East Park parkrun is cancelled on 30 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Run Report – 14/3/20

Event No 18 – 14 March 2020 (Written by Kay Shotton)

Today, 73 Parkrunners took on East Park. There was a calmness to today’s Parkrun, all storms had stayed away and potentially people too due to the uncertainty with the Coronavirus. However, the Parkrun community brought nothing but smiles, cheers and hi viz and whilst the course might be flat (with the occasional, mild undulation) the support certainly was not!

The Park is stunning to run or walk around and creates the perfect distraction to anyone red facing their way round 5km. If you are thinking about trying a Parkrun and are a little anxious, I can wholeheartedly recommend East Park. It strikes the balance of not being too sparse so you feel alone, and not too overcrowded to instil a feeling of being overwhelmed.

There were first timers and tourists amongst us today, and everyone brought their smiles as well as their trainers. This was my first time volunteering so apologies if the photographs aren’t up to scratch as that was me too!

The pre-start briefing was well humoured and informative following which everyone got stuck into the course and flew on by. I witnessed flying feet galore and no one was short of a smile, a thumbs up or a shout out. Some runners even clapped ME on their final lap. Very touching as it wasn’t me doing all the hard work, it was most definitely them! (but thanks guys, you know who you are!)

With all the awfulness going on in the world at the moment it was a pleasure to join in the Parkrun spirit and be part of something so positive, and I will 100% be back to volunteer again. Now, where's that rota?!

Run report written Kay Shotton.

This week 73 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Preston GRUNDY • Kay SHOTTON • Hazel SMALLMAN • Carol BAKER • Ken BAKER • Lee FARNELL • Mark BEECH • Alison JONES • Ken THOMAS • Helen OWEN • Cath TAYLOR • Elizabeth BEARDSMORE • Sarah FARNELL • Tim ROWE • Denise CUMMINGS • Roy PRINCE

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

The male record is held by Jack PICKETT who recorded a time of 15:32 on 16th November 2019 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Amelia SAMUELS who recorded a time of 17:37 on 15th February 2020 (event number 14).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fred JONES who recorded 88.34% (17:52) on 29th February 2020 (event number 16).

East Park parkrun started on 9th November 2019. Since then 1,425 participants have completed 2,330 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,650 km, including 345 new Personal Bests. A total of 192 individuals have volunteered 344 times.


Run Report – 29th February 2020

Event No 16 - February 29th 2020

With today being the first time that 29th February had fallen on a Saturday since parkrun began back in 2004 (and the only time it will happen until 2048,) it was certainly a unusual parkrun day as we arrived for the 16th running of East Park parkrun.

Rain from Storm Jorge threatened but thankfully stopped as 9am approached. The path around the park had held up too, apart from one large puddle that we were sensibly diverted around. I certainly felt fortunate to be running on a tarmac path today given the amount course alterations that were made at other events today.

I’d been very keen to get to East Park parkrun after seeing it begin last year, having been to West Park, and other events nearby, several times. It was quite a memorable run for me – not only did I manage to get pooed on by a bird but I slipped and cut my elbow about 300m later! Both things that had never happened to me before!

I also found it very interesting to read a bit about the history of East Park, such as the presence of a boating lake until 1922 – something hard to imagine today - and the Lysaght Memorial Clock Tower (John Lysaght & Co. was an iron and steel company that became defunct in 1921.)

How did we all do?

114 – the number of parkrunners who ran, walked and jogged round the park

21 – achieved course PBs

44 – attended East Park parkrun for the first time

4 – people took part who had done more than 250 parkruns

25 – participants with more than 100 runs (congrats goes to Sara Longman who ran her 100th today!)

4 – runners achieved an age grading percentage of more than 80%

Thanks to the 15 high-vis heroes who braved the cold this morning:




Run report 22nd Feb 2020

vent 15 - 22nd February 2020.

