Arrow Valley parkrun #327 – 06-10-2018 – Kevin Tomkinson

International parkrun day was celebrated at the lake as 322 people ran and walked 2 laps of the lake cheered along by 42 volunteers in yellow. It was my 20th visit to the Arrow Valley parkrun and I was celebrating a completely parkrun milestone of reaching 1000 parkrun miles. 3.11 (miles) x 322 (parkruns) = just over 1000 miles so I reckon somewhere between the playground and the right turn after the bollard in the path 1000 miles came up. Thank you for the shout out at the start Rachel, I did hear it but I had lost all the people I came to the park with in the morning as I was trying to find somewhere to put my jumper!!

In the end I put it in the bottom of the buggy and my niece pinned the sign she had made onto my back and we headed to the start. I ran lap 1 with my niece who then decided she wanted to take her coat off. Wondering what she was going to do with it I took it off her and planned to wrap it round my waist. Thankfully I saw Tanya from Brueton who was supporting and she took it off me. We came up to some other runners and I got past but she decided she didn't want to keep up with me anymore and I ploughed on to the hill on my own. I managed to hold it together on the hill, keeping my pace steady, I think I managed to say "thank you" to the mini marshals at the top – if not, my apologies, your support was excellent!
IMG_7762  Coming back to the café I knew a course PB was possible and I thought about sprinting from the turn which I started to do however I hadn't realised the finish had changed and it was now further away from the corner! My sprint slowed and I seemed to shuffle to the line. When the times came through I had my quickest Arrow Valley parkrun beating my 1st attempt in 2013! Hooray! IMG_7759  As many of you know parkrun was started 14 years ago by Paul Sinton-Hewitt with the 1st run taking place in Bushy Park. 13 took part that day. What has taken place since has been amazing with new events starting all the time which is reaching new communities and starting new communities in towns and cities and country parks around the country. How many of the participants on Saturday have booked a holiday in the UK (or further afield) and looked at the parkrun website to see where the nearest run is? I know I do, much to the bemusement of my parents and in the old days my wife who used to roll her eyes about my requests for a weekend away just to run for 30 minutes around a park she had never heard of! Highlight for me of these requests has to be insisting she got up on her birthday in 2013 to run at Gorleston near Great Yarmouth – if you haven't run it and are away in this direction I recommend it, stunning on a sunny day! However the accommodation we were staying in, I was so happy to get out for a few hours (it wasn't the best) So thank you to the Core Team for delivering Arrow Valley parkrun which continues to be free and available to all. Thanks also to Paul Sinton-Hewitt who came up with this simple idea which gets us out of bed every Saturday morning to see our friends running around the lake

Volunteers This week there were 42 heroes in yellow, thank you to - Kevin TOMKINSON • Jenni TOMKINSON • Dylan GOULD • Gary KING • Gavin MOORHEAD • Mike GRIFFITHS • Richard GALLOIS • Rachel DAVIES • David OLDAKER • Liz ADEY • Rachel GOULD • Ricky YOUNG • Joanne MEYRICK • Alison BOLTON • Donna KING • Ria CANTELO-BPND • Elizabeth GRIFFITHS • Ian WIDDOWS • Paula WIDDOWS • Maureen MOORHEAD • Dean CLAPHAM • Sally EVANS • Lynda GREEN • Malcolm GREEN • Jo ABBOTTS • Trudie TAYLOR • Rashida BASHIR • Helen SMITH • Mark BRINDLEY • Paula BRINDLEY • Stephen REA • Dawn ELWELL-SUTTON • Mike ELWELL-SUTTON • Scott BEVERLEY • Karin AITKEN • Simon TAYLOR • Kate CHAMBERLAIN • Dylan SMITH • Janet GOODYEAR • Willow GREEN • Amelia SMITH • Olivia SMITH IMG_7760

