Cannon Hill parkrun 9th Birthday

Today we were 9! We celebrated by inviting everyone to cheer our 3 runners in their 9th decade, Alan, Dale and Chrissie and our three 9 year old runners. The enthusiastic reception given to our star runners with more than 70 years difference in age amply reflected the diverse group of people who love parkrun and who have contributed to our 457 outings so far.
The sun shone on us and all of the celebration cakes were eaten. We had over 50 enthusiastic volunteers and 750 plus runners and walkers.
The full set of results is below and we hope to see you all again next week at Cannon Hill park
Just a reminder that on the 21st September the park will be in use for car parking for the T20 Cricket Final over at Edgbaston so we will be relocating to the other end of the park at Holders Lane Playing field on this occasion.
We are also pleased to announce that on 14th September Birmingham Samaritans will be providing most of the volunteers for the event. More to follow nearer the time.

Cannon Hill parkrun, Birmingham
Event number 457
31st August 2019

This week 784 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 86 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 46 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 51 volunteers:

Martin FOSTER • Rob A FOSTER • Hilary FOSTER • Clare MULLIN • Helen BLOOMER • Mary ROSS • Mark INCE • Peter GALLAGHER • Helen LEWIS • Helena MARKALL • David CHAPMAN • Christopher DAVY • Graham LAWRENCE • Noel MURPHY • Suz WEST • Suzanne THOMPSON • Keith EVANS • Kerry MURDOCK • Emma HOPKINS • Elizabeth HOWARD • Sylvia HUGHES • Geoffrey HUGHES • Ben CLARKE • Mark WITHERIDGE • Rafal DUDZIAK • Lisa MURPHY • Peter HICKMAN • Ron CATTLE • Brenda HINES • Daisy WILSON • Richard WILKES • Lauren HEVEY • Austin BARBER • Simon BROCK • Scott BROUGH • Melrose STEWART • Ian SWAIN • Annette HAWES • Anna YEUNG • Umar HASSAN • Sam GARDINER • Lilly TOPOLEWSKA • Mark CURRAN • Michael RAVENHILL • Carl BROOKES • Dale MOGG • Jill SANSUM • Isobel HARRIS • David GREEN • Monika MOZEJKO • Jo BROOKES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Cannon Hill parkrun, Birmingham Results Page.

The female record is held by Hayley CARRUTHERS who recorded a time of 16:21 on 16th March 2019 (event number 433).
The male record is held by Omer AHMED who recorded a time of 14:38 on 15th June 2019 (event number 446).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tony WRIGHT who recorded 91.83% (16:19) on 26th January 2019 (event number 426).

Cannon Hill parkrun, Birmingham started on 28th August 2010. Since then 23,851 participants have completed 209,661 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,048,305 km, including 34,291 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,853 individuals have volunteered 13,275 times.


HOLDERS LANE parkrun 27th July

Cannon Hill parkrun, Birmingham
Event number 452
27th July 2019

Todays event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Barrie Moelwyn Antony ROBERTS • Helen BLOOMER • Mary ROSS • Matthew SAWERS • Sarah TANCRED • Ellen LOVELL • Keith EVANS • Amelia FEARN • Sylvia HUGHES • Andrea BAKER • Chrissie BOYER • Geoffrey HUGHES • Ben CLARKE • Toby HORWOOD • Joanna KING • Ron CATTLE • Poppy JONES • Imogen BAKER • Jessica HARRINGTON • Alana NAIRN • Anna MCMANUS • Mark PRESSWOOD • Matthew SAWERS Rebecca JONES • Sarah TYE • Lucy JONES • Lucy CRUTE MORRIS • Richard CRUTE MORRIS • Rowan WILLIAMS • Kerry MURDOCK Samuel SHERMAN • Paul RUSSELL • Sam GARDINER • Margaret SHERMAN • Rose PARDO ROQUES • Sumayyah KHALID • Yusuf KHALID • Chris SHERMAN • Michael RAVENHILL • Dale MOGG • Jyothish KUMAR • Fred TAYLOR

It is an understatement to say that it was wet at Holders Lane playing fields and woods today. So we are very grateful for the brave volunteers who came out to support our runners and walkers. Many of the volunteers had not been to the alternative course before so were even more brave for taking on the task of directing folk on the complicated criss crossing of playing fields and woodland tracks. Sarah stood in the rain at the side of the biggest puddle continually smiling and cheering us on, Barrie and Ellen stood guard at the car park. Geoff stepped in to marshal round the tree (and he was too wet and too busy for his camera so no photos this week). Helen stepped in as always and kept us all in the right direction welcoming the late comers and hurrying them to the start.

