Oaklands parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-15 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Event Number 14- 22nd February 2020

Storm Dennis was playing havoc with countless parkruns but Oaklands was ready and so were 133 brave parkrunners. The wind was lovely when it was with you and not so pleasant in the opposite direction. The rain was equally pleasant but better than being flooded out.
New to Oaklands or parkrun
There were 48 people running Oaklands for the first time today. Lots were tourist either visiting the Midlands for half term or were flooded out of their home parkruns. Special mentions to Rona Irving and Erin Irving who ran their first parkruns today. You are exceptionally brave to do your first parkrun on such a windy day. Welcome to the parkrun family. Also, a special mention to Mick Keating and Loraine Lavau and Thomas Mayes for coming back for a second parkrun. You knew what to expect and still came back.
Milestone (near misses)
There were no milestones today at Oaklands, but Maria Brockway is on 248 runs so 2 off her 250 parkruns milestone t-shirt. Jonah Hearn and Billbarr Mudd are on 49 runs. They are 1 run off the red t-shirt gang. In the junior parkrunners, Rowan Williams is only 3 runs away from the white junior t-shirt club.
Purple T-shirt gang
There were 31 parkrunners today who are already in the purple t-shirt gang who have volunteered at parkrun on 25 different occasions. If you want to volunteer in the future, please email oaklands@parkrun.com. You get a completely different view of parkrun when you volunteer and a lovely warm fuzzy feeling all day afterwards. Today’s event was made possible by 17 volunteers: Dave R Johnson • Rommany Jenkins • Sean Mcconvery • Peter Thomas • Abi Morton • John Minihan • Liz Dexter • Lorraine Francis • Philip Dolding • Michelle Greaves • Louise Vernon • Bernadette Doherty • John Powis • Denise Weekes • Sharon Fox • Cheryl Aiken • Kulsoom Shah Sarah Dennis. You are superstars and really appreciated by all the parkrunners. To find out more about volunteering you can look on the future roster page https://www.parkrun.org.uk/oaklands/futureroster/. If you click on the job titles it tells you all about the roles. It is amazing that the parkrun community is completely run by volunteers and transforms Saturdays for the millions of parkrunners.
PBs and WAVA
Today 16 people achieved a PB at Oaklands. Well done to Glenn Lacey, Bill Gutheridge, Helen Wyer, Aaron Cobham-Croston, Terri Rose Powell, Emma Shannon, Steve White, Ian Brameld, Janelle Daniel, Anthony Mchugh, Sara Hawkins, Jacqueline Crawford, Lita Cobham, Nicola Rowden, Gaynor O'Brien and Margaret Treacy. The highest WAVA rating today was 71.24% age grade by Philip Dolding. Great effort. Age grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your gender and age to produce a score (as a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different gender to you - the higher the score the better the performance.
Surprises I noted….
I hadn’t run at Oaklands before today and things I noticed.…
1. There is a toilet open before the run in the shopping centre. Phew.
2. The view reminded me of the start of Brum-the kids TV show (a classic.). I channelled my inner yellow, vintage car to go off on an adventure going down the hill to Brum each lap.

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3. The silhouettes of the people running into the finish as I ran up the hill were stunning.
4. You got a real sense of déjà vu. I am not used to laps but it made it easy to track where you were.
5. Free parking at Tesco’s was brilliant and ample, with a free sprint warm up to cross the road.
6. You can see runners running all over the place.
7. You have space to run.
8. The paths were heaven and I had dry socks at the end of parkrun. Very strange.
9. There is a nice statue type thing that is good for stretches.
10. The cafes are good nearby.
29th February 2020
Next Saturday will be the first opportunity ever to complete a parkrun on the 29th February. The next time it will happen is 2048. Motivation to get out of bed for next week. Until next time happy parkrunning.

Oaklands parkrun
Event number 14
22nd February 2020
This week 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Dave R JOHNSON • Rommany JENKINS • Sean MCCONVERY • Peter THOMAS • Abi MORTON • John MINIHAN • Liz DEXTER • Lorraine FRANCIS • Philip DOLDING • Michelle GREAVES • Louise VERNON • Bernadette DOHERTY • John POWIS • Denise WEEKES • Sharon FOX • Cheryl AIKEN • Kulsoom SHAH  Sarah Dennis
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Oaklands parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Felicity SHARP who recorded a time of 18:49 on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
The male record is held by Peter Harry BROOKES who recorded a time of 15:07 on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter Harry BROOKES who recorded 85.34% (15:07) on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
Oaklands parkrun started on 9th November 2019. Since then 1,291 participants have completed 1,959 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,795 km, including 265 new Personal Bests. A total of 91 individuals have volunteered 231 times.

