Results 6th June

As you may be aware there was a problem with the results after this weeks parkrun. After investigation is appears that a combination of a broken metal pin within the timer, and a failed reset of the backup means we do not have times from this weeks run. We do have everyones names who scanned. We have added all those names to the results and given everyone a time of 59:59.

We have put an appeal out for people to send in their times and we will add them all in manually.

We are purchasing a new timer this week ready for next weeks run s we're ready to go again.

It was a very stressful morning for the team and the aftermath so we really appreciate all the kind comments made to the team on facebook.

Have a great week,

Richard Ralphs

Event Director

 

Next Generations and Original Farewells – parkrun #160

Hi All,

Well it was a busy weekend at parkrun this weekend, sadly I wasn't around to witness events. Even when I am hundreds of miles away in the woods of Scotlands Links chasing golf ball from tree to tree, 9:00 a.m. means parkrun time, so I eagerly kept refreshing my mobile waiting for updates. I do thankfully have my parkrun spies keeping me up to date with developments.  How could it not with our next generation of Run Director Matthew Plumpton in charge ably assisted by Michael Connor and our brilliant volunteers. Well done Matthew the spies report a job well done.

Michael and matthew

Here are the great volunteers (Matthews Minnions) from this week at Worcester parkrun...
Anne RALPHS • Carole RUDOLF • Dan CALE • Daniel WALKER • Darren SALISBURY • David GRAY • Derek HOBBY • Donna RUSHTON • Eddie FREEMANTLE • Elaine MARSTON • Elise BLAKE • Helen CARLISLE • Jeremy WINWOOD • Kate BAILEY • Lucy RUSHTON • Madeleine PAUL • Margaret WILKES • Mark WALKER • Matthew PLUMPTON • Michael CONNOR • Mike WILSON • Nichola Clair ROBINSON • Paul BROWNE • Paul MARSTON • Sheena JONES • Tim JONES • Tim SCOTT

It was however, farewell to one our "Originals", Dan Cale. These "Originals" were the 23 folks who came to our very first parkrun at Worcester. Dan has to be one of our loyalist parkrunners, regularly squeezing in a parkrun before a race later in the afternoon, sometimes even a marathon. Dan, from all the team and fellow parkrunners, thank you for your support, spreading the word, encouragement, and kind words right from the start of parkrun to this weekend. You've been there is snow, wind rain, and sun, and all the time with a laugh and a joke and  fine turn of speed. Good luck in the future, and you'll always be very welcome whenever you return. Dan Cale picked up his 3rd place for the Annual League having been away for a rare week last weekend.

Droitwich Running Club turned out in force to make themselves the second highest club attending this weekend. Although not enough to knock my club the Black Pear Joggers of top spot. Can it be done....?

Lots of the runners from Droitwich were making there 5km and parkrun debut having followed the "Couch to 5K" series of podcasts to help get you from a complete novice runner to the 5KM distance. Well done to everyone who completed their first parkrun.
Droitwich AC 160
I remember my first run around Ghulevelt Park, 4 minutes of attempted running, until I managed to get home and run down our alley and lite up a fag. That was many years ago thankfully, now I go for the pretzels instead. So I know how hard it can be to motivate yourself to get started and keep going.

Conditions on the course were apparently a little moist in parts, thanks Denise Morrison for the update.
I'm Dirty 160

All went well I hear from the parkrun spies and results were posted quickly by Maddie to the internet for you to check.

I'll leave the stats to do the rest of the talking and look forward to seeing you all next week.

