Run Report – 23 October 2021

Thanks to Chris Baines for this week’s run report:
The first real signs of autumn this weekend, with the Japanese maples and liquidambar trees in West Park beginning to show brilliant golden and crimson leaf colour. The flower beds in the great circle are still looking terrific, but probably not for too much longer. The large flock of Canada Geese is grazing closer to the start-point by the bandstand every week as the grass growth slows down.
More than 250 runners and walkers turned up, supported by a strong band of 24 volunteers, including a number of very welcome new recruits. The “quiet please!” signs seemed to make a real difference to the level of chat during the welcome announcements – so much so that one yapping dog was the noisiest runner.
Running conditions were really good. It was dry underfoot, quite cool, but with no wind, and the atmosphere was as cheery as always. The fastest runner was Steve Forsyth of Prestatyn RC – a frequent Wolverhampton participant who rang the bell for a personal best at 16.18, and there were another 43 PBs. Three of the younger runners were particularly impressive – Jonty Hamilton finished in 7th place, Harry Dornan in 19th place and Phoebe Young in 21st place. Congratulations!
 

Run Report – 9th October 2021

Yesterday reminded me how much I love parkrun!!

It was a warm, dry morning and West Park looked beautiful as ever, apart that is from the historic bandstand which is undergoing some much-needed renovation work.

Ten of my immediate family members were there, including four grandchildren looking forward to their ride around the park. There was the usual buzz of anticipation at the start, and smiles of relief and pleasure, some etched with a little pain, at the end!

We had a full volunteer rota; they were a great bunch and all seemed to enjoy themselves. We were especially lucky to have medical expertise amongst our tail walkers for the minor (we hope!) injury sustained by one of our runners – thanks Jaye!

And, to cap it all, results processing was very straightforward using the new phone app. This has proved to be a big improvement, and is so easy to use – even I can manage it!

So, thank you all for running, walking or run/walking; and thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers, especially some of our regulars; Sharon and Clare on Timekeeping, Maggie on Scanning, and Sharon on Number Checking, who have given us such great support since the restart. You’re all stars!

This week 284 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

David NORMAN • Harry CRESSWELL • Tim RICHARDSON • Jeff JONES • Jaye RYAN • Karen RIDD • Clare DENNER • Andy JARVIS • Hayley DILLOWAY • David SMITH • Sujan SHARMA • Maggie BREWIN • Laurence GILKS • Bertie SWIFT • Becky JOHNSON • Monika AMOR-WILKES • Hazel FLATLEY • Sharon WRIGHT • Myfanwy TERRY • Satwant KAUR • Trevor FLETCHER • Sharon ELSON

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

 

Run report – 2nd October 2021- Event No 376

Thanks again to Christine Rowley for todays run report:

17 YEARS OF PARKRUN

On Saturday 2 October 2004, 13 runners and 5 volunteers took part in a free, timed 5k run in Bushy Park, London, known then as the Bushy Park Time Trial. Today, exactly 17 years later, 256 participants and 17 volunteers assembled in West Park on an overcast and somewhat chilly morning to take part in our 376th event. Luckily, the rain held off long enough for everyone to get home and dry! Alex Duce led the way in his first parkrun, Lucie Tait- Harris took second place in her 95th.

In interviews this week parkrun founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, emphasised the role of volunteers. He commented that, at the beginning, it was all about how few volunteers would be needed for an event to take place. However, over the years it has become clear that volunteering is about much more than event logistics - and itself has a significant role to play in people’s health and well-being. Amazingly almost 60,000 of registered volunteers have never completed a parkrun. So if you know somebody who is not quite sure if they want to have a go - why not encourage them to come along as a volunteer. That way they can see what it’s all about. If they decide that they don’t want to run or walk, they will always be welcome as one of those (almost) 60,000 very necessary members of the parkrun community

Phil and the Gang

Not having a place in the London Wheelchair Marathon, Midlands runner and volunteer Philip Buckley decided that Wolverhampton parkrun was the next best thing. Quite right too! He and his mates took Wolverhampton by storm with a splendid wheelchair run finishing in 41.34 minutes.
I hope that they all enjoyed their well-deserved breakfast at the Newbridge afterwards.

