Good Times….Worcester parkrun 2nd March 2013

Some runners like the solitude of the road, some love the company of fellow runners, and some are born to enthuse and encourage anyone they meet with their natural charm and love of running. So it was good and bad news we had to share about a couple of the later variety at the start of our 89th parkrun.

Eddie Freemantle was back to volunteer on the eponymous "Eddies Corner" after his knee operation or as Trevor calls it "Tennis Elbow". He had planned to sit through his first run back but was soon up to cheer us and "encourage" us for our reluctant 2nd lap or our push onto the finish.

The sad news was for local running legend Stuart Wild who passed away during the week. Although Stuart was a fan of longer distance and we hadn't seen him down parkrun, many of the people who come to parkrun had been encouraged by him at his club the Black Pear Joggers. Our thoughts are with all those who knew Stuart and his family. After a round of applause for Stuart, aptly at the start line, we got this weeks parkrun underway.

The paddock was in "perfect" condition this week as we'd had no rain at all and everyone flew out of start, around and out to meet Eddie on his corner. There were some very quick runners in the field this week, and the first man home was Henry Dodwell visiting from London, in a fast time of 16:48. The first female home was Svenja Abel also up from London.

So the tourists grabbed the honours this week. That said parkrun isn't about where you come in the field its all about how you do against your own targets. All PB's are precious (Gollum impression) and take huge effort, as are age grading, even more so if like me your starting to get on a bit and PB's are far in the past.

So we were so pleased to see so many PB's this week 60 in fact 42.5% of the field,(thanks calculator) and I promise the results we're spot on. We know this as we had to deny Vonnie (my wife) a PB by 2 seconds and I would have paid good money for a PB for her, especially after I told her she had one, eek.

The volume of PB's may have been down to the 30 minute "pacing" of Trevor Clak who's hat could be heard jingling around the woods. He bought the 30 minute group home in 27:49. Thanks for giving up your run this week to help others Trevor. In his defence the woods isn't great for pacing off GPS as it can lose about 10% when its out of range so he was well within 10% deviation.

Here is the "Hall of Fame" for this week, I've just put the PB's of those who have run 10+ parkruns as there were so many PB's this week. Congratulations if your on the "To Cool for School Wall" no particular order....
David BROOKES 32:20
Nigel DEXTER 22:27
Paul DAVIES 22:33
Darren FULCHER 22:34
Ross ROBINSON 29:37
Dave MATTHEWS 22:51
Greg NEAL 23:35
Rebecca JONES 35:53
Andrea HARDING 36:26
Adam WINWOOD 24:19
Charles Anthony SCOTT 28:30
John POWELL 25:21
Gerry RUDOLF 25:25
Zach BUTCHER 26:54

Great turn out of volunteers this week, thanks for making our job so much easier and being there for your fellow runners. I know I go on a bit about volunteering but it is good fun every now and then. Email us ( or facebook message us when you want to volunteer, and we will add you to the roster.

Thanks to all the following who gave up their time....
Allister BURD • Andrew BROWN • Anne RALPHS • Carole RUDOLF • Chris GARRATT • Daisy HARDING • David HOSKING • Declan BURD • Ed FREEMANTLE • Harvey JONES • James GOLDBY • Jeremy WINWOOD • Kevin O'MALLEY • Lorraine WESTCOTT • Madeleine PAUL • Margaret WILKES • Michael CONNOR • Richard RALPHS • Trevor CLARK • Trevor VALE

One final thing to say, its great to be part of the Worcester running community. I can't run at the moment but I still love coming to parkrun. It's especially great to see, when your life does a big handbrake turn, as it has for many BPJ's this week. We hopefully can turn up to a parkrun, and see your friends and fellow runners.

Thanks all for another great week at parkrun, may the mud be dry and your running week full of bounding miles!


Here are all the statistics from parkrun HQ.


Worcester parkrun, Event number 89 - 2nd March 2013

Men's placings:
Henry DODWELL (SM35-39) of Highgate Harriers, was first over the line in 16:48 - third time in 3 appearances.
Tom STOCK (JM15-19) of Worcester AC, was second over the line in 17:52 - Was first to finish once before.
Mark HILL (VM50-54) of Worcester AC, was third over the line in 18:02.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 3024 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 2871 pts.
Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 2752 pts.

Women's placings:
Svenja ABEL (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (5th overall) over the line in 18:53 - first appearance.
Emma ROBERTSON (SW20-24) of Lewes AC, was second (10th overall) over the line in 20:36 - Was first to finish once before.
Karen MATTHEWS (VW35-39) of Worcester AC, was third (29th overall) over the line in 22:39.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 3251 pts.
Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2929 pts.
Ann GRAY (Unattached) 2602 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mark HILL (VM50-54) was graded 81.79 % for the time 18:02 (third overall).
Henry DODWELL (SM35-39) was graded 79.46 % for the time 16:48 (first overall).
Svenja ABEL (SW25-29) was graded 78.38 % for the time 18:53 (5th overall).

This week there were 141 runners, of whom 8 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.

Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,760 different runners, including participants from 158 athletics clubs, have completed 9,027 runs covering a total distance of 45,135 km, and there have been 2,208 new Personal Bests.

The Women's course record is held by Alison LAVENDER who ran in a time of 18:13 on 1st September 2012 (event number 63).
The Men's course record is held by Anthony WHITEMAN who ran in a time of 14:52 on 31st March 2012 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anthony WHITEMAN who recorded a 91.82 % run (14:52) on 31st March 2012 (event number 42).

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