Cannock Chase parkrun #66

Its that time again!! Saturdays seem to come around so quick, is that me getting old? Or just the excitement of it all!

FINALLY we have a parkrun day where its nice and fresh out and there isn't a sign of any rain!!! Wohoooooooooo!!
I acted as Run Director today and it started off very early for a Saturday morning, up at Marquis Drive by 7.20am trying to get the "mule" started to take all the equipment to the finish line - I failed miserably at this, so instead just loaded all the equipment onto the back and then waited for someone thats a little more savvy with the vehicle.

It wasn't long before our hi-vis heros turned up, got kitted up and off they went to their positions. - Im not sure if anyone realises but the marshals get took out to their positions at 8.20am!!!! They have a lot of waiting around to do before you parkrunners get to them! and for that we are super appreciative.


Today we had a very special visitor, Megan from Alzheimers UK - parkruns official charity, who come along to support, provide information and promote a campaign the charity is holding which all parkrunners can get involved with "Running Down Dementia" where anybody can walk, jog or run 100KM between now and 31st August and raise just £100, this is such a worthwhile charity and such a fantastic campaign that absolutely anybody can get involved with!!!! If anyone would like to get involved and support parkruns official charity and join this campaign just follow the link :)


The morning went pretty much without a hitch (well except the megaphone deciding to die on me right when I needed it - good job I have a big gob :P
But Yay no incidents (we always like that) and all the parkrunners and volunteers come back with a big smile on their faces :)


We had several exotic animals come over the finish line as well, all hot and bothered, I have a sneaky suspicion they may be training for an upcoming marathon ... 3 miles down only another 23 to go ... :P



This parkrun was a particularly special one for a number of parkrunners who joined club 10 and club 50

Junior Club 10
- Jay Sawyer
- Edward Spalding
- William Van Nijerk

Club 50
- Nick Doughty
- David Peczek
- Laurence Morris
- John Harris
- Kim Smith

And we'll finish off with this weeks stats

347 parkrunners, walked, jogged or ran!!!
41 first timers come along to us last week! - we hope to see you again
66 new recorded personal bests!!!!
29 different clubs took part!!

Cannock chase parkrun couldn't have run today without the help of the fantastic 31 volunteers we had :)

Amanda WILLIAMS • Brenda LANGSTON • Brian LANGSTON • Catherine MAKINSON • Darryl COPELAND • Emma PLUMBE • Gary WILCOX • Geoff FARMER • Geoff TYLER • Georgena ASHCROFT • Helen GOFF • Ian PHILLIPS • Jack WALKLATE • Jake SIMPSON • Joe BALLANCE • Julie PATTYSON • Keith PARRY • Keith STONEMAN • Larry GOFF • Louise DOWNING • Marie WARD • Mark ELLIS • Mark JEFFERY • Michael JONES • Paul Brendon SCULLION • Polly BALLANCE • Rebecca JACKSON • Richard MARLAND • Sadie BURNS • Tina KNAPPER • Zoe BURNS

If you would like to volunteer at future Cannock Chase park runs please have a look at the future roster page and Email Us if there is anything you fancy trying.


Cannock Chase parkrun #65 by Neil Fairbrother

The weather forecast for Cannock Chase on the 7th April 2018 was for a dry morning until approximately 8am, with the rain turning quite heavy around 9-10am. So often, the forecasts are wrong, but on the morning in question, it was pretty much bang on. 2018 has so far been establishing itself as the Year of the Wet parkrun (New Year’s Day at Telford, anyone?), and this particular Saturday morning did much to contribute to this. The rain started around 8.30am, probably after most, if not all, people had left their homes; this set the scene for a very soggy splash around the paths and tracks at Marquis Drive.

At around 8.55am, the runners gathered. Usually, everyone finds their spot early in the start area, ready to go, but the weather had forced most people to shelter under the nearby trees, waiting as late as they dare to emerge for the start of the parkrun. After a temperamental loudhailer was dealt with, the briefing was mercifully quick (whilst still covering all of the important points!) to limit the time everyone had to stand still for in their running gear, and 341 (human) runners (and a small number of assorted canines) set off down Marquis drive, heading towards the puddles, mud and heavy rain showers that awaited out on the course.

