Event 254 (19 October 2019) Passing the baton


217 Runners 28 Clubs Represented

The sun was shining at Perry Hall Park this week, however there was a bit of a chilly wind blowing. Even so, there was a buzz in the air - the baton was here.

For parkrun's 15th birthday, sponsor Leeds Building Society sent out fifteen GPS-tracked golden batons to see how far they could go. They all departed from Woodhouse Moor parkrun in Leeds and Event Director, Emma, had collected one whilst on tour at Cleethorpes the previous week. The burning question, was where would it be going next week. Emma had made a decision, but hadn't told anyone.

There were six brand-new parkrunners to the family this Saturday - welcome to:

Runner Time Runner Time
David GIBBONS 24:17 Rohima KHATUN 49:02
Tousif SHARIF 33:01 Norma BLADEN 53:24
Jamaze HUSSAIN 33:03 Leanne BAYLISS 53:24

We also had 29 tourists make their first visit to Perry Hall, one of the visitors was Thomas Beasley, who took five seconds off the male course record that had stood for almost three years. Our first lady was also a tourist, Terri Rose Powell, who is co-ED at our neighbours - Sandwell Valley parkrun. Congratulations both!

New tourists to Perry Hall:

Runner Time Runs Runner Time Runs
Thomas BEASLEY 15:42 35 Paul RESTALL 27:34 159
Dave FAWKNER 20:03 141 Justin GRIFFITHS 27:50 12
Graham ENGLEY 20:23 116 Cherrelle WYNTER 27:52 10
James PROBERT 20:48 3 Richard HARRIS 27:56 2
Jonathan LAMLEY 21:14 224 Craig CUTLER 28:13 261
Fred AIRD 22:14 113 Ruth APPLETON 30:24 28
Mark JENNINGS 22:22 46 Donna HESBROOK-EDWARDS 32:01 118
Matt ALLEN 22:31 40 Ava SHERWIN 32:05 82
Darren HESBROOK-EDWARDS 22:57 84 Claire SPROSTON 32:22 146
Louis THOMPSON 25:23 2 Lee HILL 34:45 230
Glenn BARKER 26:01 80 Richard COOK 34:58 16
Jonathan DAWSON 26:31 29 Natalie CUTLER 35:47 189
Matthew PENIKET 27:02 3 Lynda SHEARGOLD 46:04 33
Ian DODDS 27:23 104 Jamie MAY 50:33 6
Emma ADAMS 27:28 3
Our new male record holder!

Our new male record holder!

Our fifth birthday is rapidly approaching - we will be celebrating this on 23 November 2019, however Norman Hickson helped us reach another milestone today. He was our 5,000th finisher!

... and that baton? It was passed to Jonathan Dawson who had joined us from Rushcliffe pakrun in Nottingham and we understand it will be taken to the undulating Bestwood Village parkrun next week.

Passing the baton

Passing the baton


Christina LAWRENCE

The rota is looking a little bare for the next few weeks - if you can help us out, please get in touch.


Your volunteer team this weekend


Most Events - Men

Runner Club parkruns completed
Chris TUCKER Shabbarunners 271
Craig CUTLER Lickey End Striders 261
Jason HOLT CSSC Sports & Leisure 240


Most Events - Ladies

Runner Club parkruns completed
Lesley PYMM Bournville Harriers 394
Judy INCE 268
Lee HILL Massey Ferguson RC 230

Congratulations to everyone who set a PB this weekend:

Runner Time Runner Time
Thomas HODGSON 17:09 Gurdip PANESAR 31:27
John HAYES 18:50 Nona WYLD 32:17
Jim COTTOM 20:37 Bhavina PATEL 34:27
Awil DIRIR 21:58 Krishma PATEL 34:41
Elliott LINE 22:10 Reshma KHANOM 35:07
Terri Rose POWELL 22:58 Moira HUGHES 36:48
Kathryn MAPLE 24:29 Safa OSMAN 36:53
Cheryl ANDERSON 25:59 Sabrina MCINTOSH 37:21
Gerda DIEDERIKS 26:06 Nisar PARKAR 38:39
Shalinder MARWAHA 26:16 Emma KNIGHT 42:42
Louise WATT 26:49 Anne FELLOWS 43:25
Andrew CHILTON 28:01 Christine Deloris HARRIS 46:23
Elizabeth RAYATT 28:02 Rohama SATTAR 46:46
Patrick CONNELLY 28:19 Lorrel COLEMAN 46:47
Joe ECCLES 28:31 Catherine FLETCHER 48:16
Priya KAUR 29:19 Colin WOODALL 50:32
Cheryl GIBBONS 29:57 Gloria HAZLEWOOD 52:23
Levi BLACKWOOD 30:45 Maureen WOODALL 52:24