At event 15 a total of 171 parkrunners took on the challenge of East Park parkrun. Today we write this from a tourist perspective and today was our first visit to East Park. When we left home this morning the rain was torrential in Nottingham, so as we neared Wolverhampton we were very pleased to see it was dry (alright there was a brief heavy shower in the lead up to the start, but that quickly disappeared). We were also amused by the street adjoining the venue as it showcased our surname (Hickman Avenue).

There were tourists today from various other venues within the area as there were cancellations in the week due to the fallout from both recent storms. We managed to catch up with runners from Dudley, Walsall Arboretum and Perry Hall. It was also lovely to see a tourist we've met previously who joined us from Belton House. There were also at least one other doing a spot of volunteer tourism today from Croxteth, Liverpool, who was one of your tailwalkers (Paul Barnett). There were 91 first timers @ East Park today including six new runners to parkrun, we hope you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you once again in the future. Also 27 of you managed to run a PB, well done to all of you. We had no milestones today but this was more than made up for with a very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

In our time of parkrunning we have visited 85 courses and had the pleasure of volunteering at nine courses, volunteers are the unsung heroes of parkrun that often go unnoticed. Parkrun really couldn't happen without their help from one week to another, although, we were part of it this week we would both like to thank the volunteers who helped put on today's event.

Today we had Philip Evans as the Run Director, who made sure we had a really prompt start. Also the results were processed very speedily as we received our result as we were driving home a good 10 minutes before 11am.

Timekeepers were Paul Gamston and Cath Taylor who recorded the finishers without a blip insight,

Barcode Scanners were Denise Cummings and Roy Prince who were so speedy there were no queues, thank you for the lovely welcome on our arrival Denise.

Maddie Hards efficiently gave out the finish tokens.
Kevin John Attwood and Mark Smith marshalled at key points around the course.
Our tailwalkers were Christine Rowley and Phil Barnett (also doing a spot of volunteer tourism),

Emma Hawkey and Michael Escolme sorted the tokens ready for next week's event.

A final word on the volunteers, just a thought for any first time readers and regulars of the run report, volunteering is really lots of fun. It took me a year and a half after my first run before I volunteered and I've returned many times since as I've enjoyed so often being a high viz hero. For me I love giving something back to parkrun that has given me so much over the last six years.

It leaves us to say, what's not to like about East Park? A flat course, great volunteer team, a compass point and a Letter “E” How about the same time next week? We would love to return to East Park once again in the near future.

Iain and James Hickman.


2020.02.15 Run Report: Event 14

A huge thank you to Mandy from Stafford for this beautiful poem as our run report! :)

I wondered whether to parkrun today -
The weather was windy with Storm Dennis on the way
According to reports we will be building an ark
But, with Joanna, I risked touring to Wolverhampton’s East Park.

A relatively new parkrun – this is event number 14.
The park is picturesque; all leafy and green.
There was an excitement in the air and we were really bowled over
With the enthusiasm of the volunteers and the Essington Harriers takeover

There were some other tourists there and, despite the weather being grim,
It was a 50th milestone for Amy and a first at being Run Director for Tim.
And a birthday for Alison – hope you had a good day -
Parkrun is a great way to start your Saturday.

It’s a fabulous fast course for those going for their personal best
But I was happy with my steady stride alongside the rest.
This three lap course is well marshalled and the signs keep you on track
The fastest female and male overlapped us – well done Amelia and Jack.

After my second steady lap I started to think I’d had enough
With the wind taking my breath away – I had really lost my puff!
But the kindest marshal by the last stretch said, ‘there’s no need to rush’
And then Joanna came to find me to give me that final push.

Martha’s lovely words by the finish line left me with a feeling of elation
And some kind children were waiting with a box of Celebrations!
At the end of the course we couldn’t resist the welcoming café
So we stopped to have a much needed drink before going on our way.

Before I finish my little rhyme – I just want a moment more of attention
To say thank you to every single participant – you all deserve a special mention.
Parkrun has changed my life because it doesn’t leave anybody behind.
In a world where we can be anything – be kind’.

East Park with Joanna

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