Run Report Event #259

Kingsbury Water parkrun # 259 - 11/08/2018

Your Parkrun needs you!!!

So, after a plea mid-week for volunteers, you got stuck with me for run report writing again.  Today’s ramblings or bramblings in my case (back to that later) will begin with a purple t-shirt.  Congratulations to Alex Sandham who has certainly earned his volunteering 25th purple t-shirt by being both marshal and photographer today.

I started the day as first time briefer and finished sat here typing your report, I spied Brian Adams both out on the gate and marshalling later along the course, not to mention the rest of the core team that work tirelessly beforehand to ensure that our parkrun goes ahead each week.  The next few weeks roster is looking pretty sparse so please consider volunteering.  It’s easy to do just email in and someone will talk you through your job.  Today that role was filled as volunteer co-ordinator by the latest addition to the core team Rich Benham, otherwise known as Mr Instagram.  He makes the job of run report writer so much easier!

Waking up this morning and seeing dew on the car, made me appreciate autumn is on its way, definitely a little chill in the air when I left the house at just after 8 this morning.  Perfect weather for those of you chasing a PB.  Stats time for the nerdy ones amongst us now follow.

At today’s parkrun there were: -

  • 380 runners, 223 who were male, 156 female and I think I counted 29 unknowns DFYB!
  •  All of the top 4 runners got PBs, so well done to Sam Starkey, first in at 18.17, Thomas Hodgson, Fred Maxwell-Hart yes, a PB as a first timer to KWP and Rob Stead.
  • Fastest Female was Charlotte Bush in at 20.45, not long left as a junior runner now!
  •  Today there were 46 first timers to KWP (15 who were completely new to parkrun) and 63 PBs out there.
  • Well done to Patricia and David Smyth two PBs and definitely 1st in their age categories of VW80-84 and VM75-79.  Patricia joins the ranks of only 4 in her age category who’ve ever completed KWP Parkrun, David in a club of just 10.
  • Ron Cattle has the honour of the best age graded score today at 85.19%!  Fastest time at KWP and jumps to 3rd overall in his age category VM65-69 here, a regular at Cannon Hill, you might just have to pay us a visit again.
  • Today’s most ‘capped’ parkrunner was Kelvin Peers with run 235 and first visit to KWP, Conkers being his regular stomping ground.
  • 23 off us volunteered so well done Hi-Vis heroes who today were Brian ADAMS, Richard BENHAM, Hannah COOGAN, Amber CORDON, Sarah DENNIS, Sheila Ann DUNN, Lisa FLETCHER, Susan HANN, John HANSON, Sharon JACKSON, Ian JACKSON, Sarah MADDAFORD, Judy PARKES, Adrian PARKES, Robert Ian RAINSLEY, Alex SANDHAM, Andy STRETTON, Susan THOULD, Louise VERNON, Amy WAKELIN, Susan WAKELIN, Sharon WHITEHEAD, Allan WILLIAMS
  • Back in the early days KWP parkrun survived on just 12-13 volunteers now we need double that, with the record being 36 on 23/12/17

So how was parkrun for you today?  Mine should have carried a health warning, despite this being my 74th trot around KWP I still managed to get attacked by brambles, I definitely bled for the cause today.  I must also thank Tom (Tomasz Urbanski) who kept me going between 3 and 4k and ensured I got only my 5th sub 28 finish.

You may have heard my name mentioned in the pre-run brief given by our lovely run director Judy this morning, if you are thinking glad there is only one of me, you’d be wrong there are actually 6 of us listed at Parkrun.  Go and check your name now!  There was however a serious point, and a mention of a charity run I’m doing on Saturday 1st September to the Children’s hospital in memory of a little boy at our school Theo.  I’ll be passing through KWP at 10.30 so if you fancy joining me and my team or want to stay and wave us on our way, please feel free to join in.

Judy also announced the official start date of our latest new neighbour to join the Parkrun community Sutton Park Parkrun, which officially starts next weekend (18th August).  Please don’t visit just yet unless you intend Sutton Park to be your new home.  Give them time to settle in before paying them a visit.  We wish Gary and his team every success.

A few of KWP regulars have a date with a train next Saturday in sunny Wales.  Somehow, I don’t think the course will be flat.  On that train of thought it’s time to say goodbye and see you all in a fortnight’s time.


