Cannock Chase parkrun is cancelled on 20 October 2018: Cani-X event at Marquis Drive, key paths unusable.

Cannock Chase parkrun #87 – Run Report

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!


William Laye

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.


Hens, Hounds and Heroic PB’s!

This week’s run was definitely a test of enthusiasm before we began – as the weather became properly autumnal and the 388 brave souls who made it to the start line were treated to a pre-race shower during the run director’s briefing. This week’s run director – Sculli, didn’t even use his “…it’s PB conditions” catchphrase this week – maybe he could see the pain etched on our faces! Fortunately, for most of the next hour the conditions dried up a little and for the spectacle-wearers amongst us we were able to run without dreaming of the day that they’ll invent windscreen wipers for our glasses!

It was a great week for a run report writer as there were a lot of highs to discuss! Firstly, huge congratulations to our first runner home – Harrison Hardy-Smith – who managed the feat for a second successive week, knocking a staggering 29 seconds off his Cannock PB on the way with a result of 16:49. With improvement like that, it makes us all wonder just how fast this promising talent can go.

Harrison Hardy-Smith First Finisher

Congratulations also to our first female finisher – Alison Lundy – a parkrun tourist from Blackburn Harriers RC, who finished in fourth place overall with a time of 18.50. A tremendous run – and our fourth fastest ever female winning time – Well done to Harrison and Alison!

Alison Lundy - First Female

To complete the podium finishes, we had an unknown athlete in second position, with regular runner Andrew Soltysik our third runner home.

Whilst we are on the subject of PB’s – huge congratulations to Helen and Larry Goff, who both set new personal records this week. Larry broke the 21 minute barrier at 20.59, after several weeks of coming agonisingly close, whilst Helen set a new PB of 31.41 too. It just shows that the old adage is correct – the couple that PB’s together, stays together! There were also notable PB’s for Matthieu Leroux, George Thomas and Ben Askey in our top 30 finishers.

Larry and Helen Goff - New PB's

We had lots of Parkrun tourists today – including guests from Croydon, Chorlton and a great group effort from Pershore Plum plodders running club. Special mention though, goes to Katie Blockley (whose regular home parkrun is Long Eaton, in Derbyshire) who chose to start her Hen weekend with us! The bride-to-be managed to drag a lot of her Hen Party across too – before heading off to Go Ape and a night out in Derby – think they’ll be needing a good rest after this weekend! Good Luck for your upcoming wedding Katie - from us all at Cannock Parkrun!

Katie Blockley - The Bride-to-be

We had two milestones to celebrate this week as well – Angela Hiney-Bancroft celebrated her 50th Parkrun by knocking an impressive 22 seconds off her PB.

Angela-Hiney Bancroft - 50th Parkrun

It was also the 50-up for Alison Bhageerutty – great work, both of you!


And finally, the hound…well there was an absolutely lovely lost Black Labrador at the start of today’s run – I’m sure there were more than one or two of us who would have happily smuggled it home, but we eventually managed to re-unite the dog with its human. Along with the parkrunner who ran with a big (toy) bear in his rucksack, it really did feel like today’s run had everything…apart from sunshine!

Gary Wilcox


Event #75 23/06/18 by Neil Fairbrother

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!


Cannock Chase parkrun #73 – 9th June 2018

We had a warm welcome from the Run Director Sadie who was looking fantastic in scrubs and mask to honour the NHS's 70th birthday; for an institution that most of us have used at one time or another, to be proudly celebrated by a slightly newer institution which is making its own waves in the international community is a fantastic opportunity for a fancy dress celebration!


Aside from #NHS70 we also were celebrating one of the regular runners Martyn Jennings-Temple 40th birthday, he had generously brought quite literally 100s of cakes which were enjoyed by all at the finish I'm sure.


What a wonderful morning was going to be had by all with near perfect conditions, or at least for those of us who do gain a rosy glow at just the thought of sun! Cool, dry and slightly cloudy but with blue sky breaking through amongst the trees

As a tourist (from the lovely Perry Hall) one of the big things about any parkrun visit is the chatter whilst gathering at the start, and then the comradery en-route round. Cannock Chase is definitely giving the positive vibes – friendly faces at the start from both runners and volunteers alike, location of which was easy to find by just following the mass congregation. Then comes the slight challenge of working out where to start as everyone knows roughly where suits them for individual courses – if in doubt I head for the back! Whilst we travelled around the beautiful scenery the marshals were friendly with supportive chat and applause for all, and then discussions on the feelings around the hills amongst runners – no complaints though since what goes up must come down! We had dry conditions under foot, so no puddle leaps required which is probably a saving grace for all observing.


In total 461 parkrunners, walked, jogged or ran of whom 122 achieved new PBs so a massive well done all!!
Milestones were happily achieved by 2 into 'junior club 10', and 4 joined the '50 club' – I'm sure they'll be looking forward to proudly wearing white and red shirts respectively before long.


I always enjoy meeting people at their first parkrun and seeing the smiles at the finish which hopefully means they'll be back! Today we were joined by 70 first timers who hopefully enjoyed themselves so much they'll return and maybe even catch the tourist bug, as I was one of 38 tourists.

Final note has to be the thank you to the high vis heroes of which we had 34 volunteers today, we really couldn't enjoy our run without you!


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.

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