By Emma from Perry Hall parkrun
With the Commonwealth Games happening in the city and this parkrun being one of the closest to the Alexander Stadium, it was expected that their may be some extra tourists to welcome today, and maybe a large attendance. Here’s where two records were broken – there was a total of 371 parkrunners and walkers, the highest attendance,
beating the previous record by 15. 176 were visiting Edgbaston parkrun for the very first time today – WOW, that’s a huge number of tourists. Maria delivered a fabulous First Timers Welcome – very warm, confident, and so pleased to have so many newbies joining in today. She let me know afterwards that she even managed it without using the script, Maria you were a pro.
Today’s Run Director was Graham – he delivered his run briefing to the huge crowd of runners and walkers, it was so well delivered and lovely that everyone stayed quiet and listened to it, so hearing what was said was no problem at all. There were 9 people who were celebrating a parkrun milestone:- David Drury (250), Adam Bell (100), Jonathan
Estridge (50), David Walsh (50), Josh Crichton (25), Rosey Batt (25), Magdalena Samula (25), Erin Killaspy (25) and Janine Nicholls (25).
The Edgbaston course is very simple to follow – 2 laps, keeping the lake to your right. Thank you to all of the enthusiastic marshals, today the sun was shining and there was no wind at all – well done to the 52 runners and walkers who achieved a PB.
For all parkruns, the emphasis is that you can run, jog or walk – with events very much encouraging more and more walkers to take part. Today was a little bit special at Edgbaston as both male and female course records were broken on the same morning – whilst I normally wouldn’t highlight the performance of the quickest runners, this is very special and so deserves to be highlighted.
Congratulations to Riley Cocks who was touring from Australia – he knocked an incredible 33 seconds off the previous course record with a speedy 14 minutes and 57 seconds. Sophie Wood from Manchester took 7 seconds off the female course record with a time of 17 minutes and 28 seconds. Well done to you both, this is an incredible
achievement and special for both course records to be broken on the same day.
There was a father and son team on timekeeping today – Elliot with his dad Luke, both’s home parkrun is at Stratford-upon-Avon but they love to volunteer and have a huge amount of volunteering – Luke having volunteered on 148 occasions and Elliot on 118 occasions – not bad for someone who is only 10 year old.
I was met at scanning by 2 very jolly volunteers, John and Esther had run first and then jumped onto barcode scanning, both tourists from Chipping Sodbury parkrun.
Post parkrun, we went to The Reservoir café which is just near the start / finish area. It was lovely to see it filled with parkrunners – great trade for a small, local business.
Thank you to all volunteers today.
This week 371 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 188 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 106 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Yi ZHANG • Ian ELLWOOD • James POWIS • John HAYES • Graham STAPLEHURST • Emma HAWKEY • Esther HATFIELD • John HATFIELD • Simon BROCK • James TRUEMAN • Maria CRAWFORD • Allan TODD • Liam KELLY • Luke DANIEL • Elliot DANIEL • Felicity RICHMOND • Elizabeth MAY • Dawn EVANS • Ann FREEMAN • Joshua CREIGHTON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Edgbaston Reservoir parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Riley COCKS who recorded a time of 14:57 on 6th August 2022 (event number 49). The female record is held by Sophie WOOD who recorded a time of 17:28 on 6th August 2022 (event number 49). The Age Grade course record is held by Melanie JAMES who recorded 91.49% (19:47) on 2nd October 2021 (event number 8). Edgbaston Reservoir parkrun started on 14th August 2021. Since then 4,009 participants have completed 9,870 parkruns covering a total distance of 49,350 km, including 1,685 new Personal Bests. A total of 268 individuals have volunteered 903 times.