Richard

Here is this weeks Wall of Pride

********Wall of Pride 10+ parkruns and a PB this Week "*********
Adrian GUIDA-JONES (14) 22:59     Alison DARBYSHIRE (10) 37:18
Ally RICHARDSON (18) 21:00     David Duncan WILLIAMS (88) 20:00
Ellis Noah HARTLAND (28) 23:45     Ewelina SKOLIMOWSKA (28) 23:00
Gerard F SMITH (48) 24:07     Jae CAMPBELL-MINTON (19) 30:36
Jake DUDMAN (10) 27:25     Jake LONGLEY (28) 30:46
Jay SATCHWELL (26) 25:46     Jonathan DAVIES (15) 26:06
Karen COOPER (85) 24:01     Louise BEASLEY (43) 24:37
Mark SMEDLEY (51) 23:17     Matt RENDALL (15) 20:14
Nick PEMBERTON (22) 23:50     Paul EVANS (52) 20:52
Paul LODGE (26) 24:16     Peter DARWEN (24) 21:40
Phil SHUARD (35) 21:22     Philip ROBSON (11) 36:52
Rachel DUDMAN (11) 31:06     Richard WALSH (26) 17:54
Rob JONES (17) 21:09     Rob PLUMPTON (40) 26:01
Russell JOHN (15) 31:03     Sarah BITCON (15) 29:36
Sarah MCRAE (11) 27:27     Steven HARDMAN (10) 28:27
Sue HARDMAN (10) 34:00     Tessa CARR (112) 21:32
Toby WHITFIELD (11) 20:18     William TURNER (23) 22:38

Well done all 79 PB'ers this parkrun day!

The Stats Bit
How Many?

  • There were 384 finishers this week
  • 375 runners registered there results, leaving 9 as unknown as the #DFYB'd
  • There was an average of 16.22 finishers per minute
  • In the ten minute period 20:xx to 29:xxx, 211 runners crossed the line 55% of the field, at an average rate of 21.20 runners per  minute.

The most popular finishing time were…
31:xx with 41 finishers
25:xx with 28 finishers
24:xx with 25 finishers

Who Were You?

  • There were 40 First Timers this week, compared with 35 last week
  • There were 19 Second Timers and 11 got a PB! Which is 58%, compared with 60% last week
  • The gender split was 59% male, 39% female runners. Last week there was a 55% to 41% split
  • The predominant age group was 45-49 with 18% of the finishers who registered

65 Juniors under 20, equaling 17%
38 in their late teens and 20's, equaling 10%
81 in their 30's, equaling 21%
130 in their 40's, equaling 34%
37 in their 50's, equaling 10%
18 in their 60's, equaling 05%
6 in their 70's, equaling 02%
9 Unknowns or #DFYB's, equaling 2%

Club House

  • There were 61 50 Club parkrunners taking part that’s 16% we also had 11 100 Club parkrun legends running with us!!
  • There were 26 different clubs taking part
  • There were 140 runners attached to clubs. That’s 36% of the 384 runners.

Black Pear Joggers were the highest attending club with 44 runners, here is their club 1,2,3
1. Richard WALSH 17:54
2. Clive GRIFFITHS 19:43
3. Paul EVANS 20:52
Droitwich AC were the 2nd highest attending club with 23 runners, here is their club 1,2,3
1. Damian CARTLAND 19:58
2. Thomas BODEN 20:06
3. Joff WRIGHT 20:16
Pershore Plum Plodders were the 3rd highest attending club with 20 runners, here is their club 1,2,3
1. Adam BROADHURST 18:56
2. Steve POTTER 20:45
3. Trevor CLARK 23:01

How Fast?

  • There were 79 PB's this week, compared to 88 last week or a -10%change
  • 9 runners finished in a sub 20 min time
  1. James Paul SMITH was the first parkrunner to finish in a time of 17:29
  2. Richard WALSH was the second parkrunner to finish in a time of 17:54
  3. Mark FRITCHLEY was the third parkrunner to finish in a time of 18:52
  1. Kate WRAY was the first female parkrunner to finish in a time of 21:31
  2. Tessa CARR was the second female parkrunner to finish in a time of 21:32
  3. Annie LAMBETH-MANSELL was the third parkrunner to finish in a time of 21:33
  1. The #1 Age Grading this week was Clive GRIFFITHS with an age grading of 77.94%
  2. The #2 Age Grading this week was Derek JACKSON with an age grading of 76.47%
  3. The #3 Age Grading this week was Jonathan Paul GREEN with an age grading of 75.33%
 

