A blustery morning at Kingsbury

On a blustery morning with the weather decidedly unsure, the younger runners featured heavily in run number 290.
587 parkrunners took part this morning, after heavy midweek rain and strong winds. 85 battled the less than favourable conditions to bag a new PB time(16 of which were young super heroes).

4 youngsters also hit new milestones and 64 of today’s attendees were first time runners.

26 volunteers made the event possible, many of which braved the elements. These people are called hi vis heroes for a reason, as they dedicate their time, often sacrificing their own parkrun. It really is a rewarding role and I'm sure the event core team would welcome new faces on the weekly volunteer roster.
Cool mum Hannah COOGAN was todays run director and took centre stage. (talking of centre stage Paul DANIELS featured running 39:05). Thank you to Hannah and Italian referee Pierluigi COLLINA lookalike (Rich BENHAM) for his Facebook and social media contributions. Hannah’s daughter Natasha ‘unicorn’ O’CALLAGHAN earnt her purple t-shirt by volunteering for the 25th time.

I've been previously called Jessica FLETCHER (amongst various other names) due to my 1 finger typing exploits and moderate investigational skills ...so can you imagine my delight when I saw that J FLETCHER was first across the line! (Parkrun he wrote).
Yes, it was first timer Jamie FLETCHER who greeted the funnel manager in a fantastic time of 17:19.(Hatton Darts RC)
BADGERS athlete David "Felix" MCGOWAN missed out by "a whisker", as he rang the PB bell pocketing a quality 17:29. (The man)
Lichfield RC flyer Duncan COOPER made up the top 3. (18:03)
Claire Louise MARTIN had the accolade of first lady back.(20:39 Canicross Midlands)
Katherine SNOWDEN again came to prominence. The consistent Tamworth AC ace finished in 21:16.
Chaselife.uk Runner Sarah HETHERINGTON ran with a certain degree of panache, as she finished 3rd lady home in 21:31.

Richard JOHNSON (22:37) celebrated his 125th parkrun.
Young Roshan GHEDIA hit the 100 mark and I'm delighted to be able to report this.(31:07)
2 runners marked their 75th parkrun with a new PB.
Philip MCCARRON representing Massey Ferguson RC ran a swift 23:23.
Angela HINEY-BANCROFT made it a day to remember with a personal best of 34:39.

Another 2 young runners enjoyed their 50th parkrun. Congratulations to Ethan ASHBOLT (29:36) and Eleanor MULHERON (34:26).
James FORDE joined the half century party as he completed the route in 33:53.
The experienced Christine NORRIS did herself and local club Peel Roadrunners proud, as she enjoyed a time of 38:27.

David HETHERINGTON worked hard for a top time of 21:14, as he ran his 25th. (Chaselife.uk Runners)
Dave BIRD (26:28) and Chris PERKINS (27:32 PB) both registered run number 25 on the official stats pages.

13 dedicated runners achieved their 10th parkrun.
Young Rose KENNEDY(28:42 PB), Ian GOULD(21:32 Chaselife.uk Runners PB), Stephen BAKER(21:33 Cliff Lakes OCR), Jonathan WATTS(21:40 PB), Lee MEYRICK(24:34), Holly TURNER(27:31), Kirsty SMITH(30:42), Rachel TAYLOR(30:50 BADGERS PB), Abigail EVANS(31:35), Jen ELLIS(35:25), Michelle INGHAM(49:02), Neil SHOTT(40:15) and James INGHAM(38:47).

