parkrun report – 28th September 2019 by Katie PRICE

Brueton parkrun
Event number 480
28th September 2019

This week Brueton achieved its run 480 meaning we are getting closer to the 500 mark. An achievement we will have to celebrate in parkrun style in 20 weeks time.
I wasn’t there this week but I know you were all in the very capable hands of Caroline Edwards, our very own entertaining Run Director that gets you all in the running spirit on a cold Saturday morning.
I was taking on my 6th half marathon of the year. An achievement that 4 years ago when I tried my first parkrun I would not have thought possible. That first week I was late, I had just returned from America so was feeling very unfit, and I ended up walking every few minutes. But it only got better, that morning was just the start of a new journey in my life.
In the last four years I have volunteered over 30 times in roles including Run Director, volunteer coordinator and tail walker. I have run over 120 times at 16 different parkruns- some weeks with a feeling of success and other weeks where I wished I hadn’t got out of bed because every muscle has hurt, but I’ve always gone home with a sense of some achievement, no matter how big or small.
In that time, I have joined our local running club, become the wellbeing officer, a run leader, mental health champion and now this weekend a running coach. I have taken on my biggest ever achievement of running a full marathon in the last year, but the best thing parkrun has given me is a ‘new me’ and many new friends.
parkrun has helped me with managing my anxieties, although some days I still get a sense of anxiety even on the walk from the car, but I always go home feeling better.
All these achievements which started with an August post holiday run with just a goal to try and get fit.
The community in parkrun has shown to me and many friends that it is a supportive community where everyone is encouraged and made to feel welcome no matter what your personal goal or situation is.
Today 44 volunteers gave something back to the 558 runners to ensure the morning ran smoothly with everyone achieving their own personal achievements
21 people tried Brueton for their very first parkrun. To those people, it only takes one time like I did four years ago to take on new challenges and life changes. Welcome to the world of parkrun.
We had 24 visitors who wanted to expand on their ‘parkrun tourism’ challenges including Matt Lambe from Sandwell Valley parkrun that completed his 35 th different event; Glenn and Cat Smith came from Conkers parkrun for their 31 st different event and John Hennesey from Worcester made us his 12 th different event. Parkrun tourism has become a bit of an obsession for myself. I’m working on the A-Z of parkruns and I have dragged my husband to
16 different ones so far.
We had visitors from Newcastle upon Tyne; Tamworth; Poole; Leicester and Southampton, this week, welcome to you all. I hope you enjoyed your visit.
This week also saw an amazing 66 different runners get themselves a PB, I’m guessing they all had their own personal challenge and achievement this week, so well done to them.
We also had Peter Collins achieving an amazing 398 parkruns, wow that is some commitment. Maybe we should ask him to write a report with his tales and experiences.

5 Random numbers
If you've ever thought of joining a running club, here's the 5 clubs who have had the most registered participants at Brueton. Maybe consider contacting them(or others)about potential membership? I'm sure they'd love to hear from you.

This Girl Runs - Solihull
Knowle and Dorridge Running Club
Solihull and Small Heath AC
Kings Heath Running Club
Massey Ferguson RC

New run club members
junior 10 - Frank FAIZEY
junior 10 - Harry MITCHELL
junior 10 - Joshua OLDFIELD
50 - Andrew MITCHAM
50 - Elizabeth FRASER
50 - Emily LOMAX
50 - Oliver COOPER
100 - Chris DUNCAN
250 - Ann SPANN

Your volunteer team this week
Aarav DHIR • Aaron MCCRONE • Abigail BEDNALL • Adam HAYES • Allan MASON • Andy JOHNSON • Ben BEDNALL • Ben WHITTAKER • Bhavya KAPADIA • Brian STEELE • Caroline ATKINS • Caroline EDWARDS • Chris ATKINS • Chris RAW • Ciara GAHAN • Colin RICKWOOD • Coralie NEWMAN • David PARTRIDGE • David RALPH • Dominic COOK • Elizabeth POMFRET • Gary POLHILL • Graham EDWARDS • Helena SMITH • Jane POMFRET • Joanne THORNTON • John A COOPER • Katie PRICE • Lissy CALVERT • Lucia EGUIGUREN WRAY • Mark REATH • Mark WIGGINS • Michael MAHER • Michael WHATLEY • Richard SMITH • Samuel LEACH • Samuel SATODIA • Sarah TAYLOR • Sonia JAMES • Stephanie COOMBS • Stephen BLAND • Stephen RAY • William MAIDMENT

Solihull parkruns in numbers
Solihull parkruns in numbers
Total Finishers - 726
Volunteers - 60
Personal Bests - 90
First Timers to the events - 155 (includes 41 brand new parkrunners - 21 @ Brueton, 20 @ Babbs Mill)

Official reportThis week 558 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 44 volunteers:

Joanne THORNTON • Andrew LUCAS • Mark REATH • Brian STEELE • Andy JOHNSON • William MAIDMENT • Michael MAHER • Ciara GAHAN • John A COOPER • Lissy CALVERT • David RALPH • Caroline ATKINS • Graham EDWARDS • Michael WHATLEY • Caroline EDWARDS • Stephen RAY • Coralie NEWMAN • Allan MASON • Chris RAW • Katie PRICE • Helena SMITH • Richard SMITH • Colin RICKWOOD • Dominic COOK • Aaron MCCRONE • Abigail BEDNALL • Chris ATKINS • Samuel SATODIA • Ben WHITTAKER • David PARTRIDGE • Adam HAYES • Stephen BLAND • Jane POMFRET • Elizabeth POMFRET • Samuel LEACH • Aarav DHIR • Lucia EGUIGUREN WRAY • Mark WIGGINS • Sonia JAMES • Gary POLHILL • Stephanie COOMBS • Ben BEDNALL • Bhavya KAPADIA • Sarah TAYLOR

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

The female record is held by Katrina WOOTTON who recorded a time of 16:20 on 12th August 2017 (event number 371), and by Hayley CARRUTHERS who also recorded a time of 16:20 on 30th March 2019 (event number 454).
The male record is held by Omer AHMED who recorded a time of 14:26 on 29th June 2019 (event number 467).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sheila CAREY who recorded 97.16% (21:06) on 18th September 2010 (event number 9).

Brueton parkrun started on 24th July 2010. Since then 15,339 participants have completed 147,930 parkruns covering a total distance of 739,650 km, including 23,979 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,153 individuals have volunteered 12,684 times.