5,008 different runners 5,023 PBs recorded
30,771 runs completed 153,855 km of distance covered
1,026 individual volunteers 3,998 volunteer roles completed



Fastest Lady: Hannah OLDROYD 18:10 on 16 May 2015
New Fastest Man: Thomas BEASLEY 15:42 on 19 October 2019
Age Grade: Margaret KENCHINGTON 86.71% (21:27) on 28 May 2016
Attendance: 562 on 01 January 2019

If you are a regular tourist - make sure the event you're travelling to is taking place. A full list of cancellations is here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/cancellations/ Please remember that 5k parkruns in England and Wales start at 9:00am. In Scotland and Northern Ireland they start at 9:30am. For international parkruns, please check the local event page for confirmation of their start time.

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If you can't wait until Saturday for your next parkrun fix, there are a couple of podcasts that might interest you

  • With Me Now

Hosted by Danny Norman and Nicola Forewood (who formerly fronted the parkrun show) - https://withmenow.libsyn.com/

  • Free Weekly Timed

Hosted by Vassos Alexander (from the Chris Evans Breakfast Show) and Helen Williams - http://www.freeweeklytimed.com/


Event 241 (13th July 2019) I’d like P please

By Sue Martin 

Thanks to Tony Hayes for the photographs

During the summer we try and do some parkrun tourism – it’s so much easier to get up a bit earlier when it’s light!

Our usual parkrun tourism algorithm is: parking, letter of the alphabet and how many other people from our club have run there. This week we were planning on visiting Evesham parkrun for an E. I checked the website on Friday, and did the usual tourist things of putting the postcode into the Sat Nav and working out how long it would take to get there. I don’t know what made me check the website again on Saturday morning, but Evesham parkrun had been cancelled at short notice. Panic!!!!

Where else should we go?? We quickly decided on Perry Hall. We didn’t yet have a P in our parkrun alphabet and it is also our “nearest parkrun that we haven’t been to yet”. We weren’t disappointed!

I like to know a little bit about where I am visiting. There was no time for any research about Perry Hall due to our last minute change of plans. On the way there I was wondering whether there was an actual Perry Hall. Luckily we arrived in good time and I was able to read the information board – there had once been a Perry Hall, but sadly no more. The very grand looking building was demolished in the 1920’s and today only its moat remains.
getting ready

Boathouse Runner volunteers getting ready just before the event


After a short and informative briefing the run started promptly, which is always a positive. There were several tourists and the imaginary prize for the furthest travelled tourist went to the person who joined us from Warrington. The initial congestion thinned out very quickly giving us chance to see the lovely venue we were at, and thank all the friendly and encouraging marshals along the way who were some of the most enthusiastic we have met. We were certainly grateful for the marshals as the course was three laps, all of them different!


Runners everywhere at various points around the course - what a brilliant photo


We all love a few parkrun stats so here are a few from today’s run. This was parkrun number 241 and had 214 parkrunners. 5 people were running their first ever parkrun and a further 27 did their first Perry Hall parkrun. 33 clubs were represented. 53 people achieved a PB – bravo! Congratulations to them and also to anyone who got a result for their parkrun stopwatch bingo!

Most importantly there were 22 fantastic volunteers so a massive thanks to them as parkrun would not be possible without them. This week there was a volunteer takeover by The Boathouse Runners of Handsworth, who provided 20 volunteers – thank you to all of you! They were all wearing British Heart Foundation t-shirts and were promoting their 10k fun run on 15th September, from which all proceeds will go to the British Heart Foundation. Do please support this event if you can – full details can be found on www.handsworthpark10k.co.uk


Boathouse Runners all set to take over all the volunteer roles


This was Perry Hall parkrun number 241, which is a prime number and certainly a prime location. Not only that, but 241 is a “lucky prime” - there is a mathematical definition of what a “lucky prime number” is, but I can’t pretend to understand it, and certainly couldn’t explain it! So, despite the date being the 13th it was lucky for us to find ourselves at Perry Hall parkrun this week.

Thanks for a great parkrun - see you again soon!


Event 239 (29th June 2019). A local tourist’s view of Perry Hall parkrun!

This week's run report was kindly written by Cannon Hill regular Anna Smith. Thank you so much Anna - it's lovely to have a report written by a tourist to hear your thoughts on our event.