Celebrations this week Congratulations to the following Arrow Valley parkrunners who entered one of the parkrun clubs at the event 25 volunteer club - Richard GALLOIS - 50 club – Angela LUCAS, Carl ORDIDGE, Hugo BEATTIE, Rebecca LUCAS Angela 50th pr5 random stats from Arrow Valley parkrun this week This was event 327. In 327th position was no one! Today was the 14th parkrun anniversary. In 14th position was Wayne KETCHER who completed his 99th parkrun in 20:54 42 new PB's this week. In 42nd position was Leigh MILTON who completed his 1st parkrun in 23:37 The average run time for the event (overall) is 28:54. This was matched by 1 person this week – Sam LEWIS Position number of the week = 101 – James WHITEHOUSE who completed his 5th parkrun in 26:35 PB's This week there was 42 personal bests recorded. Here is a list of the parkrunners with over 50 runs who achieved a PB this week – Kevin TOMKINSON - 25:34 - 322 parkruns Ian P COOPER - 22:50 - 283 parkruns Jenni TOMKINSON - 28:15 - 206 parkruns Jane NOCK - 26:38 - 97 parkruns Lauren HEVEY - 26:11 - 67 parkruns Well done to all achieving a PB this week First timers 35 first timers took part this week, for 17 of them this was their 1st parkrun. Well done to all the 1st timers, hope you enjoyed your parkrun Official Report This week 322 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part. IMG_7761

The female record is held by Becky STRAW who recorded a time of 17:49 on 23rd August 2014 (event number 110), and by Kristen FINDLEY who also recorded a time of 17:49 on 25th July 2015 (event number 159).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:08 on 10th September 2016 (event number 219).
The Age Grade course record is held by Bronwen G CARDY who recorded 94.03% (21:14) on 12th September 2015 (event number 166).

Arrow Valley parkrun started on 14th July 2012. Since then 9,376 participants have completed 86,663 parkruns covering a total distance of 433,315 km, including 15,154 new Personal Bests.

Did you know?

Arrow Valley parkrun now has 7652 registered parkrunners

Kevin (A190125)


Run Report 29/09/2018 – Event # 326 by Terri Powell

My home event Sandwell Valley parkrun was cancelled today and having briefly met some of the runners and volunteers when they kicked off their charity 8.5 parkruns in one day with us a couple of weeks back, I thought I would repay the favour by joining Arrow Valley for a spot of parkrun tourism. I was joined by another of our regular volunteers Neil Langley and we were both wearing our bright lime green t-shirts displaying “Sandwell Valley parkrun volunteers on tour” on the back of them.
We both volunteer quite regularly, so don’t often get the chance to run and this was an ideal opportunity for us and one that we both thoroughly enjoyed.
As we walked towards the start, both Neil and I felt positively chilly in the tree cover of the car park and pathways but soon warmed up when we arrived at the bright sunlit field in readiness for the start where it was obvious that there was going to be a big turnout.
IMG_7510A quick hello to a couple of people I recognised, briefings completed and we were off on a really pleasant two lap course of the lake. A few of you certainly noticed us as you kindly said hello and had a quick chat with us on the way around which is always very welcoming and very nice of you to take the time so we thank you for that. The last Saturday in the month here also means that it is pacer’s week. A total of fourteen pacers in sky blue vests helped out and a staggering 100 PB’s were achieved. IMG_7509
Well done to the pacers and to all those with a new PB this week.
A few quick statistics for you:
38 first timers to Arrow Valley, 19 of which were first timers to parkrun
15 parkrunners completed their 2nd ever parkrun, 10 of which achieved new PB’s
15 parkrunners completed their 3rd ever parkrun, 9 of which achieved new PB’s
31 junior parkrunners, 6 of which were first timers and 3 of which have completed 100+ parkruns
50th parkrun milestones – Pauline Timmings and Rob Cooper
100th parkrun milestones - Angela Bligh and Lorraine Hyde
150th parkrun event – Joshua Wiseman
307th parkrun event – Clive Rose which was also his 170th Arrow Valley event
34 of the parkrunners today have already achieved their 25th volunteering milestone

After the event, Neil and I stopped at the café and we gave a little bit back by token sorting. We were joined by Rosanna Palmer who has become a bit of regular at Arrow Valley having started C25K earlier in the year with Lickey End Striders and Karen Hurrell from Haigh Woodland parkrun who was attending a course nearby. In all we sorted a total of 437 finishing tokens in readiness for you all to do it again next week.
The final mention is to the Hi-Viz heroes who enable this to happen so a big THANK YOU to
Heather Baldwin, Richard Banks, Scott Beverley, Christopher Bird, Alison Bolton, Bill Bradley, Joshua Bradley, Diane Mary Brian, Mark Brindley, Sula Broad, Eleanor Broad, Sharon Colfer, Rachel Davies, Paul Egan, Malcolm Green, Clare Grennan, Rory Hancock, Tim Harrison, Anita Hartley, Nick Harwood, Hollie Heffernan, Ian Hurst, Jo Knight, Neil Langley, Robert Morris, Jessica Nielsen, Rosanne Palmer, Elizabeth Paterson, Terri Rose Powell, Stephen Rea, Nick Secker, Emma Shannon, Olivia Smith, Helen Smith, Amelia Smith, Simon Taylor, Dawn Teague, Katie Thorley, Emma Tisdell, Lizzie Tovey, Mark Tovey, Christopher Weaver, Ian Widdows, Paula Widdows, Shantell Willmott, Ricky Young And Karen Hurrel.

