Walls of Pride, parkrun 105, 22nd June 2013

With all the excitement of last week it was a very different week at parkrun this week, no cake, we’ll be getting fitter at this rate. That didn’t lessen the atmosphere as people arrived at the park. It was great to meet the early arrivals, usually new parkrunners checking out how it works, or marshals checking out there role for the morning.
Thanks to everyone who helped out this week. It was a great turnout with 196 parkrunners and I can’t believe how smoothly is all goes these days, with this many runners. I think this is largely down to the Worcester spirit, of friendliness and our amazing volunteers….

Volunteer Wall of Pride

Anne RALPHS • Ben JONES • Carole RUDOLF • Claire Louise MARTIN • Daisy HARDING • Derek HOBBY • Ed FREEMANTLE • Elaine MARSTON • Emma Lily POUND • Harrriette DREW • James GOLDBY • Jason GREEN • Madeleine PAUL • Margaret WILKES • Richard RALPHS • Rosie FRANCIS • Sally GUILLAUME • Serena DREW

There were some excellent performances this week with notable PB’s from the 10+ parkrunners…

PB Wall of Pride, 10+ parkruns

Steve Potter , Adam Winwood, Sonya Cox, Michael Cook, Jane Morgan, Gillian Cook, Helen Owen, Craig Foster

Our juniors were putting in some great performances this week and all the following had a great week with a new PB.

PB Wall of Pride, Juniors

George Vaughan + Matthew Gates + Adam Turton + Jamie Westwood + Michael Watson + Jasmine Girvane

Well done to the folloing Juniors who completed there 1st parkrun

James Eaton + Ed Brown + Sophie Eaton + Abigail Watson + Chloe Bitcon

So once all our volunteers had arrived Maddie got the briefing underway George Voughan was wished a Happy 7th birthday, and Dave Bessant given a boost for his upcoming ½ Ironman, hope it all went well.
“Blessed are the Cheesemakers”, if you’re a Monty Python fan you’ll get the reference, thanks John Shacklock for that. We are getting to be quite a large group of folks, so sorry if you have trouble hearing the briefing, we are bit shy of the loadhailler as we don’t think its personal enough but we’ll give it a go next week.

So we got started and it was very windy going around the paddock, I seriously think this is the hardest part of the run. We we’re given a cheer by Anne Ralphs who was getting the privaledge of looking after Scarlett Robinson, Ross and Nichola’s newborn at the exit of the paddock.

Out of the paddock and into the woods, you may have noticed a few gangs of new volunteers as we have a number of people doing Duke of Edinburgh Awards and have offered there services for a number of weeks. I must say they were very good cheerers and giving it some proper parkrun enthusiasm.

Onto Carol Rudolf at Café Corner, God I could have done with bacon sandwich at that point I was ravenous, I’m sure they pump the smell of bacon out at this time of the morning.  Down to Dingle Dell where Jason Green said “hi” and then along to Ben and back into the woods.

I was having a lovely run with Vonnie nice and easy run for me, in the 30 minute zone, having a nice chat about nothing in particular both of us deciding that this was a week to just bag a parkrun and enjoy the scenery.


It was Margaret Wilkes up at Hospital Corner this week, and she lead us back past Daisy H and I think Harriette, and finally the girls at Eddies Corner accompanied by Maddie.  

Vonnie and I continued our chat and took a couple of parkrunner and got taken back by a few more. Vonnie opened up and left me in the paddock to take the honours. Derek clocked us and Rhyanon gave us our token then over to the scanning gang of Darren, Elaine and Claire Martin.

My second favourite moment of a parkrun morning, after a successful start, is a brew and a chat with fellow parkrunners and this morning was good fun.

Thanks to everyone who came along, it was a real enjoyable and fun morning.