By Anna Smith 

(Many thanks to Annie Edwards for the photographs)

There are many lessons to learn from parkrun - the power of perseverance (keep up your weekly parkrun and your times will inevitably, inexorably, come down), the warmth of the running community (from the welcome claps and words of encouragement for first timers to the well-done's from the fast runners to those of us at the back), that runners are a tough bunch but that volunteers are the toughest of us all (it's one thing to run in the rain or the sweltering heat, and quite another to stand and volunteer in it while maintaining a cheery smile for all - thank you to all 21 volunteers this week). This week's lesson for me was that if you witness a nice moment during parkrun and suggest to the Run Director that it's included in the run report, you will find yourself writing said report! So, here it is, my first ever.


Volunteers waiting on the main bridge to cheer the runners and walkers through their first lap.

This was mine and my husband's second visit to Perry Hall, which followed on very quickly from our first visit the previous week. As regulars at Cannon Hill for the past three years, we loved the palpable sense of community we found here in Perry Hall Park. Yes, I'm sure this comes from the smaller scale (Cannon Hill regularly has upwards of 900 participants), but we both agreed that there was something else special here, a warmth and friendliness that came through from everyone, from the Run Director to the volunteers and fellow parkrunners. And then there is the beautiful park itself with three slightly different but perfectly signed loops, swans, geese, luscious trees, a flat course (if you know Cannon Hill you'll understand the joy of a flat finish!) and a pretty stretch of the river Tame. I'd encourage anyone to come along and experience it yourself.


Runners alongside the river Tame on a beautiful and sunny morning.

On Saturday 29 June, Perry Hall Park's 239th event, 185 runners, joggers and walkers were joined by one rather hot sun. Four runners had completed over 250 parkruns each and ten people chose to run their very first parkrun here. Congratulations to the 15 runners who got a PB, it was great to see these bests ranging from 19:56 to 58:38, a reminder of the fact that we are all running our own 'races'.


Some of the runners gathered before the start of another great parkrun event

So, back to that moment I witnessed that lead to me 'volunteering' to write this week's run report. Having just turned around the cones on lap two, I found myself catching up with two runners who seemed to be a little bit off course, bending down on the grass to the side of the bin. Did they both have cramps, had someone dropped something? No, they had stopped to pick up some litter scattered across the ground near one of the bins! They scooped up the last of it just as I arrived, chucked the final pieces in and were back on the path and underway. I have no idea if the chance of a PB was itself thrown away in the delay, but I felt really touched to see that. Perry Hall Park is a beautiful space that was being spoilt and they had left it a cleaner place for all.
As runners or walkers, parkrun is where we try to be better than the week before, but for me, this was a reminder to also try to be a better person than the week before too. I'd heard of plogging (picking up litter and jogging) previously, but this was the first time I'd ever seen it happen in the midst of a parkrun. Perhaps a new volunteer role? I'm in.

And finally, did you know that you nearly had a very long wait for this week's results? A bag mix up saw the Run Director spend the entire event with another parkrunner's bag on his back in place of the event's laptop backpack, the one responsible for providing your results so swiftly each week! Fortunately, the bag's owner realised the remaining black backpack left in the bag area wasn't his and happily didn't take it home - our results were saved for another week!


Run Director Andy looking relieved to have the correct bag back on his back!

There's always so much happening behind the scenes! If you want to find out more about some of the other things that go on behind the scenes, why not thinking about volunteering? Or, if you usually volunteer in a particular role, why not give one of the many others a try. Run report anyone? Email perryhallhelpers@parkrun.com

This week 185 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Rebecca INCE • Andrew WADSWORTH • Judy INCE • Brian BESSANT • Sally-Ann BYNOE • Anna SMITH • Lorna WITTER • Fiaz SETHI • Sarah GIBSON • Julie HADDOCK • Paul TUITE • Emma HAWKEY • Kerry CHALLONER • Paul COUGHLAN • David CUNNINGHAM • Satvinder DHANJAL • Annie MOSELEY • Maria OSBORN • Rahul VASHISHT • Paul HONER • Matthew WILCOX


Event 201 (13th October 2018). The privilege of 2 Run Reporters.

A huge thank you to two tourists who provided their experience of Perry Hall parkrun.

By Victoria McCrea


Storm Callum didn't stop 120 of us battling through to finish parkrun today - well done everyone.


It was my first time at Perry Hall and I'd like to say thank you to the volunteers and to everyone for making me feel so welcome. I always enjoy out and back laps as it's great to see everyone going round the course. The biggest dilemma today though was whether to jump over,go round or go through the puddles - which one did you do? To me Perry Hall is one of those parks I'd never have known unless it was for parkrun so I look forward to coming back soon and hopefully when the weather is warmer.



