KWP Run 321 – A Marvellous report – November 9th 2019

Before I start – did I tell you that I’ve got a new dog?

This week brought us to KWP parkrun 321. For those of you not old enough to remember the game show of the 70's, it featured smooth host Ted Rogers leading contestants through a maze of obscure clues in the hope of eliminating the booby prize of Dusty Bin and walking away with something often rather unconventional. In fact, the first episode featured the contestants winning an actual pet dog. Just like me. I kid you not.

Before parkrun this week there was an immaculately observed minutes silence in memory of those who fell in the Great War. Thank you to all who took part.

It was a little like coming home for me this week. Having not been at KWP for a while due to cancellations, tourism and rugby it was definitely a welcome return. Thinking about the run before Saturday I was hit with the thought that the only reason I have been able to be away for a while safe in the knowledge that I could come back at any time, is because of the volunteers. For week after week many, many people have given up either their run and/or their time to ensure that others can run. If we were to all give up just 2 or 3 a year we would easily fill our volunteer roster week after week. Please have a think about that and speak to whoever is the Communications rep for the next week and put your name down on the sheet for a forthcoming week.

The wet weather has continued and so we’re still on the out and back course. This obviously suited our first runner home. There was a cracking PB for our first place marvel Ashley BALDWIN; congratulations to Ashley for hitting a great time of 17:14. Reinis BALTINS and Rob MACE rounded out the top 3. First female home was Zara BUCHANAN in 32nd place overall in a time of 22:10. Zara is in the 11-14 category! Evie FOREST was 2nd female but I must give a special mention to our 3rd finishing female runner Jo JOHNSON who, with a time of 23:09 in the 55-59 age category, hit an age-rating of an incredible 81.50% which parkrun class as ‘National Class Level’. Outstanding!

We had 25 First Timers this week, 12 of whom ran their first ever parkrun. We had 27 PBs out of a total field of 349.

Just the one official milestone this week. Congratulations go to Carl Holyoak who earned a red t-shirt for 50 parkruns completed. Familiar face Tim Gould hit an unofficial milestone this week with his 200th run. Congratulations Tim and we hope to see you getting your green t-shirt in a year or so if you don’t miss any.

Finally, did I mention that I’ve got a new dog?
See you all next week!


Kingsbury Water Park Parkrun number 320, 2-November 2019

The day of the Rugby world cup final, and as the whistle blew to start the England vs. South Africa match off in Yokohama, the run director Matthew Green also started the 229 runners on the 320th run off here at Kingsbury Water! This date also marks the closest Saturday to bonfire night too, so my work is cut out fitting appropriate puns into the report (as seems to be the tradition). Should I go with references to rugby, or fireworks? Or should I just stand back from any puns altogether? (25 metres?). Oh no…


First of all – big thanks to all of the volunteers who came out and made this event happen!

Allan BEAN • Amanda Jayne HANSON • Bill HOWES • Brian ADAMS • Cameron BARNES • Claire PERRY • Hannah COOGAN • Jane BARRETT • Jonathan ALSOP • Karen GOPSILL • Kirsty SMITH • Lil SOUTER • Lisa BARNES • Mark CROWE • Matthew GREEN • Mike SHELTON • Paul DANIELS • Reuben PERRY • Robert Ian RAINSLEY • Sandra INGRAM • Sarah OAKES • Sharon JACKSON • Sharon WHITEHEAD • Sheila Ann DUNN • Susan HANN • Teigan INGHAM • Vikki SMITH • Wendy BOWYER

Without the hi-vis heroes, as well as many others behind the scenes, the run can’t take place. Please consider giving volunteering a go if you can, as many weeks the KWP parkrun struggles to fill the rota.

The Conditions

Well done to all of you who managed to get out to tackle the course. Conditions were a little on the damp side, with rain starting right on cue at about 8.30. There was a slight breeze with temperatures around 8’C, but there was a lot of puddle dodging going on (or running straight through them) and many wet leaves meant that the PB (Personal Best) bell didn’t get much use today. Eight runners in total kept their eye on the ball and did manage a PB, so well done to those.

The results

Our first over the line today was John Jenkins (19:13) - a great try. Thomas Ainsworth (19:26) converted a great run into a 2nd place, rounding off a 1st and 2nd for Tamworth AC. Sam Yates of Nuneaton Harriers came in 3rd (19:33) to complete our front row. He was also the first Junior runner – a great effort.

