Wepre parkrun #109 16th June 2018

It was a pleasant morning, drier and cooler than previous weeks for our 109th parkrun. Rob Grantham was our first finisher from the 128 runners that joined us from 15 different clubs. There were 14 runners from Buckley RC, and we welcomed runners from Lymm, and Bushfield, as well as a runner from Quakers RC in Darlington, Co. Durham. There were 16 first timers who hopefully enjoyed themselves and will come back again. 22 new PB’s were achieved, including from our very own Run Director Phil Tugwell (who also remembered his barcode) – well done Phil. Whilst our resident photographer was chasing a PB the very lovely Claire Kitchen stepped in to take our photographs, all of which are available on the FB page. Thanks again Claire!
Other milestones were achieved by Laura Beever running her 50th parkrun, along with Kenny Hughes. Steve Colloby running his 250th parkrun, and David Colloby who achieved a new PB on what was his 279th parkrun. Well done all.

The RD team are always grateful of the opportunity to run, which is only made possible by having a full rota of volunteers. Thank you to everyone who came along to help. We have a great team of volunteers that we rely on, and we are always looking for more. So please spread the word, and if you’d like to help out come and speak to us.

See you Saturday, don’t forget your barcode!

Run Director


Wepre parkrun  #107 2nd June 2018

After some lovely weather on Saturday mornings throughout the month of May, the first Wepre parkrun of June was a soggy affair. The torrential rain of Friday evening had made the source very wet in places and had turned to steady rain by morning, which continued throughout the event. The parkrunners got wet, but the marshal gort very wet. We moved the start and the finish back a few metres to avoid the finish being in a big puddle!

Despite the weather 115 people ran, jogged and walked the course. It included 17 first timers; a couple of first time at any parkrun (very brave in the wet weather) and tourists from Ellesmere Port, Bradford and Belfast. There were 16 new Personal Bests. 21 different clubs took part and we had 19 volunteers

We are really pleased that most people took notice of the warning of much tighter adherence to the No Barcode, No Result policy. Far fewer people turned up without them or with barcodes that don’t scan and requiring manual entry into the results. This was despite the horrid weather which often causes problems getting the barcodes to work. Thank you all. We will  continue.

Many thanks
Rob (Event director)



Wepre parkrun  #104 12th May 2018 – Our 2nd birthday

It’s an odd concept, that around 260 people can go to Wepre Park at 9.00 on a Saturday morning for a run and have so much fun. But just look at the photographs on Facebook if you don’t believe me!

It was our second birthday, 104th event. If last week we were (slightly) disappointed that we didn’t  reach a previous record, this week we smashed it!

The day started really well (and just got better). The weather was perfect; dry warm and sunny and the course was dry despite a bit of overnight rain, but not enough to make any difference. From early on it was clear that the turnout would be good; at 8.30 while we were still setting up there was a buzz around the park. By 9.00 volunteers were all in place, the start area was crowded and we were ready. A few really important announcement though. To coincide with our birthday we had some milestones; Rob Marsden from Sale Harriers joined us for his 200th parkrun, Richard Preece was on his 51st at Wepre, Richard Rees on his 50th at Wepre,  John Langford on his 50th.

We had a record 239 finishers, our highest ever total (if you discount the 260 we had on New years Day), That was amazing. 43 first-timers including tourists from all over the country. It was a good day for running and 77 people recorded PBs. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

We had a fantastic 28 volunteers: a couple more than usual to cover important jobs such as “sweet-giver-outer” and “disher-outer of the cakes”.

It was an amazing day. Great running. Great support from the volunteers. Fantastic Photos as usual (Thank you Phil), amazing birthday cake (thank you Janine).



Wepre parkrun #103 5th May 2018

So near! It was a lovely morning, the sun was out, not too hot, course drying out. We knew we had a good turn-out too! The question was how many. We were stood at the finish wondering; 165? At least, maybe a few more. As we handed out tally number 171 I went into the smug-zone because I said 175. At 185 my smug-zone expired. Could we possibly pass the record of 195 set nearly a year ago? We were trying to work out who was still out on the course. Answer - 9, total 194 - just one short! Oh well. It was still a fantastic turn-out.

We had 37 first timers and a fantastic 56 new Personal Bests. The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Next week is our 2nd birthday, 104 parkruns at Wepre! Wear your Wepre parkrun vest, or your club vest to celebrate. There will be cakes.

The two years have been an interesting journey. Over 3000 people have run at Wepre parkrun. By end of next week we will pass 13,000 completed parkruns; 65,000 km. Over 3000 Personal Bests. We have enjoyed the beauty of the park in all weathers from cold driving rain and wind, frost and hot sunshine. We are very fortunate to get excellent support from the rangers in the park, the cafe and our amazing volunteers. Special thanks must go to the excellent and dedicated run director team members, both present and past.

Let’s have a really good turnout next week to celebrate and to thank everyone involved who has made Wepre parkrun the success it is.



Wepre parkrun #101 21st April 2018

153 runners joined us for the first sunny parkrun we’ve had for some time.

The improved weather conditions were welcomed by runners and volunteers, and it’s always nice when people hang around in the sunshine after the event. The conditions no doubt contributed to the 46 PB’s achieved, and no-one fell over on ‘slippy corner’.

26 first timers ran including a group of Kirkby Milers who had set out early to try Wepre, after their club had decided to add it as a Club Champs race. They enjoyed the hills so much at Wepre, they headed to Moel Famau straight after for some Excalibur training...

10 different running clubs were represented, including the usual good crowd from Team Jenson. It’s great to see walkers joining us each week too.

As usual we couldn’t do it without the team of 21 volunteers that joined us to lend a hand, thank you all. The number of volunteers meant we could have two tail walkers, one running, and one walking.

It’s always a successful parkrun when there’s cake, especially when it’s to celebrate a special birthday of one of our regular park runners. Happy 60th birthday Alli! We hope you had a fab birthday.

If you would like to help at future events please email weprehelpers@parkrun.com, or contact us on Facebook. We’d love to hear from you.

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Rob Mackey (Event Director)



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