Thank you to Mark Brindley for the photos within this Run report.



Run Report 22-9-18 Event #325 – Rebecca Spencer

My Saturday run at Arrow Valley parkrun was a defining parkrun moment for me; it was the parkrun which confirmed that, as suspected, my parkrun obsession has turned me into a ‘parkrun tourist’.

I live in London and have been parkrunning for about 2 years. In this time I have reached my 50th milestone, become a Run Director, and helped set up a local parkrun. Recently I have been trying to explore more parkruns in London (currently there are 53 parkruns in Greater London). However, this weekend I was due to come to Redditch on Saturday for a family event; troubled at the idea of missing parkrun, I decided to get the train up on Friday instead of Saturday, to stay at my cousin’s flat & use Saturday morning to visit Redditch’s local parkrun; Arrow Valley!

The friendly atmosphere of Arrow Valley was evident as soon as I entered the park. Runners and volunteers chatted to one another, before an excellent briefing by the Run Director, Clare. The course was fantastically well marshalled with enthusiastic and encouraging volunteers who made the route even more enjoyable. It was lovely to run alongside such a stunning lake; the first lap passed quickly and as soon as I was on the second lap I was on the home stretch (the beauty of a 2-lap course!).

I stopped at the cafe after for a coffee & it was great to see so many Arrow Valley parkrunners there. It was such a friendly atmosphere and a great start to my weekend.

I also felt privileged to be part of a parkrun which marked five (wow!) incredible milestones:

Dave BUTLER – 100th parkrun
Andrew COWLEY – 100th parkrun
David KINGS – 100th parkrun
Sula BROAD – 50th parkrun
John TOMLINSON – 50th parkrun
Dave Butler's 100th parkrun

Congratulations to these guys. What brilliant achievements!

I would also say a special Congratulations to the following people:


These amazing people ran their first ever parkrun on Saturday. This is arguably one of the most significant parkrun milestones. Hopefully this is the start of a happy & healthy parkrun addiction for you all...

Thank you Arrow Valley runners and volunteers for such a great parkrun, and for my baptism as a fully-fledged parkrun tourist!

Rebecca Spencer
(Run Director - Clapham Common parkrun)


VI Guide Runners at Arrow Valley

At Arrow Valley we pride ourselves upon being proactive in the visually impaired running community.
We have a number of enthusiastic VI guides that are waiting to assist anyone that requires it.
If you would like a guide to assist you at Arrow Valley parkrun please contact us in advance of the event by email:

We will find a guide to assist you in your running, jogging or walking endeavours.
Lizzie parkrun


Run Report – Event #319 – 11-8-18 by Emma Hawkey

We arrived at quarter past 8 for what would be my 32nd different parkrun, and 72nd parkrun overall – dare I say after the weeks of a heatwave, it was slightly chilly. Having never been to Arrow Valley before, I could immediately see its appeal – the lake looked stunning under the blue sky and with the trees mirrored in the still water.


I am a very keen runner, and very competitive with my own times, always striving to run as quickly as I possibly can at any parkrun I attend. However, there was to be a difference today. Unfortunately I have been injured for 4 weeks, so to still take part in parkrun I have no choice but to walk, something I am certainly not too keen on, but that's the beauty of parkrun – RUN, JOG OR WALK!, it really doesn't matter what your pace is, it's something for all, and 5km is still 5km, no matter how fast or slow you go.

There was an advantage of not needing to go for a warm up and not running flat out so that I am unable to speak – I was able to take the time to chat to some of the other parkrunners at Arrow Valley, and what a delight that was. I met Clive Rose who would be running his 300th parkrun, the most experienced parkrunner in the field today – his journey started in December 2011 at Cannon Hill parkrun, and he has run 167 at Arrow Valley which he now calls home. Well done Clive, in another 200 runs you will reach the next parkrun official milestone of 500.