Regards,
Rich


The Stats Bit
How Many?
• There were 196 finishers this week
• 194 runners registered there results, leaving 2 as unknown as the #DFYB'd
• There was an average of 8.35 finishers per minute
• In the ten minute period 20:xx to 29:xxx, 112 runners crossed the line 57% of the field, at a rate of 12.00 runners per minute.
• The most popular finishing time were…
o 24:xx with 18 finishers
o 25:xx with 17 finishers
o 26:xx with 17 finishers

Who Were You?
• There were 24 First Timers this week, compared with 42 last week
• There were 16 Second Timers and 8 got a PB! Which is 50%, compared with 23 last week
• The gender split was 57% male, 42% female runners. Last week there was a 60% to 40% split

The predominant age group was 30-34 with 15% of the finishers who registered
• 30 Juniors under 20, equalling 15%
• 14 in their 20's, equalling 07%
• 56 in their 30's, equalling 29%
• 48 in their 40's, equalling 24%
• 27 in their 50's, equalling 14%
• 19 in their 60's, equalling 10%
• 2 Unknowns or #DFYB's, equalling 1%

There were 22 50+ parkrunners taking part that’s 11%

How Fast?
There were 33 PB's this week, compared to 68 last week or a -51%change
8 runners finished in a sub 20 min time
• Tom STOCK was the first parkrunner to finish in a time of 17:47
• Ben CARRINGTON was the second parkrunner to finish in a time of 17:58
• Daniel STOCK was the third parkrunner to finish in a time of 18:20

• Wendy HOLMES was the first female parkrunner to finish in a time of 20:10
• Katherine SMITH was the second female parkrunner to finish in a time of 21:11
• Jemima LOWE was the third parkrunner to finish in a time of 21:44

• The #1 Age Grading this week was Wendy HOLMES with an age grading of 81.16%
• The #2 Age Grading this week was Ann GRAY with an age grading of 79.86%
• The #3 Age Grading this week was Michael STOCK with an age grading of 76.94%

 

THE STUART WILD MEMORIAL RACE SUNDAY 21ST JULY 2013, 10:00AM

One of our local running clubs is giving you the opportunity to get that marathon feeling, as either an individual (mad) or team member. The event is in memory of the wonderful Stuart Wild who inspired so many other runners. So talk to your friends and why not get a team together.

Here is the race information also available on the Blackpear Joggers website...

It is over 10 x 2.62 mile laps of Perdiswell Leisure Centre grounds and is open to entries of either individuals completing the full distance or to teams of 2 people or teams of 5 people as a relay event.

At each of the 10 laps as well as a water station there is also a WINE STATION with a small sample / taster of wine from different countries and regions for each lap.

Parking is available at Perdiswell Leisure Centre Car Park.

If the weather is kind to us – we are hoping to have a BBQ afterwards.

Prizes

All finishers will receive a technical t-shirt, medal & goody bag. There will be prizes for individuals, teams & best fancy dress.

A Stuart Wild Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the first male and female finishers in the individual event.

All the proceeds from this event will be going to MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association our chosen charity this year and to St. Richard’s Hospice.

Entry

Entry fee is £24 for individuals  and £20 for each team member. Race entry is limited to 250 and entries will close once this level is reached.

The entry form can be downloaded below:

Download Entry Form (PDF, 248KB)

View Confirmed Entries

Race numbers will be issued on the day. No entries accepted on the day. Accepted entries will be shown on the website as will final instructions, please check carefully.

Stuart Wild: Stuart Wild was a key member of Black Pear Joggers and was in the process of organising this event before he sadly passed away and it is hoped that this event will become an annual one for everyone’s race calendar.

 

 

Worcester parkrun Turns 2 Years Old

Hi All,

A quick thank you to everyone who has come along this year to Worcester parkrun and to those who enjoyed the celebrations at our Birthday parkrun.

It was a special week for Michael Connor who ran his 100th parkrun and David Ryder who also did his 100th run, like buses hey! Michael has written down his experiences over the 100 parkruns and we couldn't have summed it up any better.Before we hand you over to Michael congratulations too to Paul Marston and Chris Garratt who completed their 50th parkruns, top blokes!