First back was Matthew Craen, setting a PB of 17:59 in his 7th parkrun, and narrowly beating junior runner Matthew Bonney of Cannock & Stafford AC by just 2 seconds.


Third runner back was Matt Williams (Run and Ride) in 18:10. The first runner back not called Matt/Matthew was fourth placed Neil Pollitt in 18:18, a new PB for him too. First lady back was tourist Laura Choake (Ponteland Runners) in 20:53, her first run at Cannock Chase, and her 9th different parkrun in 10 total (is she after a cow cowl?)!


Second lady back was also a tourist, Jude Bek of Chorlton Runners (22:08), having done most of her parkrunning at South Manchester parkrun. Sarah Macleman (not a tourist!) rounded out the ladies podium, finishing in 22:44. Highest age grading score this week was Christine Kilkenny of Cannock & Stafford AC, with a whopping 89.82% in only her second parkrun – a great effort.

22 people made their parkrun debuts this week, and we hope the weather didn’t put you off! We can promise that it doesn’t rain very week, honest! Amongst those making their debuts were Harley Barlow (34:36), Paulene Moore (39:55), Jenson McAuslane Luffman (35:37), Cody Jellyman (50:51), Joshua Noble (22:44) and Holly Dunkley (32:10). Well done to everyone who got their first taste of parkrun, we hope to see you back again next week and beyond!

61 people (if I counted right) set new PBs this weekend – extra impressive given the conditions (or perhaps it was extra incentive to get to the finish line quicker…?). Amongst the people to smash their previous best times were Joanne Finlay (29:09), Gary Jenkins (30:05), Jennifer Burns (30:29), Gary Wilcox (21:02), Anna Bennett (38:18), Mark Duddy (20:22), Elizabeth Unwin (40:12), and Jake Walker (32:50). Well done to everyone who got a new PB splashing through the puddles!


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: Walsall Arboretum, South Manchester, St. Albans, Cannon Hill, Telford, Mansfield, Maldon Prom, Yeovil Montacute, Conkers, Hanley, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hadleigh, and many more! Thanks for joining us, and do call back soon!

Two runners earned milestone t-shirts this week, both of the red “50” variety. Cannock Chase regular Catherine Makinson ran her 50th parkrun, as did Hanley parkrunner Kevin Bill, who chose us as the location for his milestone, well done to you both! Three runners moved on to 49 runs, leaving them within 1 run of hitting the same milestone: Kim Smith, John Harris and David Peczec. Junior runner Edward Spalding ran his 9th parkrun, so will earn his white “10” t-shirt next time out!

An extra-big thankyou this week goes to all of the volunteers, without whom we wouldn’t have a parkrun at all, but especially this week with the weather conditions as they were, to stand around for well over an hour in the pouring rain; I’m pretty sure some of the volunteers didn’t even have an umbrella! For anyone who has never volunteered, please consider giving it a go; it’s very rewarding, and allows our regular volunteers the chance to actually take part in the parkrun a bit more often!

Darren and Simon

Thanks all for coming, see you next week!


Event 62 report by Natasha Langford

Event number 62 was a special one for many reasons, my first go at Run Directing, a pacing event and a fundraiser for Cannock Chase regular Al Langford's London Marathon bid. Al and several other runners were fundraising for Lingen Davies Cancer Care and were selling cakes and holding donation buckets at the finish.


But first, the weather. The Mini Beast from the East threatened the event and several local events, including Stafford Half Marathon had already been cancelled due to predicted cold temperatures and snow. However, we at Cannock Chase Parkrun don't let something as trivial as minus figures on the thermometer stop us and following a checking of the course we were given the go ahead. The next problem was thawing out the locks to gain access to the kit for setting up.

Then, brave Parkrunners began to arrive along with the amazing volunteers who come to wear the famous hi vis and stand in the freezing cold so that people can run. Soon it was time for the pre race briefing where I don't think I forgot anything and also managed to introduce the pacers. Hopefully those who wanted to use them managed to find them in the crowd.


The run went smoothly (phew) with Matthew Hogarth romping home first at 17:40.