 

Run Report Event Number #13

After a week of weather warnings predicting storm Dennis would sweep in at the weekend, causing a second consecutive weekend of disruption across the UK, it looked as though there was a chance that Oaklands parkrun may have to cancel their 13th event. On Friday the parkrun cancellations were coming thick and fast on social media. I checked the weather report for the area and saw the storm wasn't predicted to exert its full force on us until later in the day. Perhaps with its tarmac course, our parkrun might be OK?

On a personal note, I was really looking forward to this event in particular. I was planning on run/walking my first parkrun since foot surgery 3 months ago, a big milestone in the recovery period and a chance to actually run the parkrun I have been volunteering at throughout my recovery. A few weeks out from my operation I contacted the team at the newly commenced Oaklands to see if they could offer me a volunteer slot whilst I was in a wheelchair. My husband helped me marshal that Saturday and felt right at home with the incredibly warm and friendly volunteer team and all the runners, walkers and joggers that thanked us as they looped past around the 3 lap course.

One of the lovely things about parkrun is that you can turn up to any location across the country and the format is pretty much the same, you know what to expect and how it all works. There may be the odd difference, but overall it gives you a sense of belonging and of being 'at home'. There are some beautiful and unusual. But every time what makes it memorable to me is the community spirit, the volunteers and the fellow runners. The team made us feel so welcome, it became the thing I looked forward to most all week when I couldn't run. I was glad I could still feel like part of the running community by volunteering.

Slowly over the weeks, I've been able to go from the wheelchair to crutches to hobbling along, to starting the couch to 5k programme. Each Saturday volunteering at Oaklands until being able to tail walk for the first time at the end of January. It was great being able to walk the course and get to know where the inclines and descends are, where the prevailing wind tends to hit you, and where it gives you a nice tailwind and push forward. It was an excellent prelude to actually running the course. So I checked the facebook page and crossed my fingers. An announcement in the evening looked promising '...we do not anticipate having to cancel ...' an announcement would follow in the morning once a course check had been completed. With another local, large parkrun cancelling, I knew that if it did go ahead there would be many tourists at Oaklands for the first time too. I laid my barcode and running shoes out hopefully for the next morning and had a quick think about what I needed to cover in my first first-timers briefing in the morning.

Looking through the curtains at 7 am the trees were still and the roads were dry. Hurrah. As I and other runners started to arrive at around 8.30, a few drops of rain and the odd flurry of wind started to whip around us. I'd noticed over the weeks that the lovely view of Birmingham city centre from the hill the park is on also has a slight downside. It's so high and open that it does tend to get a bit windy, but this makes for excellent resistance training, and on a calm day it's a pretty quick course.

As we got closer to 9 am and I commenced the first-timers briefing (thanks for the round of applause at the end, you guys rock) the wind was really starting to intensify, and the rain increased. A large group of tourists gathered huddled round. With local parkrun Cannon Hill being cancelled we welcomed quite a few local tourists which were fantastic. Amongst the running clubs, we welcomed a number of members of King's Heath Running Club, Aldridge Running Club and Centurion RC. It was great to see so many runners who showed great resilience and still wanted to get their parkrun in despite the weather! It just shows you the power of parkrun.

