Cannock Chase parkrun run report 13.01.18 #55

Thank you very much to Neil Fairbrother for writing this wonderful run report!

13th January 2018 saw the 55th edition of Cannock Chase parkrun take place under grey skies (but dry conditions!). The run started in a poignant way, as a minute’s silence took place to mark the tragic incident at Swindon parkrun a week previously, where a parkrunner sadly lost her life during the event. The silence was respectfully observed by all present, before everyone headed off on their run. This is a timely reminder to everyone to make sure that their emergency details are up to date, as it can make all the difference in an emergency.

John Harrison, running his 17th parkrun, was the first person back at Marquis Drive visitor centre, in a time of 18:14, just a single second outside his PB. Jason Jones, of Cannock and Stafford AC, was just 12 seconds behind John, in only his 5th parkrun. Rounding out the podium was Ben Ryder, of Defence Sports Recreation, a further 22 seconds back. First lady back was junior runner Rebecca Loundes of Wolves and Bilston AC, in 21:23, followed by Kelly Butler, who ran her fastest ever parkrun (22:08) in her 170th run – very impressive! Rounding out the ladies podium was Catherine Makinson, who ran the course in 23:09. The highest age grading score this week was Keith Stoneman (79.89%).

This week, over 50 people made their parkrun debuts, and the total attendance was the third-highest to date (482!). Amongst the parkrun debutants this week were Ella Finazzi (41:52), Haydn Tomkinson-Hill (33:44), Esme Ferneyhough (39:51), Stephen Gilbert (26:01), Debbie Hendon (36:34) and Robbie Gorman (19:58). We hope to see you all back for a second run next week!

A huge number of PBs were broken this week, unfortunately I can’t list all of them here. Amongst them were Ella Jupp (28:42), Johanne Barratt (26:47), Alex Guy (35:06), Stuart Duckworth (25:43), Melanie Hearn (33:22) and Ben Green (23:52). Well done to you all!

As ever, we were glad to welcome a number of tourists from other parkruns this week – always good to see! Amongst the parkruns we received a visit from this week were: Botanical Garden (S. Africa!), Kingsbury Water, Conkers, Reading, Bushy, Walsall Arboretum and many more! Thanks for joining us, and do call back soon!

Somewhat unusually, only one runner hit a milestone this week – junior runner Jacob Helps, who ran his 10th parkrun to earn his white “10” t-shirt. Well done Jacob! Core Team member Zoe Burns ran her 49th parkrun to move to within 1 of her “50” t-shirt…!

Thank you all for attending Cannock Chase parkrun this week, and especially to the volunteers for giving up their time to allow the parkrun to take place, as always! See you all next week, and please remember the following: Keep your ICE details up to date, don’t forget your barcode, don’t duck out of the finish funnel, and only cross the finish line once!

Next week is a pacing event, so might be a good time to go for that elusive PB…!


Event #43 Thanks to Mel Weatherer for the report

Happy International Parkrun day!

I’d like to kick off this weeks run report with huge thanks to each and every one of our fantastic volunteers today! The sight of many of them descending on us at the start line certainly brought a smile to my face. The marshals, as ever, offered fantastic support all the way around the course and the rest of the team ensured the smooth running (haha!) of the event for us all. Special mention was given by our Race Director Paul Scullion to Darren Mattocks, Ian Doody and Simon Bromley who were all celebrating the achievement of 25 volunteer roles today – extra special thanks and well done to you all.

Cannock Chase parkrun

Unlike last week, we were blessed with some lovely sunshine which made for a beautiful run. The Chase was looking particularly resplendent dressed in its Autumn colours. We sincerely hope that all of our parkrun tourists enjoyed our amazing backdrop as much as we do – we are certainly very lucky!

Park run cannock chase 7th Oct 2017

A total of 390 parkrunners crossed the line this morning, with junior parkrunner Connor Mills, a member of the 10 club, crossing the line first in a time of 17.09. Second named male runner across the line was John Harrison in a time of 18.41. First lady across the line was Emilie Bullock, also a junior parkrunner, of Wolverhampton and Bilston AC who achieved a course PB of 19.56. Beverley Noble of Chase Harriers took the spot of second lady across the line, also in a course PB of 22.30.

