I think all of those in attendance on Saturday will agree, it was an extra special morning with the Boldmere Bullets volunteer take-over. Big thank you to Paul Hibbert for providing us with a fabulous run report this week.
Paul Hibbert out on the course, and 3 generations of the same family came along to volunteer and run at Perry Hall too.
By Paul Hibbert
As a scorched earth awoke and lifted its head to see if the promising clouds overhead would deliver rain; a small orange team quietly, almost silently began their task: measuring, planting, checking. They moved here and there, across the dusty paths, heads down in concentration and deliberation. The onlooking birds cocked their heads, hopefully, desperately. Was this what they had waited for, was this an intervention, an incantation to a distant God? Were these markers being laid as an ancient ritual, a prayer for the precipitation so desperately needed in this parched, brown land?
No, it was the Boldmere Bullets laying out the parkrun course for their takeover! The Bullets provided all the volunteers this morning, together with a good number of runners.
Just some of the army of volunteers the Boldmere Bullets provided us with!
As well as being colourful and making some noise, their presence was to promote their third annual 5k and 10k runs on 9th September in beautiful Sutton Park. This event raises money for the Bullets chosen charity, which this year is the amazing Acacia, who work with mothers, fathers and families affected by pre- and post- natal depression. Check them out at www.acacia.org.uk, they really do make an amazing difference to lives throughout Birmingham.
You can enter the Bullets race through this link; https://www.ole-jcracesolutions.co.uk/Boldmere-bullets-10k-5k-race-p/bb2018.htm. There’s a unique and newly designed medal for each finisher. Both the 5k and 10k routes have a mix of tarmac, trail and grass – and the 10k combines two distinct loops rather than being two laps of the same course. It’s a great event and we look forward to seeing lots of you there.
First home today was Ben Reeves, in a time of 17:59, a frustrating single second outside his PB. First woman across the line was Lorraine Beesley with 22:27, one of an astonishing 29 PBs set this morning.
Take a bow, the 29 proud owners of a new PB this morning:
Dominic Harvey, Hayley Price, Simbai Kafesu, Neha Magar, Annabel Wood, Morgan Price, Robyn Birdsell, Nitika Cole, Ren Magar, Lorraine Beesley, Jennifer Holman, Janelle Daniel, Rahul Mann, Ruth Nott, Paul Honer, Sarah Ashton, Matthew Manning, Marian White, Peter Donnelly, Anil Patel, Donald Nulty, Paul Coughlan, Jenny Drew, Mateen Parkar, Robert Thompson, Adam Benjamin, David Allen, Lisa Stevens, Pascaline Risbourg.
We had fifteen people running their very first parkruns today.
Denise Taylor had a large amount of new runners to Perry Hall for her First Timers Briefing.
We hope you had a fun time and will be heading back to Perry Hall or another parkrun again next week. Afraid we can’t promise cake and cowbells every week, just a warm welcome and a great atmosphere. Our virgin parkrunners today were:
Craig Plant, Vickrum Kang, Victoria Wolfindale, Gav Gill, Jude Miller, Lauren Richards, Davinder Pooni, Joel Rose, Johanna Nelson, Lorraine Armstrong, Emma Kallay, Sunny Kallay, Denise Greenaway, Aneeta Lal, Laura Wilkes.
In addition to the above, we had 22 first time tourists; among them was Simon Harrop, who travelled furthest to Perry Hall today. Simon has run at an amazing 148 different parkruns (assuming I counted correctly), running a total of over 300 times – was lovely to have you with us today.
Simon’s home run is Woodbank Park in Stockport, which itself is a lovely venue, starting and finishing on an athletics track, and taking in Woodbank and Vernon parks (you can’t see the join!). Just don’t think about the murderously steep hill they make you climb there. Twice! As well as all the PBs and newcomers, we also had a milestone runner today, huge congratulations to Matthew Stephens on your 50th parkrun, 32 at Kingsbury, 18 at Perry Hall.
Matthew looking rather happy with his mention in the briefing, and out on the course enjoying his 50th parkrun.
A brilliant morning, thanks to everyone who made it possible. Your volunteers today were:
Claire TAYLOR • Dee ALLEN • Denise TAYLOR • Diana BOATENG • Eleanor LANGSTON-JONES • Elizabeth HIBBERT • Emma HAWKEY • Janice MCCREARY • Janine ZABLOCKI • Jim COTTOM • Kathryn LUCAS • Kelly STOKES • Lisa WILSON • Lorna WITTER • Paul HIBBERT • Rob ANDREWS • Robert HENNEFER • Roger LEE • Sarah GIBSON • Sue BOWMAN • Tracy HUBURN-KING