The second row (4th and 5th) was Benjamin Musson (19:59) and Rob Stead (20:16), who held it together well until the end, avoiding some tricky rucks and mauls.

First lady over the line was Evie Forest (23:08) who had a great finish out from beyond the 22 metre line.

A big welcome to the 26 runners who ran Kingsbury for the first time, the away fans (tourists) and the 7 newcomers who came off the bench and ran their first ever Parkrun.


Three runners clocked their 100th run today. Steve Perry (23:59) has been a regular runner and volunteer at Kingsbury since his first run here in August 2017, he also kindly supplied some chocolates to celebrate! Wayne Repton (24:23) has also come a long way since his first run here in March 2017, knocking well over 10 mins off his time since then, clearly joining the Badgers running club has helped him improve his running in recent times! Clara Walton (27:12) also achieved her 100th run, a Kingsbury regular who first ran here in April 2016, some great passing in the second half, she then went on to put another one over the line! Well done all three on earning your black 100 t-shirt.

John Hansen (30:02) cruised around the course soaking up the atmosphere (and rain) on his 300th Parkrun, a fantastic achievement! John is a regular runner and volunteer at Kingsbury, who ran the first ever Kingsbury Parkrun over six years ago on 20th July 2013 & his 200th at KWP today! Well done John!

Until next time folks, keep yourselves safe out there if running in the dark!


A thrilling run report

Thriller Pacer

For the full effect please click the link to listen while reading: from 4 minutes 38 seconds (very long introduction)

It's close to 9 o’clock and something wonderful is lurkin' in the park
Under the pacemakers sign you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to run but pacers take you before you panic
You start to freeze as pacemakers look you right between the eyes, You're alive

You hear the “go” shouted and realize you have to run

You feel the cold wind and wonder if you'll ever see the finish line
You see the puddles and hope that this is just imagination,
But all the while you hear a creature pacer' up behind, You're outta time

They're out to help you, there's runners closing in on every side
They will pace you unless you change that number on your garmin
Now is the time for you and I to pb close together
All through the parkrun pacers save you from the terror on the results,
They'll make you pb

Fancy dress falls across the park
The volunteers are close at hand
Runners run in search of pbs
To terrorize y'all's Facebook page
And whomsoever shall be found
Without the barcode for getting round
Must stand and face the results of hell
And rot inside a unknown's shell

The foulest stench is in the air
The wet shoes of 255 of parkrunners
And pacers from every time
Are closing in to seal your pb
And though you fight to get over the puddles
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The spirit of the parkrun

'Cause this is pacers, kingsbury parkrun
And no one's gonna save you from the addictiveness that is about to strike
You know it's pacers , kingsbury parkrun
You're fighting for your Saturday lie-in inside a parkrun addict.

Pacers, kingsbury parkrun
'Cause it can thrill you more than any solo run could ever dare try
pacers, kingsbury parkrun
So let me hold my barcode tight and share a killer, thriller, chiller
parkrun here next week

Unfortunately, I can’t work the stats into this song so….

Thank you to the volunteers who froze so we could run Richard Benham, Paul Wallace,
David Price, Andy Stretton, Hannah Coogan, Gemma Follis, Judy Parkes, Sharon Whitehead, Alison Dolphin, Claire Perry, Reuben Perry, Christine Norris, Stephen Andrews, Teresa Satchell, Susan Hann, Jessica Harper, Teigan Ingham, Sarah Dennis, David Price, Katie Pearce, Alex Sandham, Tina Maye, Ian Maye, Karen Gopsill, Ian Jackson, Rachael Shelton, Corey Shelton, Bradley Shelton, Laura Edwards, Hayden Bailey, Lil Souter, Fiona Hill, Laura Ashwood, Sharon Jackson, Alison Upton, Richard Marvin, Sean White, Howard Bush, Gavin Crockwell, Colin Hann and Owen Hann.

First finishers were men=Benjamin Musson (19.24), Howard Bush (19.51) and Sam Starkey (20.30) and ladies= Erin Bush (21.04), Elsa Buchanan (21.40) and Zara Buchanan (21.43.)
Wava heroes were Howard Bush 73.13 %, Zara Buchanan 72.37 % and Andrew Mason-Williams 71.99 %

Well done to people celebrating milestones this week. Congratulations to Carolyn Carter on her 50th parkrun on her first trip to Kwp. Well done to Rob Bull, Matthew Atkins and Colin Hann on their 100th parkrun. Thank you to the pacers who help 29 people to a new pb today. There were 32 First timer to Kingsbury to jump in the puddles. Congratulations to Clair Burnham and Tom Huntley who chose the wettest parkrun for a while to do their first ever parkrun. It was nice to see 30 tourist come to visit the park.


