International Women’s Day parkrun – March 7th 2020

Our research shows us that, across the world, women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun. Despite the fact that females make 54% of registrations, they are less likely than men to take part in parkrun and to continue participating. IWD parkrun is a fantastic opportunity to encourage more women and girls to participate in parkrun events all over the world.

So come along and wave the flag for the women of the world.



Danni Gunn Run Report – Event #397

As we hurtle towards the end of January the bright, warm parkrun’s of Spring feel tantalisingly close. In the next few weeks parkrunners up and down the country will begin to shed their thermals and knitted hats and emerge from another season of winter running. For now however the bleak mornings remain but that didn’t stop 557 hardy souls from braving the cold for Arrow Valley’s 397th Parkrun.

There were 89 new personal bests and 86 first timers to the 900-acre country park in Worcestershire which was built by the Redditch Development Company in the 1970’s.

Phillip Nind, from Holme Pierrepont Running Club blazed around the course in a time of 17:03 taking the much coveted 001 token. Arrow Valley regular and BRAT club member Adam Hill was second home (18:04) followed in hot pursuit by Peter Bird from Wallasey Athletics Club (18:08). Faye Stanyard from Redditch Stars was the first female back in a speedy time of 19:47.

Grace Bird from Wallasey AC marked her 100th Parkrun with a PB (19:48) finishing as second female. Also celebrating their 100th milestones was Mark Brindley, who after some sweating over the fact he’d forgotten his barcode on his big day managed to log a quality time (23:24) and the inspirational Karen Moody (38:07).

Karen, who in her 50’s thought that she would never be able run joined a couch to 5k group several years ago and the group turned into the Lickey End Striders. Karen went on to run 10k’s, the Birmingham Half Marathon and now 100 Parkruns. Karen said that she hopes she can keep running for many more years to come.

Karen Moody celebrates 100 runsProving to Karen that it can be done relative newcomer John Holmes in the 85-89 year category stormed to a new PB (01:06:36) with a sprint finish, smashing his previous personal best by 1 minute 35. John who completed his first Parkrun with his daughter in Hull on New Year’s day 2020 has since become an Arrow Valley regular and has knocked almost 7 minutes off his time in under a month. Great work John! John Holmes smashes his PB

Kevin Parsons ran his “unofficial” 200th run at Arrow Valley. No t-shirt for this one but definitely worth a shout-out.

Also deserving of a huge shout-out are the 28 volunteers who made the run possible. My very own mum who is a regular runner at Bedworth marshalled at the bottom of the hill and couldn’t believe the amount of thank-you’s she received from runners. She thinks Arrow Valley is the friendliest Parkrun around and I reckon she’s right. So keep it up Arrow Valley parkrunners and carry on showing the hi-viz heroes the love.

John Holmes with the Hi vis heroes


Catherine Bennett Run Report Event #389 – 7th Dec 2019

The joy of parkrunning… Saturday was a special morning…. A lot of Saturday mornings feel special at Arrow Valley parkrun due to the dedication of the core team and volunteers, and the community feel of people and dogs, young and old, coming together to enjoy a beautiful space and to walk, jog, run, volunteer, spectate or join in in their own way, the brilliance that is parkrun at 9am - to kick-start the weekend. 20191207_083631

Each week there are experiences shared, goals met and stories to be told.  This week belonged to Lizzie Tovey and her support crew; Lizzie, who has been parkrunning and volunteering since last year and I don’t think she’d mind me saying is already an  enthusiast/addict like myself.


Lizzie is extraordinary, and a force to be reckoned with and here are some of her own words (from this year’s London marathon fundraising page with which she raised enough to sponsor a guide dog puppy, the beautiful Eira): ‘it’s scary having to put your faith in another person or animal in order to guide you on your way – I should know because I’m sight impaired, having limited central vision in my left eye and hardly any vision at all in my right eye.  But it’s amazing what you can achieve when you set your mind to it’. Lizzie decided that this was the day for her to try running untethered.  She has previously run with a tether connecting her to a guide runner, which is how she did the London marathon too, attached to Corin Elliott (86 parkruns , 76 of which were at Arrow Valley), who was also a big part of today, in fact I think he suggested it.  Without the tether the run is a lot scarier for Lizzie, but this doesn’t deter Lizzie Tovey, even the morning after a Christmas night out with friends as she has determination in bucket loads!

When she approached the finish today, on her 37th parkrun, in a time of 34:07 she was in a sea of red, created by her crew who surrounded her and kept her safe; the bulk of which were from Run Alcester, a club headed up by Corin, who was described as brilliant on Saturday morning, in keeping talking the whole way round and amongst others who acted as buffers in a Kipchoge style formation (if you don’t know who Kipchoge is look him up) they helped Lizzie to cross that line.  Many of the parkrun family watched that moment and the disbelief and emotion that Lizzie evidently felt choked us all, including her husband who was also part of her crew.  She will be known as Lizchoge to me now!


One incredible story out of 357 runners and 36 volunteers, who I would like to personally thank for running with me on Saturday.  I was so pleased to be able to be running following some Winter bug or other and so amazed at what Lizzie was achieving that I think I smiled the whole way round this week!  The weather was right for running (although the wind was a tad bitter), the atmosphere was something else, and even dogs running near me looked playful and happy.  Thank-you parkrun for all you give to so many – it improves both physical and mental health and changes lives – FACT!


****Christmas Day parkrun (09:00) ****

Following the succesful campaign to fill all the December volunteer rosters, Arrow Valley are delighted to confirm a Christmas Day parkrun.
Arrow Valley parkrun Christmas Day 2018

Please come along and enjoy the festive occassion and enjoy the community spirit.  Many will be running in Santa, reindeer or elf outfits and merryness will abound. Arrow Valley parkrun, Christmas Day

We would still love to see you if your not running as you could give us a hand with a volunteer role and put that warm glow into your heart.

Arrow Valley parkrun Christmas Day 2018


No Event on New Years Day

The team will be taking a well deserved rest on New Years Day and will not be offering a parkrun.

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