On the weekend that Sir Mo won BBC Sports Personality of the Year, we should also celebrate our own local heroes. Whilst lots of other parkruns across the Midlands had to cancel because of the icy conditions, our fantastic team managed to clear away ice from the paths to make it safe enough to run. Frostmageddon was averted, and 530 of us managed to run, jog and walk our way around a chilly and slightly squelchy winter course.
Congratulations to you if you were one of 31 people who got a PB this week, and also if you celebrated a special milestone:
50: Adam TAYLOR, Brett BARFIELD, Matt BIRD, and special mentions for Dawn POUND (who has also volunteered over 100 times) and James GOLDBY (one of the Worcester parkrun founders, hitting 50 after 7 years of planning and volunteering).
100: Peter REEVES
200: Vonnie RALPHS (deserves a special whoop whoop for being here at parkrun #1 and battling through breast cancer and back to fitness)
Vonnie and Pals!
Junior 10: Oliver ELIOTT-WILLIAMS and Frankie REED
Next week will also be a special milestone week with Gerry RUDOLF celebrating his 250th parkrun, and Joyce Morrison hitting parkrun #300. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
Parkrunning with us today were the group from Worcester Bosch, who completed their Couch to 5K course back in September. You can’t have failed to notice their ‘Sumo-Santa’ meandering around the Woods? There was also a post-parkrun mince pie and mulled wine celebration, where a few of the group explained their motivation for coming along on a Saturday morning.
“I helped to set up a summer Couch to 5K at Worcester Bosch, and 40 of us graduated on the 16th September at parkrun. Today it’s three months on, and we decided to have a re-run celebration together at Christmas. Working at Worcester Bosch feels like being part of a big family.
There is a focus on health and wellbeing, and we wanted to try to encourage people to exercise more. The course has been a success; it has got people out and active, with some joining local clubs or getting out and running together. It’s even got me more active, and I’ve been coming far more regularly to parkrun!”
“I’m in my 60’s and have never really run before (at least not since school). Without encouragement I would not have run – I was too frightened! Now I have joined a local running group on a Monday night, and have been running every week. I love parkrun because it is fun and sociable – I still can’t believe it is free! It’s great that you get to meet people from everywhere, and while you are running on your own, you never feel alone.”
“I’m also in my 60’s and am hoping to keep it up and keep healthy as I get older. I love that we have encouraged each other in our group. I have a friend who says she can’t run, and maybe I could be a mentor for her, so I’d like to see her come along to parkrun. It makes me laugh a bit when people younger than me say they can’t run! It’s not about stamina, but about determination.”
Thanks for sharing your parkrun stories with us, it’s always great to be inspired by others. If you have something to share about your parkrun journey, please let us know!
As always, parkrun couldn’t happen without our fantastic volunteers. If you feel you could help in the next few weeks, please email . There is lots of space on the roster, especially over the holiday period. if you like to run too, there are lots of roles that you could do before, during or after – please get on touch.
See you next Saturday…bring on the festivities!