Such is her love for parkrun the only way today was Kingsbury, as Juliet ESSEX ran 34:07.
The popular Ian JACKSON(26:09), Laura ASHWOOD(25:09 PB) and Trevor GASPER(30:16) all got in on the act.
1st timers Katie MACRAE(30:15) and Steven MCLAREN(26:12) were both quick off the mark, as they accelerated towards the chequered flag.
With local Midlands neighbours Birmingham City and Aston Villa due to play tomorrow, all was well in todays DARBY as Isobelle DARBY(28:57) and Robert DARBY(24:31) both ended up honours, even with new PB times.
Andy WILLIAMS was just too good to be true, as he entertained the crowd with his own PB(29:44)...I've just put this on my phone on YouTube while I finish the report.(da da da da daaaaaaa da da da da da)

Todays young superstars deserve great credit and their names in lights...here are this weeks PB heroes that haven’t already been mentioned.
Joe WATTS(19:40), Oliver GOLDSWORTHY(21:06 Tamworth AC), Joseph GORST(22:25 Tamworth AC), Jenson PICKETT(23:05), William ORME(25:18), Luke ASPREY(25:28), Adam WHITTAKER(26:06), Evie FOREST(26:33), Robyn HARPER(28:57 Cliff Lakes OCR), Oliver STATHAM(30:24), Poppy HANCOCK(30:40), Emelia PICKETT(31:37), Jacob HASTILOW(32:32 Chaselife.uk Runners), George HARRISON(33:35) and Sophia INGHAM(38:46).

It was a pleasure to welcome UK PARKRUN TOURISTS Elliott LINE at todays run.(45:58)
Young Austin LINE also made his debut(45:02).

Finally several local Kingsbury regulars celebrated with Laura EDWARDS, as she also ran her 50th parkrun.
The film loving athlete sports a well groomed fringe which she is rightly proud of. One of my favourite film fringes was that of Jim CARREY character Lloyd CHRISTMAS in Dumb and Dumber.
Today there was certainly "something about Laura".
Mrs MAGNUM has shaved over 11 minutes off her parkrun time since her first run. This in large has been down to extra training and going that extra length.
Known affectionately by her Auntie Rach and Uncle Rich as "LUL", It really is a pleasure to congratulate both Laura and Sam as they announced they are expecting their first child together.
A huge congratulations both from KWP and your extended parkrun family.

KWP and parkrun in general is a weekly event that brings people closer together. To have the opportunity to witness such events let alone write about them is a real privilege.


KWP Parkrun #289

Kingsbury Water – what a change from a year ago! – event #289

So, hands up who actually managed a parkrun the first week in March last year? Remember the Beast from the East? Or officially Anticyclone Hartmut? Today couldn’t have been more different. Today marked the first parkrun in 2019 where a good number had moved from thick running garb into lighter weight, spring style kit. Agreed, Storm Freya was getting psyched up for Sunday, but this was my first proper sunny, chatty run of the year.

From the tourist and voluntourist perspective, Kingsbury Water is a lot closer to Warwick than the GPS thought it would be on the Friday, so Harriet WHITE (barcodes) and I arrived along with the pre-event set up team. Parking is good (it’s very very good at 8am, #justsayin) and the team was ultra friendly. We chatted, posed with the selfie frame, and admired both lake and railway. Some days parkrun is about chasing a time. Others it’s getting out no matter how dreadful the weather. Today it was about enjoying the water, the bird, the trees and the joy of putting one foot in front of another. It’s quite a slow, steady start from the ‘level crossing’ and I settled in, quite by chance, to run with Sophie WALKER and her buggy passenger.

There were 34 people who ran their very first parkrun today and it looked as if it were a graduation run from a couch to 5k program or similar. Well done to everyone – and welcome to the parkrun family. Moving up the number of runs, Daniel SLAUGHTER joined the most exclusive junior 10 club. Shelley ASHBOLT, Evie WHITEHEAD (with a shiny new PB) and Ellie DARLASTON joined the 50 club with Edward SANDFORD joining the 100 club. May all your tshirt links go live quickly. Of the 567 parkrunners, 86 got new PBs to join the 51 first timers.

Breakfast afterwards was a delight. We were due to go to a show at the NEC and we had to be well fuelled. We sat outside because it was warm enough, not just because there was no seating inside, and continued the parkrun chat. It was also warm enough to go to the excellent playpark and delay any adulting.