The other marshals were all brilliant too especially the young lady on the playing field with her Mum and Chrissie under the dripping tree in the wood.

The barcode scanners popped out their phones with the Virtual Volunteer app and people stepped in to reduce the queues and get us out of the rain more quickly. Thank you to the gentleman who did some scanning but left before we had his name, if you would like to email us we will make sure that you get a volunteer credit. Anyone who is interested can download the parkrun Virtual Volunteer App and you can give it a try when you are volunteering to time or to scan.

The mud developed to cross country proportions with some big puddles but everyone got round safely and said that they enjoyed themselves so we will be back there next week hopefully in dryer conditions. Matt, Kerry and many others helped to clear away the equipment and take home the PA system, the funnel and the wet hi-viz to wash and dry for next time. The token sorters dried off the wet tokens and patiently put them back in order ready for us to use again next week. Thank you .

Thank you to Ben our Run Director and Results processor and to Sam our novice timer, she did a great job! Apologies for the disorganised volunteer co-ordinating but I am pleased to say that Geoff is back and next week normal service will be resumed so if you would like to volunteer at Holders Lane next week just drop him a note on with your parkrun number.

The alternative course will also be needed on 21st September when the Cricket will be on again so we can't use our normal route.

This week 439 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Cannon Hill parkrun, Birmingham Results Page.

The female record is held by Hayley CARRUTHERS who recorded a time of 16:21 on 16th March 2019 (event number 433).
The male record is held by Omer AHMED who recorded a time of 14:38 on 15th June 2019 (event number 446).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tony WRIGHT who recorded 91.83% (16:19) on 26th January 2019 (event number 426).

Cannon Hill parkrun, Birmingham started on 28th August 2010. Since then 23,511 participants have completed 206,396 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,031,980 km, including 33,971 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,827 individuals have volunteered 13,061 times.

See you soon



Change of course to HOLDERS LANE 27th July and 3rd August

Hello parkrunners!
Due to the setting up for Big Johns Mela in the park on Saturday 27th July and parking for The Ashes at Edgbaston on 3rd August we cannot use our normal course.
Apologies for the late notice but there have been a few issues with tree branches on the Holders Lane Course but we have now got that sorted and can go ahead rather than cancel. The course is multi terrain, playing fields, woods and paths and is not a PB course. It is not suitable for buggies and there will be some pinch points where we will ask you to be patient.
The start point is on the fields just up from the triangle where we normally turn round on our usual route.
Parking would be best in the usual place and then have a 15 minute warm up to the start. There is very limited parking at the fields and on the surrounding roads.
The best post code to navigate your way there is probably B13 8QJ but my best advice is get there 20 minutes earlier and follow the crowd!
Look forward to seeing you tomorrow
Mary and Helen


Run Report 13th July 2019

Shiver me timbers – the day the pirates came to Cannon Hill #450

In April 1873, Birmingham philanthropist Louisa Ryland (a distant relative) gave a farm to the rapidly expanding Warwickshire town of Birmingham. As a woman, she was forbidden from talking at public meetings and, although she moved away from the town at an early age, her gifts to many different enterprises live on in the city in the 21st century. It’s hard to discover exactly how much she did as she often gave with the condition that she was not named, but she managed to make her voice heard through notes to the men who could talk and as a woman I salute her foresight and generosity.

When planning where to finish our Pirates challenge, the parkrun at Cannon Hill seemed a fitting climax. The pirates challenge? It’s very simple: a pirate sails the seven seas and says ‘argh’. Visit seven different parkruns beginning with the letter ‘C’ and one ‘R’.

It’s slightly more complicated as a voluntourist as the website doesn’t show volunteer locations but for this week’s visiting barcode scanners, Harriet WHITE (the parrot) and Lynsey BURRELL (the pirate) this was the final letter for both of them. I joined them completing my running challenge and we were ably supported by Christine IMBERT and Calum BURRELL.

While fancy dress is completely optional (!) it was great fun to have a run in surprisingly cool costumes and be piratical in thanking the awesome and more local volunteers.

