Telford parkrun 275

On a clear winter morning (much more pleasant than last week!), 369 people turned up to run, jog or walk Telford parkrun #275.
46 people were first timers at Telford parkrun, including a large turnout of tourists from Northampton Road Runners. In total, runners of 28 different clubs took part, and 69 runners recorded new personal bests. Well done to everyone!

One of those personal bests was first finisher Jack Pickett from Wolverhampton & Bilston AC in a speedy time of 16.21. First lady was Tracie Trueman in a time of 20.17, which was also her milestone 50th run.
Congratulations to other runners celebrating a milestone today. Darren Pickett ran his 100th parkrun, and Steven Langford, Tony Barnett, Liz Holbrook and Debra Lees also completed their 50th!

For me, this was my 34th run at Telford parkrun. I now live in London, but my parkrun journey began at Telford 5 years ago and coming back here always feels like my "home" run. A scenic run on gravel or tarmac paths, not too hilly (apart from that pesky "slope" at the end!), and there aren't many other places you get dinosaurs roaring you on to the finish! It's lovely to see familiar faces, and it was great to run with my dad for the first time this week, since he caught the parkrun bug a couple of months ago! I couldn't keep up with him though as he smashed his PB (again). I look forward to visiting again over the Christmas period.

As ever the runners were supported by a cheery team of 40 volunteers. This week's volunteers were from Telford Harriers, a huge thanks to all of you.
Without volunteers the event wouldn't happen. If you would like to volunteer please check out the future roster page and let the team know if you would like to help out. It's great fun and training is provided for all roles!

Keep parkrunning!



Telford parkrun 270

Telford parkrun marked it's 270th outing with a strong turnout of 552 on a blustery but pleasant November morning. Amy Aldridge took on the reigns as run director helped ably by our newest addition to the core team in Leigh Holt.

On a day which saw representation from stalwart running groups such as Wrekin Road Runners and Lawley Running Club to the online groups Lonely Goats and UKRunChat it was Dominic Gardner of the Telford AC who crossed the line first in a brisk 17:02 with Wenlock Olympian Emily Gapper claiming first female honours in 21:20. Rounding off the run were our wonderful tail walkers Wendy Cartwright and Joanne Jackson.

Amongst 61 first timers our first time briefer Peter Rawlings welcomed 26 tourists to Telford Parkrun including runners from Barrow-in-Furness, South Cheshire and Boldmere. Wolverhampton regular Stephen Morris marked his Telford debut with an impressive 29th place finish in 21:00 and Avril and I had the tremendous pleasure of meeting Roderick Hoffman - a Parkrun tourist who was notching up a scarcely believeable 249th different Parkrun course (in a total of 320 runs). He has ran parkruns as far afield as Australia and San Francisco and we are delighted he was able to add Telford to his ever expanding list - on behalf of everyone at Telford Parkrun we wish him good luck and congratulations for his 250th next week at Severn Bridge.

We also celebrated some milestones today with Richard and Joanne Banfield both hitting the 50 run mark - a figure now also shared by Gary Watton, Susan Gill and Jennifer Harrower. We also had a runner join the centurion club as Natalie Dimmock racked up her 100th run. 82 PBs were recorded ranging from Stewart Farley at 18:02 to Cassandra Wainwright at 48:54 in only her second ever Parkrun, shaving an excellent four minutes off last weeks time - a huge congratulations to everyone who had reason to celebrate today.

As ever the run was made possible by a merry band of volunteers. In addition to those mentioned already we had Mike Sparson, Darren Fawke, Rosemary Mercantas, Joanna Edwards-Jones, John Williams, Margaret Jackson, John Jackson, Tony Coffey, Sarah Green, Nathan Green, Chris Fawke and Joanne Aston out on the course cheering runners round on marshal duty. Welcoming the runners home were our timekeepers Peter Rawlings and Amber Worthington, funnel managers Tink Brasenell and Peter Welch and our finish token team Paula Johnston and Robin Glover. Scanning the barcodes were Sarah Taylor, Kevin Cain, Jim Buckle and Joe Brierley with Max Smallwood on hand to record any of those pesky barcodes that just wouldn't scan. As always a big thank you goes to our volunteer co-ordinator Kim Fawke and a super special shoutout to Jenny Aldridge whose sparkly new Super Boost powered ourselves and the rest of the runners up that dreaded slope of opportunity. Thank you Jenny!