I had a ball, I had a blast, I’d love to come back and improve myself: we might try Crufts one year instead of careers and post 18 plans. Thankyou.

Pippa WHITE, Queen Elizabeth.


event No. 288

Wowzers…It seems ages… bare time even, since I appeared at my home parkrun (let alone do the run report) I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve missed the venue, course and those associated with the event. Luckily for me this week I also had the opportunity to run.

The last time I wrote the run report the sun and warmer weather was a distant memory. Fast forward several weeks and here we are enjoying the early stages of spring, with the clocks due to change as we approach the month of March. The feel good factor is back and what a glorious morning to run.

The magic of parkrun is certainly not lost on me (or Paul DANIELS for that ma-er (39:51) )…I’ve missed this.

It was a pleasure to see familiar faces that have now become friends. Take todays run director for example Judy PARKES (who I’m reliably informed had a smashing time).

This weekend was event number 288 in what was a fantastic sporting weekend. Boxing, Rugby, Football, the Midlands Tiddlywinks world championships (literally something for every avid sporting fan). 597 runners descended upon a venue, I think most would agree is hard to rival. It is the creme de la creme of parkruns. Quite literally the icing on the cake or the prized chocolate hobnob of the biscuit tin.

27 volunteers featured, most of which appear every week dedicating their time. A huge thank you to everyone for their continued commitment, to ensure the run takes place. 78 first timers enjoyed the venue for the first time…123 (as easy as ABC) left with a new PB!

Jonathan JENNINGS (17:19) was first across the line representing Birmingham Running Athletics and Triathlon RC. Bang on that Jonathan and superb running.
Howard BUSH is a runner that has caught my eye when compiling the run report. The Tamworth AC ace made his way towards the bar code scanners with a time of 17:36.
Gloucester Athletic Club had Jason TILLEY in attendance. No doubt the club and the man himself were delighted, as he finished 3rd with a new PB time of 17:48.

Tracy HINXMAN led a trio of female runners who all bagged a new PB on the day. The Derby AC athlete finished in a quality 18:29. ( she also topped the age grading with 86.47%...wow)
Claire Louise MARTIN (Canicross Midlands) followed next in 19:48.
Katherine SNOWDEN made it a good day for Tamworth AC, as she pocketed a 20:15 PB.

The reverend William WEBB ELLIS was a clergyman and the alleged inventor of Rugby football.
Andrew ELLIS (23:29) and Martin ELLIS (25:18) both impressed.
With England playing Wales in the 6 Nations, Brian WELSH converted his 175th parkrun (25:23)…well done sir.
Footballing namesakes Darren CARTER (26:53 PB) and Paul ALLEN (23:57 1st timer) got in on the action. Paul VARDY was another first timer as he struck to seal a watch time of 22:38.
Garth CROOKS is an ex footballer and TV pundit. Regular Garth COX ran strong for Peel Road Runners (23:19).
Paul TYSON (32:01), Roma TYSON (31:41) and young Tilli-Beau TYSON (23:38) all delivered.

It was a celebratory day for both Peel Road Runners and Cliff Lakes OCR, as many of their members achieved milestones. Here is a list of all runners that feature.

The following all ran their 10th parkrun. Nicola CHILD (31:43 Cliff Lakes OCR), Emma RIDDELL (30:08 PB), Andrew CLAYTON (30:59), Emily CARTER (35:43 Cliff Lakes OCR 1st timer), Tim HOLMES (36:50), Julie PRESTON (36:57) and Jenny GILL (37:07 Cliff Lakes OCR PB).

Simon HARPER enjoyed his 25th parkrun completing the course in a swift 22:02.
Jamie WEETMAN (27:03), Peter HACKETT (28:11) and Ann HILL (33:09 Peel Road Runners) all left with the same milestone.