Thanks to all our wonderful bakers, Maddie, Mum, Daisy Harding, Annie Robson, Kay Cale, Paul Evans if I forgot to mention you apologies, it was a blur of cake tins at the start. We had a whole bench full of cakes, and I'm afraid I couldn't try them all. Kay Cales parkrun cake was amazing so if you ever want a special cake give her a nudge.

Michael Connor, 100 parkruns Story

Now that the Worcester parkrun is 2 and toddling around asking “why?” all the time it’s a good point to reflect on the journey so far. I think I might be in a unique position to do this. By simply avoiding getting married, going on holiday, having a baby or even having artificial joints put in me I have been able to be at all 104 parkruns as a runner, a volunteer, or sometimes both. I’ve even been to some that are not in the 104 like the “Run In The Snow”  with a few other dedicated/demented parkrunners.

So what’s changed since that first parkrun? At that first run were just 23 runners about half of whom were parkrun tourists never to be seen again. In those first runs were some names that have kept reappearing through the intervening two years. Jane Morgan, Eve Austen, Yvonne Ralphs and Chris Guillame all being in the first; rapidly followed by the Jones, Rebecca and Harvey, the Brightons Lee and Michelle, Nicola Robinson, Simon Wright, Annie Robson and Maddy Paul. Derick, our esteemed timekeeper even made a running appearance in those early days; and I could finish in the top twenty……..and now 250 runners and I’m lucky to be in the top 100!

The volunteer team started of small also. At that first run I was the marshal, notice not a marshal, the marshal, so that was quite busy. I thought of this a couple of weeks ago when Eddies corner was packed with HiViz. This is a good point to acknowledge the vital difference the volunteers make and especially the organising committee. I would especially like to remember Sacha and Vicky who have now moved on but made great contributions to getting the parkrun started.  All volunteers and especially the organising committee, give freely not only of their time but also of their care and concern which allows us all to do the running.

In those far off days we always seemed to be running the now near mythical “summer course”, and if you know what that is you can claim to have been doing the Worcester parkrun for a good while, maybe one day it will return.

So the sheer scale of the event has changed remarkably over the last two years but some things stay the same. The attraction of parkrun remains constant.

This attraction is either:-
a)    because it is a place where the only measure of personal worth is how you overcome the personal challenges of running 5k while helping others to get their goals.
OR
b)   Because it starts at 9.00 so you’ve got the rest of the day to do all those other things that need doing.
c)    Because it’s free to enter.
d)   Because you don’t have to wear a number.
e)    Because if you stick at it long enough you get free running tops, courtesy of Adidas*
f)     Because you can run with your children so you don’t have to find somebody to look after them
g)   Because you might be lucky enough to get free running shoes, courtesy of Sweatshop*
h)   Because 5k is short enough not to completely knacker you for the rest of the day
i)     Because there is a café at the end and everybody knows that cake consumed after a run contains no calories at all
j)     Did I mention it’s free

Two final things.

First I would like to share with you an image which sort of encapsulates parkrun for me.  At one of the early parkruns I remember looking out across the field. On the field were just three people, all out in torrential rain. One was little Katie Brooks doggedly bashing her way through the rain to the finish, and at the finish were two soaked volunteers supporting her in her efforts. Determination and selflessness in the face of adversity summed up in that one image for me.

Lastly I recall my first race when I turned up did the run and went home not speaking to anyone in the whole process. Now I feel part of a community of runners and have lots of people to share experiences with thanks to parkrun. Thank you all for being part of it.

Michael Connor

Thanks Michael, your a big reason why we kept getting up early when it was peeing down in the early weeks, as we knew at least you would be there so we couldn't let you down.

So the run was a little delayed by all the Awards we wanted to give out to recognise the achievements of our Worcester parkrunners.
Well done to all the following....