IMG_6273At the other end of the parkrun numbers spectrum, I chatted to Yvette Donnelly whilst out on the course. I could hear the encouragement and excitement of her two friends, Emma and Barbara – shortly after we started they were saying with some glee "this is it, Yvette, you are doing it now, this is your first parkrun". Yvette had completed couch to 5km with Kingfisher Harriers recently – I hope this is the first of a lifetime love affair with parkrun that we all seem to have. My top tip was to hold back this week, and return next week to get a lovely PB – don't we all get an extra buzz from those two little letters on the results? IMG_6274
From first timers to the experienced, the other group we have are of course the tourists – at Perry Hall in Birmingham which is my home parkun, we always ask during the briefing where the tourists are from, a little game to see who has travelled the furthest – I don't think many UK parkruns could have beaten the distance that Sallie Wake had travelled – she was from Australia!! I thought I had done well getting to Devon or the north of Scotland on my travels!!
IMG_6275How could my eyes not notice the man in orange with huge orange glasses – this was Ken Byng, or more affectionately known as 'The Flash'. He happily told me how he is now 79 years young and took up running at the young age of 71 – Wow, I was amazed, my immediate response being "I hope I am like you at the age of 71 or 79, that is a true inspiration" IMG_6276

Finally, I will mention the course – 2 laps around the lake on nice wide paths. There are a couple of cheeky little slopes (they are not really hills), but I think it has the potential to be a fast course. I will be back when I am running again – the advantage of having to walk today would mean that I can pick up a nice PB. There is nothing to worry about if you don't like slopes, there were 2 of the most enthusiastic marshals at the top of the one at mile 1 / 2.5. Thank you for the encouragement – all marshals were lovely, and as I was lapped by the quicker runners, there were plenty of lovely words exchanged there too. IMG_6278So, I have walked 2 parkruns now, it still feels strange when the Run Director sets everyone off and I see all the runners go ahead – I feel like shouting "wait for me". But to anyone who wants to walk a parkrun, for whatever reason, I would recommend you do come along – you will still very much be part of the event, and still have covered the 5km to set you up nicely for the weekend. IMG_6279


Mein 50. parkrun – wo für mich alles begonnen hat (Where it all began for me) – Andy Brian

Arrow Valley parkrun #317 - 28/07/2018

Having lived in Germany for a long time - and only therefore managing to do a few parkruns each year, I thought my 50th parkrun would be a few years away yet. However, being lucky enough to have been one of the founders of the parkrun in Berlin, this year has seen me do a lot more than usual. When I realised my first milestone would arrive this summer, there was no doubt in my mind that I would wait to do my 50th where I did my first (coincidently, it was also the first ever Arrow Valley parkrun!) – hopefully the guys at Hasenheide will forgive me for it. :) Strangely, despite us having now had 30 parkruns in Berlin, to this day Arrow Valley remains my 'most run' parkrun!


Of course I was already really looking forward to the day, and to being a pacemaker for the first time ever too, but it was made all the more special by the fact that the AV team asked me on Friday evening if I would like to do the pre-run briefing – a slightly nerve-wracking start to the day given it was three times more people than I am used to giving the briefing in front of!

Congratulations to the following people, who reached milestones:
10 parkruns: Joshua Bevins, Sam Summers

50 parkuns: Maureen Moorhead, Martin Croucher, Andrew Brian

100 parkruns: Scott Walls

We had a perfect morning of much cooler weather to enjoy, which along with it being a pacer week meant a lot of PBs were achieved! Out of 394 runners this week, 82 managed to get round the course in their fastest ever time – more than 20% of the participants.

There were also 48 people who completed their first run, walk or jog at Arrow Valley, some of whom were visiting us from a variety of different places including Walsall and Winchester. A special mention to the large group from the "Breakfast club".

Next week will see the 9000th different runner complete the course at Arrow Valley!