Celebrities and Celebrations


Celebrities and Celebrations

Today was event number 258 at this beautiful picturesque parkrun. It really is a treat to attend and participate at Kingsbury, especially when we have been so lucky to have had such a fantastic summer.

All that sunshine has really given me a positive vibe. To have the added bonus of running and associating with likeminded people, it really gives you that feel good factor!


Steve PERRY was accompanied by young Reuben PERRY and toy dog PAWS, at today’s event. The trio really were extra special guests, volunteering as tail walkers.

Today Steve was promoting the benefits of parkrun and the sense of pride in being a volunteer.. Over the next 5 months PAWS will also be visiting every prison and probation office in the UK. During this period, awareness of mental health in the work place will also be highlighted.

It makes me proud to be able to report on this, and to start this week’s report with such a fantastic story.

Thank you Steve, Reuben and PAWS!...and best wishes!

Celebrating Community:

This week there were 403 runners!

25 volunteers!

37 first timers!

53 personal bests!



First back today was first timer Patrick BROWN, representing East London Runners. Patrick completed his 199th parkrun to finish in a superb time of 17:29. Well done Patrick and congratulations when you complete parkrun number 200!

Another first timer young William KNIGHT (Ashford AC) finished second in a fantastic time of 17:40.

Tipton Harriers runner Phil CLAMP finished 3rd. Well done Phil on a terrific time of 17:43.


Boldmere Bullets runner Lesley THOMSON was first lady back. Lesley flew around the course in a great time of 24:10.

Ruth Ann NEEDHAM was second lady back. The Lichfield RC runner finished in 25:13.

Young Morgan BARR ran strong to finish 3rd lady back in an impressive time of 25:24.


Elsewhere local Badgers duo David MCGOWAN (19:11) and Charlene DUNN (25:47), were first male and female Badger to cross the finish line. Well done both.

Veteran Royal Sutton Coldfield AC runner Clive SAYER impressed, as he ran a fantastic PB time of 25:35. Brilliant work Clive!

It was a proud occasion for husband and wife Simon and Fiona HILL. Simon stormed to a new PB(31:15). Run Mummy Run representative Fiona followed suit, with a PB of her own (49:52)…well done both.

Veteran Gary BEECHEY ran strong to earn a new PB! (34:40)

Caroline SMITH (26:10) finished 2nd in her age category, as she finished 8th female home.

Laura Jane ASHWOOD was proud as punch, as she bagged a PB! (26:25)

Badger Sam KLUCIS continued her good form with another PB! (27:32)

Badger “super gran” Eileen MCELHONE also flew around the course pushing her granddaughter!


A huge high 5 to all the following young runners, who went home today with a PB!

Reinis BAITINS (21:35), Oliver LEWIS (22:50), Aaron JUTLA (23:09), Luke CROWLEY (27:07), Roshan GHEDIA (28:01), Alania ROUS (32:35).

Milestones time…and there were many runners this week celebrating.

Ben MEARS and Amy NOONAN celebrated their 10th parkruns.

5 of today’s runners hit the “50” mark!...Derek BOLTON, Wayne REPTON, Joanne PARKER, Lorraine HUGHES and Janet WILLENBRUCH.

Congratulations to Jo SMITH and Tracey BLACKWELL for reaching 100 parkruns.

A special mention also to Trevor GASPER who returned from holiday, to run parkrun number 200!


Talking of celebrations…today’s event was also a birthday weekend event for several runners.

Many happy returns to Sarah MADDAFORD.

Popular Badger Mandy HANSON celebrated her birthday, by running her 147th parkrun.

Finally, fellow Badger runner Alan ARGYLE also enjoyed his birthday weekend. Proud Alan ran today’s event with 3 generations of his family.

Happy birthday!

Special thanks to all of today's organisers and volunteers!


Celebrity Special

I’m going to end this week’s report by paying homage to several celebrities!

Paul DANIELS conjured up parkrun number 150!

There was no “Hank” in today’s line up, but Tracey (33:21) and Rich (22:41) MARVIN both ran new PB times!

And Brian ADAMS appeared on the volunteer roster!

As always thanks for the opportunity because everything I do…I do it for you! (don’t give up your day job Norm!)


