Wet windy Walsall Arboretum parkrun #418

Ok so it wasn’t ACTUALLY raining when the run started but the weather did change from forecast so the Woolley family arrived in wind and rain for our first visit to Walsall parkrun. (It was our plan B from last week and someone mentioned cake!)

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It was a bit of a shuffle to start with, with 555 runners but what a lovely course! We’re not generally keen on 3-Lappers but it’s an interesting route with lots of things to look at and friendly marshals along the way. A fairly simple flattish course with wildlife to spot and before we knew it we were lapped by the first lady Roanna (top on age grade too!) and we only had a lap to go.

Once through the well-organised finish funnel, we swiftly scanned and moved onto the cakes that were made in aid of children with cancer. Good luck in the marathon Lorraine!

First finisher today was Toby Oury in 16.37.

Congratulations to Eve Green who joined the 10 club today and Steven Cunningham and Barry Harrison who ran their 50th runs today. Pradeep Prabhu joined the 100 club too - and obviously encouraged his son to run for the first time with him!

Well done and welcome to the parkrun family the 24 first-timers who chose Walsall for their first ever parkrun. We hope you come back soon. An even bigger well done to the 18 who ran their 2nd parkrun - you’re obviously hooked!

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Finally a huge thank you to those lovely high-vis heroes who come out to make the event happen - come rain or shine. If you haven’t volunteered yet, please do - if you can clap and cheer you can volunteer! There are also plenty of roles you can do whilst still getting your parkrun fix in.

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Michael ELWELL Ursula ELWELL Harshad PATEL
Steve LAW Jane MURRAY Simon HUDSON
Bunny KYD Chris TUCKER Terence William ALLSOPP
Greg ANDERSON Linda CUNDLIFFE Rob ANDREWS
Phil SAWYER Robin DUNN Steve COLE
John MURRAY Lisa WILSON Lee SMIRTHWAITE
Holly SMIRTHWAITE Chloe GRANT Annette COWLEY
Anne MASON Rebecca STEELE Helen READ
Julian RODERICK Peter TAYLOR Samantha PARKER
Sarah WILLIAMS Christopher ROBERTS Anne TAYLOR
Mikaela EBANKS Eliza WILLIAMS Daren APPLEBY
Heather THOMPSON Richard THOMPSON Izaak GILBERT
Colin WATSON Alison WALTERS Millie ANDERSON
David DOLMAN Jenson DEAN Joanne DEAN
Ben STANLEY Ellie DARBY

Thank you Walsall Arboretum parkrun, we’ll be back in the Summer!

The Woolleys