The start of the 3 lap course is by a big mound where supporters can cheer and oversee the course. You run down a slight descent and then along the bottom of the park past a playground. There's a slight incline towards a small loop, where this week's wonderful volunteer was ready to cheer us on. The route then travels up by the finishing point with a slight incline. The volunteers who were barcode scanning were able to cheer us along as it passes right by them. This extra little boost helped us along as the wind started to whip us up. The rain thankfully stopped and I could see many people slowing or stopping to discard extra layers and raincoats. We carried on around the path and onto the straight which is parallel to the supermarket and has a really fantastic tailwind helping us back towards the start point and our second loop. One of the advantages of the course is that you can get an excellent view of most of the field on participants as well as the finish and I enjoyed watching the graceful and quick steps of the fastest runners across the park as they ran their second lap. As many of them began to lap us as we were on our second route, the wind carried their words of encouragement and congratulations to the people they passed. This meant a lot to me, as I am sure it did to others and helped me keep going during my second 10-minute run section. I used the lap function on my watch to follow this week's run/walk plan and was glad when the next walk section commenced midway around my third loop. The wind was in our faces now and it felt like I was moving backwards, but as soon as we turned the corner by the bottom playground (which looks amazing btw) there was some relief from the wind. We were forming a little pack now and sheltering each other from the wind, and as we passed the tail walker we noticed she'd formed her own little pack too. Cheering us all on and helping us stay focused on conquering that incline for the last time. My lap timer beeped and it was time to start moving a little quicker again at the foot of the hill, typical! Some of the finishers were now collecting around the barcode scanners and gave us a cheer to help us up. We reached the top and I was starting to think about my final lap. Would I make it round? The weather was certainly improving, but I was starting to feel tired and everyone around me looked so strong. I checked my watch to see when I could start walking again, and to my amazement saw that I had run almost 3 miles. I'd lost track of how many laps of the course after being so distracted in enjoying the freedom of running again. I was almost there. A strong runner came past me and made for a sprint finish. I found a sudden new bounce in my step, inspired by her strength and I went for it. Bounding to the finish with a great big smile on my face, people all around encouraging and cheering us to do our best for the finish. The volunteer handing out the tokens congratulated me and asked 'was it hard today' more than you would believe, and not just because of the weather. There was a lovely gathering of people at the finish area, chatting, cheering and taking photographs. It was great to catch up with some of my friends from the running club, many of whom I haven't seen for months. For some people, parkrun will be an opportunity for them to have a conversation with someone that day. It doesn't matter what speed we completed the course today. We all have one thing in common, we got outside despite the weather and we did it anyway. How amazing is that? It's so easy to strike up a conversation with someone you don't know at parkrun, because you already know something about them, they are there because of parkrun.

For my run this week I wore a race T-shirt from an ultra which I ran last year. I thought I'd need it as motivation and a reminder that I could do this and get around 5k again. It turns out, with the support and atmosphere created by the runners and volunteers at parkrun, I really didn't need it at all. Thank you to all the volunteers who braved the elements today and made event #13 happen.

Oaklands parkrun
Event number 13
15th February 2020
This week 189 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 99 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Dave R JOHNSON • Helen WYER • Stewart MCCONVERY • Peter THOMAS • Eamon LYONS • Ursula SCOTT • Michelle GREAVES • Kate SHEPHARD • Fiona PENTON • Nicola JAMES • John POWIS • Julez HEYES • Matthew SILLITOE • Mark CURRAN • Katherine BARNES • Narinder REHAL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Oaklands parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Peter Harry BROOKES who recorded a time of 15:07 on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
The female record is held by Felicity SHARP who recorded a time of 18:49 on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter Harry BROOKES who recorded 85.34% (15:07) on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
Oaklands parkrun started on 9th November 2019. Since then 1,222 participants have completed 1,826 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,130 km, including 250 new Personal Bests. A total of 83 individuals have volunteered 214 times.

 

Run Report Event #11

With all other new year resolutions long forgotten (as expected in February) there is one I’m still determined to stick to: to try new volunteering roles. Run Report Writing used to be on my ‘to avoid list’ but after putting (accidentally) my hand up for timekeeping and not only surviving but thoroughly enjoying it, I ... dumped the list.
It’s amazing how volunteering at parkrun can boost your confidence and it does make you feel good. Sounds cliché but it’s very true. If you haven’t tried yet, consider giving it a go - you won’t regret it.
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Some of the 17 superstar volunteers this week

It was my first visit at Oaklands and definitely not the last one. Ample free parking, nice course and, above all, lovely atmosphere. There is something very special about ‘not so big’ parkruns. It’s not only about smaller numbers meaning more space no huge crowds but most importantly strong community feeling. You feel welcome and supported regardless if you are a super fast experienced runner, just starting your run adventure or have come to meet people and spend time in the fresh air. It was lovely to hear the cheering of the marshals but also so many nice words of appreciation towards the volunteers and all the runners/joggers/walkers encouraging one another no matter what their pace was.
The 11th event saw 166 parkrunners who decided to spend the morning at Oaklands, of whom 33 recorded new Personal Best despite strong headwind gusts - well done! Among no fewer than 85 first timers this week were three doing their first parkrun anywhere, ever. Congratulations to Sophie GREEN, Rebecca BANKS-WARD and David BLACKER. Welcome to parkrun and please come back; you'll probably be pleasantly surprised by how easy it feels to run/jog/walk without that wind.
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Parkrunners of Event #11

