A slight chill in the air turned to beautiful sunshine at event number 314. The venue really is a treat and as we prepare to say goodbye to the Summer months, we look forward to seeing Kingsbury Water Park in all its Autumn splendour.
31 volunteers took centre stage with music provided for extra motivation and smiles. In fact one of my favourite films is the musical "The Blues Brothers". A film quite literally littered with musical stars and top talent.
One cast member was Matt "Guitar" MURPHY, another was "MR FABULOUS", but it was our very own giant star of Kingsbury Matt GREEN who stepped up to make his run directing debut.
The Blues Brothers was a box office smash generating $115.2 million. Today the man who resembles ex footballer and Coventry City FC midfielder Carlton PALMER deserves all the plaudits.
407 participants congregated eager for the 09:00am start. No doubt some were chasing a new personal best and 65 achieved their goal leaving with those much sought after words next to their finishing position "NEW PB!".
45 were visiting for the first time and I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed the friendliness, the scenery and the party atmosphere.
It was a ladies 1/2 today as 2 runners assisted by their loving dogs finished in 1st and 2nd position.
Elaine SHERWIN was first across the line in a magnificent time of 16:11. Running her 149th parkrun the Leamington C @ AC athlete demonstrated her running talent.
The impressive Vikki HUBBARD was next back also breaking sub 17 minutes for Canicross Midlands. (16:55)
Olivia HARRIS was 3rd lady home finishing in 12th place recording a great time of 19:21.
It was a PB for Bournville Harriers ace Paul COUGHLAN, as he celebrated his new time as first male home. (17:43)
Lawrence WILLIAMSON was the toast of Peel Road Runners as he crossed next in a rapid 17:45.
Not only was it Adam BRAITHWAITES 25th parkrun it was also his first appearance at Kingsbury. A day to remember as he marked the occasion as 3rd male back in 18:00.
Donald "Duck" Dunn performed in the Blues Brothers band. Entertaining the crowds today was Jon JERRARD-DINN as he danced away with a new PB. (20:31)
Trombone player "BONES MALONE" was another. Today Peter RATHBONE hit all the right notes. (32:08)
It was a case of "BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM" for the following 4 runners who are notched a new best. 1) Glynn BROADHURST (BADGERS 18:01), 2) Omar TAREK (22:49), 3) Stephen BAGSHAW (23:35) and 4)Averil CATON (27:01).
Richard KING was certainly king of the milestones this week, as he chalked up run 150. (28:54)
Youngster Samuel RHODES celebrated his 100th. Well done young man. (23:53)
There were 75th outings for Darren THOMAS (27:15) and Ken ARCHER (30:01).
Michy's Marvel Georgina DANN (32:01) ran parkrun number 50, as did young William PARKES (35:16).
It was parkrun 25 for Cliff Lakes OCR duo Jenny GILL (35:55) and Samuel GILL (29:18). Sharing the same milestone were Paul BAKER (21:35), Nick DANN (31:04 Lichfield RC) and Laura POWELL (31:55).
A further 5 runners all notched that first sacred 10th milestone. 1) Warren JONES (28:12), 2) Megan LINSTER (31:58 PB), 3) Oliver DEAKIN (33:00), 4)Julie GARBETT (35:49) and 5) Jo LUCAS (50:51).
Janice WOODS had a big surprise as she ran a PB. (37:57) One runner who did go down in the woods today was Anne DEVENNEY (38:28 BADGERS). Thankfully she was ok to continue with several runners stopping and demonstrating that fantastic parkrun community spirit.
A runner that did manage to stay on his feet was Anthony BALLANCE on his 124th parkrun (22:03). Bradley DUKES was another to avoid the hazards as he also ran a new PB. (25:43)
With a musical theme how fitting that youngsters Sam SMITH (31:06) and George HARRISON (32:35) both achieved new bests. Fellow youngsters Elizabeth DRUST (33:27) and Jessica OWEN (34:44) also left delighted.
Elsewehere Nicolas BLUNT looked sharp as he sliced seconds off his previous time for a new PB. (18:36) It was a gold star with distinction for Natasha MERRITT, as she found all the right answers on her way to a new best. (23:41)
Popular Fiona HILL was captured tickling the PB bell, as she powered home for her own PB in 47:30. Regulars and crowd favourites Paul OWEN (47:02) and Sue THOULD (46:13) also ran with young Charlie THOULD making a parkrun debut. (45:14)
Another young man making his first appearance was Alfie SMITH.(37:39) A proud moment for spectating mum Vikki and dad Steven who also got to chime the bell after a rigorous intensive training plan (27:12 PB)
Ellie DARLASTON (Michy's Marvels 35:15) celebrated her 18th birthday. She chose to raise money for the Birmingham Childrens Hospital instead of receiving presents. On behalf of the family thank you to everyone who supported this and on behalf of the KWP core team we hope you had a wonderful birthday.
It was a pleasure to see Mark WILLIAMS back in action. (29:44) Someone that is hugely respected and highly thought of.
Having scanned the pages looking for as much to include as possible, I was delighted to read about Claire CARTMELL running for the first time. (39:57) I love to hear about things like this and I honestly hope you savoured and enjoyed every second.
Finally it was good news for cheeky face Rachael SHELTON (24:35 BADGERS) as she was over the moon having been asked to be a bridesmaid at fellow parkrunners Laura EDWARDS and Sam MAGNUMS wedding. Rumour has it my invitation to drive them to the church in the red Ferrari has been lost in the late post.
(Best wishes Sam on a speedy full recovery)
Well thats it for this week. I just wanted to apologise for the report being slightly later than usual...I do have several valid excuses...honest.........................................................................................My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend of mine came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts (ok mosquitos)...Carlton PALMER it wasn't my fault I swear to Goooooooooooodddddd!