As the nights begin to roll in and the mornings become crisper and colder, there is one thing that is guaranteed to bring sunshine to the week – parkrun!
This was my first week at Cannock Chase parkrun and it was a weird one. I was both a tourist and a regular. I knew this as I had moved into a new home just 12 hours previous but don’t let a house move get in the way of parkrun or a van that needed returning at 9:45am – someone give me a medal… please?!
My experience of Cannock Chase parkrun is one of the best I’ve done. I’ve done 51 different events and 206 in total now and it nailed all the things I love about parkrun. Pre event had that familiar and wonderful bumbling around of all shapes and sizes, low hum of morning chatter with all the parkrun formalities of run briefing etc. One of my favourite parts was it started at 9.00am on the dot. Having started parkrun 5 years ago, I remember when all parkruns started at 9.00am religiously – it gave a sense of running with the country at the same time. I’ll say most parkruns now don’t do this so THANK YOU!! I know it’s minor but it’s great – especially for the van return mentioned earlier!!
The course is mostly on packed gravel and the volunteers were spectacular, I try to make an effort of thumbs up to marshals (easier said than done when ‘going for it’) who give up their time to get sore hands via clapping us all so here’s another thank you – it doesn’t happen without you. The route through the trees and this little part of the beautiful Cannock Chase is brilliant. Some undulations but mostly flat and fast running gives a real sense of movement. The final climb up to the finish through a few slaloms of runners was tough but the gloriously cheery barcode scanners were certainly worth it. Many parkruns have a PB gong and I was disappointed Cannock Chase parkrun doesn’t have one. The disappointment was short lived as I was pointed to the direction of a manual fire bell! EVEN BETTER!! Ding ding ding – technically a PB as it was my first event
A brilliant event with a brilliant atmosphere. Thanks again to all the tireless volunteers. I will see you soon!
On a more bizarre note, near the end my partner noted someone saying I was running as if I was on Viagra – not sure what this means but I hope positive. If anyone can shed light on this please do!
Cannock Chase parkrun Event number 87 22nd September 2018 This week 332 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests.
Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers: Paul Brendon SCULLION • Sadie BURNS • Lee EDGINGTON • Keith PARRY • Ben DEAKIN • Georgena ASHCROFT • Abigail WELLS-DAY • Thomas FROST • Robert HOARE • Laura PALMER • Gail DOUGHTY • Helen GOFF • Larry GOFF • Keith STONEMAN • Marie WARD • Mark ELLIS • Ethan DUROSE • Natasha LANGFORD • Abraham LANGFORD • Olivia LEIGHTON • Geoff TYLER • Natalie PORT • Jo JOHNSTON • Joe BALLANCE • Kevin HOSELL • Mark JEFFERY • Rachel LOWE • Brian EVANS
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 Christine KILKENNY who recorded 89.82% (22:55) on 7th April 2018 (event number 65).
Cannock Chase parkrun started on 19th November 2016. Since then 6,792 participants have completed 34,200 parkruns covering a total distance of 171,000 km, including 8,094 new Personal Bests.