Event 274 (24th July 2021). After a 70 week absence – we’re back!!


By Emma 

Event Director

After 70 Saturdays without, parkrun in England returned.

Behind the scenes so much work had gone into the return of parkrun. HQ provided the parkrun covid framework to which all events worldwide are to operate under until we are told we can go back to ‘normal’. It’s likely that parkrun is going to look like this for some time.

With the framework provided, the core team of Run Directors (Lorna, Phil, Julie, Craig, Sarah and Andy, and Event Director Emma) had met both virtually via Microsoft Teams and in the park last Saturday. Ideas were shared and we were ready to implement the changes for our event. We had some nervousness between us – would we get huge numbers, will people understand the changes we’ve needed to make and would everyone be as covid safe as possible, will a large crowd of people be able to social distance?


What was different and how did it work on the day?

Finish Funnel – This had been moved back by 20 to 30 meters so that we could maximise the space, have a very extended finish funnel and make use of a one way system – when runners finish, they would have a walk around in a big loop back to the barcode scanners. Feedback for this was hugely positive, parkrunners enjoyed the little cooldown walk, and opportunity for muscles to recover and to chat to other finishers as they walked around together.


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The finish funnel - looking from the finish line and from where tokens are received - very extended to allow for socially distanced queuing. 


The run briefing – This is shortened and is to only contain essential safety information. Notable additions to the script are ‘no spitting, no high fives’, information about how to collect your finish token, how to approach the barcode scanners and our new one way system. We are unable to welcome tourists, or shout out milestones etc. This is to keep the time that people are gathered to a minimum. If you want your milestone mentioning on our Facebook page email in to perryhall@parkrun.com with a photo and we will happily give you the recognition and celebration.

Finish tokens – In the briefing, we ask and show runners how to receive their finish token – with arm outstretched and palm upwards. The finish token volunteer is able to drop the token in the runners had without contact and distanced from each other.

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 Collecting the finish token - runner and volunteer a good distance apart.


Barcode scanners – Timekeeping and barcode scanning will all be done by volunteers using the parkrun app on their own phones. Both roles are super easy to do and much easier than using the old stopwatches and scanning devices. The timekeepers are able to stand at a distance from the runners crossing the line to keep them covid safe, and the barcode scanning was carefully set up. The scanners stood on the cone, and we had dimple cones where runners would queue – they would present the barcodes on their outstretched hand – all nicely distanced to keep both scanners and runners safe. To prevent large queues from building, we will have 1 scanner for every 50 runners.


 parkrunners respected social distancing to keep themselves apart from the volunteers and other runners


Seeding the start line – We requested that parkrunners seed themselves when lining up to start. Fast runners at the front, medium paced in the middle and slower runners and walkers towards the back. This suggestion seemed to work well and just prevents too much overtaking when there is a large density of people near the start.


Volunteers – where would we be without them? We had a small army of high viz heros today. Hand sanitiser was provided for them on arrival and instead of them helping themselves to the lanyards and high viz, these were handed to them to minimise the amount of people that handle each item.


 Just some of today's high viz heros


Did it all work on the day?

The simple answer is – absolutely. As a team we thought there may be some things that we would need to tweak and improve, but the event went like clockwork. With volunteers and runners, there were almost 200 people in total – from the moment everyone arrived to leaving at the end, all the measures were perfectly respected and social distancing happened throughout too. For anyone who is unsure of returning as they didn’t know how well the measures will work and if it will feel safe, I would say that it is worth coming along to parkrun. There were many people there today who were unsure about attending and being around so many people, but every one of them commented on how safe they felt.

So it’s a huge thumbs up to everyone – it was only going to work well if all those who attended played their part – and everybody did – we cannot thank you enough. Hope to see you all again next week or very soon.


This week 157 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Noel MURPHY • Cassandra Fay HUNTER • James MORRIS • Phil THOMPSON • Amy HARTNELL • John HAYES • Lorna WITTER • Sarah GIBSON • Rachel TELFER • Lianne MOSELEY • Emma HAWKEY • Denise TAYLOR • Dave ELLIS • Gemma BENNETT • Susan NUTTALL • Claire TAYLOR • Joanne PRICE • Emily NUTTALL • Sally NULTY • Steve SHURVINTON • Steven WENLOCK • Heidi GUEST • Rahema MAMODO



A year unlike any other – Saturday 28th November 2020 – Our 6th Anniversary.