The cake sale went well with hungry parkrunners and volunteers helping to raise £195 in total. Al and the rest of the Lingen Davies London Marathon team would like to thank everyone who filled their face with cake and donated to the fundraising.


This week 294 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Paul Brendon SCULLION • Jeremy HORTON • Mark MIDDLETON • Leigh RICKETTS • Geoff FARMER • Zoe BURNS • Lee EDGINGTON • Michelle MASSEY • David PANTON • Naomi ATKIN • Martyn JENNINGS-TEMPLE • Ellen WILLIAMS • Sue ASHLEY • Austin WHYTE • Sarah WHYTE • Catherynne HENDERSON • Simon BROMLEY • Robert HOARE • Joan HOARE • Keith STONEMAN • Alex LANGFORD • Paul FOSTER • Michael JONES • Mark ELLIS • Natasha LANGFORD • Brian LANGSTON • Julie PATTYSON • Abraham LANGFORD • Debbie BETTELEY • Geoff TYLER • Joe BALLANCE • Brenda LANGSTON • Alicia ASTLE • Jack WALKLATE • Owen JELLYMAN


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

The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 17:26 on 31st December 2016 (event number 7).
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:04 on 22nd July 2017 (event number 33).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adri HARTVELD who recorded 87.99% (17:46) on 18th March 2017 (event number 17).

Cannock Chase parkrun started on 19th November 2016. Since then 5,333 participants have completed 24,193 parkruns covering a total distance of 120,965 km, including 6,101 new Personal Bests.


Cannock Chase parkrun run report – 03 Feb 2018

Thank you very much to Pippa White for this wonderful run report!

03 Feb 2018

Sleet and Smiles in Staffordshire from a Reluctant Southerner

For the past few years, mobile military family challenges have landed my kids at boarding school in Staffordshire and, as the regular journeys from *wherever* to Staffs draw to a close, Harriet WHITE and I decided to do her NETSNDY – or her nearest event to school not done yet. In my defence we tend to drive up on a Friday for return home that night but this weekend was her big sister’s 18th and we were collecting both for a day out and lunch in Birmingham. As a silver Duke of Edinburgh candidate, Harriet is working hard to get her regular volunteering hours, so she emailed the team at and volunteered our services. She was token support and I have the joy of a run report :).

On Friday we got a lovely email reminding us that we were volunteering and there was a phrase that made me chuckle: “It's a Stafford Harriers week so I'm afraid the weather forecast is for cool and damp ;-) so please come prepared!” I joked that we needed our coats and hats and that it would be much like home at Queen Elizabeth parkrun near Petersfield which is towards the south coast. After a few years of living in the south, I’ve forgotten what weather is.

We left the school buildings and started the gentle climb towards the start. The ground seemed to be covered with a very light dusting of white and the spatters on the windscreen appeared starlike – uh oh. Now, I appreciate that you’ve had snow this season, but the best we’ve managed on the south coast is a lot of rain. Sleet was certainly not on my list of favourable weather conditions.

Our welcome was lovely, a ticket in the car and volunteer briefings achieved. Coat off and time to move (jog and sprint on the spot to keep warm) to the start line where Simon BROMLEY boomed out an excellent RD welcome and we clapped for Larry GOFF’s 50th run and Helen GOFF’s 50th volunteer. Well done! Larry, I hope the tshirt links go live soon!

To the run – an inner loop and then a big loop just like home – and a superbly mud free path. Even the puddles were ok. 378 runners fitted into the space beautifully with time for smiles and thumbs up to many. Lee GRATTON obviously decided that the weather wasn’t conducive to staying out long and he brought the male contingent home in under 17 minutes, the first time that has been achieved this year. Sarah MACLEMAN a little steadier but doing the same for the ladies.

21 people joined the parkrun club today, ran for the first time and remembered their tokens: well done – I’m sure it doesn’t sleet every week and it’s a very pretty course so do return. 18 parkrunners came back for their difficult second parkrun with 10 of those running faster than their first time here and 19 came back for their third parkrun with again 10 of those running faster. Those are splendid achievements.

Post parkrun we waited for a bacon sandwich and chatted gently before having a quick look at the museum and then going off to party. Thank you very much for having both of us and we’ll try and come back before the end of the school year.



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…!

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