Well the sun certainly shone for the Redway Runners beginners’ graduation today – unlike the graduation this time last year when it was bitterly cold and we were still reeling from “The Beast from the East!” The glorious weather brought out 903 of us to walk, jog and run around the course - a record number for a Saturday parkrun. The previous record was set on Tuesday 1st January this year when 918 turned up for a New Year’s Day run. Milton Keynes was in fact the fourth largest parkrun in the UK this weekend, coming in behind Bushey Park (1422), Southampton (1006) and Cannon Hill (952).
We have some amazing statistics for today, with 132 recording a PB and 186 first timers – the majority of the first timers coming from the Redway Runners beginners’ courses. Hope to see you all again next week! Another amazing statistic is that nearly 8% of today’s runners didn’t have a barcode or chose not to be scanned! That is quite a lot – and some of that 8% didn’t hand their token back! If you find a parkrun token in your back pocket, then PLEASE return it!! Gareth was so excited about his new set of tokens a couple of weeks ago and these have only been used twice – we can’t lose them so soon.
I couldn’t hear if any tourists declared themselves today as I was right at the back of the crowd, but I do believe there was one from Derbyshire and one from Wales, as well as the usual relatively local tourists.
Lots of people earned their milestone t shirts. We had two juniors reaching their 10th parkrun and both of these celebrated their achievement with a new PB – so well done to Megan FIDLER and Anish KUMAR. Three people celebrated their 50th parkrun – Clive BIDDULPH, Shaunak NAVALKISSOR and Meg PIKE, two celebrated their 100th – Louise CRANSWICK and Ruth LYNCH, while Kevin GARDNER will be collecting a t shirt for his 250th parkrun. Well done to all of you!
I am also claiming a parkrun t shirt this week as this was my 25th volunteering day which led me to wonder how many free t shirts parkrun give out each week for all the different milestones. Turns out it is 1900 a week!! If you consider that they provide milestone t shirts across six different categories and each category needs lots of different sizes, then they have 82 different t shirts in stock!!
I think Dom’s jump is higher than the one captured last week!
Sam WINTERS (SM25-29) from Marshall Milton Keynes AC was first to finish in 16.18 knocking almost 2 minutes off his only ever parkrun in December last year.
Richard ASHTON (VM50-54) from Marshall Milton Keynes AC was second to cross the line in 16.46 knocking 17 seconds off his previous PB.
Ian Stuart WOOD (VM35-39) was third to finish in 16.55 knocking 25 seconds off his previous PB.
Siobhan DYER (SW25-29) from Marshall Milton Keynes AC was first to finish in 20.42 knocking 27 seconds off her previous PB
Lucy STEVENS (JW15-17) a first timer from Rugby and Northampton AC was second to cross the line in 20.47.
Sarah GREEN (SW30-34) a first timer from Thame Runners was third to finish in 20.49.
AGE GRADED SCORES
This week we had two runners with an age graded score over 80%!
Richard ASHTON (VM50-54) 89.36% 2nd overall
Gary BLABER (VM45-49) 80.74% 4th overall
And then we another five coming in at over 75%. These were:
Sam WINTERS (SM25-29) 79.14% 1st overall
Ian Stuart WOOD (VM35-390 78.42% 3rd overall
Mary MCKINNELL (VW65-69) 78.05% 245th overall
Caroline FRANCIS (VW50-54) 77.17% 68th overall
Herbie HOPKINS (VM40-44) 75.55% 6th overall
And I will leave you with a couple of behind the scenes pictures of some of our volunteers this week.
Well done to everyone who took part this week!
The event was made possible by 44 volunteers:
William SHIPPIN • Gillian ADAMSON • Jenny FENTON • Gary FENTON • Steve BURLACE • The Matt JONES • Tim MACKLEY • Max BURLACE • Neil Richard GOODRIDGE • Niam HANI • Kerry COOPER • Sam BATES • Nathan RUTHERFORD • Pippa DOWNTON • Sheila QUINN • Aisha MARTIN • Ian HARRIS • David ROSE • Stacy CLEMES • Rosalind CRAWLEY • Tamsin BAILLIE • Beth DEVENISH • Jools BURLACE • Dom KINGSMAN • Aaron BARNETT • Chloe HOPGOOD • Karen P • Ella PANDIT • Viv TOLE • Thomas NAVIN • Davinia INKSON • Gina HARPER • Callum MCMILLAN • Natalie CHAPMAN • Michael LACEY • Jo THOMAS • Sue ASPINALL • Elizabeth BEECROFT • Fiona SPENDLOVE • Adrian GLANVILL • Kaz HYSON • Sandy STEVENS • Craig DOWIE • Pavan SHARMA
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Milton Keynes parkrun Results Page .
All the photos from parkrun can be found here https://www.flickr.com/groups/milton-keynes-parkrun/pool/with/46728800364/
This week 903 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 186 were first timers and 132 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.