By Emma

Event Director, Perry Hall parkrun

Perry Hall parkrun is 6 years old. We have a bit of a routine for our anniversaries normally involving the Friends of Perry Hall who serve us hot drinks and give us shelter if it's raining. We have cakes, cookies, flap jacks and anything else you all bring along each year and a generous amount of money is donated which goes to the Friends' chosen charity. Dave the park keeper is always keen to help and arrives super early to help put up gazebos and tables.


Cake anyone?

However, this year we obviously cannot be together. 37 Saturdays without our regular routine of meeting of friends, welcoming first timers and tourists, running, jogging, walking or volunteering. But don't worry, as soon as the time is right, parkrun UK WILL return.


Happy Perry Hall parkrun volunteers - even in the rain.

I bet you can all recall where you were for your final parkrun before this horrible virus brought so many things in life to a halt. I was timekeeper at Cleethorpes parkrun, we had a sense that it would be the final event due to the imminent lockdown, I thought we'd be away for 3 weeks of lockdown and then back to normal life, the huge absence shows how wrong I was.

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Cleethorpes parkrun 


We don't know how long it will be until the return of our wonderful parkrun events in the UK, but the way I look at it is that each Saturday without one is a Saturday closer to its return. With recent news that junior parkrun has the potential to start up early next year for 4 to 10-year olds, it’s the first step for parkrun UK and hopefully gives reassurance to everyone that our 5k’s will be back.

There are so many people from Perry Hall parkrun who pop into my head randomly, I wonder how you are, how your family are and hope you are coping in the best way you can at this time. If you have ever crossed paths with me more than twice at Perry Hall parkrun, it's almost guaranteed I remember you and you will have been in my thoughts at some point (even if I can't always put the right name to faces, I remember your faces).

Every parkrun has its own fabulous community. I am fortunate to have toured to many different events. Cleethorpes and Perry Hall are both 'home' for me, I have so many friends at both and really know the communities. Those friends spread across all ages, and once you strike up a conversation it just flows – I could talk for hours and hours about all things parkrun.


Perry Hall is obviously the closest to my heart, but I don't believe that any parkrun is better than another - every single event has its own wonderful, warm and welcoming community. When I tour, I offer to token sort or run report and without fail I go to the event’s chosen cafe afterwards. Thrown together with total strangers, but those parkrun tees and running kit brings a common theme and people are never lost for things to talk about - it's not about the run, it's the people we meet, the places it takes you and the buzz from parkfaff afterwards.

Staying connected with the parkrun world

parkrun has left a big gap in my life (even if I do admit that it has been a treat to have Saturday mornings with no alarm clock!) but there are various ways which I have stayed connected with parkrun things and here are a few things which some of you may already be engaged in or want to pick up:

parkrun quiz - Every Saturday morning there is the official parkrun quiz hosted by Vassos Alexander – available from the parkrun UK Facebook page or YouTube channel – 15 multi choice questions and lasts approximately 30 minutes.


‘free weekly timed’ podcast – the official parkrun podcast hosted by Vassos Alexander. Each week guests are interviewed and talk about their parkrun experiences. - http://www.freeweeklytimed.com/

with me now’ podcast hosted by Danny Norman and Nicola Forward – a light-hearted unofficial parkrun podcast guaranteed to bring a few laughs. In normal times they would also profile 2 different events they have attended on the Saturday – but for now it’s parkrun chit chat - https://withmenow.libsyn.com/

I would highly recommend listening from the first episode – it’s now up to episode 125. Here’s the one where Walsall Arboretum parkrun was profiled https://withmenow.libsyn.com/with-me-now-frerzer


Danny and Nicola - with me now podcast presenters


(not)parkrun – run your own 5km distance anywhere, any time of the week and log this on your profile. Your result will then appear in your home parkrun’s results table - https://www.parkrun.org.uk/perryhall/results/notparkrun/?date=2020-09-06

For more details - https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2020/06/10/notparkrun-is-here/

parkrun book – this book is a great read covering the history of parkrun and looking at just why we all love it so much

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parkrun book cover and contents

So for now we continue to live the simpler life which is required at this time.

A message to anyone who is worried to whether parkrun UK will return, it WILL be back. It's already back in five countries - Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Namibia and dependencies of the UK (Guernsey, Isle of Man, Falklands), thank you Elliott Line for this information!  So do not worry our event and UK parkrun will return as soon as we are able. We are still here for you all, we haven't gone anywhere and one day we'll be together again.

