Who remembers their first parkrun? The nervous excitement, the trepidation, the million and one thoughts going through your head - will it be full of really fast runners? will I be last? [you won't; there is always a Tail Walker whose job it is to come last] will anyone talk to me? am I allowed to walk? what do I do with my barcode? how on earth does the timing work?!
Today we welcomed three couch to 5k groups (#run4health.Shropshire, RunTogether Shrewsbury and Dolly Mixtures) to the world of parkrun and these were surely some of the thoughts going through the minds of our intrepid first-timers. You are all amazing for having completed your first parkrun - a fantastic accomplishment!
One of the couch to 5k groups #run4health.Shropshire is a joint venture between the NHS, local GPs, Public Health England, Shropshire Mind, Energize Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, University Centre Shrewsbury and Shrewsbury College. #run4health is headed up by Shropshire Shufflers Head Coach, Glenn Francke. As well as the couch to 5k group, #run4health is planning to deliver other courses and daytime running too.
One of the beauties of parkrun is that it doesn't matter what speed you go at - walk/jog/run/volunteer. Everyone is welcome. No-one is judging you; go at your own pace and enjoy it (and hopefully you found positive answers to the above questions and will return next week!).
Here's what participants of the #run4health.Shropshire group had to say:"My mental and physical health have improved since completing the programme" "Life-changing" "Running helps me manage my mental health" "Thank you for all your help and support. Will hopefully be back next week!" "Thank you to all the coaches for your help over the last 10 weeks and for the encouragement today" "It is great to see the positive impact this group has had on so many people"
Congratulations to the parkrunners who achieved their milestones this week:
|10 Club||50 Club||100 Club Volunteer 25 Club|
|Finn JONES||Alan RANFORD
|Dirk COMERFORD James POLLOCK
Richard DAVIES Mollie GRICE
A special mention goes to our junior parkrunners, Mollie Grice and James Pollock, for achieving their Volunteer Club milestones this weekend. Mollie and James are regulars at both Shrewsbury parkrun and Shrewsbury junior parkrun.
Congratulations and thank you!
Event number 284
23rd November 2019
This week 574 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 77 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:
Heather FRAS • Adrian COOPER • Kathryn WEAVER • Margaret CONNARTY • Eric PRIDDING • Sam ROWLANDS • Pete HOUGH • Jennie HESKETH • Iain DAY • Chris WOOD • Jessica WEAVER • Ben BANKS • Aiden PUGH • Thomas VAUGHAN • Bob TURNER • Alfred DEAN • Moyna RICHEY • Clare CHARLESWORTH-JONES • Mark GRICE • Debbie ARMSTRONG • Amanda CARTWRIGHT • Mollie GRICE • Roger ROWSELL • Amber HARVEY • Donald OSHEA • Emelia BOSS • Kate CUNNINGHAM • Cameron BEDDOWS • Ella STUBBS • Kelly ALEXANDER • Millie BURRELL • Riley BRYANT • Lesley HAYES • Freddy WELLS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found here: Shrewsbury parkrun Results Page
For information and support around mental health, please visit:
Thank you to Wendy Holm for the photographs
Report written by the Shrewsbury parkrun Core Team