Congratulations to the 20 people for whom it was their first ever parkrun on Saturday too – welcome to the parkrun family!

parkrun could simply not happen without our 'High-Viz heroes' – thank you so much to the following for giving up their time to allow today's event to happen:

Emily STEVENS • Diane BRIAN • Andrew BRIAN • Rhona ULYETT • Doug RICHARDS • Francis Richard MONK • Andy TERRY • James THOMPSON • Kevin PARSONS • Rachel DAVIES • Jayne WOODWARD • Liz ADEY • Colin MARSHALL • Hollie HEFFERNAN • Laura ULYETT • Linda BERESFORD • Katie THORLEY • Jo CANTELO-BOND • Raymond BOYLE • Elliot THORLEY • Pamela MORETON • Wendy GARDNER • Karl SMITH • Lee WALKER • Ian WIDDOWS • Paula WIDDOWS • Andrew WARING • Joey WRIGHT • Trudie TAYLOR • Melba JONES • Steve TAGGART • Olwen FIELD • Mindy JONES • Anne MASON • Ian WRIGHT • Zoe NEWMAN • Sharon COLFER • Mark QUIRKE • Zoe NEALE • Simon TAYLOR • Isabel WIDDOWS • Julie VALENTINE


Plenty of people are still needed for the coming weeks, so please check out the roster:

and email if you're able to help out!

Until next time at Arrow Valley (or better still, hope to see some of you with us soon at our parkrun in Berlin!)


6th Birthday Run Report by Lauren Hevey

Event number 315 on the 14th of July, 2018
Today was a very sunny day so we welcomed 344 participants. We had visitors from Worcester Pitchfork, Dorset, Coventry and Cannon Hill – which included me and my mom!
IMG_5469At Arrow Valley parkrun we had 30 volunteers, 22 first timers and 43 PBs. IMG_5471Also it was our 6th birthday so what do we sing.... Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to Arrow Valley Parkrun, Happy birthday to you! Hip, hip, hooray.... Hip, hip, hooray!  So in true Arrow Valley style the special event was run in reverse – what fun and then there was Cake & refreshments – thank you to everyone who donated yummy goodies.
IMG_5474Rachel also issued a plea on behalf of Bromsgrove Junior parkrun that have again had to cancel due to lack of volunteers – please do consider giving up an hour on your Sunday to help.

5 stats from Arrow Valley parkrun this week are: In 315th position this week was: Brian DINGLE In 14th position this week was: Stephen TAYLOR In 30th position this week was: Liz VAUGHAN In 22nd position this week was: Sebastian MUDZO In 43rd position this week was: Matt SCOTT

Today's special stats are:

In 6th (The birthday) position this week was: Harry LUCKHURST

In 147th(First Arrow Valley parkrun was the 14/7) position this week was: Jo CANTELO BOND

In121st (Amount of runners the first week it was ran) position this week was: Katie EARLES

In 259th (average people each week) position this week was: Charles PATON

In 46th (highest number of 1st place finishes- a lady) position this week was: David BYRNE

Today first male was Ashley ROSS with the time of 17:04. First woman was Beth SKYES with the time of 20:20 minutes. Well done to both of you!

Today we would like to praise: 25th: Henry PARSONS, Andrew BENNETT

50th: Rob EDEN, Anthony WHITE, Dave MATTHEWS, Charles PATON, Adams VIV, Melba JONES

75th: Jacob BROAD

100th: Megan BOYLE, Lynda GREEN, Malcolm GREEN IMG_5472150th: Diane Mary BRIAN, Stephanie FITZERALD-HARRIS, James THOMPSON, Natalie CUTLER 200th: Richard GALLOIS IMG_5473
See you all again soon!
By: Lauren HEVEY (A Cannon Hill runner and a Cannon Hill Junior runner!)


Arrow Valley parkrun report #311 – 16-06-2018 – Kevin Tomkinson

Arrow Valley parkrun #311 – 16-6-2018

A view from a buggy

Apparently parkrun started for me on Friday night while Spain v Portugal was on the television in something called the World Cup. A new inner tube for my running buggy tyre was delivered by Mr Postman so this meant Daddy had to fit one of them to the wheel. I heard from my teddies in the lounge that this meant a lot of sweat and toil originally as he couldn’t get the tyre off the wheel. Now, they are not ones to tell tales but using a spoon to get the tyre off is not a good idea and you should search in the useful things cupboard as there is a puncture repair kit!

So Saturday morning came and I could hear Daddy getting up so I jumped out of bed and stood at the door to my room. As sometimes happens on parkrunday Daddy was already dressed in his kit and has my milk ready for the changing of the nappy, a morning ritual which often ends with daddy leaving the room with his hand over his nose. Downstairs for breakfast and the doorbell goes……..”Nanny?” I called out…… she might save me from being strapped into the running buggy and taken on a trip round a park. But no, it was Alison GIBLIN who was coming with us to the park.