Stay safe

get through together

 For those who like some stats:

Perry Hall parkrun has had 273 events

Number of different parkrunners = 5,526

Total number of finishers = 34,137

Number of different volunteers = 639

Number of different clubs that have been represented = 581

Average finish time: 00:30:52

Female record: Hayley CARRUTHERS – 16:59 – Event 264 (1 Jan 2020)

Male record: Thomas BEASLEY – 15:42 – Event 254 (19 Oct 2019)

Age graded record: Hayley CARRUTHERS - 87.14% 16:59 – Event 264 (1 Jan 2020)

Number of PBs: 5,364


Event 267 (25th January 2020). A quick parkrun before The Running Show

Big thanks to Rebecca Jackson for providing our run report this week. Hope to see you again soon.

parkrun Tourism at Perry Hall

Leaving the house in the dark at 7am on a Saturday morning may not be many peoples idea of fun, but myself and Nic were excited for our road trip and more importantly, the prospect of a new parkrun! We decided to venture to Perry Hall en route to the National Running Show after doing a bit of research to find out which would be closest and also the most enjoyable!


Despite the cool, overcast conditions, the park looked pleasant and the gaggling of geese during the run brief added to the naturistic feel.  With a warm up and briefing done we gathered at the start line. 3,2,1 and we were off.  The “mainly flat” course did not disappoint and the varying 3 loops kept my mind occupied as I focused on keeping a steady pace, ignoring the drizzle and head wind.


One of the great things about lapped courses is the passing of other runners and walkers along the way; everyone is achieving the same 5km distance but may have completely different goals- whether it be aiming for a PB, clocking up some marathon training miles or just a social jaunt. It’s also great to see the marshals several times all doing their bit for the parkrun community. With my 3 loops done, I headed back over the bridge towards the finish and was pleased with my top 10 position! But my running wasn’t quite done; my friend Nic was still completing the course so I took this as an opportunity for a cool down and to support her on the way to the finish.


First finsher this week was Ollie Sheppard in a speedy 17:21, followed by Daniel Ullah and Ben Witman both coming in sub 18 minutes. For the ladies, I was first finisher, with Ceri Card and Kathleen Baker  2nd and 3rd finshers They have also gained themselves shiny new PB’s - Well done ladies! With the run done some park chit chat and obligatory tourism photos taken, we then set off to the NEC to see what the Running Show had in store.

Well done to all the 240 who took part in Saturday’s event and thanks to this week volunteers who made it happen: Dee ALLENSteven ALPERSBrian BESSANTDave ELLISSarah GIBSONRoy GREAVESEmma HAWKEYJohn HAYESCarl HITCHONJason HOLTHelen JOHNSONChristelle LE BRAYCraig MILESElizabeth MILLSMaria OSBORNFez OSMANSafa OSMANTousif SHARIFLatoya STEPHENSJonathan WEBBERMillie WENLOCKSteven WENLOCKLorna WITTER


Event 260 (7th December 2019) Farewell Wise Owl RD.

By Emma Hawkey (Event Director) and Andrew Wadsworth (Wise Owl, Run Director)

Today was another wonderful parkrun day, the conditions were perfect, but there was one job I needed to do which was tinged with some sadness - say farewell to Andy as he carried out his final Run Direct.What was special - it was only the second time ever that the whole of the core team were at the same event, but the first time we had a photo with all 6 of us too. Even though Sarah and Phil were unable to stay for the whole event, they popped along to see Andy, something they didn't want to miss.

20191210_201136The whole core team together; Julie, Phil, Andy, Lorna, Sarah and Emma.

Here are the words taken from those I said on Saturday from the bench;

This was Andy’s final Run Direct at Perry Hall. Being a Run Director does take up a little more time than just volunteering on a Saturday morning – which naturally means people come and go from the team as their circumstances change.

In April 2016 Andy was a Run Director for the first time. We had been looking for someone to join the team and I was delighted when Andy agreed – I call him the ‘wise owl’ of parkrun.

If I tell you he has completed 311 parkruns and toured to 99 different locations including in Germany and Russia and volunteered on 91 Saturdays – you can see why I gave him that label. He has a wealth of experience in both running, volunteering and seeing different events.


The park was looking particularly stunning with autumn colours

Andy stood on the bench 26 times as Run Director which equates to every week for 6 months. In total he has been on the core team for 3 and half years – he has served with reliability, integrity and wisdom, but he is an all-round great fella.

The runners at Perry Hall will miss Andy as a Run Director – we got a card signed a few weeks ago, and it was only fitting the female wise owl Lesley Pymm who was doing her 400th parkrun gave it to Andy.