Result 07/12/2013

HI All,
Results may be delayed this week a server at HQ went down meaning we couldnt submit results until when we got home. Soon as it came back up we got them in quick. The "old dog" (results server) is catching up but a little sulky so please be patient.
Thanks,
Rich Ralphs
Event Director

 

What a morning we had!!!!…Worcester Parkrun #92 23rd March 2013

Where do I start???....Volunteers were brill as usual, numbers were low but fun factor was definitely high. With nearby Cheltenham cancelled because of weather we were more than fortunate that our sterling volunteers had managed to make the course runnable for the 62 hardy runners, so big thanks for even getting the course into shape.

With fourteen 50+ and one 100+ Parkrunners (that’s 25% of the field) being experienced Parkrunners the field knew what they had let themselves in for. A short but informative briefing was given with reference to the snow, rivers and the Olympic swimming pool sized puddle at the bottom of the course.

The usual countdown of three, two, one and the field eagerly set off across the sodden snow covered paddock towards the Sculpture  Splishing, sploshing and sliding wide on corners was the order of the day and with myself in 7th position at the Sculpture it was clear everyone was taking it easy, apart from me... or struggling with the conditions, even the "Wright brothers" weren’t able to "take off" as usual.

Passing Eddies Corner and swapping sludge for sticky mud was a slight improvement as the runners formed into a snake like shape. Runners were more tentative and precise with their overtaking and many were seen to struggle even staying on the course at the slipiest of corners.

At the Olympic pool a hasty left and right diversion missed the depths whereas some more hardened runners plumbed for the kamikaze straight line route saving "at least 2 seconds" but tasting the freezing water which could only add to the already soaked and freezing bodies.

Conditions were going to make the PB's that were had more of a minor miracle, given that this week’s Parkrun could almost have been renamed a mud run. 7 PB's for mostly newer Park runners was all the course would allow and in finishing order, Peter Hague 23:22,  5 sec PB,   George Harris 24:36,  1minute 1 sec PB,,    Chris Tipton 24:43,  1minute 6 sec PB, Georgina Fenton 25:20, 28 sec PB, Steve McNelis 28:30, 25 sec PB, Steve Eldredge 30:31,  18 sec PB, Victoria Gent 32:44,  36 sec PB. were the successful ones.

With 8 juniors braving the elements, I was treated to a backseat of the battle for first lady for most of the race with junior Harriette Drew chasing Anna Louise Brook and almost catching her at one stage but eventually finishing just 6 seconds behind Anna who took her second win in the ladies class. I was also treated to I think it was Chris Tipton crossing the line behind me and sliding past me on his stomach as I collected my token. That’s what I call a victory slide!!!

A different story in the men’s race though where Matthew Fitzgerald was staying in contention with the eventual winner Ben Jones for the majority of the first lap but fell away during the second lap leaving Ben the clear winner by over a minute.

My usual walk back down the field was greeted by some very wet and cold runners but all were smiling and clearly grateful that the end was nigh. One that stood out to me was a lady who pushes herself every week and gets this week’s highest age grading topping a magnificent 70.27% which apart from the first and second place finishers is

a good 10% higher (and more) than the rest of us. Your finish position isn’t the only mark you can make on the race so it always pays to put the effort in all the way round as Ann Gray clearly does. Seeing Ann carefully taking on the snow covered tarmac path with a look of determination that helped her across the slippy snow we sometimes forget what challenges we have actually taken on ourselves, so I would like to say a big well done to all that were able to attend and take part and finish what was one of the trickiest Worcester Parkruns so far.

