Smiles, laughter, chatter, excitement, support, pride…just a few words you can
easily associate with KWP parkrun on a weekly basis.
Not a week goes by without a milestone, a success story, cake, a birthday and a
party atmosphere. This week however it really was a party atmosphere as the
event celebrated its 300th parkrun.
Whipping the crowds up into a birthday frenzy was run director Bryn. I have it
on good authority he notched up the loud speaker volume, like an 80’s
shoulder wearing boom box.
566 will go down in the parkrun archives as featuring, with 71 taking part for
the 1 st time. Under the watchful eye of 27 volunteers, 124 returned home
safely with a new personal best.
David PRICE (27:06) was certainly in the mood to party (PB), as he fully
appreciated the support of pom pom princess volunteer Lil SOUTER.
Tourists Andrew and Sally GLEDHILL savoured the occasion. Andrew was no
doubt jolly (Skegness & District Running Club) as he sailed to his 10th parkrun
with an impressive 23:39 (1 st timer)
Wife Sally completed the circuit in 39:17...much to the appreciation of loyal
Another furry friend Benji, happily greeted Caroline SMITH at the finish line.
1st to finish today was Royal Sutton Coldfield AC speed merchant Ollie
SHEPPARD. (16:58 PB)
Fellow running club colleague John HAYMAN made it a 1-2 for Royal Sutton
Coldfield AC. A fantastic time of 17:20 proved to be a personal best for the
1st timer Daniel FLOYD (Lichfield RC) made up the top 3 for the men
(17:35)…under the stewardship of funnel manager/hard man enforcer Adam
On this day in 1953 Jackie COCHRAN became the first woman to break the
Breaking the speed barrier this week was Olivia HARRIS, as she was first female
back in a quality 19:58.
Kenilworth Runners had their starlet Louise ANDREWS in fine form. The
Warwickshire based ace finished in 21:16.
Another 1st timer was 3rd lady home. Megan JUDGE was the toast of Black Pear
Joggers as she broke sub 22 minutes. (21:47)
Louise SHEPHERD continued her fantastic form for Michy’s Marvels. The
talented runner was propelled to stardom status, as she featured on the
updated KWP community page picture. Congratulations on a new PB of 29:31.
Ashley HUGHES stopped her watch 4 seconds later. The 1st timer from St
Helens did her club proud with a time of 29:35 (OCR Wrongens).
Event admirer Gary ALLEN rang the now famous PB bell. (25:02)
There were pre birthday unicorn celebrations, with regular volunteer Fiona
HILL (Run Mummy Run) taking part in her 26th parkrun. (all at KWP).
Birthday girl and mum to be Laura EDWARDS celebrated her birthday, as she
volunteered with fellow time keeper and parkrun stalwart Rachael SHELTON
(BADGERS). An occasion that marks a near 4 year parkrun anniversary for
cheeky chops Rachael.
Another of today's volunteers Fiona MELDRUM (tail walker) celebrated her
A whole host of runners celebrated milestones. Here are those who haven’t
already been mentioned.
The glamourous Amanda HANSON (BADGERS) completed parkrun number 175.
Certainly no stranger to the event having ran on at least 116 previous
occasions with 25 volunteer roles to her name. Well done Mandy.
Samantha MCCLORY shared the same milestone for Black Pear Joggers. (1st
Steve WELLER chalked up run number 125. (30:55)
1st timer Philip MAHER ran his 100th (22:50), with Tom FOX pocketing his 50th .
There were 25th milestones for Tom PENDLETON (23:08 PB), Paul JONES
(23:58), Steve MOSLEY (28:25), Richard SLAUGHTER (29:17), Trudie CRUDDAS
(31:48), Marie KENNEDY (34:13) and youngsters Roxy THOMAS (35:05) and
Reuben PERRY (36:51 PB).
Finally Matthew WILLS (18:55 PB), Steve WHITE (26:32 PB), Kate WEBB (30:24
PB), Petra PEERS (33:03), Kathryn VENTHAM (34:15 (PB) In It Together –
Coventry) and Julie SANDERS all mastered parkrun number 10.
Another of todays volunteers “Mark No Chance” introduced a “power board”
on his marshal point...a great idea. It was certainly appreciated by Paul
RESTALL (27:14) who sped around the remainder of the course like a wind up
toy bath turtle.
Also born on this day in 1942 was English footballer, coach and manager
Nobby STILES. Which brings me onto Kingsbury parkrun guru John HANSON.
Often mistaken in his youth for Roger De Courcey, several experienced 1st
timers approached him for autographs during his warm up. 193 KWP parkruns
with over 50 volunteer roles for the Bear loving entertainer.
Trevor GASPER (29:40) is another name fondly associated with KWP. 241
runs/300 for him with 28 volunteer credits. Simply brilliant.
The experienced Sylvia PHILLIPS (28:32) has over 165 event appearances. Yet
again frequent volunteer Louise VERNON (28:43) has amassed 103 runs at
today's event alone.
Anne WEAVER (35:35) has over 80 and bearded Villain Gav CLINTON has
exceeded 140 at his local parkrun assisted by 15 volunteer ventures.
In 1862 on this date Josephus DANIELS was born. The American publisher and
politician was the 41 st US secretary of the Navy.
With 188 runs and 55 volunteer roles under his sleeve, Paul DANIELS was also
in attendance. (43:15)
The versatile John RESTALL (25:10) deserves great credit for 130 KWP outings
and 25 roles as a volunteer.
It’s an honour to be in a position to mention these local people. Many as
stated also volunteer on a regular basis. They are like the Status Quo and
Rolling Stones of the running world…parkrun legends.
Any young runner that already hasn’t been covered with a new PB, are listed
Mackenzie BLOXHAM (18:17 Wreake And Soar Valley AC), Lewis PRICE (21:06),
Samuel RHODES (23:05), Ellie GAUNTLETT (24:31 Tamworth AC), Tabitha LUNN
(27:58 Kenilworth Runners), Henry BOWYER (28:00), Oliver STATHAM (28:59),
Marie CHILD (29:01), Ewan JOESBURY (31:09), Jack HADDOCK (33:15), Ewan
CLIFFORD (34:09), Harry HADEN (34:28) and Kaitlin MARSHALL (39:00).
Well done to all our superb young runners, with a special mention for 1 st timer
Arlo WILLIAMS. (22:12)
Finally BADGERS runner Colin LEES ran his 100th Kingsbury parkrun. (21:37)
Laura Jane ASHWOOD continues to excel, as she again notched another
personal best (23:32).
Emma BARLOW (42:00) experienced the party atmosphere as she completed
her first parkrun. Deborah GARBETT (42:02) also successfully navigated the
new summer route.
Proud Gem FOLLIS ran the whole distance for a time of 29:18.
Experienced regular Juan Manuel Vera BACALLADO (27:29) embraced a
gorgeous birthday parkrun morning.
Thank you once again to all of today's volunteers. A huge well done to everyone
taking part and celebrating a new PB. On behalf of the event organisers I
sincerely hope all 1st timers enjoyed the day, course and surroundings.
I’m off to continue the party...and watch some 80’s re runs of John HANSON
with Nookie Bear.
Best wishes everyone and keep enjoying it.