A total of 40 new parkrunners joined us, with Mark Silvester the first to cross the line in a time of 18.47, taking 3rd named place overall. Amongst the other newcomers today were Ben Jones (22.22), Pedro Havelock (26.11), Ann Myatt (30.43), Paul Weatherer (27.37) and Katie Silvester (25.25). We hope that all of our first timers thoroughly enjoyed their first parkrun and we look forward to meeting them all again soon! On the opposite end of the spectrum, two members of the 100 club on the Chase today were clocking up figures of over 200 parkruns. Sarah Hardy (27.50) holds the highest total on todays run results at an impressive 215 parkruns. Close behind is Katharine Cross who ran a PB of 30.18 on her 211th parkrun – impressive! Both John Cross (27.38) and Nigel Colgrave edged one step closer to the 200 mark at 198 and 193 runs respectively. A huge well done to you all!

30 junior parkrunners were amongst the crowd today, with afformentioned Connor Mills and Emilie Bullock taking first and second place amongst the juniors respectively. Cameron Jones was the next junior to cross the line in a course PB time of 21.01. Amongst the other fabulous juniors today were Harvey Smith (41.21), Harvey Freeman (26.17) of Stafford Harriers, Peggy Bent (39.09) and Lexie Pressdee (30.41). It is always so fantastic to see so many junior parkrunners alongside us each week - I’m sure that I am not the only one who thinks that each and every one of you is a true inspiration. Keep it up!


Many thanks to all involved in todays Cannock Chase parkrun – volunteers, runners and those cheering us on around and at the end of the course. Special mention also to those working in the café who served us a great cup of tea on our return, and with the added bonus of our 15% parkrun discount! I hope next weeks run goes just as smoothly and that the Chase is blessed with sunshine once again! With a couple of weeks as a tourist on the cards for me, I look forward to seeing you all in your super scary Halloween costumes on Saturday 28th October – there’s a prize don’t forget!

Cannock Chase parkrun

Cannock Chase parkrun

Cannock Chase parkrun


Cannock Chase run report #41 23.09.2017

Huge thanks to Neil Fairbrother for taking the time to write this fab run report! :)

Cannock Chase parkrun #41 took place this weekend, Saturday 23rd September 2017, and 318 runners descended on Marquis Drive for their weekly dose of parkrun goodness. The weather was typically autumnal, but thankfully dry, and the scenic setting of the Chase once again framed the sight of everyone setting off on a 5K run, at the same time as thousands upon thousands of other people across the country.

First back this week was Jason Jones of Cannock and Stafford AC, finishing first for the first time, in only his 4th parkrun. He flew around the course in 17:59, almost a minute ahead of John Harrison, who completed the course in 18:43. Rounding off the podium was Nicholas Tomkinson-Hill of Stafford Tri Club in 19:45. First lady back was Michelle Fox in 11th place, setting a PB of 20:49 in only her second parkrun. She was followed by junior runner Lucy Richardson of Cannock and Stafford AC, also in her second parkrun, and running a PB of 21:26, with a huge age grading score of 75.97%! Rounding off the ladies’ podium was also a PB time, from Sarah Macleman, who got around in 22:53 in her 30th parkrun.


23 people made their parkrun debuts this week, and we hope it was the first run of many for all of you! Amongst the parkrun debutants were Carl Davies, who finished 14th in 21:01, Thomas Drury (39:12), Olivia Stamp (39:49), Nathan Skelton (30:38), Anne Whitacre (29:20) and Reece Larner (29:22).

A large number of runners ran PBs this week, some already mentioned. A great achievement, well done to everyone! Amongst those runners who ran PB times were Kelly Butler (24:19), Lee Lymer (30:53), Samantha Jayne Follows (30:21), Gary Payne (23:50), Phil Gallimore (26:28), Melanie Bethell (33:51), James Weldon (33:22), Angel Marsh (28:22) and Zara Weldon (30:00).


This week three runners hit t-shirt milestones; junior runner Jaxon Kite ran his 10th parkrun, and is now entitled to his white “10” t-shirt, whilst Jim Seabury, a parkrun tourist from Banstead Woods ran his 100th parkrun. Finally, Peter Thomas, also a tourist, from Brueton parkrun, ran his 250th run! Thanks for choosing us to celebrate your milestones, Jim and Peter!

It was great to see that we had tourists from far and wide with us this week (as well as Jim from Banstead Woods and Peter from Brueton)! Amongst other places, we welcomed tourists from Kingsbury Water, Telford, Conkers, Coventry, Bryn Bach, Woodhouse Moor, Arrow Valley and many other places. We hope you enjoyed our parkrun and that you’ll come back soon!


A special well done goes to all parkrunners who completed other races as well as parkrun this weekend, including the Stafford 10K, which for some Cannock Chase parkrunners was their first attempt at the longer distance! I look forward to seeing how many Stafford 10K t-shirts are in attendance at next week’s parkrun – I will be wearing mine!