Annual Male Points League
Winner - Chris Garratt
Runner Up - Matt Fitzgerald
2nd Runner Up -Dan Cale

Annual Female Points League
Winner - Nichola Robisnon
Runner Up -Michelle Brighton
2nd Runner Up - Ann Gray

Top Female Junior
Tessa Carr
Top Male Junior
Daniel Stock

Top Age Graded Performance
Carol Cowley

Top Volunteers 2013
Anne Ralphs
David Gray
Derek Hobby
Margaret Wilkes
Elaine Marston
Eddie Freemenatle
Carol Rudolf

The run went off with Derek back from his holidays, and we lost count of how many runners there were, and it was clear we would be close to a record attendance and so it proved with 275 completing the course. There were lots of PB's, 68 in all so congratulations to you if you bagged one.

Men's placings:
Stuart HAWKES (SM35-39) of Amazing Feet RC, was first over the line in 17:19 - 5th time in 7 appearances.
Michael RAYNES (SM35-39) of York Acorn RC, was second over the line in 18:29.
Ben CARRINGTON (SM30-34) of Amazing Feet RC, was third over the line in 18:32.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Derek HOBBY (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 200 pts.
Ross ROBINSON (Unattached) 200 pts.
Richard COWLEY (Unattached) 200 pts.

Women's placings:
Megan JUDGE (SW20-24) of Malvern Joggers, was first (30th overall) over the line in 21:14 - 10th time in 32 appearances.
Katherine SMITH (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (32nd overall) over the line in 21:18 - Has been first to finish on 6 previous occassions.
Harrriette DREW (JW15-19) (Unattached) was third (44th overall) over the line in 22:10 - Has been first to finish on 3 previous occassions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Anne RALPHS (Unattached) 200 pts.
Elaine MARSTON (Unattached) 200 pts.
Emma Lily POUND (Unattached) 200 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Carol COWLEY (VW60-64) was graded 84.66 % for the time 23:15 (71st overall).
Ann GRAY (VW70-74) was graded 78.87 % for the time 28:14 (179th overall).
Stuart HAWKES (SM35-39) was graded 76.13 % for the time 17:19 (first overall).

This week there were 275 runners, of whom 42 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different athletics clubs took part.

Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 2,159 different runners, including participants from 179 athletics clubs, have completed 11,779 runs covering a total distance of 58,895 km, and there have been 2,893 new Personal Bests.

The Women's course record is held by Alison LAVENDER who ran in a time of 18:13 on 1st September 2012 (event number 63).
The Men's course record is held by Anthony WHITEMAN who ran in a time of 14:52 on 31st March 2012 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anthony WHITEMAN who recorded a 91.82 % run (14:52) on 31st March 2012 (event number 42).

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

Well a great morning now just enough time to burn off all that lovely cake, and aim for that PB next week.

Thanks to all our parkrunning family,
Rich

 

What do Points Make….? 8th June Worcester parkrun,

Hi All,

I'll add a bit more to the report as the day progresses, been busy with my shed this weekend, suffice to say this week there were comebacks, PB's a plenty, butterless fingers on the tokens, and a great buzz around the parkrun!

Here are the stats for now will post more later.

Thanks for a great parkrun this week!

Rich

The Stats Bit 

 How Many?

There were 243 finishers this week

228 runners registered there results, leaving 15 as unknown as the #DFYB'd

There was an average of 9.87 finishers per minute

In the ten minute period 20:xx to 29:xxx, 167 runners crossed the line 69% of the field, at a rate of 16.80 runners per  minute.

The most popular finishing time were…

23:xx with 23 finishers

28:xx with 22 finishers

25:xx with 19 finishers

Who Were You?