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100 and counting..
No shout outs for milestone runs at the moment but Elizabeth Beardsmore and her 100 balloon made sure that she wasn’t missed out on her special occasion. She also has 17 volunteer credits and now she’s achieved this milestone, plans to get her 25 volunteer T shirt this year as well. Congratulations on both counts
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Congratulations also to Karen James who reached her 50th milestone today. No balloon, Karen so I didn’t spot you but if you have a pic- please post it

This week 256 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Dolly HEVER • David HENDY • Anne-Marie POWELL • Tina SMITH • Vicky MILLWARD • Martin NELLANY • Chris BAINES • Mary TURNER • Maggie BREWIN • John GOUGH • Richard SHEPPARD • Joy LEWIS • Christine ROWLEY • Sharon WRIGHT • Martine RANDLE • Grace HENDY • Sharon ELSON

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

The male record is held by Phil NICHOLLS who recorded a time of 14:42 on 8th June 2013 (event number 18).
The female record is held by Hayley CARRUTHERS who recorded a time of 16:32 on 1st December 2018 (event number 297).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fred JONES who recorded 91.07% (16:48) on 4th September 2021 (event number 372).

Wolverhampton parkrun started on 2nd February 2013. Since then 11,538 participants have completed 93,180 parkruns covering a total distance of 465,900 km, including 17,133 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,219 individuals have volunteered 6,999 times.

 

Run Report 25th September – Run No 375

Another lovely late September morning saw slightly fewer runners and walkers than usual join us at Wolverhampton parkrun on 25 September.

Following our technical glitch with one of the scanning devices, the results have now been updated as best we can. Please have a look at the Wolverhampton parkrun results page and email us at wolverhampton@parkrun.com if your name is missing.

Congratulations to the newest members of the 10 club - Tanvi RANDHAWA, the 50 club – Lara LANGSTON and the 100 club - Jeff OAKLEY, Rose EDWARDS and Tom SLAWINSKI. Also thank you to Steve RAYNER who has now reached the milestone of 25 volunteering credits!

Looking ahead, good luck to a number of our regular parkrunners who are taking part in the London marathon next weekend!

This week 260 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

David NORMAN • Lisa EARDLY • Steve RAYNER • Clive JUKES • Leny HALL • Nerys JONES • Vicky MILLWARD • Martin NELLANY • Chris BAINES • Maggie BREWIN • Kevin JEAVONS • John GOUGH • Richard SHEPPARD • Joanne FIELD • Sandeep RANDHAWA • Louise CLARKE • Emily WOODBERRY • Isobel CLARKE • Sharon WRIGHT • Sharon ELSON • E GRACE • Phillip ROWLEY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wolverhampton parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Phil NICHOLLS who recorded a time of 14:42 on 8th June 2013 (event number 18).
The female record is held by Hayley CARRUTHERS who recorded a time of 16:32 on 1st December 2018 (event number 297).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fred JONES who recorded 91.07% (16:48) on 4th September 2021 (event number 372).

Wolverhampton parkrun started on 2nd February 2013. Since then 11,517 participants have completed 92,924 parkruns covering a total distance of 464,620 km, including 17,090 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,219 individuals have volunteered 6,982 times.

 

Run Report 18th September 2021 – Event 374

A massive thank you to our volunteers on Saturday, including the wonderful Mildred, pictured here.

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And congratulations to our milestone runners this week:

Val McIntosh (100)
Victoria Smith (50)
Kate Harvey (50)
Gareth Briggs (50)

Wear your milestone shirts with pride!

Wolverhampton parkrun
Event number 374
18th September 2021

This week 318 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Dominic KEMP • Ben MESCAM • Helen KELLY • Tim RICHARDSON • Amy LEAVER • Luke CARPENTER • Alan JONES • Vicky MILLWARD • Jenny OSBORNE • Clare DENNER • Tim LLOYD • Mark CHARLTON • Maggie BREWIN • Andrew OSBORNE • Rachael LEO • Robert LEE • Martyn PITT • Vedder OSBORNE • Sharon WRIGHT • Trevor FLETCHER • Sharon ELSON • Rebecca WALLACE

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

The male record is held by Phil NICHOLLS who recorded a time of 14:42 on 8th June 2013 (event number 18).
The female record is held by Hayley CARRUTHERS who recorded a time of 16:32 on 1st December 2018 (event number 297).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fred JONES who recorded 91.07% (16:48) on 4th September 2021 (event number 372).

Wolverhampton parkrun started on 2nd February 2013. Since then 11,494 participants have completed 92,664 parkruns covering a total distance of 463,320 km, including 17,056 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,217 individuals have volunteered 6,960 times.

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