Well a new year and decade kicked off with a venue attendance record. Yes 824 runners arrived at Kinsgbury for run number 327. 38 volunteers were well drilled, not to mention highly appreciated, as an incredible 54 personal bests were marked and 183 sampled the occasion for the first time...how fitting that one 1st timer was young Delilah KINGSBURY. (49:15)
It was more a case of "MY MY MY" than "WHY WHY WHY". Popular 80's music fan Hannah COOGAN was today's run director and addressed the masses stood on a park picnic bench, equipped with the new tannoy system. With a heavy swell of traffic eager to enter the park, the start time was delayed in order to allow everyone to be able to take part. Organised, smooth and executed to perfection not only from Hannah but to all involved...some might call the planning regimental.
How fitting then that first back today was 1st timer Daniel TITCOMB. The British Army runner left with the distinction of first back in 2020, with a quality performance and time of 16:43.
Another 1st timer was next home representing Wycombe Phoenix Harriers @ AC. Liam BUSBY hared around the circuit impressing with a top time of 17:22.
Locally based Peter HACKETT was the toast of running club Tamworth AC, as he made up the top 3 in a rapid 17:36.
There was more local success for the ladies. Olivia HARRIS was first back breaking sub 20 minutes. (19:53 Royal Sutton Coldfield AC)
Coventry based SPHINX AC athlete Ellie S DAVIES followed next in 23:15.
Lorraine BEASLEY was another to make a debut and did so in style for Aldridge RC. (23:21)
It's a true honour not only to write the first run report of 2020, but to mark the occasion with the new attendance record...I just love a good record me and a personal best.
In 2018 "Mr CHERRY" held various records including the most shuttlecocks caught with chopsticks in 1 minute and the most socks put on a foot in 30 seconds.
In the same year Andre ORTOLF held the record for the fastest 100 metres in an office chair and the most mustard tubes drunk in 1/2 a minute. (all of which are huge huge remarkable achievements)
Obviously this weeks run report has taken slightly longer to go through and pick out individual milestones. If anyone has been missed off I can only apologise.
It’s a joy to see so many first timers hitting individual milestones. Kate Elizabeth ADAMS ran her 150th. (28:15 Intrepid ESU). It was run number 200 for Sam OWEN. (24:48 Kings Heath RC 1st timer). Another 1st timer Thomas PALMER celebrated his 175th parkrun for Kidderminster @ Stourport AC (18:24), as did Chris JONES (28:02).
Mention the name "Matt GREEN" at Kingsbury and even the fish salute. The hard working volunteer and all round nice guy chalked up his 175th running 23:20 (BADGERS).
Louisa KINGSBURY certainly picked the right place to register run number 125. (49:26 Bournville Harriers)
Marcus FAIRBURN delighted his running colleagues at Peel Road Runners, as he enjoyed his century of outings. (27:16) Another Colin MICHAEL completed his 100th venue run.
2 BADGERS runners were joyous as they navigated parkrun 75. John DULSON is no stranger to the odd record himself, owning the current Midlands title for the most bottles of Lambrini consumed in 12 months. A feat that has resulted in him being recognised in the Queens new years honours list, as he is officially made a Prince. (33:03)
Another record breaker is KWP's very own pom pom queen Lil SOUTER. (28:09). Well done and thank you for the fundraising calendar.
There were nearly as many unicorns as runners this week. The highly regarded Simon (54:51) and Fiona (54:52) HILL were again in action, as they both completed their 50th parkruns together. Team HOLYOAK got in on the act (26:35) with Joanne DAVIES achieving her 50th for North Warwickshire based club BADGERS. (27:17)
There was more success for Peel Road Runners as Wendy BOWYER (36:10) hit the magic 50. (much to the delight of Paul DANIELS (43:58) )
Andrew GODBER did his 50th run in 32:38, as Rich PRICE turned on the style with a PB for double delight. (30:13)
Young Evie FOREST hit the 25 mark. (23:42)
The following all finalised their 10th parkruns: Ryan HUGHES (24:25 1st timer Lonely Goat RC), Francois JEAN (32:39), Jason KING (30:57 1st timer), Alex MCINTOSH (21:27 1st timer), Shellie REEVES (27:05), Jack ROSS (30:37), Mandip THANDI (23:22 1st timer Aldridge RC), Mandy RESTELL (30:02 BADGERS), Jason PITCHER (Knowle and Dorridge RC 21:33 1st timer), Alice MASON-WILLIAMS (32:08), Sandra CAIRNS (33:06 1st timer Chasewater Runners), Steven SMITH (37:25), Samantha COLES (1:08:37), Emelia PICKETT (36:32), Alex HALL (32:07), Aimee CLARK (27:40 Tamworth AC), Jenson PICKETT (27:33), Kester WATERMAN (27:25 1st timer Colchester @ Trending AC) and George ALLEN (1st timer Halesowen A @ CC 25:23).
Mark ROBINSON (38:01)raised a glass to his 25th volunteer stint, as he made a welcome return with running buddy Ian MCNAMARA. (38:01)
Julie GARBETT started the new year in fine form, as she completed a parkrun PB double. Kelly SMILEY was no doubt delighted, as she kick started 2020 with a PB. (41:03)
"Mr Sleek" Richard CHESTER propelled himself to PB stardom, (25:20) as Kingsbury hardman Rich BENHAM closed in on his 100th parkrun with a time of 30:14.
Kevin DICK from Sphinx AC got a new PB (23:29) and Gary BEECHEY bagged himself a new best, much to the delight of the crowd. (32:58)
Fiona REIDY (35:12) kicked off her London marathon training, as did avid Birmingham City FC fan Pierre MANN (27:29 PB).
Several young talents got to ring the "PB BELL": Jayden MARSH (36:24), Henry WHITEHILL (32:52), Henry HOWES (27:00), Harvey HOWES (22:09) and Ashley ONEIL (21:52) all shone.
Zoe COPE (33:00) was excitedly spurred on by her own personal play list on her 4 year parkrun anniversary...one favourite being Careless Whisper by Wham.
Retired semi professional tennis player and former Steps backing dancer Rachael SHELTON (27:34) jostled with a bloke wearing a dressing gown. In fact there was controversy in the finish funnel as both desperately tried to be the first to cross the line. (finally settling it with a game of rock, paper, scissors)
Fantasy football king and bearded wonder Gavin CLINTON (25:02), the elegant Laura ASHWOOD (28:14) and this Saturdays run director Judy PARKES (28:18) all got involved.
Crowd pleaser Susan THOULD popped a unicorn horn headband on my silvery locks for a selfie. Nivette CHESTER (30:54) dressed as an inflatable unicorn but it was the 14/1 favourite Stephanie WHITE who galloped in next following a photo selfie finish! (30:55)
In 2019 I had so many great moments at Kingsbury. After several weeks away it was superb this weekend to see so many friends again. I don't think I stopped smiling from when I arrived until I left...then carried on smiling when I got home. Hugs, high 5's, kisses, support, respect and genuine love.
I wish you all a very happy new year and 2020 x