Lesley tail walking on what was her 400th parkrun

When he told the Run Director team he was leaving, there was a lot of sadness, we will miss him lots. The core team put some money together to buy him some gifts which he can keep and remember his time by.

Being the great, considerate man he is, he has offered to help if we are stuck for a one off Saturday and need a Run Director, and we will still see him at Perry Hall running and volunteering too.

Andy – Thank you for everything.


Below are Andy's words from his final Run Direct;

Saturday 7th December was Perry Hall parkrun #260, and for me was a very significant occasion being the last time as a member of the core team that I acted as Run Director. Firstly I have to say thank you to all the runners who signed the card Lesley presented to me, and those who personally gave me their thanks and best wishes after the event. I also publicly have to say many thanks to the other core team members for the lovely gifts and generous words from the bench, I was very touched by the whole occasion, and it will live long in my memory.


Andy delivering his final runner's briefing from the bench

I first had the opportunity and privilege to volunteer as run director on the 16 April 2016, event #76, we had 81 runners that day, now getting over 150 is a regular occurrence. When I look back to that day and the results I can see many names I now consider as friends, people who have helped build this community into the special event and group it now is. Some items clearly have changed, we now have a route based on all weather paths, long gone are the challenges of running alongside the railway into the teeth of a gale though a waterlogged surface, knowing that a second lap awaited! The technology and signs we used may have changed, however what remains consistent and I believe is getting stronger is the supportive, welcoming and friendly community established here, of which everyone should be rightly proud.

So whilst I am stepping down from the core team, you will still see me as a runner or volunteer at Perry Hall. Once more I want to thank you for the support and assistance you have all been to me, I could not have done the role without the help of everyone, and would only ask you continue to provide this wonderful support to the core team as they lead Perry Hall parkrun into 2020 and beyond.

Thank you  


Event 259 (23rd November 2019) 5th Birthday Event.

Thank you to Molly who wrote our run report this week. She was a tourist from Market Harborough parkrun. Here's her experience of our 5th Birthday parkrun.

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On the 23rd November, rather than my usual Saturday routine of going to my local parkrun (Market Harborough) I traveled over 40 miles to Perry Hall parkrun. After booking a weekend break to go shopping and visit the German Market, it was an opportunity for some parkrun touristing. Turns out there are many parkruns to chose from in the Birmingham area. However, after some research, I chose Perry Hall. I can confirm it was the right choice!

Saturday was an earlier start than usual to ensure I got to New Street in time to catch the train to parkrun. When we arrived at Perry Hall Park, we were welcomed by the lovely, and very friendly parkrun volunteers. As it was Perry Hall parkruns fifth birthday, it was great to see the fantastic cakes that had been made. Plus it acted as a bit of motivation for the run; I wanted to make sure I finished in time to secure a piece!


During the first timers brief, I learnt that the course is 3 laps but slightly different laps. This was great as it mixed the course up a bit rather than running around the same features several times. The pre-run brief was fantastic and it was lovely to see the volunteers and the park keeper thanked for their hard work and giving up their time. I also learnt that there were several prizes based on set finish token positions.


Two of the Friends of Perry Hall volunteers and our two lovely park keepers.

It was then time to set off. The run is a lovely scenic course through Perry Hall Park. The course is pretty much flat, making it a fast option. With some out and back sections, there were numerous words of encouragement along the course, which was lovely to see. With the 3 laps all being slightly different, it meant this was the first time I had not been ‘lapped’ by the faster runners on a 3 lap course! Just under 31 minutes later, I had crossed the finish line and learnt I was only one position off a prize. The only time I wish I was a bit slower!


There was plenty of cake to go around, thanks to everyone who brought cakes, doughnuts and other treats.

The fifth birthday saw an amazing 161 parkrunners who crossed the finish line, 10 of which were first timers and 16 who achieved pbs - well done! There was also an incredible 25 volunteers who gave up some time in their Saturday morning, which without you the event wouldn’t have been able to take place - thank you! I really enjoyed my visit to Perry Hall parkrun and if I’m ever in Birmingham again on a Saturday, I will return. Out of all 23 events and 119 parkruns I have completed, this is by far one of the friendliest!

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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.
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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.

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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!

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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.


Event 189 (21st July 2018) Boldmere Bullets Take-Over

I think all of those in attendance on Saturday will agree, it was an extra special morning with the Boldmere Bullets volunteer take-over. Big thank you to Paul Hibbert for providing us with a fabulous run report this week.

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Paul Hibbert out on the course, and 3 generations of the same family came along to volunteer and run at Perry Hall too.