Thank you all for attending Cannock Chase parkrun this week, and especially to the volunteers for giving up their time to allow the parkrun to take place, as always! See you all next week.

Parkrun #41


Cannock Chase run report – 29.07.16

Thank you very much to the wonderful Helen Goff for this report. Helen and her husband Larry have been helping us out more and more as time goes on, so recently we asked her if she would do us the honour of joining our core team. She said 'yes' and this week she debuted as a Run Director. She of course did a fantastic job, and to top it all off, she very kindly wrote the run report too! So thank you Helen, for joining the team, for being RD, and for sticking with us :)

Cannock Chase run report - 29.07.16 - by Helen Goff

Saturday 29th JULY arrived, a day i had been both be looking forward to and dreading in equal measures. My first day as Run Director.

I woke with a whole herd of welly boot wearing butterflies holding a rave party in my belly, to say i was nervous would be an understatement.

The week leading up to this day had seen my mood swinging from wild excitement to crippling self doubt. I had never ever run before cannock chase parkrun opened in Nov 2016 so what on earth made me think i could be run director? By Thursday I was sure I couldn't do it so sent the core team an e-mail to tell them so. Luckily for me they ignored me, ducked all the toys i was throwing out of my pram and sent me some very encouraging messages in return. They even helped me gather up all my thrown toys and return them to my pram.

Of course i had no need to worry, like all parkrun volunteer rolls. The job comes with full instructions and a whole team who are there to guide, advise and help if needed. You are never left on your own to cope.


I think the bit i was most worried about was shouting through a megaphone to a pack of about 500 people who really just want to be released to run. Here I had Sadie and Zoe Burns who were amazing! I think they both did more than they should but they took the pressure off me which enabled me to really enjoy my morning.
Sadie wrote me a list of key things to mention and I was delighted to be able to give a shout out to
John Hanson from Kingsbury waterpark parkrun who was running his 200th parkrun with us. And Michael Escolme from Sandbach parkrun who amazingly was running his 100th tourist parkrun, wow, he must have almost covered the whole country by now. Well done to you both and hope your visit us again soon.


We couldn't run parkrun without the small army of volunteers who give up there own run or come to help while they are recovering from an injury. Cannock Chase is lucky enough to have some of the most enthusiastic, happiest, friendliest, kindest, and yes the loudest that i have ever come across. From veteran runners who come every week and bring their experience to our youngest and without doubt our loudest marshal Mia who it seems is fast becoming famous. I had a group of tourists ask me before the start if Mia was marshaling as they had heard all about her and wanted to see her in action.

Mia Ward (superstar)

Mia Ward (superstar)

If your a regular parkrunner and haven't thought about volunteering then please do. There are lots of different rolls to be filled and each is simple and fun. Your make new friends and You'll get a point for every time you volunteer. when you have 25 points you can claim your purple volunteers t-shirt.



Cannock Chase parkrun #33

Thanks to Si Bromley, last weeks wonderful RD, for writing this weeks run report :)

Run Report – parkrun # 33

What a cracking parkrun on Saturday!

After all the rain we saw on Friday night, I seriously thought that it would be more mud run than parkrun.
WRONG. A quick jog around the course early Saturday morning saw very few puddles and a wonderfully dry course. Temperature was cool, perfect running conditions.

371 of you also thought the same as you rocked up ready to blaze a trail around our lovely course dreaming of that elusive PB. For 120 of our runners a new PB was achieved, how fantastic is that? We also saw 75 first time chase parkrunners. It really amazes me every week how we consistently get so many new people turning up. It’s brilliant to see and I hope it continues for many more parkruns to come.

The big stories from this weekend turned up in the form of a brand-new course record. Ian Kimpton from Team Kimpton (on the left in the picture) broke our old record of 16:13 by 1:09. That’s right a whole minute off the old record. Not only that but the second-place runner, James Skelton, (on the right in the picture below) also came in quicker than the previous record at a fantastic time of 16:02. I bet both guys had 3 shredded wheat for breakfast.

Record breakers 23rd july 2017

Our first lady across the finish line this week was Emma Elphick who came across the line in a time of 23:22, a new PB. Way to go Emma.

I also think we saw tourists from our furthest destination on Saturday (unless anybody can correct me). Richard Brock and his wife, Genevieve, regular runners at parkrun in Singapore. That’s right, Singapore, over 8,000 miles away turned up. Richard ran a respectable 19:59 and his wife 43:33

Record breakers 23rd july 2017

Just goes to show that you can go to any point on the compass and still find a parkrun.



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