As we got to Arrow Valley I was not put in the buggy straight away and was given freedom to wander, probably in a hope of tiring me out – I’ve seen this trick before! Before the run got underway I saw Mummy’s cousin Ian MORGAN and Daddy’s friends Phillipa STOKES and Julie SWAIN. When I’m in the buggy and the run is underway I enjoy chatting to people we come alongside, I wave and say hello which helps to pass the time while I can hear whoever is pushing me huffing a puffing around the course

Arrow Valley is a nice course as I can see the ducks. Apparently there was a pushing change half way round and Daddy ended up pushing me for the 2nd lap. I could see Mummy ahead for most of the run and we caught up with her after climbing the mountain for the second time. Usually we would steam past however today she didn’t want this and we were under strict instructions to stay behind. Daddy did (although through gritted teeth) and for about 1km I called out to Mummy which can’t have helped her concentration! When it was all over I was let out of the buggy and went to see the scanning people – they have loads of barcode things which I don’t understand but are fun to play with and I imagine would make a nice mess on the floor if they dropped them.

Just before the tail runner finished I helped by removing part of the finish funnel, do I get a volunteer credit for that? I carried a sign back to the café as well which was fun although I couldn’t see anything as I was carrying it in front of my face. Thank you to all of the people who waved at me or shouted hello. On to next week’s parkrun and it has to be Mummy’s turn to push me.

See you soon Arrow Valley and the ducks in the lake.

From a 1 year old 'volunteer'


This week’s heroes in yellow, thank you to -

Kevin TOMKINSON • Val RALPH • Rachel DAVIES • Rachel GOULD • Alison STANLEY • Kate DUFFIN • Ricky YOUNG • Natalie CUTLER • Luke DUFFIN • Sophie DUFFIN • Margaret BATCHELOR • Raymond BOYLE • Dave WHITTAKER • Lynda GREEN • Malcolm GREEN • Clare GRENNAN • Bev DOCHERTY • Claire JAKEMAN • Niky PARKER • Ian FLATT • Janice DUNFORD • Mark BRINDLEY • Paula BRINDLEY • Mike GARDNER • Stephen REA • Stephen MARCHANT • Christine MARCHANT • Vanice ROBINSON • Claire FLATT

Celebrations this week

Congratulations to the following Arrow Valley parkrunners who entered one of the parkrun clubs at the event

10 club – Hayden SMITH

50 club – Cyril DAY



100 club – Mandy CHAMBERS

Congratulations also to Ashley SMITH who completed his 150th parkrun this week at Arrow Valley

5 stats from Arrow Valley parkrun this week

This was event 311. In 311th position was Joanne MEYRICK who completed her 36th parkrun in 34:20

29 volunteers made the event possible this week. In 29th position was Joshua BEVINS who completed his 6th parkrun in 21:01

61 new PB’s this week. In 61st position was first timer Lee-James ALDRIDGE in 23:07

The average run time for the event (overall) is 28:50. This week no one matched this time. 15 time parkrunner Lesley-Ann HAMLYN was the closest with 28:52

Position number of the week = 306 – Jaxs QUIRKE who completed her 19th parkrun in 34:10


This week there was 61 personal bests recorded.

Here is a list of the parkrunners with over 40 runs who achieved a PB this week –

Clive ROSE - 20:19 - 292 parkruns

Ricky YOUNG - 22:44 - 202 parkruns

Teresa ROSE - 29:57 - 103 parkruns

Gaynor EDGINTON - 24:51 - 93 parkruns

Richard HACKETT - 26:45 - 63 parkruns

Grant MOSS - 23:29 - 60 parkruns

Michelle JOHNSON - 25:49 - 57 parkruns

Emma TISDELL - 34:51 - 51 parkruns

Ian WILLIAMSON - 31:24 - 49 parkruns

Scott BEVERLEY - 19:34 - 48 parkruns

Pauline TIMMINGS - 30:29 - 43 parkruns

Arjun THAPA - 21:34 - 42 parkruns

Well done to all achieving a PB this week

First timers

40 first timers took part this week, for 29 of them this was their 1st parkrun.