There were 18 First Timers this week, compared with 39 last week

There were 25 Second Timers and 18 got a PB! Which is 72%, compared with 16 last week

The gender split was 59% male, 35% female runners. Last week there was a 58% to 40% split

The predominant age group was 40-44 with 18% of the finishers who registered

29 Juniors under 20, equalling  12%

20 in their 20's, equalling  08%

65 in their 30's, equalling  27%

75 in their 40's, equalling  31%

25 in their 50's, equalling  10%

14 in their 60's, equalling  06%

15 Unknowns or #DFYB's, equalling  6%

There were 16 50+ parkrunners taking part that’s 07%

How Fast?

There were 69 PB's this week, compared to 29 last week or a 138%change

11 runners finished in a sub 20 min time

The #1 Age Grading this week was Carol COWLEY with an age grading of 86.27%

The #2 Age Grading this week was Jon NEWEY with an age grading of 77.88%

The #3 Age Grading this week was Clive ANDREWS with an age grading of 75.98%

 

Malvern 10k June 12th 2013

Malvern Joggers are hosting a mid-week 10k run around the beautiful Malverns, You are welcome to enter via there website, and we will have forms at parkrun each week for you. If you want to know more then you just ask one of the friendly MJ's, on Saturday, easy to spot in there green tops.

This is an event you pay for, £8.00 for affiliated, £10.00 unaffiliated to a club, this also gets you a post run curry, plus and a donation will be made to Malvern Special Families, a very good cause.

http://www.malvernjoggers.co.uk/Page_10K.php

 

Michelle Brighton’s parkrun Report, 1st June 2013, #102

Hello All and thank you for reading my run report for event 102 on 1st June 2013.

My Saturday parkrun starts before leaving home. There's locating all the correct running clothing and very important barcode. It's also become a regular occurrence to have a course and weather report posted on Facebook. This often helps with clothing choices and footwear dilemmas (the already muddy trainers, or will I be OK with the clean ones). Thank you mystery parkrun organiser for posting this every week.

This was my 79th parkrun. All of them have been at Worcester and I think I have run in all conditions, rain, snow, ice and fancy dress.

Thankfully today’s run was dry and sunny (dare I say too warm). Turnout is always better when the sun shines and this proved as such today. However, fair weather parkrunners, there is a great sense of satisfaction when you have run the course ankle deep in mud. There will be no PB, but there is a great sense of fun and achievement for everyone.

After the runners, volunteers, supporters and a few dogs had all congregated we were called to attention by the siren and Richard gave the pre-run briefing. Canadian parkrunners? The parkrun word really is getting around. Cake, I'm sure I heard the word cake mentioned. Worcester parkrun's second birthday party is on the 15th June which will include cake – yippee! There was also an announcement about Malvern Joggers annual 10k race on the 12th June. This year followed by a celebratory curry. I think there is a theme here with running and food.

We were directed to the start where James sent us off. I always think it's a bit like a Grand National start. We're not perfectly lined up and ready, but we're somewhere near and most often facing the right way.

I don't enjoy the run around the field to start. I often set off too fast and my legs aren't happy to be moving (I'm guessing a few warm up stretches would help, but they're for professionals, right?)

I do like to see the quick runners who have already made it past the sculpture (how can they be that quick!) and then when I have passed the sculpture I like to have a sneaky look back to see how many people are behind (mostly not many).

Exhausted heading into the woods we were cheered in (at Eddie's Corner) by Nichola and Scarlett. A quick wave and hello and then we're into the shade under the trees. Although running through the woods is fabulous and seeing it in all seasons is a real treat, I think the air may have been affecting my throat. I apologise to the other runners that had to listen to me cough my way round the second half of the first lap.

The cheering committee had grown at Eddie's corner for the second lap and it was back round for another loop. I was just trying to maintain my pace and then try and find a little extra for the downhill section after Badger 'mountain'. Does anyone else think the tarmac section between the top of Badger and the entry into the field feels like it gets longer with every run?

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Then there is the left turn back into the field being cheered and directed by Anne towards the finish funnel. There's plenty of encouragement at this point from people in the field and it's nice that the ground conditions enable a moderate sprint! I'm not normally competitive but something happens at this point on the run.

