneck coming off the field and onto the narrow path. From what I heard this was a success, and of course it made it easier for people to find the pacer they were trying to stick with.

First across the line today was Liam Busby in 18:40, while first female was Lily Runnicles in 22:40. William Dart was the first junior home, in 19:46 which was a PB for him. There were an impressive 81 PBs achieved in total. Clearly a great job done by the pacers and I heard quite a few people at the end thanking their respective pacers, either for helping them to a PB or to achieve some other goal. For me it was all about getting under 24 minutes, which I haven’t managed for a few months, and thanks to Paul Sharp, I achieved this.

The celebratory atmosphere at the end was enhanced by cake to celebrate Anushka Howell’s 100th parkrun. Other milestones today were Andrew Jones (100), Jonathan Cavanna (50) and Ryan Sturgeon (Junior 10).

This week 477 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 81 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

parkrun_volunteers_01-feb-2020Pete WALKER • Rosie ELLIS • Yvette BUCKINGHAM • Chris SUTTON • Russell BROWN • Stjohn FORD • Suzie BUCK • Jet WALKER • Michael PRICE • Tom EASTEN • Colin GODBOLD • Rosalyn COOKE • Alejandro DEL CAMPO • Richard HOBSON • Alistair SAYER • Sarah DAVIES • Dave FITZGERALD • Malcolm MOODY • Mike PREEDY • Andrew MILLHOUSE • Martin KNIGHT • Lynne JOLLEY • Jack KNIGHT • Joanne WHITFIELD • Lesley GRAVES • Jack STANLEY • Liz HORNBY • Sam GILLESPIE • Barry RUSSELL • Paul SHARP • Derek PHILIP-XU • Henry CARTER SHAW • Sarah SIMMS • Liza HIDE-SMITH • Dennis MURPHY • Max OLDING • Jon SUDBURY • 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 9,656 participants have completed 69,369 parkruns covering a total distance of 346,845 km, including 11,395 new Personal Bests. A total of 721 individuals have volunteered 5,722 times.

 

Maidenhead parkrun #254

Many Thanks to Derek Philip-Xu for this week's run report and congratulations on your 50th run.

Maidenhead parkrunday number 254 saw 476 people descend on Braywick sports ground for the 5K run, walk, buggy-run and dog run around the nature reserve, the second highest number of parkrunners since New Year's Day, although it was Chinese New Year's Day (Xin nian hao!) Such a large number of people keeping up with their resolutions were ably and enthusiastically supported by our 27-strong team of volunteers.

Matthew Dennis was the fastest finisher with a time of 00:18:05 with Aly Vance returning as the fastest female finisher for the second time since New Year's Day. Her time was 00:20:35. Well done to you both. There were 22 people trying out Parkrun for the very first time so very well done to all of you and we look forward to seeing you at the Maidenhead parkrun regularly. Amelia Hutton and Siena Brancato both ran their 10th parkrun as juniors, with Amelia also getting a PB  Congratulations to you both. I ran my 50th parkrun at a nice and gentle pace. I had tried to have my birthday the previous Saturday coincide with my 50th parkrun but, a couple of months ago, I committed the ultimate parkrun boo-boo. I forgot my barcode. Don't forget your barcode! Finally, a massive 86 of you achieved PBs which is absolutely fantastic. Great work.


 

This week 476 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 86 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

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Rosie ELLIS • Dave WATERMAN • David WAUGH • Yvette BUCKINGHAM • Stjohn FORD • Sara FORD • Jet WALKER • Alistair SAYER • Andrea SAYER • Sarah DAVIES • Alice ROBINSON • Dave FITZGERALD • Malcolm MOODY • Sheila KEHOE • Martin KNIGHT • Mike KEHOE • Lynne JOLLEY • Jack KNIGHT • Joanne WHITFIELD • Lesley GRAVES • Angelika LAWRENCE • Liz HORNBY • Kirstin HENDERSON • Derek PHILIP-XU • David SCOTT • Max OLDING • Mia LAWRENCE

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 9,604 participants have completed 68,892 parkruns covering a total distance of 344,460 km, including 11,314 new Personal Bests. A total of 718 individuals have volunteered 5,684 times.

Hope you all have a great week and see you at the next Parkrun.
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