Wepre parkrun #121 8th September

A little less drama at parkrun this week, with all equipment present and correct and a full team of volunteers! A warm but drizzly morning saw 130 runners join us for Wepre's 121st event.

Rob Grantham was first finisher running his milestone 50th parkrun in 18:40, followed by Buckley Runners Jez Brown (18:56) and Elliot Cox (20:03). 18 first timers came to try us out and 10 clubs were represented including 16 runners from Buckley, 8 from Deeside AAC, 7 from Deestriders, and 5 from Penyffordd. Well done to Catherine Robinson who also ran her milestone 50th parkrun. A number of runners took it a little easier this week, stretching their legs before the Great North Run, and Wirral Half Marathon.

Thank you to the 26 volunteers that helped us with this event, including some new faces. You all did a great job!

Thanks also to the Lewtey's who very kindly brought cupcakes for us to go with our morning brew.

See you next week!


It didn’t start well! Wepre parkrun #120 1st Sept 2018

It didn’t start well!

We had struggled for volunteers all week. The run director left the scanners and stopwatches at home. Had to juggle who does what at the last minute. Couldn’t find the mark for the finish line. Nearly forgot the “Start” sign. Couldn’t hear the briefing because the dogs were barking (not Mouse this time). Late starting.

It got better!

The volunteers came good, we even had a couple of extras so we were well covered. The weather was splendid. The run director's wife jumped in the car and delivered missing scanners and watches just in time; she got a well-deserved round of applause. We had lots of first-timers and tourists (30). The course was dry with excellent running conditions. 125 people ran, jogged and walked the course and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. And amongst the 20 volunteers were lots of new faces and they all did a super job. One of the volunteers brought his camera and we have two sets of photos for the day.

Sorting the results went well and we got away well before 11.00. And several volunteers have already put their names down for next week!

We couldn’t ask for more than that. We came away feeling good! Wepre parkrun just goes on giving!




Wepre parkrun #119 25th August 2018 #teamparkrun

This week 179 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part. We also welcomed Jade Jones back as Tail Walker for the second time as part of #teamparkrun.

Congratulations to Trudi Parry who ran her 100th parkrun today while coincidentally finishing in position 100. Well done!

Commiserations must go to the (majority of) the RD team who battled the parkrun banner for too long to mention and failed to get it back in its case! Thanks goes to Karl Formstone who bravely won the battle :)

A big thank you to the 23 volunteers that made todays event possible.

See you next week, don't forget your barcode!

Becks (RD)


The Spirit of parkrun (Wepre parkrun  #115 28th July 2018)

Another lovely event at Wepre. After weeks of of warm Saturdays, it was a bit cooler. It was threatening to rain, but apart from a few spots, it stayed dry. Good conditions for running! 22 new PB’s! And lots of people very close to PBs too.

We had 135 people who ran, jogged and walked the course including our youngest ever tail-walker (who actually made it up to 136!)

Great to see 27 first timers at this week. 11 were completely new to parkrun including a lovely group of “Couch to 5K” runners doing their first ever parkrun. Well done all of you. And the others were tourists from a range of places; Alnwick, South Wales, Shrewsbury that I know of. Very positive feedback from them afterwards and very appreciative of the support from volunteers and other parkrunners alike that helps make Wepre parkrun a fantastic event..

Great turn-out from Buckley Runners, West Cheshire AC, Deestriders and Team Jensen. It is fantastic the support that we get from local clubs; Pensby, Chester Road Runners, Prestatyn, Denbigh, Shropshire and Deeside AC all appearing in the results as well. It is so much part of the spirit of parkrun to see club athletes enjoying the challenge of Wepre parkrun  and the opportunity to train and run against the clock alongside less experienced parkrunners. Everyone is working just as hard, everyone of achieving and everyone gets the same level of support. And it is also so pleasing to see people who have started at parkrun and have now joined running clubs and are starting to compete in races.

Again, we thank the 17 volunteers who made parkrun possible. They do a marvellous job, making sure that parkrun is safe, and that runners get their results. We needs an absolute minimum of 15 volunteers each week to be able to put Wepre parkrun on; 17 if you count the number checker (who helps us to get the results accurate) and the photographer. It is quite challenging at this time of year with so many of our regular volunteers not available (seven that I know of next week!) so we really need extra help. Don’t worry if you are not sure what to do, we make sure that we provide instruction and training. Besides, its's fun!

Please contact us via Facebook or via the website (see the link to weprehelpers). And it helps if you can opt into volunteer email from Wepre. (see link on website)

Many thanks

Rob (Run director)


Wepre parkrun Event number 114 21st July 2018

The weather this week was much cooler and better for running! We had several tourists joining us for event 114, including a young lady from Leeds who was celebrating her 11th birthday!This week 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The RD team would like to thank our 20 volunteers, including 3 who were volunteering for the first time:

Nicole VAN DEN WITTENBOER • Nicola KAY • Rob MACKEY • Ann BROUGHTON • Stephen BELLIS • Roxanna WOODWARD • Marcus REID • Steve DAVIES • Sam LANGFORD • John LANGFORD • Owain Tomos JONES • Karl FORMSTONE • Ralph ROWLANDS • Tiffany DUERDEN • Scott FORMSTONE • Jen BOWDEN • Angela NOCK • Tracy ROGERS • Gemma DOUGHTY • Paige DOUGHTY

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

The male record is held by Ricky CHALLINOR who recorded a time of 16:49 on 22nd April 2017 (event number 50).
The female record is held by Laura RICHES who recorded a time of 19:03 on 15th July 2017 (event number 62).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 83.23% (24:21) on 22nd October 2016 (event number 24).

Wepre parkrun started on 14th May 2016. Since then 3,286 participants have completed 14,669 parkruns covering a total distance of 73,345 km, including 3,451 new Personal Bests.

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