There was a wobble through the funnel and taking a finish token. I apologise for never being able to more than a thank you whisper. Still using all energy to try and stay standing.

The run is over and it's now time to catch up with the fellow runners on Recovery Bank. The parkrun community is amazing. I've met some wonderful people and we all have something in common. We all love parkrun.

After some time to compare our runs and catch our breath it's off to registration to be scanned in.

I would like to thank the organising team: Rich, Sally, Maddy and James. Also, all the regular volunteers (too many to name and I fear missing someone off!) and all the other runners. Together, it makes parkrun a fantastic community event that I look forward to attending every week. A Saturday without a parkrun is like Ant without Dec.

Michelle Brighton

PS. If you haven't tried volunteering yet I can certainly recommend it. I have volunteered a few times and have always enjoyed my role, whether on registration, marshalling, or handing out finish tokens (and even writing the run report, although this could be the first and last!).

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Rich - Thanks Michelle for a great report, we loved reading your thoughts, and it will definitely not be your last report, it was really good.  An extra large slice of cake for you, for those kind words at the end too, cheers!

Stats from the Worcester parkrun supercomputer.......

The Stats Bit 

 How Many?

  • There were 231 finishers this week
  • 225 runners registered there results, leaving 6 as unknown as the #DFYB'd
  • There was an average of 9.65 finishers per minute
  • In the ten minute period 20:xx to 29:xxx, 149 runners crossed the line 65% of the field, at a rate of 14.80 runners per  minute.

The most popular finishing time were…

  • 28:xx with 22 finishers
  • 24:xx with 17 finishers
  • 31:xx with 17 finishers

Who Were You?

  • There were 39 First Timers this week, compared with 34 last week
  • There were 16 Second Timers and 9 got a PB! Which is 56%, compared with 20 last week
  • The gender split was 60% male, 38% female runners. Last week there was a 58% to 40% split
  • The predominant age group was 45-49 with 16% of the finishers who registered
    • 25 Juniors under 20, equalling 11%
    • 23 in their 20's, equalling  10%
    • 62 in their 30's, equalling  27%
    • 68 in their 40's, equalling  29%
    • 29 in their 50's, equalling  13%
    • 18 in their 60's, equalling  08%
    • 6 Unknowns or #DFYB's, equalling  3%
    • There were 17 50+ parkrunners taking part that’s 07%

How Fast?

  • There were 29 PB's this week, compared to 73 last week or a -60%change
  • 17 runners finished in a sub 20 min time
  • The #1 Age Grading this week was Mark HILL with an age grading of 81.79%
  • The #2 Age Grading this week was Wendy HOLMES with an age grading of 81.56%
  • The #3 Age Grading this week was Jon MANSFIELD with an age grading of 80.51%

Men's placings:

  • Tom STOCK (JM15-19) of Worcester AC, was first over the line in 17:28 - 4th time in 10 appearances.
  • Jon MANSFIELD (VM45-49) of Tewkesbury AC, was second over the line in 17:37 - Has been first to finish on 4 previous occassions.
  • Daniel STOCK (JM15-19) of Worcester AC, was third over the line in 17:57 - Has been first to finish on 3 previous occassions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 4242 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 3907 pts.
Dan CALE (Black Pear Joggers) 3502 pts.

Women's placings:

  • Wendy HOLMES (VW45-49) of Cani-Cross, was first (18th overall) over the line in 20:04 - 6th time in 6 appearances.
  • Megan JUDGE (SW20-24) of Malvern Joggers, was second (28th overall) over the line in 21:23 - Has been first to finish on 9 previous occassions.
  • Ellen HEMSWORTH (SW25-29) of Worcester Tri Club, was third (30th overall) over the line in 21:26.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 3791 pts.
Michelle BRIGHTON (Black Pear Joggers) 3780 pts.
Ann GRAY (Unattached) 3485 pts.

See you all next week!

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