By Sarah-Anne Fitzsimmons
Aldridge Running Club (ARC) have done quite a few parkrun "takeovers" in the last few years but as far as I know this was the first outside our usual home of Walsall Arboretum parkrun, and this one found us moving en mass to our new home for the weekend, Perry Hall.
Emma (the resident ED and ARC freshman member) was our volunteer co-ordinator and challenged us to fill every role on offer. This gave the valued core volunteer team at Perry Hall a well earned weekend off and instead of a lie-in some took a chance to take part in their own event.
Cindy Tierney completed her 50 milestone with a silver balloon bobbing in the breeze and not even a threatening chance of a rain shower was stopping her. Having volunteered an impressive 33 times this will be her second milestone, after completing the run she handed out chocolates to mark the event.
Ron Reynolds captured a lot of the fun of the day in the 250+ photos that were added to the Facebook page on Saturday afternoon, worth a look too see if you've been caught with flying feet.
Here come the tail walkers and marshals to complete the event.
There were 20 clubs represented overall and 8 people decided to start their parkrun journey at Perry Hall this weekend as first timers. Sure we will see them again soon and some of the Perry Hall regulars at our running festival of 10k, 5k and childrens races on June 10th, further details can be found at http://www.aldridgerunningclub.co.uk/aldridge-10k.html
This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Helen HIRST • Ronald REYNOLDS • Gillian Jean HASTINGS • Terence Anthony HASTINGS • Jo YARNALL • Sarah Louise HINKLEY • Barinderjit CHEEMA • Lynda ELMORE • Sarah-Anne FITZSIMMONS • Judith TOASE • Barbara JOHNSON • Dan NEWBERRY • Sarah GIBSON • Emma HAWKEY • Dave ELLIS • Rebecca GRIMSHAW • Robert FOSTER • Kevin GALER • Tracey CHADWICK
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Perry Hall parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:10 on 16th May 2015 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Ben GRIFFITHS who recorded a time of 15:47 on 29th October 2016 (event number 104).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret KENCHINGTON who recorded 86.71% (21:27) on 28th May 2016 (event number 82).
Perry Hall parkrun started on 22nd November 2014. Since then 3,053 participants have completed 16,096 parkruns covering a total distance of 80,480 km, including 2,924 new Personal Bests.