The next roll of honour is for all those that hit the 50 parkrun mark.
Darren TRUMAN (25:01 Peel Road Runners), Sandra INGRAM (27:02 Peel Road Runners), Steve O’NEIL (28:03), Andrea WEBSTER (28:05), Ken ARCHER (28:17), Sarah FRENCH (33:09 Peel Road Runners) and William Peter MULHERON (34:46).

Wayne REPTON (22:09 PB BADGERS), Noel MURPHY (27:15) and Sharon GRAY (30:01) all reached the 75 target.

Omar TAREK was no doubt delighted as he left with 100 parkruns to his name. (25:04)

Gill SNOWDEN navigated todays course with the proud distinction of run number 125.

Regulars will know that the young runners always take centre stage. A jaw dropping 16 all had the opportunity to ring todays PB bell. Here is a list of all of our young super heroes.
Reinis BALTINS (19:46), Luke TORPEY (21:59 Shpinx AC), Hayden RUTHERFORD (23:41), Henry BAKER-YEARWOOD (24:30), Daniel PALMER (24:41), Samuel VERNON (25:25), Evie FOREST (27:29), Julian ROBERTS (27:34 Nuneaton Harriers AC), Adam WHITTAKER (28:04), Thomas PRESTON (29:48), Grace STARKEY (30:41), Cheyanne HARVEY (32:42), Megan POWELL (35:58), Sophia INGHAM (43:02), Alexander INGHAM (44:08) and Teigan INGHAM (44:30)…brilliant.

Gavin, Norman and Norville are my favourite names.
3 males named Gavin featured this weekend. Bearded crowd favourite Gav CLINTON warmed up for the April Brighton marathon. He demonstrated why he is much revered with a top notch finish time of 20:49.
The also bearded Nuneaton George CLOONEY Gavlar CROCKWELL, posed for a PB selfie after ringing the bell, as he prepares for the Manchester marathon. (20:59)
I have no idea if Gav BAKER has a beard (but wouldn’t it be nice…we could form our own parkrun bearded boy band)..Well done Mr BAKER on your own PB time of 26:02.

Talking of boybands, John HANSON was quite simply different gravy. Not only did he finish in 20:55 he also got a WAVA rating of 75.38%...brilliant John and well deserved with all the hard work and training…cruising on Ocean Drive.

Local club BADGERS chipped in with their own PB times. Merv DENNIS aka Merv “The Swerve” JONES was at it again. Half man half machine the PB master did it again. (24:23)
Leon MILLERSHIP is a man who has been eyeing up the PB bell for several weeks. In fact a rumour sweeping around KWP is he was last seen winking at it, having been spotted midweek polishing it with a chamois leather. (22:27 PB)
Carl SAVAGE ran a new PB of 23:28.
Emma MASSER took full advantage of her own recent marathon training. (22:48 PB)
Rachel TAYLOR finalised her 8th parkrun with a new PB (31:55).
The “Measham Maestro” Alan ARGYLE also featured. (21:25)

A special mention though for David JACKSON. (19:39)
The diminutive BADGER known locally as “Big D” has quite literally had to watch on, as he makes his comeback from a lengthy injury. Here’s to a successful comeback and 2019!

It really has been a treat for me this weekend. It’s a pleasure to write the run report on any given week.
Thank you to everyone that supports this fantastic event.

On a final note keep your eyes peeled for the popular local BADGERS 10K opening for entries…a 10k event in the running for the National awards.