Enough of the pirates! Cannon Hill was the 7th busiest parkrun in the UK this weekend with over 700 runners, so here are some other fun 7s. There were 12 runners on their 7th parkrun this parkrunday, and Robin BILES managed an impressive 7th place in 17:13. The 70th place finisher was another visitor, Ted FRASER, and Sophie MEREDITH was 700th finisher with a brand new PB.

We started parkrun by singing Happy Birthday to Geoff Hughes (certainly not a 70th) and with a lovely quiet run brief and my first sighting of the Quiet Please boards. There were claps for those who joined the different clubs – Paul HEWITT completed his 100th run (92nd here), with Dave PUNT and Shane WRIGHT joining the 50 club. Libby STYLES joined the most exclusive Junior 10 club – and all 10 here. Importantly, and often overlooked, Ian MACKENZIE, Neve BRADY and Joy BRADY completed 99 runs and must now fit in a soft ice cream with a flake before their next run.

Keeping us all in order was debut RD Aine ASTBURY. The 7th biggest parkrun is not a mean feat for an RD… and she looked cool calm and collected whenever I saw her. Well done!

parkrun can be whatever you want it to be: a social run with friends, a harder 5k stretch or a time simply to meet and talk. For us, it was meeting up with friends as the 5 of us came from 4 different locations for this, as well as a weekly fix. Thank you to everyone who admired our costumes and shouted out to us, to the welcome before and the chatting afterwards. It was the best finish to a challenge and time to figure out the next.
Queen Elizabeth


Run Report Event 449 – 6th July 2019

During the summer we try and do some parkrun tourism – it’s so much easier to get up a bit earlier when it’s light! Our usual parkrun tourism algorithm is: parking, letter of the alphabet and how many other people from our club have run there. However, this week was different. We were doing our “nearest parkrun that we haven’t been to yet”. Cannon Hill it was, even though we already have lots of Cs in our parkrun alphabet and lots of people from our club have run here. We weren’t disappointed! We have visited many lovely parkruns and we can now include Cannon Hill amongst them. This was run 449, which is a prime number, and certainly a prime location. I like to know a little bit about where I am visiting. At Cannon Hill I was curious to know if there was a cannon, or a hill. There was no sign on a cannon, and it was probably more accurately described as a small mound than a hill. As far as I can tell from the internet (so it must be true!), Cannon Hill is so named as it was the resting point of Royalist Troops on their way to the Battle of Naseby in June 1645. The current Cannon Hill Park was given to Birmingham Corporation in 1873 by Louisa Ryland in the hope that “the Park may prove a source of healthful recreation to the people of Birmingham”. It seems very fitting that there is now a parkrun here. Our parkrun experience here started with a very good humoured first timers briefing, during which we were told that the run ended on an uphill, and that...”Cannon Hill, the clue is in the name”. Although it did look like a “small mound” before the run, I’d have to agree that it did feel more like a hill once the finish line was getting close! After a short and informative briefing, the run started promptly, which is always a positive. There were several tourists and the unofficial prize for the furthest travelled tourist went to the person who joined us from Australia! The first lap was fairly congested but soon thinned out giving us chance to see the lovely venue we were at, and thank all the friendly and encouraging marshals along the way. We all love a few parkrun stats so here are a few from today’s run. This was parkrun number 449 and had 657 parkrunners. 33 people were running their first ever parkrun and a further 27 did their first Cannon Hill parkrun. 78 people achieved a PB – bravo! 34 clubs were represented. Although no-one claimed the accolade during the briefing, four runners were running their 50th parkrun, and two were running their 100th. Congratulations to them and also to anyone who got a result for their parkrun stopwatch bingo! Most importantly there were 50 fantastic volunteers so a massive thanks to them as parkrun would not be possible without them. We learnt in the briefing that due to a lack of volunteers this week’s run had nearly had to be cancelled. Luckily, enough people stepped up on Friday evening, for which we were very grateful. If you enjoy parkrun, please get involved in volunteering as well as running – it can be just as much fun, and there are some roles that you can do as well as run. If we all volunteered rather than ran just three times per year there would be enough volunteers – please do this to ensure parkrun is sustainable for us all! Thanks for a great parkrun – see you again soon! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Many thanks to Sue Martin from Kenilworth for her run report this week. We'd love to have more reports like these, so if you have a way with words, or just feel like you could jot something down for the record books, then please feel free to volunteer!

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