Run Report 11th September – Run No 373

Great conditions for a Parkrun today. The volunteers as ever were tremendous and the event ran very smoothly.

Volunteers are always required so please help out when you can!

Until next time!

Wolverhampton parkrun
Event number 373
11th September 2021
This week 279 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Mark BARRELL • Gillian NEALE • Dominic KEMP • Vince WALLACE • Harry CRESSWELL • Anthony BRYAN • Philip EVANS • Carolyn BRYAN • Fiona RENDELL • Jason JETTEN • Clare DENNER • Victoria WALTON • Mary TURNER • Maggie BREWIN • Elizabeth BEARDSMORE • Kevin JEAVONS • Tracy CRESSWELL • John GOUGH • Kate DENNER • Sharon WRIGHT • Sharon ELSON • Phillip ROWLEY

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

Best Regards, Phil
(On behalf of the Wolverhampton Parkrun team)


Run Report 4th September 2021 – Event No. 372

Thanks very much to Christine Rowley, who has again written a run report for us, as well as doing our First Timers’ briefing and canvassing more support as Volunteer Co-ordinator. Three roles in one! Thanks also to everyone who offered to volunteer in future weeks.

“It was overcast but quite warm for this morning’s run. Those of you who walked across the park will have seen how splendid the flowerbeds look, the Council’s gardening team doing an excellent job as always.
As I was Volunteer Co-ordinator, I thought I’d focus on the volunteers today. Had a chat with 18 of them and found out that between us we had volunteered on at least 344 occasions, that’s getting on for 20 each. Some people prefer volunteering to running, others volunteer when injured or for other health-related reasons. This week a special mention is due to Veronika Foster who was combining marshalling with being 36 weeks pregnant!
The majority of volunteers however are runners who have given up their own run to make a contribution, often responding to a late email when there are gaps in the rota. What a difference it would make to the core team’s job if everyone who ran volunteered even just once or twice a year.
As the runners streamed in, clipboard at the ready I sallied forth to seek out more volunteers. Some runners looked straight through me, others just gave a shake of the head or muttered something inaudible. One woman, when asked if she would like to volunteer, replied “No,” abruptly, while glaring at me as if I had suggested something quite inappropriate and possibly immoral!
Several people told me that they couldn’t volunteer as they came from Telford. For a while, I thought that maybe this had become an all-purpose excuse whose arrival I had missed; the modern equivalent of “the cheque’s in the post”. However, it transpired that the Telford run had been cancelled, the route being blocked due to heavy rains. This was quite ironic as several of our regular runners had gone off to get Pretty Muddy in Birmingham. They probably had to import the mud there.
One man said that he couldn’t volunteer as he ran marathons. I wasn’t entirely sure how the one precluded the other. To be fair, he did begin a complicated explanation but I had to excuse myself to gather more names...
But in the end, it was very heartening that a good number of people came forward for the next few weeks. Being a glass half-full sort of person, I am sure that all those who promised to volunteer when they had checked their diaries will also be in touch…. And finally, if you have never volunteered and have racked up a fair few runs, why not consider giving it a shot? “

Congratulations to Laurence Shakespeare, Steve Warrilow and Kevin Hever, who all ran their 50th parkruns today!!

This week 339 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers: Jonathan HARPER • Anna BARRELL • Nerys JONES • Tim RICHARDSON • James ELSBY • Bruno MUSTONE • Philip EVANS • Martin NELLANY • Veronika ULICNA • Philip EVANS • David SMITH • Bertie SWIFT • Tony TAVERNOR • Peter YEUNG • Victoria SMITH • Sandeep RANDHAWA • Christine ROWLEY • Joshua SMITH • Darren QUINN • Sharon WRIGHT • Sondesh KUMAR • Zoe SMITH • Sharon ELSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wolverhampton parkrun Results Page.


Run Report 28 August 2021 – Event No 371

Thanks so much to Christine Rowley for today’s run report and also for barcode scanning and doing the first timers briefing.