Well done to all the 1st times, hope you enjoyed your parkrun and you will be back next week

Official Report

This week 391 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers: Kevin TOMKINSON • Val RALPH • Rachel DAVIES • Rachel GOULD • Alison STANLEY • Kate DUFFIN • Ricky YOUNG • Natalie CUTLER • Luke DUFFIN • Sophie DUFFIN • Margaret BATCHELOR • Raymond BOYLE • Dave WHITTAKER • Lynda GREEN • Malcolm GREEN • Clare GRENNAN • Bev DOCHERTY • Claire JAKEMAN • Niky PARKER • Ian FLATT • Janice DUNFORD • Mark BRINDLEY • Paula BRINDLEY • Mike GARDNER • Stephen REA • Stephen MARCHANT • Christine MARCHANT • Vanice ROBINSON • Claire FLATT

The female record is held by Becky STRAW who recorded a time of 17:49 on 23rd August 2014 (event number 110), and by Kristen FINDLEY who also recorded a time of 17:49 on 25th July 2015 (event number 159). The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:08 on 10th September 2016 (event number 219). The Age Grade course record is held by Bronwen G CARDY who recorded 94.03% (21:14) on 12th September 2015 (event number 166).

Arrow Valley parkrun started on 14th July 2012. Since then 8,760 participants have completed 80,374 parkruns covering a total distance of 401,870 km, including 14,205 new Personal Bests.

Did you know?

Arrow Valley now has 7294 registered parkrunners





My 1st parkrun – Move over Mo Farah!

Almost 10 weeks ago I started on my couch to 5k journey and today, Saturday 28 April, I ran my first 5k parkrun. I can't believe I actually did it! It's not been a simple journey as it took me almost a year and a half to find a guide runner - but I'm so glad I didn't give up.
I've not posted anything on my blog before about my new running adventures, after all it is a baking blog. BUT I'm so chuffed and feeling really proud of myself. I'm also hugely grateful to my wonderful (and very patient) guide runner and his wife for helping me.
I decided to try running as I mostly work from home and had begun to feel quite low and isolated. I knew I was on a slippery slope to depression after suffering a major set-back with my sight and I knew I needed to make a change. So, I decided to try a sport that would help me meet new people and get me out in the fresh air - running seemed like the perfect solution. I thought it would be easy to find a guide runner locally, but it wasn't. But I'm not one to give up and after almost a year and a half I was finally put in touch with a guide runner through a local sight loss charity Worcestershire Sight Concern.
10 weeks does not seem such a long time to get to this point - but we've worked so hard. Indeed, if you'd have asked me 10 weeks ago I'd have said I'd never be able to run a mile, let alone 3.1 miles (which is 5k). Being visually impaired you can't just pop on your trainers and have a jog, everything has to be planned and as much as I hate it I also have to rely upon the help and goodwill of others.
My guide (Corin), who is a seasoned runner and a complete inspiration, and I met for our first 'run' on the 18th February. I was so nervous and worried, I thought I might fall and not be able to do it. Funnily enough Corin was equally nervous. But neither of us needed to have worried! We hit it off instantly!
We decided on a couch to 5K plan as a starting point. On that first run I thought – ‘Oh My Goodness I can’t do this!’ I couldn’t run more than 45 seconds without looking and feeling like a tomato!
We persevered, we followed the programme and I quickly got bitten by the running bug. I started running on a treadmill once a week too and very soon I was running for 5 minutes at a time and on week 8 I ran for 5K without stopping!
Although I can only run with a guide, it's amazing the difference running has made to my mental health and my sense of independence. Today, Saturday 28 April, we took part in our local parkrun for the first time and I was totally blown away by the support and friendliness of everyone. Friends who I used to work with also came to cheer me on - which was amazing. I've been introduced to a whole new circle of friends and the whole experience has given me a new drive to not let anything stand in the way of achieving my goals.
Lizzie parkrun

It's early days for my running adventures - but we are not going to stop now that we've reached the 5k target. Our aim now is to inspire others with a visual impairment to feel brave enough to run with a guide. We also want to encourage experienced runners to volunteer to become a guide runner.
With the aim of raising awareness and hopefully raising some money in mind, I applied for place at next year’s London Marathon and am delighted to have been given a place to run for The Guide Dogs for the Blind. Corin is going to run with me. We are absolutely determined to do it!
I'll be posting more about our running adventures - I hope you don't mind!

Lizzie (A4405505)


Kingfisher Harriers Takeover 14th April 2018

Saturday 14-4-18 will be awash with the bright glow of orange as the Harriers swoop in and encourage us to walk, jog or run the course.

The takeover is part of an initiative to strengthen community bonds and we trust the event will be received in the spirit intended.
Have a great orange Saturday.

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