5th October – Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

"We all know someone" who's been affected by Breast Cancer. So many of our wonderful friends and family have had it. 3 people in my family have all had the horrible diagnosis.

Catching it early helps you with the best outcome and recovery. So after being contacted by the Breast Cancer Unit at Worcester we have decided to go PINK for the parkrun on the 5th October. Grab a PINK shirt, shorts (rare), socks, headband, shoes, ribbons, hat, whatever you want...anything goes (so long as its decent).

Hope to see you at parkrun this week "in ya PINK", its just a bit of fun no fund raising we just want folks to know what to look for.

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Drizzle, mud and marshals! 27th July 2019

It was great to visit Worcester parkrun this weekend – I was meant to be here three weeks ago but a muscle spasm in my back put paid to any chance of running. Fortunately, it’s improving and I’ve since got a couple of what my friend and I term ‘therapeutic’ parkruns under my belt so I thought I’d do a spot of parkrun tourism as this weekend, once again, I was visiting friends in Worcester.

Most Saturday mornings, you’ll find me 100 miles further north in Derbyshire, running at Poolsbrook parkrun in Chesterfield. It’s now a country park but was formerly a colliery from 1875 to 1988. The 5km is a flat gravel path, ran anti-clockwise three times around a large lake. There’s some lovely wildlife, including great crested grebes, moorhens, coots and the resident heron! It took me a while to pluck up the courage to give parkrun a go – my barcodes gathered dust on my bedside table, but 26 parkruns in and I love it!

The thing about parkrun is it’s so inclusive and welcoming and it doesn’t matter if you run the 5km in sub-20 minutes or walk it in an hour, you’re still exercising and taking part and that’s the important bit. I do like to push myself but know that I don’t have to get a PB every week. The power of parkrun is truly amazing!

Earlier this year I tried Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun as friends I visit overlook the racecourse; on this occasion, I wanted to try Worcester Woods. I spent eleven great years in the city and like to visit whenever I can.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a fair-weather runner! Having heard the rain in the night, I feared the worst this morning! I decided though, that running in drizzle was preferable to a few days ago when it was 36 degrees plus! If I’m honest, the light rain was quite refreshing and human skin IS waterproof after all!

Before we had the first timers’ briefing (thanks to Dave), I got talking to Jen from Warrington. She was travelling to Cornwall, had left home this morning and purposely stopped off en-route for Worcester parkrun. That’s dedication! It was great to meet you Jen. Hope you enjoyed the parkrun and managed to dry off before re-commencing the drive south.

Around 220 parkrunners turn up at Poolsbrook each week, so today’s event with just short of 500 people was huge! I really did enjoy running the course. It’s a very interesting and pretty route on a mix of flat, up and downhill, field, trail and tarmac – I can’t imagine you’d ever get bored of it. As a parkrun tourist, I love not knowing what’s around the next corner on a course – the time seemed to go quickly too, which is always a good sign.

I must say a big thank you to the volunteers. Talk about a well-oiled machine! The marshals, especially, were brilliant – everyone was smiling, enthusiastic and encouraging. I think one lady’s hands must have been bright red and she didn’t seem to stop clapping! It really does make a difference for the runners. I’ve volunteered a few times and think it’s a great way to put something back. It’s also nice to see parkrun from another angle. A lot of work goes into it every week and without people volunteering, there wouldn’t be a parkrun so thank you all so much.

I’ve had a really good time at Worcester parkrun today. The course was great, the weather reasonably kind and runners and volunteers welcoming. I’d love to run it again so hope to come back soon. If you’re ever in Chesterfield or passing junction 29a of the M1 and fancy a spot of parkrun tourism, please come and say hello at Poolsbrook and try our course – it would be great to see you.

Rowan Roberts (A2471504)

 

The BPJ Takeover and Celebration of Worcester parkrun – 30th March 2019

We all love a good celebration at Worcester parkrun and there is always plenty to celebrate. Today was certainly no exception, we arrived as the mist had lifted and the sun was shining across thepaddock.

Signing in for volunteering was very busy due to the boost in volunteers from Black Pear Joggers. There was ample enthusiasm as the woods were lovely and dry and there were lots of pacers so this meant PB potential for some or just a nice dry run for a change for others.

The Run Director today was Pete Darwen from Black Pear Joggers. Pete is an avid parkrun tourist having notched up 66 different parkruns, but I am sure Pete will still tell you Worcester parkrun is the best!

As usual we had some parkrun milestones to celebrate, there were some big milestones including Rob Plumpton celebrating his 250th parkrun.

Despite the dry conditions, the park warden had requested we keep to the Winter course this week, so we all started at the bottom of the driveway. So, a hill start it was, the Winter course is like marmite for the regulars of Worcester parkrun, you either love it or you’re not too keen.

There were over 672 runners/walkers to come up the hill towards the woods, amongst them were the various pacers, there were also some new/returning runners who were satisfied with a single lap, to ease themselves in slowly. The fast runners shot off effortlessly up the hill and disappeared very quickly into the woods. At the rear was parkrun regular, octogenarian David Pearce who recently celebrated his 150th parkrun followed by tail walkers Jo Evans, who has only recently given birth to a beautiful baby girl called Poppy, accompanied by Shaun Paskin.