PAs and Puns a plenty!

Yes it’s that time of year again. The summer bug spray is replaced by winter garments, gloves and bobble hats. In fact I need no second invitation to dress up and next week I will be taking full advantage of the venues Halloween pacing event “The route of all evil”.

With the clocks due to go back next weekend, 425 runners enjoyed the beauty of the park. Regulars at Kingsbury will see the water park in all its guises, as 1 season rolls onto the next.

With recent heavy rain forcing several cancellations due to flooding, Michael WYANT (27:07) quite literally dipped his toe into the water, with the suggestion of a footballing kick about after future parkruns.
Several are keen to meet up with all ages and genders welcome, with jumpers used for goalposts. Early indications show “Man – Chest – Hair United” tops a local poll as a potential team name.

I also heard a rumour that Bedworth parkrun may be putting together a team of their own, with a future friendly match being touted as a distinct possibility. I approached Jenna DAVIES from Bedworth parkrun who said. “There is some truth in the rumours and if we did form a footballing team we would call it “Knowing me knowing you – ZAHA.”

Event 318 welcomed 73 first timers and collectively there were 36 new personal bests. No fewer than 35 different running clubs were represented and it was the “Ice man” himself Tim Gould who directed this weeks show. The core team were also grateful to The Titan Triathlon Club for their volunteer takeover and to all the volunteers for completing this weeks roster.

With several “unknown” finishers including the first runner back, Chris JORDAN from Leicester Coritanian appeared 1 st on the results list in a quality time of 17:28.

Adam BRAITHWAITE crossed the line next in a speedy 18:24, while BADGERS runner David HILL completed his 10th parkrun in 19:22.

Young Sian DUVAK had the distinction of first female home on the listings, as she greeted the bar code scanners in a rapid 21:37. (Royal Sutton Coldfield AC)

Another youngster Evie FOREST impressed with her time of 23:18.
1st timer Kerstine HERBERT no doubt enjoyed her visit, as she marked her 75th parkrun with a sub 24 minute time of 23:39. (Kimberley @ District Striders)

As always there were flashes of brilliance and inspiration a plenty.
Local volunteer Matt GREEN ran his 150 th venue parkrun. The Peter CROUCH of runners marked the occasion with a top 10 finish (20:48), before heading off towards the café performing “the robot”.

Anne WEAVER (42:27) initially attended Sutton parkrun only to find the event cancelled. Remarkably she then made it to Kingsbury after the start of the event, but still completed the course finishing in front of the tail walkers.

The supportive Claire CARTMELL (35:39) rang the PB bell, as she demonstrated that true parkrun spirit. Sarah SHANNON worked hard and deserves all the plaudits as she finished in 35:41.

Paul CHARLTON (28:13) recorded his 150th parkrun, as the popular Rob ANDREWS marked his 125th representing Boldmere Bullets. (30:10)

Hinckley RC athlete Rachel EDWARDS chalked up her century. (31:58)
There were 75th outings for Royal Sutton Coldfield AC ace Daniel MUSSON (23:34), and BADGERS duo Lesley PALMER (40:19) and Yvonne FEASEY (35:47).

The following all safely navigated their 50th parkruns.
David DOUGLAS (24:20), Paul MCNAMARA (25:25), Young Benjamin DALY (27:18) and Sara FARRELL (29:41 Lonely Goat RC)

Neil GRIFFIN (24:38) ran his 25 th event, an achievement shared by John BARRY (33:41) and Jane HUGHES (43:24 This Girl Runs – Tamworth).

Rounding up this weeks milestones are those proud to have notched their 10th .

Madeline WOODWARD (24:19 1st timer), Rob KELLY (28:39), Michael KENNY (28:47 PB), Lorraine GODBER (29:01), Lloyd BRADSHAW (30:04), young Chole JORDAN (31:08 1 st timer), Charlotte BARTON (32:42 1 st timer), Sara HAWKINS (37:14) and Rebecca MYNETT (42:44).

