Saturday morning has arrived again – must be time for parkrun. The Saturday morning of June 23rd, 2018 was a pleasant morning for running; the heat of the day hadn’t quite taken over yet, and there was no rain to be seen, with just a gentle cooling breeze. Conditions were set fair for another great parkrun!
At 9.00am, 427 runners, joggers and walkers (and associated buggies and canines) gathered in the usual spot on Marquis drive, ready to hurtle off onto the Chase. The usual briefing was given (including milestone announcements, birthday wishes and welcomes to tourists and first timers), the volunteers were thanked (quite right too!), and the runners were soon sent off on their way.
Mike Senior, running only his third ever parkrun, was first runner back to the visitor centre, clocking a PB of 17:45. That’s Mike’s first time as the first finisher! Matt Williams (Run and Ride) was second, in 17:53, and visitor Gordon Walker (Scrambled Legs – Walsall) was third in 18:26, his first time parkrunning at Cannock Chase, having run 141 parkruns in total, mostly at Walsall Arboretum.
First lady to finish was Sue Kneill-Boxley (Cannock & Stafford AC), in 22nd place overall, setting a new PB of 20:49 in her 4th parkrun, and also setting the highest age-grading score of the day, a massive 82.55%! She was followed by Becky Loton (21:09, her fastest parkrun anywhere) in 29th overall, a first-time visitor to Cannock Chase parkrun, having done her previous 7 parkruns in the Cheshire sort of area. Rounding out the ladies podium in 38th overall was Cannock Chase regular Sarah Macleman, who just ducked under 22 minutes, finishing in 21:59.
This week saw 68 first-timers to Cannock Chase, of which 31 were running a parkrun for the very first time! These first-time parkrunners included Jack Garbett (25:46), Hannah Danks (29:17), Dean Feltham (32:28), Michelle Moore and Hannah McIntyre (identical times of 36:36!), Michael James (39:07), Eleanor Denton (34:37) and Roman Carruthers (43:19). Well done everyone on your parkrun debuts!
This week saw a huge 93 people set new PBs – more than a fifth of everyone there! A selection of those who managed to grab a PB: Lisa Wilson (29:05), Gary Jenkins (29:48), Claire Evans (23:08), Barry Lewis (33:18), Vada Baldwin (32:26), Alfred George MacKenzie (27:33), Faye Durant (32:08), Peter Hepwood (32:26), Johanne Barratt (26:03) and Nick Beckett (20:03). Huge congratulations to everyone who got a PB this week!
As ever, we were glad to welcome visitors and tourists from other parkruns this weekend! Other parkruns represented include (but not limited to): Walsall Arboretum, Brueton, Hanley, The Wammy, Markeaton, Southend, Brierley Forest, Evesham, Luton Wardown, Bath Skyline, Kingsbury Water and Conkers. Thanks for coming, tell your friends, and please pop back to see us again soon!
Two runners earned their 50 t-shirt at this weekend’s run: Michael Darke and Harry Beckett both earned their red milestone t-shirt,
whilst junior runners Bethany Cowls, Grace Ingram and William Edward MacKenzie all ran their 10th parkrun, earning their white milestone t shirt for juniors who have run at 10 parkruns. Well done!
Last, but definitely not least, a huge thankyou to the 31 volunteers who made this week’s parkrun happen! The volunteers give up their own time to make parkrun happen, and it is massively appreciated. If you’ve never given volunteering a go before, please consider putting your name forward for a role. It’s a massively rewarding thing to do, and you might give the chance to our regular volunteers to get out and run a bit more often!
Thanks all for coming, see you next week!