By Lauren Hevey

Event number 201 on the 13th of October, 2018

Today was a very windy and rainy but pleasant run – I think we avoided the worst of storm Callum

At Perry Hall today we still welcomed 120 participants!

In the number of participants, we welcomed 19 new runners (including me as a tourist!)

Just to say other new runners it isn't like that every week – sometimes the sun shines!

Also today there was 12 PBs

One of the new runners An TE was completely new too Perry Hall parkrun and also new to parkrun and he come 4th and had a good time of: 19:51!

Today we would like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteer as some weeks we struggle but thank you to the 21 volunteers who helped before, during or after the event and they are- Julie MORRIS, Helen JOHNSON, Neil JOHNSON, Roy GREAVES, Jason HOLT, Roger LEE, Kerry CHALLONER, Ruby CHALLONER, Paul TUITE, Rebecca INCE, David ALLEN, Chris KIRK, Joanne SPENCER, Helen JOHNSON, Rebecca INCE, Julie MORRIS, Sarah GIBSON, Angelina FARRUGGIA, Emma HAWKEY, Victoria MCCRE, Lauren HEVEY.

A special Thank You to those who helped clear the course meaning the event wasn't cancelled

4 stats from Perry Hall parkrun this week are:

In 13th position this week was: Unknown

In 19th position this week was: Lee J GREGORY
In 12th position this week was: Mark RICHARDS
In 21st position this week was: Ian RUSE

Random stats today are:

In 32nd position this week was: Richard STANTON
In 56th position this week was: Suresh PATEL
In 74th position this week was: Lauren Hevey (Me!)

In 103th position this week was: Amorelle CAMPBELL
In 119st position this week was: Nasreen KOLA

Today, first male was Rich BAYLISS with the time of 16:06. Well done- a PB for you at Perry Hall!
First woman today was Victoria MCCREA with the time of 18:07 minutes- Also well done to you as it was your first time at Perry Hall!
Well done to both of you!

Today we would like to praise:

10th (only under 18s): Rahul MANN

See you all next week!

By: Lauren HEVEY Aged 11 & ½ years (A Cannon Hill runner and a Cannon Hill Junior runner!)


Event 194 (25th August 2018) ‘Ducks, dogs and cows’

A big thank you to Spesh Maloney who provided our run report from the perspective of a tourist. We hope to see you back at Perry Hall parkrun again soon.

Terrible photo of me

A Spesh selfie.


It's a 45-minute schlep along 3 motorways to get to Perry Hall Park for me - such as I enjoy running new courses. There's definitely an autumn chill in the air, it's a little damp underfoot but the sun is shining brightly in this corner of the second city.


144 participants attended, including several tourists (the furthest travelling from Devon) and a barefoot runner to boot (pun intended). Barefoot man

Perry Hall parkrun's regular barefoot runner - whatever the weather.
There's also an impressive 'half-cowell' to celebrate - a runner on her 50th different event.joHalf Cowell

Jo Yarnell celebrated her 50th different parkrun event - starting with a warm up on the exercise equipment, then a big smile whilst Run Director Phil announces to all during the briefing.


There's a lot of ducks here too.

I was tempted to have a quick preliminary reccy of the course before kick-off this morning, as there looks to be a few nuances to the 3 different laps. But I decided to have faith that they've catered for us First Timers - and they have: it's not as complicated as looks and it makes perfect sense once you're out there. The short section along the river Tame was a highlight for me.
I came in as 14th finisher in a respectable 21:26. Even though each parkrun is obviously exactly the same distance, I've never understood why every new course feels about 2k longer (my splits were all over the shop!) There were a few exploring dogs to negotiate past, maybe that was why? The wind picked up a bit around the cricket pitch too.


pakrun finishers getting their breath back and supporting fellow finishers.


I'm yet to visit a parkrun that wasn't friendly and welcoming but, Perry Hall, I doff my hat. It's not large, as parkruns go, but well-manned with a fab team of volunteers and our Run Director, 'Big Phil', could not have done a better job - including applauding every each and every last finisher across the line. Kudos. A very quick turnaround with the results too. Cheers PHPR!

Phil Cheering

Run Director Phil cheering each and every runner and walker with great applause.

This week 144 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:



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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:10 on 16th May 2015 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 16:02 on 6th August 2016 (event number 92).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret KENCHINGTON who recorded 86.71% (21:27) on 28th May 2016 (event number 82).

Perry Hall parkrun started on 22nd November 2014. Since then 3,571 participants have completed 19,964 parkruns covering a total distance of 99,820 km, including 3,507 new Personal Bests.

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