Elsewhere and it was a case of “come on down” to Kingsbury for Mandy HANSON (35:18), as she collected a Garmin Forerunner for husband John, courtesy of slimming world sensation David PRICE (27:56 Lonely Goat RC).

It was an education for 1st timer Clair COLLEDGE as she passed with flying colours. (36:08)

Katie SHARPE was more than to the point as she cut through the crowds finishing in 31:10 for a new best.

Paul “the dog” COOPER was another to benefit from his year of hard work, as he smiled his way over the line for a new PB. (29:51)
There were also welcome returns from injury for BADGERS duo Sam STARKEY (22:02) and Justin HAYWOOD (22:29).

Our young runners were as always in dazzling form. The following all left with a new PB time. 1) William PAGE (21:42), 2) Joe CLEARY (28:04), 3) Nathan HUNT (30:17), 4) Jacob HARRIS (31:46), 5) Charlie THOULD (40:57) and 6) Lily-May DEAKIN (43:49).

Ian JACKSON (30:38) was loitering with intent gratefully receiving donations towards a new PA system. Sufficient funds have since been raised and on behalf of the organisers thank you to everyone for your support.

Crowd favourites Sara DENNIS (Lichfield RC), Sarah MADDAFORD and Fiona HILL (Run Mummy Run) all ran together. A formidable sight as the trio attacked the finish line like the Liverpool FC front 3.

There were further PB’s for Waseem AHMED (26:51), Fran LORETTO (26:13) and 1st timer Don CAWTHERA. (27:21 Sidmouth RC).

Finally the vibrant Rachael SHELTON was in attendance with her 2 boys, Corey (1:04:01) and Bradley (1:04:03 PB). With young Matt JACKSON in tow the quartet all safely crossed the line, showing that there is so much more to parkrun than just times.

I’m not sure when the new PA system will be available for use however, I am reliably informed the new speaker will be referred to by the core team as “The Rachael”.

Well done everyone and I will look forward to seeing you at next weeks pacing event.


Parkrun #317 We are back!! .

On the same morning that Eliud Kipchoge set out to run a marathon in under two hours, 345 people set out at Kingsbury to run, walk or jog their way round 5k. Some, like Kipchoge, had a time in mind to beat and others came to just let their brains and bodies unwind and enjoy the space.
After two weeks of cancellation due to flooding it was good to be back to the flat – muddy- home course, which for this week featured the return of the out and back ( the marmite section!). Especially pleased that we were back on was Carol Speight who had been waiting to tourist with us all the way from Sheffield, and was made most welcome, which is what we do well at KWp. Another 40 first timers joined us this week, hopefully not for the last time, and 26 PB’s were recorded. There were joint birthday celebrations and Glen Swindell celebrated his 100 parkrun.
Everyone comes to parkrun for their own reasons and everyone completes it in a time and way that is right for them. One of the many things I love about parkrun, and especially KWp, is the support and friendship that develops from going week in week out and how much encouragement there is to be all you can be and achieve whatever it is you want to achieve, be it a PB or someone to talk to about your week or a shared celebration and cake after the run.
Kipchoge said “I am here because of teamwork” so thank you to this weeks volunteer team Robert Ian RAINSLEY • Richard KING • Tim GOULD • Hannah COOGAN • Darren O'LEARY • Trevor GASPER • Brian ADAMS • Mike SHELTON • Judy PARKES • Jo SMITH • Andy STRETTON • Katharine GOULD • Matthew GREEN • Madeleine GOULD • Jenny REEVE • Sharon WHITEHEAD • Alex SANDHAM • Fiona HILL • Karen GOPSILL • Paul MCNAMARA • Sam STARKEY • Susan THOULD • Steve PERRY • Neil THORNE • Lucie BRADY • Teresa SATCHELL • Jon JERRARD-DINN • Gemma FOLLIS • Allen KING • Margaret JORDAN • Ken JORDAN because without your help parkrun simply wouldn’t happen.
Finally a very special mention this week must go to Brian Adams who completed his 250th volunteer role this week. He is a HiVis Hero indeed, making sure that everything is out and ready and then stored away each week, greeting people at the barriers, managing funnel, marshalling…you name it and he has been part of it. We are so very lucky to have Brian and are extremely grateful for all the time and effort he gives to Kingsbury. A huge thank you from all of us to you, Brian.

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