We would also like to extend some love to our four-legged friends who brighten up the run every week. From Golden Retrievers to French Bulldogs we had our usual eclectic bunch - here are Chester and Wispa feeling pleased with themselves at the end of their run! Chester is a rescue dog and is chalking up some super impressive times!

All in all, another hugely enjoyable morning at a Parkrun that continues to go from strength to strength. On a personal note, next week sees us begin our quest to conquer the Parkrun A-Z with a visit to the good folks at Jersey so until next time, enjoy Telford #271 and don't forget your barcode.

Avril & Pete


Telford parkrun #267 – 13th October 2018

With many of us avidly watching facebook for updates in case Calum caused a cancellation it was a pleasure to arrive at the park and see a throng of hi-vis ready and raring to go… even if the rain was causing most of us to find shelter! Special note to the core team for making sure the route was safe for us all.

We had a small band of first timers to the course for the initial briefing – I have to apologise to the lovely volunteer I alarmed for my hopping with some exclamations, how many people could be ‘lucky’ enough to be stung twice by a wasp and all before 9am in October!?

For those that know the route there was a slight change in the finish due to other events in the park, but no chance of getting lost in such a well marshalled course – they aren’t joking when they say every turning has a marshal, thank you  Despite the persistent rain you all were cheerful and supportive every time I passed, even the mini-marshals seemed to enjoy themselves.

This course for me takes one of the top spots for enjoyability – picturesque surroundings, and strangely feels like there’s much more downhill than up (I haven’t worked out how that is possible when you start almost next to the finish).

In total 354 parkrunners walked, jogged or ran of whom a 25 achieved new PBs, well done all!
Milestones were achieved by 1 into the ’100 club’, 2 into the ’50 club’ and 1 into the ’10 club’ – I’m sure they’ll be looking forward to proudly wearing their respective black, red and white shirts before long.
We were joined by 15 first timers who hopefully enjoyed themselves so much they’ll return and maybe even catch the tourist bug, as I was one of 9 tourists.
Final note always has to be a thank you to the hi-vis heroes of which we had 37 volunteers, we really couldn’t enjoy our run without you!


Christmas Day 2018 and New Years Day 2019

Please note, there will be no official Telford parkrun on Christmas Day.

However we are pleased to announce that Telford parkrun will be taking place on New Years Day, starting at 10:30am.
We hope you can join us and start your New Year the best way!


Run Report 02/09/2018 / Big Thanks to Lee Barnard

Though this was only the second time I have done Telford parkrun, it does seem like an old familiar friend, having done the Dark Runs since they started and having worked in Telford for 6 years in the past. I also see some familiar faces along the course.

Today I was Tail Walking, in preparation for a plod around RAF Cosford tomorrow. I met Honor and Avril this morning, who were both Tail Walking and we compared parkrun tourism stories, with Avril planning an imminent trip to Jersey to tick the J off the Alphabet Challenge!

Telford parkrun, as most parkruns do, has its own style and personality, with a friendly core group of volunteers and the added bonus of bags of Haribo for the volunteers! Something I've not experienced elsewhere :-)

If you get a chance to visit Shropshire, then you should try and take in the Telford parkrun course, set in the Town Park and with the Southwater development on the doorstep for a post-run coffee or Full English! If you are a regular at Telford, then try volunteering one week, you get a completely different perspective of the course and a credit towards that purple 25 t-shirt.

Huge Thanks to Lee for putting this together!

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