This Saturday Lottie STONE celebrated her 100 milestone. Her parkrun adventure started on Christmas Eve 2017 at Andover parkrun. Since then she has visited 36 different locations and got 18 PB. Fantastic achievement Lottie! Thank you for choosing Oaklands for your 100th run and we look forward to seeing you again in your shiny brand-new black T-shirt.
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Lottie celebrating her 100 milestone
The first male who crossed the finish line was Jonathan STANFORTH (19:11) and the first female was Emma LINES (22:11). The best age grade was achieved by Peggy BLUNN (85.06%), Huw JONES (76.68%) and Margaret SMITH (71.92%).
Margaret… What a legend! This Saturday she completed her 346th run. During her 12 years (!) of parkrunning she visited Bushy Park 11 times, volunteered 63 times, run 1730 km and, no doubt, inspired thousands of people! We felt privileged to host you at Oaklands!
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Margaret with Luna after finished run
There will also be many individual achievements that don’t happen to be a milestone or PB - it might be that you achieved a ‘comeback PB’ after months or years, or that you’ve knocked off a particular target or just the fact that you got yourself out the door and along to your local parkrun. Well done to everyone for their achievements! And if you didn’t quite manage what you’d hoped - there’s always next week.
On behalf of all us tourists thanks to Michelle (RD) and all at Oaklands for your hospitality. See you again soon.
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Michelle (RD) briefing the volunteers

Oaklands parkrun
Event number 11
1st February 2020
This week 166 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 84 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Dave R JOHNSON • Brett Daniel PATTEN • Peter THOMAS • Michelle GREAVES • Kate SHEPHARD • Richard SHEPHARD • Prem KAUR • John POWIS • Denise WEEKES • Kamila BURY • Maja BURY • Mark CURRAN • Rahema MAMODO • Tyrine HENDRICKSON • Narinder REHAL • Cheryl AIKEN • Kulsoom SHAH
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Oaklands parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Peter Harry BROOKES who recorded a time of 15:07 on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
The female record is held by Felicity SHARP who recorded a time of 18:49 on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter Harry BROOKES who recorded 85.34% (15:07) on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
Oaklands parkrun started on 9th November 2019. Since then 1,067 participants have completed 1,497 parkruns covering a total distance of 7,485 km, including 166 new Personal Bests. A total of 71 individuals have volunteered 181 times.

 

“O” – What a fun parkrun! (Run Report Event #8)

I knew that I was going to have to make an early start to get from Stafford to Yardley for the Oaklands parkrun. But I knew it would be worth it to get the elusive "O".  For those who don't know what I mean, 'getting the O' relates to the Alphabet Challenge where parkrunners seek to run a parkrun which begins with each letter of the alphabet. I had ten more letters to collect and the letter "O" was on my to-do list.
I suppose in the end, it doesn't matter what brings us to a particular parkrun, as long as we have fun and enjoy the whole experience. And I can confirm that I had fun and definitely enjoyed the experience.
As I drove down the M6 motorway at 7.30am, I was met by the most glorious sunrise, which created a burnt orange sky that would have been perfect in Bali or Hawaii!  The signs telling me I was passing Cannock somewhat shattered the illusion.
The directions taken from the parkrun site, combined with a good sat nav, made finding the parkrun a lot simpler than I had expected. I managed to secure a parking spot within the carpark on Holder Road and made my way up the tarmac track, past a children's play area and a skate board park, to the yellow coated marshals assembled in the distance.
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I made a pretence of warming up. A few leg stretches and athletic groans, and my warm-up work was done...probably not the most effective warm-up in history admittedly.  I, and what seemed like a swarm of tourists (there's probably a better collective noun for parkrun tourists - haha)  were given a thorough briefing about the layout of the course before receiving an equally detailed Run Director's briefing. I have to admit being pleased when it was reaffirmed that the route was not only on a tarmac surface but also three laps of the park. I absolutely love parkruns with multiple laps!
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The course was very well marshalled, with enthusiastic applause and encouragement from every marshal. I took the opportunity to offer my hand for multiple high fives and I am glad to say that not one marshal left me hanging!
The course could not be described flat, but the few sections of gradual incline were tempered by sufficient flat and downward sections... sufficient for me at least!
Quite simply, I loved this course! It was everything I love in a parkrun. Tarmac surface, no major undulation, well supported by volunteers and with a finishing straight that allows for a sprint finish if the runner, jogger or walker is so inclined. And not forgetting the thing that brought me here in the first place. I got my "O" for my alphabet challenge. Happy days!
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Oaklands parkrun
Event number 8
4th January 2020