By Paul Hibbert


As a scorched earth awoke and lifted its head to see if the promising clouds overhead would deliver rain; a small orange team quietly, almost silently began their task: measuring, planting, checking. They moved here and there, across the dusty paths, heads down in concentration and deliberation. The onlooking birds cocked their heads, hopefully, desperately. Was this what they had waited for, was this an intervention, an incantation to a distant God? Were these markers being laid as an ancient ritual, a prayer for the precipitation so desperately needed in this parched, brown land?

No, it was the Boldmere Bullets laying out the parkrun course for their takeover! The Bullets provided all the volunteers this morning, together with a good number of runners.
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Just some of the army of volunteers the Boldmere Bullets provided us with!

As well as being colourful and making some noise, their presence was to promote their third annual 5k and 10k runs on 9th September in beautiful Sutton Park. This event raises money for the Bullets chosen charity, which this year is the amazing Acacia, who work with mothers, fathers and families affected by pre- and post- natal depression. Check them out at www.acacia.org.uk, they really do make an amazing difference to lives throughout Birmingham.



You can enter the Bullets race through this link; https://www.ole-jcracesolutions.co.uk/Boldmere-bullets-10k-5k-race-p/bb2018.htm. There’s a unique and newly designed medal for each finisher. Both the 5k and 10k routes have a mix of tarmac, trail and grass – and the 10k combines two distinct loops rather than being two laps of the same course. It’s a great event and we look forward to seeing lots of you there.



First home today was Ben Reeves, in a time of 17:59, a frustrating single second outside his PB. First woman across the line was Lorraine Beesley with 22:27, one of an astonishing 29 PBs set this morning.


Take a bow, the 29 proud owners of a new PB this morning:

Dominic Harvey, Hayley Price, Simbai Kafesu, Neha Magar, Annabel Wood, Morgan Price, Robyn Birdsell, Nitika Cole, Ren Magar, Lorraine Beesley, Jennifer Holman, Janelle Daniel, Rahul Mann, Ruth Nott, Paul Honer, Sarah Ashton, Matthew Manning, Marian White, Peter Donnelly, Anil Patel, Donald Nulty, Paul Coughlan, Jenny Drew, Mateen Parkar, Robert Thompson, Adam Benjamin, David Allen, Lisa Stevens, Pascaline Risbourg.


We had fifteen people running their very first parkruns today. 1st time 2

Denise Taylor had a large amount of new runners to Perry Hall for her First Timers Briefing.


We hope you had a fun time and will be heading back to Perry Hall or another parkrun again next week. Afraid we can’t promise cake and cowbells every week, just a warm welcome and a great atmosphere. Our virgin parkrunners today were:

Craig Plant, Vickrum Kang, Victoria Wolfindale, Gav Gill, Jude Miller, Lauren Richards, Davinder Pooni, Joel Rose, Johanna Nelson, Lorraine Armstrong, Emma Kallay, Sunny Kallay, Denise Greenaway, Aneeta Lal, Laura Wilkes.


In addition to the above, we had 22 first time tourists; among them was Simon Harrop, who travelled furthest to Perry Hall today. Simon has run at an amazing 148 different parkruns (assuming I counted correctly), running a total of over 300 times – was lovely to have you with us today.

Simon Harrop

Simon’s home run is Woodbank Park in Stockport, which itself is a lovely venue, starting and finishing on an athletics track, and taking in Woodbank and Vernon parks (you can’t see the join!). Just don’t think about the murderously steep hill they make you climb there. Twice!   As well as all the PBs and newcomers, we also had a milestone runner today, huge congratulations to Matthew Stephens on your 50th parkrun, 32 at Kingsbury, 18 at Perry Hall.


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Matthew looking rather happy with his mention in the briefing, and out on the course enjoying his 50th parkrun.



A brilliant morning, thanks to everyone who made it possible. Your volunteers today were:

Claire TAYLOR  •  Dee ALLEN  •  Denise TAYLOR  •  Diana BOATENG  •  Eleanor LANGSTON-JONES  •  Elizabeth HIBBERT  •  Emma HAWKEY  •  Janice MCCREARY  •  Janine ZABLOCKI  •  Jim COTTOM  •  Kathryn LUCAS  •  Kelly STOKES  •  Lisa WILSON  •  Lorna WITTER  •  Paul HIBBERT  •  Rob ANDREWS  •  Robert HENNEFER  •  Roger LEE  •  Sarah GIBSON  •  Sue BOWMAN  •  Tracy HUBURN-KING




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