”It was a lovely sunny morning for the Bank Holiday parkrun. West Park was gearing up around the big top for the 9.30 start of  Kidsfest - part of Wolverhampton’s  Relight Festival. However around the bandstand there was plenty of room for maintaining social distancing.
I had the pleasure of doing the First Timers’ briefing. Oddly, few attendees at the briefing were willing  to say where they came from - but we did have two runners from London, one from Cambridge and one from Telford.  One man said that, as he was from Poland, he had come the furthest. Had to disallow this claim as he does actually live in the UK. Nice try!
It was also my second time for barcode scanning. I was nervous about this the first time but I am now satisfied that it is virtually impossible to accidentally delete runners’  times!  It  is very easy - so do give it a go. It’s really quite fun and you get to put names to some familiar faces - or, if you like to peruse the results regularly- match faces to some familiar names. Our visitor from Cambridge, incidentally,  was well pleased with his PB. Finally, I asked one of the parkrun newcomers if he had enjoyed it. He thought that enjoyment was possibly too strong a word but promised that he would definitely come again…”

Congratulations to our runners today who achieved their milestones:

Hazel Flatley and Gareth Law both chalked up 50 runs.
And also to Jessica Yang who reached the 10 run milestone in the junior category.
Your Milestone T-shirts will be available soon.

This week 293 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Giovanna COOPER • Marion WILSON • Clive JUKES • Dolly HEVER • Paul James HAMMOND • Nerys JONES • Amy LEAVER • Denise DUKES • Hayley JARVIS • Martin NELLANY • David SMITH • Chris BAINES • Samantha PARKER • Maggie BREWIN • Tony TAVERNOR • Becky JOHNSON • Tracy CRESSWELL • Alastair MAIN • Christine ROWLEY • Kimberley SWANN • Sharon WRIGHT • 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 Penelope Jane BARBER who recorded 90.62% (20:15) on 17th December 2016 (event number 198).
Wolverhampton parkrun started on 2nd February 2013. Since then 11,385 participants have completed 91,728 parkruns covering a total distance of 458,640 km, including 16,902 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,204 individuals have volunteered 6,893 times.


New Years Day parkrun

We are happy to announce a special New Years Day event at Wolverhampton parkrun. We will start at 10am.
Looking for happy volunteers to help out, useful if you've been celebrating the night before !


New Years Day Wolverhampton parkrun

We are happy to announce an extra special run on NYD, to allow for a lie-in, we will be starting the event at 10am. We will not be running on Christmas Day.

We will need 23 volunteers so if you or a family member or friend would like to help out please let us us know as soon as possible.Email at:


Christmas & New Years Day Events

Hello all, hope you are all well. We have had a number of emails in regards Christmas and New Years day runs. The core volunteers have decided to not hold events on these days. We will carry on as normal for all the foreseeable Saturdays. So please keep on volunteering. Have a fantastic and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Wolves parkrun x


Cancellation on 12th July: advance notice

Advance notice...... there will be no parkrun on Saturday 12th July because of the City Show.

We will announce it at parkrun beforehand but it might be worth making a note in your diaries now so that you can plan your trip to one of our neighbouring parkruns on that date.

Why not have a go at Walsall, Telford or one of our other nearby runs? Being a 'parkrun tourist' is a great way to make new friends!


50 tee shirts!

Our first '50' tee shirts were handed out yesterday, at the start of our 55th parkrun, to two of our regular attendees - Jason Richards and Malcolm Sutton. Well done Jason and Malcolm!

We can look forward to handing out more '50' tee shirts over the next few months, with quite a few of our runners already in the 30's and 40's.

Keep on running!


Wolves parkrun no. 21 on 28/06/13…Mystery starter.

To celebrate Wolves parkrun number know key of the door and all that.. we will have a mystery starter. A former world champion with a wealth of running knowledge. Stay around for a chat after. We might even bring a teapot.

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