This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 124 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Dave R JOHNSON • Dylan GOULD • Peter THOMAS • Wendy SEARS • Rachel GOULD • Chloe GOULD • Craig MILES • Ursula SCOTT • Michelle GREAVES • Fiona PENTON • John POWIS • Denise WEEKES • Mark CURRAN • Liam PERRYMAN • Tyrine HENDRICKSON • Cheryl AIKEN • Sylvia SAMUDA • Kulsoom SHAH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Oaklands parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Peter Harry BROOKES who recorded a time of 15:07 on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
The female record is held by Felicity SHARP who recorded a time of 18:49 on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter Harry BROOKES who recorded 85.34% (15:07) on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).

Oaklands parkrun started on 9th November 2019. Since then 704 participants have completed 921 parkruns covering a total distance of 4,605 km, including 77 new Personal Bests. A total of 56 individuals have volunteered 128 times.

 

Run Report 28/12/19

Oaklands parkrun - 28/12/2019 Run No 7

Run Report

Welcome to the run report for Oaklands parkrun, it's the last event of the year and a time to have a look back at the year. We started on 09/11/19, and we are now at event 7, we have had 6 course records set by 6 different runners in the male section and 5 course records set by 5 different women.

We have had 580 runners from 102 clubs, with Kings Heath Running Club being the most popular running club. Our biggest event saw 125 runners attend with a total of 58 people have achieved personal bests at Oaklands. The Female record holder is Felicity SHARP - 18:49 - Event 7 (28/12/19), the Male record holder: Peter Harry BROOKES - 15:07 - Event 7 (28/12/19), and the Age graded record holder: Peter Harry BROOKES - 85.34 % - 15:07 - Event 7 (28/12/19).

And now on to the well run report, I should write about Oaklands, but well we have had a bit of tourism in the middle of the week so I might write about that instead. As it was a Wednesday morning, I thought well what else is there to do but run a parkrun or 2. It's the only day of the year you can officially run 2, its of course New Years day. For me its a a fun morning out, we start with a trip to my old parkrun Brueton, then after a run around the 2 lap course, off we head off to Kingsbury for our second of the day and a run around the muddy course at Kingsbury. Which has changed since the last time I ran there, OK it was a year ago to the day, but well they can change the course as they want. Today was a little different as I was joined for the second parkrun by my family, including someone who has yet to be introduced to the Oaklands group our little puppy dog Diesel. Who was super excited to be running around a new park, so he was a little bit pully, which on a slightly muddy course was a challenge in itself to stay upright and with my bag on my back that wasn't a helpful accessory. We managed to stay upright and complete the course. 

I really can't finish the report without a few special mentions, on Saturday 28th of December, it was a friend of mines birthday, he was the person who all those years ago back in 2010, introduced me to this little event called parkrun, we have both gone on from there to carry running and for him, this was a few firsts, his first time at Oaklands and I believe his first time under 22 mins.

The next special mention goes to Andrew Mellor, who later in the day was running off to get married, keeping with the tradition his now good lady wife was getting ready and staying away from seeing her future husband the morning of the wedding.   He must have been in a rush to get off quickly as he ran a PB by almost a minute for the Oaklands course.

Well done to everyone who completed the course and a big thank you to all the volunteers.

Oaklands parkrun
Event number 7
28th December 2019

This week 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 83 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Dave R JOHNSON • Brett Daniel PATTEN • Sean MCCONVERY • Peter THOMAS • Liz DEXTER • Ursula SCOTT • Michelle GREAVES • Kate SHEPHARD • Denise WEEKES • Liam PERRYMAN • Rahema MAMODO • Steve WHITE • Narinder REHAL • Cheryl AIKEN • Kulsoom SHAH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Oaklands parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Peter Harry BROOKES who recorded a time of 15:07 on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
The female record is held by Felicity SHARP who recorded a time of 18:49 on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter Harry BROOKES who recorded 85.34% (15:07) on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).

Oaklands parkrun started on 9th November 2019. Since then 580 participants have completed 740 parkruns covering a total distance of 3,700 km, including 58 new Personal Bests. A total of 51 individuals have volunteered 110 times.

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