“Nostalgia and numbers”


Event Number 257

Those parkrunners of my sort of age will remember ‘Gregory’s Girl’ with fondness and nostalgia. Susan asks what it is with boys and numbers, and later Gregory asks her how she knows all the good numbers (such as one million and nine). The parkrun results pages give boys and girls of all ages hours of fun, and answer nearly as many questions as can be asked.

This morning at Kingsbury Water Park parkrun there were / was:

357 runners, 126 fewer than last week,

177 female runners, down just 19 on last week, but making up 49% of the runners,

35 different running clubs represented, down 10 on last week,

39 runners with more than 100 parkruns completed (none over the mystical 250 mark), against 82 last week (which included 11 parkrunners with over 250 parkruns each),

A median time of 30:19 (for the 179th finisher, David Bailey of Badgers, his 66th at Kingsbury Water parkrun), when last week it was 29:07 (for the 242nd finisher, Adrian Thomas of Marple Runners, first timer),

33 finishers in the 32nd minute, the most popular ‘finishing minute’

86 finishers running their first Kingsbury Water parkrun of whom 40 were brand-new to parkrun, when last week there were 73 ‘First Timers’ of whom 12 ran their first-ever parkrun,

An age-grade range from 28.06% (ignoring the Tail-walker – thank you Richard Benham) to 83.4% (go Nicola Sykes!),

An age range from Junior 10 up to both Vet women 70+ and Vet men 70+,

25 Volunteers in a range of ‘couldn’t-put-parkrun-on-without-them’ roles,

8 ‘Richard’s (and 1 ‘Rich’) – the most common name of finisher (but 13 recorded as ‘Unknown’ #DFYB),

William Laye on this 200th, David Carver and Simon Moss on their 50th each, and Harvey Bridgwood on his Junior 10,

48 new Personal Best times, a PB to Runner ratio of 1 : 7.4,

I wish I could give this enough time to work out PWs, mean run time this week, mode number of runs at Kingsbury Water parkrun, the biggest gain when setting a PB, and whether any Club runner set a new Club best for this parkrun. (I know I didn’t – I set a very average time for my Club; fourth out of seven who have run here.)

And I’ve not yet run another parkrun where you can ride a donkey afterwards!

Stuart Jones



Five Today – Event 256 Newsletter

Well! Many happy returns to you.

483 participants helped celebrate with us on Saturday. We hope you enjoyed our celebrations.

Our grateful thanks to all those who provided refreshments on the day.

Old timers (sorry) will have eagerly awaited the annual Chris Groom Relay which forms part of the birthday bash. Those ladies involved will also have eagerly awaited a win.

For those more squeamish amongst you, look away now....................... keep waiting ladies!


The relay teams looking very fresh (about an hour before the start).

The men took the shield again this year and now lead 3-1. The handicap system definitely needs reviewing for future events.

More statistics from Saturday;

KWp participants have now jointly covered 377,955 kilometers between them and have collectively been running at the park for 4 years, 87 days, 22 hours, 1 minute and 13 seconds. WOW!

First finisher on Saturday was Sam Starkey in 18:32. With an unknown runner in 2nd place Ian Satterthwaite was officially 2nd male in 18;48 and John McKeon 3rd 21 seconds later.

Leva Klavina romped home 1st for the ladies in 21;26, with Genna Bevan and Rachael Casey following in 24;13 and 24;38 respectively.

62 new PB's were set with seemingly some of them 'heaven sent'




'parkrunner of the year, awards in no particular order went to:


Brian Adams - Volunteer of the Year

Louise Vernon - parkrunner of the Year

Matt Jackson - Junior parkrunner of the Year

Happy to have won the award Matt or because you made your mum cry?

Not a dry eye in the house when Nivette (I don't need a megaphone) Chester announced her last stand as a core team member at KWp.

Nivette was instrumental in bringing a parkrun to KWp and has served on the team from conception.

Combined with her being the sole founder of the BADGERS Running Club and her unrelenting commitment to the Atherstone 10k, Nivette has given a considerable amount of her time in recent years to promoting running in the community.

It is high time she devoted more time to her own progress as a runner and also with new pup Truly, as a CaniXer (If there is such a word).

Our grateful thanks to Nivette for all she has done for KWp. (And for staring in all the above photo's).

You shall be missed.

What we would also miss would be our volunteers.