30th March up the hill we go.

30th March up the hill we go.

At the entry to the woods there was a warning sign about bluebells. The woods were lovely and dry but unfortunately, there was no sign of bluebells apart from the warning sign of course! The course was busy but soon thinned out on the down-hill stretch. The support along the way from marshals was as usual fantastic and there were plenty of greetings and chatter between runners.

Towards Badger’s Hill on the right a tinge of blue was spotted perhaps that’s those bluebells starting to make an appearance. Close to the top of Badger’s Hill we were greeted to plenty of birdsong, perhaps they were cheering the runners along with a little tune.

Great Pacing!!!

Great Pacing!!!

At the end of the second lap some of the pacers, including myself had to slow a little being slightly ahead of pace. The runners following the pacers sprinted into the finish at the rear of the café and what a lot of PB’s there were and many other got their best time for a few months! A special mention to Andy Gandon, with a PB of 20:35 on his 150th parkrun and an age grade of 80.73% and Paul Townsend, who got a PB on his 100th with an age grade of 63.18%!!

There was a buzzing atmosphere around the café afterwards with the runners, volunteers, family and friends soaking up the lovely morning sunshine. Roll on next parkrun day!

Ann Hewlett

Thanks Ann for that run report, its great to have new perspective on the parkrun, if you ever want to share your run story just let us know at wocester@parkrun.com

 

 

Havant parkrun, Oh Yes we Have #386 6/10/2018

The Coles visited us from Havant parkrun, and have kindly writen us a Run Report to share.

if you weren't aware Havant is a town in Hampshire of around 125,000 people, so slightly larger than Worcester at 100,800 folks. (ONS 2014).  Havant parkrun started 6th June 2012 and has around 220 runners most weeks and is also run at a Country park namely Staunton. There average run time is 30:11 so I think there must be some hills as ours is 28:59, anyway enough stats, here is the report of their visit.......

On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning.

However, the parkrun fairies were kind to us today and provided cooler conditions,so this was in the Orchard Cafe as it was raining, which provided the perfect opportunity to talk to others before we started. It certainly took awhile for us all to venture out for the runner’s briefing as temperatures had plummeted too. Now where did I put my gloves?

 

Perry Hall First Timer Views – 380th Worcester parkrun

Imogen Gunson visited our Worcester parkrun this week and kindly wrote us a great run report. Imogen is an experienced parkrun and after 2 years parkrunning has run 89 parkruns, her parkrun birthday is Saturday, 23 April 2016 and has run at 26 different parkrun events, and completed 43 volunteer roles, so really helping out from week to week. Thanks again and enjoy the read everyone.....

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The morning started with our first timer and tourist briefing by Carl it sounded a fairly straightforward course with the woods being clearly signposted so as not to get lost, and possibly more downhill than up - which is rare and slightly confusing for a course starting and ending in the same place. We then had the run directors welcome, with Emily highlighting a key point of encouragement for our range of participants and that parkrun welcomes all – it’s a timed run not a race (except against yourself maybe?!)

First lap started interestingly with the forewarned narrow patches so we could briefly queue in an orderly fashion before really being able to set off on the trail paths through the woods. Under cover of the trees with breaks of sunlight made for a comfortable and atmospheric running location. Working my around the course it’s certainly supported by local running groups in force with many team tops on show, all offering tips to teammates and others throughout, evidence that everyone can participate in parkrun whatever their experience stage is. Fellow runners offering support and camaraderie to each other all the way round is one of the reasons that makes parkrun great and reflects so well on events which have this!

As we pass over tree roots and woodland bridges I am reminiscent of Wolf Runs this being almost a flatter and obstacle free version, so definitely preferable on a Saturday morning that bodes to being warm. Whilst having this musing meeting a second timer was a lovely running companion for a while – to come on your first time is nerve racking, but to return is a bigger step into biting the parkrun bug, it also shows a warm event for someone to return which I can see the appeal of Worcester. I enjoy meeting new people, learning their stores and so chatting about starting with couch to 5k and then being able to run with family highlights to me the value and joy parkrun can facilitate, especially as you reach the lovely downhill pavement before turning the corner for a sprint finish across the field!

Worcester was a lovely addition to my regional tourism, and excellently organised particularly given the numbers of participants so thank you to the core team and volunteers for a wonderful morning.

In total 577 parkrunners walked, jogged or ran of whom 77 achieved new PBs so a massive well done all!

Milestones was achieved by 4 into the ’100 club’, 1 for the ’50 club’ – I’m sure they’ll be looking forward to proudly wearing their black and red shirts before long. There were also celebrations for one couple who will enjoy their pearl wedding anniversary next week, congratulations on an amazing landmark!

One of the difficult steps for many is coming to their first event so first timers are brilliant, but possibly a harder step is coming back and then having the drive to improve your time so second timers are great to meet and chat to!! Today we were joined by 24 first timers who hopefully enjoyed themselves so much they’ll return and maybe even catch the tourist bug, as I was one of 24 tourists venturing away from home seeing the regions delights.

Final note has to be a thank you to the hi-vis heroes of which we had 42 volunteers today, we really couldn’t enjoy our run without you!

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