Event #287 – Roses are RED, Violets are BLUE #fact

Kingsbury Water Park – Event #287

Love was in the air at Kingsbury Water Park on Saturday as 501 runners gathered to share the love of running the stunning Park Run course. As a marker for celebrating Valentines Day, many wore red to create that lovin’ feeling! To create a bit more spice, the event was extra special as 11 volunteers offered themselves as pacers. Whatever your pace, they had it covered and out in force determined to support others to a PB. Unbelievably, and thanks to Steve Weller for working out the Maths on this, 27% of the field achieved a personal best, or in raw numbers, 137 PBs which is more than 1 in 4 runners! Absolutely outstanding efforts all round a huge thank you to the pacers for sacrificing your run to support others to reach their goals. I remain in the majority, nearly 2 years since a PB has come my way!
First back was Badgers Runner Chris Baxter who stormed home in 16:27 setting a new PB. I’d like to think that by Chris warming up with me made the difference, but that’s probably unlikely!! First lady back was Cannicross Midlands runner Claire Martin who also secured an impressive new PB in 20:18. To complete the hat trick, first Junior home was the ever impressive Matthew Jackson who smashed his PB, crossing the line in 19:27. Congratulations to you speedy bunch!
As always, it’s great to welcome newbies to Kingsbury 44 of you ran the course for the first time. I hope you enjoyed the course, the weather, and above all, us lot who regularly turn up on Saturdays to enjoy the inclusive community of runners and volunteers that epitomises the spirit of Park Run. I hope you’ll be back very soon!
Joining a running club is a great way to meet new people and improve your running. 34 separate running clubs were represented at the event on Saturday from near and far. Well done to all those representing your clubs.
As milestones go, well there were a few again for us to celebrate. Congratulations to our juniors Thomas Gill, Samuel Gill and Lewis Howard who all completed their 10th run. A special mention to Morgan Barr who is another youngster with great potential and completed 100 park runs, fantastic achievement. Shout out to Andy Smith who now gets the honour of donning the red 50 t shirt; and Charlotte Pearce and Leanne Sandford who both join the 100 club. Terrific achievements and commitment.
Each week we are indebted to our band of merry volunteers who give up their time so the rest of us can run like Mo Farah and Laura Muir. If it wasn’t for them, the park would be there but without an organised run to enjoy. Volunteering is varied, fun and you get to see the other side of park run, usually the pain in runners faces!! Those who made sure the event happened this week were:
Brian ADAMS, Jane BARRETT, Adia Joy BARRETT, Richard BENHAM, Richie BUNN, Tricia BUNN, Layla Rose CARVER, Gavin CLINTON, Paul DRAKE, Graham ENGLEY, Gemma FOLLIS, Trevor GASPER, Michelle GREAVES, Matthew GREEN, Carolyn HALL, Susan HANN, John HANSON, Amanda Jayne HANSON, Sharon JACKSON, Brian JONES, Rob MACE, Sarah MADDAFORD, Richard MARVIN, Alex SANDHAM, Dean SNOWDEN, Susan THOULD, Helen TIBBY, Louise VERNON, Rob VERNON, Amy WAKELIN, Nicky WALL, Sharon WHITEHEAD, Michael WYANT
A mention to Park Run stalwart Mr John Hanson, who, with over 250 Park Runs to his name and has been a regular at KWP Park Run since its inception, volunteered on his birthday. Happy birthday mate!
Finally, forget Brexit and all the uncertainty that brings, vote for me as Prime Minister as I pledge to reduce the week to 3 days, thus bringing Park Run Day around much quicker! Who wouldn’t want that! But until then, see you in 6 days….


Event number 285

2nd February 2019
The first parkrun of February and what a beautiful spring-like day to run…..

Did you know that February is named after the “Ice Moon”?. It struck me that we might have had an ice moon this week. The sky has been so clear and on Friday there were lots of calls into the BBC asking what the two bright planets were either side of the crescent moon… if you saw them it was Jupiter and Venus!

The lack of cloud cover brought a very chilly and frosty morning to Kingsbury. I love the park at this time of year… sound travels further because of the lack of leaves on the trees.. you can hear the dogs barking excitedly at the start, the birds singing more clearly in the trees as well as hear the excitement of the finish line as you turn the bend at the bottom of the lake. I love the sounds of parkrun.

This week we did wonder whether we would need to use the double lap course to avoid the slippery tarmac but the decision of the early risers, Rich and Hannah, was that we were good to go on the usual route. We hardly ever have to cancel parkrun- if you stayed in bed because it felt cold you missed a treat today.. and you missed the great afternoon self satisfied glow... I know I did this week.