Effervescent they maybe however, their commitment to the cause is unsurpassed.

Our grateful thanks this week to:

Alex SANDHAM  •  Beth CLARKE  •  Brian ADAMS  •  David BUCK  •  Gill H HOLMES  •  Hannah COOGAN  •  Hayden BAILEY  •  Lil SOUTER  •  Louise VERNON  •  Mike SHELTON  •  Nivette CHESTER  •  Paul DANIELS  •  Paul DAVIDSON  •  Richard BENHAM  •  Richard CHESTER  •  Richie BUNN  •  Sally FRISWELL  •  Sarah MADDAFORD  •  Stephanie WHITE  •  Susan HANN  •  Susan THOULD  •  Sylvia PHILLIPS  •  Teresa BUCK  •  Tricia BUNN  •  William PHILLIPS

There would be no parkrun without you.

Lets hope we have some for next week..............


Event 255 Newsletter

Another hot and sunny morning at this fantastic parkrun event!
As always, well organised, well drilled, well represented and well supported.
Today was event number 255, and I honestly enjoy volunteering as run reporter!
I class myself as a bit of a Hetty Wainthropp, mixed with Roland Rat.

This week there were 439 runners!
24 volunteers!
41 first timers!
73 personal bests! ( astonishing considering the running conditions )
Representatives from 35 different running clubs also featured.

First back in the sunshine was Bournville Harriers runner Jonathan STANFORTH. Not only did Jonathan finish in a fantastic time of 17:55, it was also a PB!...well done Jonathan.
Howard BUSH (Tamworth AC) finished second in 18:05.
Steve TURVEY made up the top 3, finishing in 18:43 representing Northbrook AC.

The young runners representing Royal Sutton Coldfield AC were at it again.
1st female back was Elsa BUCHANAN, with a fantastic time of 20:57.
Elsa was closely followed by fellow runner and namesake Zara BUCHANAN. Zara produced a proud PB time of 21:40.
Tring RC runner Liz O’Keeffe made her KWP parkrun debut, to finish 3rd female back. (22:22)

Elsewhere local Badger runner and crowd favourite Matt GREEN, continued his recent good form following injury. (20:51)
Veteran Alvis RC member Mike DUGGAN impressed, finishing in a splendid time of 24:23.
Top marks also to Ken ARCHER, who recorded a PB to cross the line in 28:22.
Paul DANIELS (41:54) didn’t miss a trick, after also featuring on the volunteer rota.

Young Adam COPE came away with another PB! (20:54)…How fitting considering Adam was celebrating his 10th parkrun milestone!...Keep up the good work Adam and congratulations.
Other young park runners were also quick to get in on the PB action! fact this is the section I always enjoy writing the most.
A huge high 5 to all the following young runners.
Sam LIVINGSTONE (26:02), Lewis HOWARD (26:04), Evan MARSHALL (27:17), Jack HAUGHTON (28:00), Alex BROWN (28:55), Harvey HOWCROFT (29:13), Rowan MEEK (30:12), Kaitlin MARSHALL (39:10), Annabelle ROBINSON (47:58).

Milestones are something that when achieved, should not only be a proud moment…but a celebration.
Hannah O’KEEFFE joined Adam COPE in their 10th parkrun.
Badger Sam STARKEY is a name that features just about every week in the run reports. First Badger back today in 4th position (19:02), Sam celebrated his 50th parkrun.
Also celebrating the 50 mark are Mark BEECHEY and Kelly McCAFFERTY. Well done all.
Finally George HOPE hit the magical 100 mark!...Great work George.

A big shout out to the run leaders and volunteers as always!

On a final note.
Nicola STANLEY made a Badgers debut. The impressive new black and white vest inspired her to shave 41 seconds off for a new PB! (31:12)…Well done Nicola.

Paul BRUCE (28:32) made his KWP parkrun debut. Paul recently ran his first marathon ( London), after a 6 stone weight loss!...much respect Paul.

Sam “Spiderman” VERNON celebrated his 14th birthday! (34:47)…Many happy returns Spiderman and well done.

Yvonne FAULKNER…proud of you.

I am informed that a young lad ran today’s event, having come over from Hong Kong. I am not sure who this young man was, but on behalf of the event…thank you for attending and I hope you enjoyed the experience.

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