A little bit quieter at the ‘original’ Worcester parkrun this Saturday, as we say hello and welcome to the new Worcester Pitchcroft, which started today. How great that Worcester now has two parkruns, and double the opportunity for Worcester folks to keep active on a Saturday morning. And with over 800 people attending, it certainly looks as if the opportunity is being taken up!
The mud was a bit sticky in the woods this morning, but nothing too serious, and the bit of a breeze didn’t seem to deter. At the finish line there was lots of excitement about possible PB’s, so well done if you were one of the 87 who achieved that. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who made it happen, and well done too to our marvellous milestoners this week, with 50 parkruns for:
Plus, a big whoop for Christopher Barker, who completed his 100th parkrun today.
A quick reminder about next week, if you didn’t catch David’s announcement today. It’s Worcester parkrun’s 6th anniversary, so if you are planning on coming along, the big theme is ‘naked beach party’. Before you get too excited, here’s what that means:
Naked: come and run without your watch or any other sort of timing device. You can predict your time and send it in beforehand to email@example.com, or write your time at the desk on the day. Closest to their actual time may win a prize!
Beach party: Dig out that tasteful Hawaiian shirt that has been lurking at the bottom of your wardrobe and wear it with pride at parkrun next Saturday, or any costume that helps make us feel like it’s a day at the beach. We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
Time to celebrate one of our fantastic volunteers now, and find out what being a part of parkrun means to them.
Meet Emily Seyler, who you will definitely have seen as a tailrunner, or as a cheerful face willing you on at the top of Badger Hill. Parkrun wouldn’t be the same without her and her family, so let’s hear a bit about her.
To date, how many parkruns have you done?
83 runs, 108 times volunteering
That is a lot of volunteering! What's your favourite volunteering job, and what's so special for you about it?
I've only ever been a marshal and a tail runner, but love them both as I get to see everyone - either grimacing at the top of the hill, or lapping me round the woods!
You clearly enjoy coming along – what is it that you love about parkrun?
I love the community. It's great to come each week as a family and see the children go and play with friends they've met in the past few years. And of course the cake. Who doesn't love the cake?!
What is your best or funniest moment so far?
Funniest for me was a tail running day when I was looking after a friend's dog. We made it into the woods a bit and then he had other ideas and stopped in his tracks. I couldn't turn back as I was tail runner, so had to pick him up and carry him, which amused those who saw me doing it. Thankfully he started running again once we were over Plumpton Bridge, my arms wouldn't have managed any further!
Best moment so far was getting the 750th token on Christmas Eve!
Could you explain what is it like to be a tailrunner?
I'd encourage anyone who hasn't been tail runner before to give it a go as it's a fantastic volunteer role. Any ideas of racing, pacing, and a pb go out the window, and it becomes about getting round and helping others to do the same.
First a steady start round the paddock, a stop for a hug from Eddie before you go into the woods, and then see who you're going to run with. It changes from week to week, as we get new runners, children trying it for the first time, visitors, injured runners who just want an easy week... keeps it interesting!
I always hope to get to Plumpton Bridge before we get lapped, but once the first runners start coming, we get lots of encouragement from everyone who passes us. I'm getting good at recognising people from the back as they fly by and the shouts of well done, good morning, and hello are most welcome.
Another hug from Eddie before starting the second lap, and then you get the peace of the woods on lap 2. That's always fun with children as they have space to jump in puddles, stomp on bridges to wake up the trolls, hit the tape hanging from the trees.... and finally we get to see the lovely timers and funnel managers who clap us in. It's always great to see people at the finish line!
I’m guessing you could persuade anyone to do parkun! What would you say to someone to encourage them to give it a go?
I tend to say they won't be last as that's my job and to come along and have a go. There is no 'too slow'. One of the things I remember most when Ryan (my son) was trying to get round 2 laps for the first time, and a volunteer saying to me that he didn't care if it took 4 hours, he'd be there at the finish line cheering him in and he'd make sure everyone else was too. That meant a lot.
So if you could persuade one person to do it who would it be?
I'd love all of those people who say to me “oh, I'd like to do parkrun,” or “I keep meaning to do that!” to actually come along and see what it's like.
And finally, your perspective on this parkrun (this was 2 weeks ago, as Emily has been away)
It was so muggy in the woods this week. I was dog sitting (again) and it was his first parkrun, he was rather excited and determined to pull me the whole way round. It was great to run with Leanne as she's been too fast for me for ages now!! So all in all a good run, and I'm looking forward to next week.
Thanks Emily – a great interview, and thanks for encouraging us all as we head around the course.
Don’t forget, volunteers are needed every week, you are guaranteed to enjoy giving a little back, and there are lots of different rôles that can be done, even some that allow you to run too! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will happily pop your name on the roster.
This week 489 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 87 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 44 volunteers:
David RYDER • James GOLDBY • Eddie FREEMANTLE • Derek HOBBY • Mark Roy LOVELOCK • Julie Mary HERBERT • Dawn RYDER • Mike WILSON • Charles SCOTT • Margaret WILKES • Jacqui SMITH • Gerry RUDOLF • Carole RUDOLF • Jeremy WINWOOD • Melanie EDINGTON • Joy SALT • David POUND • Gail Michelle BERRY • Fiona WALL • Jessica ADAMS • Paula BRASS • Steve MURRAY • Clara SALT • Karen HINKS • Steve MOLLAND • David SALT • Robin JASINSKI • William HEWSTON • Chris DENT • Anya HEWSTON • Dawn POUND • Julie JONES • Meghan JONES • Owen JARMAN • Geoff GINIFER • Stephen BROOK • Mason THOMPSON • James WYATT • Emily PASCOE • Huw JONES • Jessica HASSELL • James BRASS • Lorna BEARD • Scarlett Alice ROBINSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Worcester parkrun Results Page.
Richard WALSH (SM30-34) of Black Pear Joggers, was first over the line in 17:29 - 15th time in 80 appearances.
Toby WHITFIELD (SM20-24) of Black Pear Joggers, was second over the line in 17:58.
Ahcène BENGRICHE (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:33.
Bryony HAINES (SW18-19) of Birchfield Harriers, was first (third overall) over the line in 18:15 - 10th time in 11 appearances.
Sarah DAVIES (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (46th overall) over the line in 22:24.
Emma POUND (JW11-14) of Worcester AC, was third (60th overall) over the line in 23:10.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Bryony HAINES (SW18-19) – 81.37% for the time 18:15 (third overall).
Jonathan HOLLAND (VM50-54) – 78.86% for the time 19:19 (10th overall).
Joan CLARKE (VW60-64) – 78.17% for the time 24:49 (112th overall).
The female record is held by Jenny NESBITT who recorded a time of 00:16:58 on 9th May 2015 (event number 205).
The male record is held by Anthony WHITEMAN who recorded a time of 00:14:52 on 31st March 2012 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anthony WHITEMAN who recorded 91.82% (14:52) on 31st March 2012 (event number 42).
Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011. Since then 10,668 participants have completed 107,005 parkruns covering a total distance of 535,025 km, including 19,215 new Personal Bests.