And what a morning it was. You can’t get more “fabulous” on a crisp cold but sunny morning than 444 people running, jogging or walking the course. 29 of these were experiencing this for the first time. We really hope that these first timers will be back. You saw the park on a beautiful “spring like” morning and you heard the birds singing, but the beauty of this parkrun is experiencing this every week as the seasons change.

It was just the right conditions for PBs too… Did you know that since Kingsbury Waterparkrun started 15,667 new Personal Bests have been recorded!. Today 76 runners recorded new Personal Bests – of note were Martin CLUTTERBUCK (Royal Sutton Coldfield AC), David SMITH (Hatton Darts) and Ian HORTON all recording new PBs after doing well over 100 runs.. that is good going!!

In total 29 clubs took part today and there were lot of PBs for local clubs:

CLIFF LAKES OCR: Daniel HISCOKE, Holly CHILD, Samuel GILL, Keely HARPER, Robyn HARPER, Emelia CHILD and Nichola ALBUTT.

BADGERS: Cameron BARNES and keeping it in the family Lisa BARNES, and Pip WESTON.

MICHYS MARVELLS: Catrina GILL, Michelle ORME and Jayne HOLMES. Jayne’s hubby Tim HOLMES also recorded a PB


But well done to all runners and walkers who recorded PBs today.

Michy’s Marvells are increasing their turnout at parkrun and we have to say a huge congratulations to the wonderful Michelle DARLASTON for achieving her award for coaching Michy’s Marvells runners at the Round Table awards at Drayton Manor last night. It was also lovely to see that her niece Poppy GUILDER- who is often seen cheering the family on at parkrun- won an award for being such an inspiration to others.

What I love about parkrun is that it is for all people, no matter what their age. Becky RIDGE (J11-14) joined the 10 club today, Samuel KEY and Peter GRAY joined the 50 club, David SMITH joined the 100 club, the fabulous Mike SHELTON of the PEELERS and Jack JOHNSON (11-14) both completed their 150th parkrun today and Paul DANIELS completed his 175th parkrun. It feels to me like Jack JOHNSON (like so many other youngsters) have grown up through parkrun and it is great to see them week in week out. Well done to these runners!!

Chris HORTON was first runner back again this week in 17:18 and Till-Beau TYSON (11-14) was first female back in a time of 22:25. The highest WAVA scorers were Chris HORTON (81.31%) David PETTIFER (79.66%) Martin CLUTTERBUCK (77.98%) closely followed by fabulous Syvia PHILLIPS (77.33%) and Pip WESTON (75.87%).

But Kingsbury waterparkrun is about more than figures and stats, it is a great community of regulars that make parkrun a fun and inclusive experience for all. So this is a shout out to all those who haven’t been mentioned! You are all amazing!!

Of course we love to give a shout out to the volunteers, without whom there would be no parkrun for us to celebrate the times, pbs, club memberships and birthdays. This week we are indebted to the following 26 volunteers:
Richie BUNN • Hannah COOGAN • Brian ADAMS • Judy PARKES • Paul DANIELS • Jane BARRETT • Andy STRETTON • Lisa ARNOLD • Kevin GEARY • Sarah DENNIS • Rachael SHELTON • Matthew JACKSON • Neal DEMPSEY • Toby DENNIS • Jackie RUTHERFORD • Steve RUTHERFORD • Sharon WHITEHEAD • Alex SANDHAM • Richard BENHAM • Bethany DENNIS • Nick DENNIS • Natasha O'CALLAGHAN • Laura EDWARDS • Susan HANN • Lil SOUTER • Gemma FOLLIS

Since Kingsbury waterparkrun started a total of 720 individual have volunteered 5,749 times. In total we have had 11,791 participants. Could you join the ranks of the 720 who give up a week for others to run? If so please contact the core team through email to volunteer at Kingsburywateroffice @parkrun.com

Don't panic!! It is now only 6 days til the next parkrun. Have a good week!!