Event #49 – The day that all the records were broken!

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.

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Picture 1 – Maria and Emma

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).

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Picture 2 – Graham delivering his briefing to a very respectful crowd of runners and walkers

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.

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Picture 3 Elliot and Luke

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.

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Picture 4 John and Esther

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.


Event #45 report by Lee Barnard


Edgbaston Reservoir parkrun

This week on my tourist travels I visited Edgbaston Reservoir, I had this in the diary since last year, as I knew I would be attending the test match on the 2nd July at Edgbaston, so Edgbaston Reservoir was always going to be on my list, having once been my NENDY, Nearest Event Not Done Yet and also as I had done Cannon Hill in September 2019 on the morning of the T20 Blast Finals Day.

As I approached the reservoir, I met a fellow tourist who looked slightly lost like I was, trying to work out where the start line was, he was a lovely gentleman called Alex Holloway, who is from Ipswich and also tours parkuns like myself and was also visiting Birmingham for the cricket too and who kindly waited for me at the finish and we walked to the ground together, thank you Alex and it was really nice to meet you.

The course is two laps of a lovely flat loop course around the reservoir, with numerous friendly and supportive marshals along the course. Thank you to all the volunteers for your help and support on Saturday.

Of the 286 people who took part today, the first place finisher was Jason Bennett, who finished in 16:09, only 39 seconds off the course PB. First female finisher was Lucy Stevens who finished in 18:39, just over a minute off the female course PB. The highest Age Grading this week was achieved by Ron Cattle, with a grading of 87.08%, an amazing percentage!

John Bowers celebrated the milestone of 100 parkruns this week, with a time 29:13, 28 of his parkruns have been at Edgbaston Reservoir. Congratulations to Simon Barrett and Michelle Huntington who reached the 50 parkrun milestone this week. Special mention too to Luca Sower, who reached his 10th parkrun in the JM10 category.

So as it is the Test Match at Edgbaston, I thought I would see how many parkrunners share their name with the current England test team, here are the numbers:

Alex Lees 12

Zak Crawley 0

Ollie Pope 3

Joe Root 0

Jonny Bairstow 0

Ben Stokes 12

Sam Billings 2

Matthew Potts 15

Stuart Broad 2

Jack Leach 10

James Anderson 50

So James Anderson is the top scorer for England in a total of 106 all out.


Event number 45

2nd July 2022

This week 286 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 120 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Yi ZHANG • Steve EBDON • Lee BARNARD • Sheila WILLIAMS • Han ZHANG • Michael Robert Thomas CANNING • Louise PORTELLY • Lee J GREGORY • Graham STAPLEHURST • Paul MARKLOVE • Simon BROCK • Emma PARSONS • Gareth PARSONS • Allan TODD • Kam RAI • Amy WALSH • Monica POWIS • Beverley MCALISTER

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 Adam PEACOCK who recorded a time of 15:30 on 18th September 2021 (event number 6).

The female record is held by Ellen WEIR who recorded a time of 17:35 on 2nd April 2022 (event number 32).

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 3,544 participants have completed 8,658 parkruns covering a total distance of 43,290 km, including 1,508 new Personal Bests. A total of 234 individuals have volunteered 816 times.


All In The Family

For the 44th event at Edgbaston Reservoir our latest report comes from Alison Clark, visiting from Bedworth Parkrun. Thank you Alison!


As a regular parkrunner and Event Director at Bedworth I frequently talk about my parkrun family. Parkrunners are connected by a love of enjoying our weekly 5K around beautiful parks and open spaces. It is also an incredibly supportive community who encourages and supports everyone and helps celebrate the milestones, the PBs and the birthdays.

This week Edgbaston Reservoir parkrun was a family affair in another sense. My younger brother, Phil Saunders made his RD debut. He had once commented that ‘nobody should be that happy on a Saturday morning’ when I had posted a photo of myself marshalling at Coventry parkrun. Spring forward 8 years and Phil has now discovered for himself the joy that parkrun can bring. He has used parkrun to regain his health over the last 12 months, and has joined the core team at Edgbaston. I could not be prouder of him.

After the shocking weather of previous weeks this Saturday saw the sun shining. The course is beautiful, consisting of two laps of the reservoir. It is easy to forget how close you are to Birmingham City Centre.

If you are visiting Birmingham for the upcoming Commonwealth Games I can highly recommend Edgbaston Reservoir parkrun.


Run Report – Event #43 – 18th Jun 2022

Edgbaston Reservoir parkrun
Event 43
18 June 2022


Today saw the 43rd Edgbaston Reservoir parkrun event take place in light rain which held off until shortly before the event started.

At 8:30am an army of volunteers arrived to find out that a rowing competition was taking place which they hadn’t previously been advised about. Run Director Liam and his team had to make all sorts of extra preparations including cycling around the course, and to add a lead cyclist, to ensure it was safe to proceed.
Richard presented the First timers and visitors welcome and advised that the course was two clockwise laps around the reservoir.

Parkrunners travelled from far and wide including Birchfield, Bournville, Bromsgrove & Redditch, Cirencester, Droitwich, Egdon, Ivanhoe, Kings Heath, Lawley, Tipton, Warley, West Bromwich and Wimbledon to take part in today’s event.
Liam used a megaphone for the main briefing, advising to be extra careful of cars and others on the course due to rowing events taking place. Steve Grout is one away from celebrating his 200th unique parkrun event. Some last minute final checks by the volunteers, and we were off.
The course is predominantly flat with a slight uphill after the first two bends. Trail shoes weren’t necessary, because the entire course takes place on gravel paths and tarmac.


No fewer than eleven strategically positioned marshals did an awesome job of cheering us on and keeping keeping parkrunners safe from extra car traffic.
Well done to the 147 parkrunners who participated in today’s event, and especially to the 35 parkrunners who achieved personal-best times.
No fewer than 26 parkrunners ran Edgbaston Reservoir parkrun for the first time today, including one who completed his first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family Pawel Cierniak. Well done! We hope you enjoyed today’s parkrun and hope to see you again soon.
Today was a takeover by volunteers from City of Birmingham Striders (COBS) and Goodgym.

Thank you to the 28 fabulous volunteers who performed 34 roles, making today’s event possible.
If you fancy parkrun volunteering, do visit https://www.parkrun.org.uk/edgbastonreservoir/futureroster/ to see which roles are available during forthcoming events. Queries and requests can be emailed to edgbastonreservoir@parkrun.com.

Thank you to all those who took part and/or volunteered in today’s event. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Run report by Phil Southworth


How to opt in to receiving volunteer emails from Edgbaston Reservoir

We post on Facebook when we need volunteers but we also have a mailing list which we can use to ask for volunteers. We can also use this to let people know about special events and cancelations happening.

It is easy to opt in:

  1. Go to an email you've received from attending a parkrun at Edgbaston Reservoir event.
  2. If you are already opted in it will say about half way down the email, if you are not, you will see "You are NOT currently opted-in to the Edgbaston Reservoir parkrun volunteer email list" below the results section.
  3. Click on the orange "volunteer opt in" button.
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  4. In the webpage that opens click "Yes subscribe me"

Alternatively, if you don't have a result email from us, go to any parkrun email:

  1. Click on the orange "Manage my profile" button near the end of the email.
  2. Choose the "Email Options" button (third from the top).
  3. Find Edgbaston Reservoir in the drop down list then click the Opt-in button.

You are all done!

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