Wepre parkrun #100 14th April 2018 (Go Orange for Muscular Dystrophy)

This was a special week for us. Team Jensen  have been fantastic supporters of Wepre parkrun, and we have been able to thank them with this special event.

The turn-out was brilliant, we had 184 finishers, one of the highest totals ever for Wepre parkrun. This was partly because it was the first dry Saturday morning for many weeks, but mainly because so many parkrunners turned out dressed in orange to support Team Jensen and “Go Orange for Muscular Dystrophy”.

Rob Mackey, Event Director for Wepre parkrun said “Wepre parkrun is always fun, but today was special. The whole atmosphere was buzzing! Apart from the 184 runners, joggers and walkers we had 25 volunteers marshaling on the course and working on the finish to record times and positions. I was tail-walker along with my daughter and our dogs. It was fantastic to see the support all round the course from the masses of spectators enjoying the event. But on a serious note, I hope that we have helped raise awareness of this dreadful muscle-wasting condition and help Team Jensen in their fundraising to help research into this condition”.

For more information

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wepre/

http://www.musculardystrophyuk.org/get-involved/family-funds/funds/team-jenson/

Team Jenson

Jenson Edwards, who will be five years old in October 2017, lives in Buckley in North Wales and was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in February 2016.

Mum Hannah and Dad Craig first realised that something was not quite right with their son when they noticed that Jenson’s legs were not working like they should.

Jenson was finding it difficult to get up easily off the floor and was not able to run around like other children of his age.”

 

Blood tests were carried out at Wrexham hospital towards the end of 2015 and a diagnosis was confirmed a few months later. His parents describe what happened:

We were absolutely heartbroken. We felt numb and soul destroyed for a long time and were very scared of what the future might hold. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a rare muscle wasting condition mainly affecting boys. It means that Jenson cannot produce the protein dystrophin and will lose the ability to use the muscles in his body.”

Like many other parents coping with the devastating news, they turned to the internet for further information and, along with advice from the hospital, were put in touch with Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Since coming to terms with Jenson’s diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy the family, including Jenson’s sisters, fifteen-year-old Yasmin and twelve-year-old Jessica, have all tried to raise awareness of their son’s condition in their local community and have turned to fundraising as a way to get others involved in supporting them.

 

Since starting their fundraising Hannah and Craig have set up their own website and have taken part in a variety of fundraising events including the Great Manchester Run, held an auction night in October 2016 and run in the Manchester Half Marathon. Future plans include a team of sixteen participants in the Make Today Count skydives on 5 March 2017 followed by an even larger team of runners taking part in the Chester Half Marathon in May 2017. In addition Jenson’s dad Craig is working on an idea to try and arrange a team to get sponsored to pull an Airbus transporter aircraft along the runway of a local airfield.

Jenson is a lovely bright and happy boy who loves swimming and painting but we know how serious his condition is and how it is going to affect him more and more as he gets older. We have been amazed at how many people in the area want to do something to help Jenson and help us to raise funds for research into his condition and we can’t thank them enough for what they are all doing.”

How you can help

 

Wepre parkrun #99 7th April 2018

So much for the weather getting better! After a few lovely days the rain came down to soak everyone in Wepre park today. Thanks to the runners for their patience in the funnel as it all proved too much for our scanners (equipment not people!) so the queues were a bit longer than usual.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who stood out in the rain to make our parkrun possible today.

This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

A special mention goes to Colin Fisher who was celebrating his 50th Wepre parkrun, 100th overall parkrun and his birthday, impressive!

Hopefully next week will be drier when we host our Go Orange for Muscular Dystrophy at our 100th parkrun.

 

Wepre parkrun #98 31st March 2018 (Easter Bunny Run)

Firstly a huge thank you to everyone who contributed the Easter Egg collection. It was an impressive pile! The photos are on our Facebook page and on Friends of Wepre page.

It would be nice to have a fine Saturday, or even a Friday night when it didn’t rain. Certainly didn’t happen this week! Overnight rain continued throughout the event. Temperature remained below 5 degrees. Maybe next week?

And with it came the mud, as usual the bit next to the play area was hideously slippery, “the boggy bit” was… boggy and, for good measure, an extra muddy bit topside of the Rosie where there is a blocked drain!

Notwithstanding that, we had finishers many of whom ran in their bunny ears! They ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part and we had lots of tourists in again (including Swindon, Alcester, Brackley, Thames Ditton, Tewksbury - sorry if I have missed any) and Richard Leaper doing his 50th different parkrun!

And after a mid-week panic we ended up with an excellent turnout of volunteers and were able to put extra marshals on the difficult bits such as the Rosie Pool.. Huge thanks to the 23 volunteers volunteers who made the event possible.

 

 

Wepre parkrun #95 10th March 2018

What a difference a week makes! At least 10 degrees warmer, and wet! Heavy overnight rain turned the usual suspect areas into slippery mud-patches. Even the top parts of the course were wet and needed care. But at least the rain stopped before 9.00 and it stayed dry throughout the run.

Numbers were a bit down this week, but we still had 108 people finishers. Great to so many people out there as they ran, jogged and walked the course. 19 were first timers with some tourists in from Milton Keynes, Wolverhampton  and Prestatyn. (Apologies if I have missed any) Representatives of 17 different clubs took part and the event was made possible by 23 volunteers.

The conditions made PBs hard to earn today especially among those who have run in better conditions. There were only 11 in total.

Looking forward to next week (17th) when “Starting2run” are returning with another workshop of "Do you want to hit a PB within 2 weeks?"

And the week after (24th March) is our “Walking Wepre parkrun” event when we will encourage people to come along and walk, not just on that day but hopefully regularly after that. We held a similar event last year, and many of those who walked that day have become regulars at parkrun. We hope it will be even better this year, so if you know of anyone who would like to do parkrun but is worried that they will be too slow, please encourage them to come along, they will not be last!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wepre parkrun Results Page.

 

 

Wepre parkrun #94 24th February 2018

A lovely winter morning brought 141 parkrunners and 17 volunteers to Wepre for today’s parkrun.

A week of dry weather, a slight frost, a cool breeze out of the east meant that it was perfect conditions for running with 41 of the 141 getting PBs. Great to see 21 first timers, including 15 doing their first ever parkrun.

We had some tourists too; from Cardiff and Ipswich. The man from Ipswich admitted it was tougher than he was used to!

It was lovely for running, but a bit chilly for the 17 volunteers, especially those on the upper parts of the course, and the finish area was a bit cold too, with the wind coming in over the brook. The cups of tea were very welcome!

And processing the results went well, done by 10.15! And only one unknown runner!

Lovely to see Nicola our run director back at Wepre today with her baby.

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