All that needs to be done is to look at the thing that pulls all this together and that’s the volunteers. They were  Anne RALPHS  •  Carole RUDOLF  •  David GRAY  •  Derek HOBBY  •  Elaine MARSTON  •  Helen BURTON  •  James GOLDBY  •  Madeline PAUL  •  Margaret WILKES  •  Michael CONNOR  •  Sally GUILLAUME  •  Simon GALLAGHER  • Tim JONES  •  Zach BUTCHER

They are the glue that holds all the parts in place and they certainly helped me and many more to get round on a day where they truly gave, so others could enjoy their morning. I expected frozen statues for marshals but saw enthusiasm that was contagious and a real lift. Seeing that some people have yet to enjoy the other side of the run by volunteering is a reminder that they have actually been missing out on a rewarding experience.

Word from the "cafe office" was it’s the first time ever at Worcester that we didn't have to edit the results to add in a barcode that didn't work, also there were NO unknown runners for the first time since August 2012, all making the "office staff's" job quicker and easier.

Looking forward to next week and some things will be different, Richard and Vonnie will be back bronzed or rusty, dependant on the weather, Eddie will be back in his corner and with a bit of good weather the paddock will be drier, numbers will be up, times will be down and  fun will be had by all, see you there sdrawkcab rennur

Trevo

(Thanks for putting this weeks run report together Trevor what a run to miss, well back to the pool and San Miguel, see you next week - Rich)

Stats from this week.....

Men's placings:
Ben Jones (SM20-24) of University of York AC, was first over the line in 19.03 6th
win in 17 appearances
Matthew Fitzgerald (35-39) of Black Pear Joggers, was second over the line in 20.13,
was first to finish once
Thomas Boden (30-34) of Droitwich AC, was third over the line in 20.53

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 3314 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 3167 pts.
Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 3009 pts.

Women's placings:
Anna Louise Brook (SW20-24), (Unattached), was first (14th overall) over the line in
24:17 -second win in 5 appearances.
Harriette Drew (JW15-19), (Unattached), was second (16th overall) over the line in
24:23 -Has been first to finish on 3 previous occassions.
Georgina Fenton (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (24th overall) over the line in 25:20

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 3508 pts.
Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 3206 pts.
Ann GRAY (Unattached) 2869 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ann Gray (VW65-69) was graded 70.27 % for the time 31:10 (50th overall).
Ben Jones (SM20-24) was graded 68.42 % for the time 19:03 (First overall).
Matthew Fitzgerald (SM35-39) was graded 66.53 % for the time 20:13 (Second overall).

This week there were 62 runners, of whom 5 were first timers and 7 recorded new
Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.

Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,784 different runners,
including participants from 161 athletics clubs, have completed 9,295 runs covering
a total distance of 46,475 km, and there have been 2,238 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.

 

 

 

Holding Back the River…Worcester parkrun #91

It was a week of comebacks at parkrun this week and like a scene from Reservoir Dogs it was great to see Elaine (rego Czaress), Paul Marston, Derek (Master Timer), Anne (finish straight), Eddie and Annie Robson (parkrun tourist), all coming along the path to the café for a week with Worcester parkrun, we missed you all!

Thanks to all our volunteers this week whether this was a one-off.  It makes such a difference to have a little cheers along the way and to help manage jobs that need doing. It was a massive turn out 21 volunteers awesome!!!! Big hand for Anne RALPHS  •  Carole RUDOLF  •  David GRAY  •  David HOSKING  •  Derek HOBBY  •  Ed FREEMANTLE  •  Elaine MARSTON  •  Julie HADLEY  •  Kevin O'MALLEY  •  Margaret WILKES  •  Mark WALLIS  •  Michael CONNOR  •  Rhys JONES  •  Richard BEETLESTONE  •  Richard COWLEY  •  Richard RALPHS  •  Sally GUILLAUME  •  Simon GALLAGHER  •  Vicky MASON  •  Wendy Bonita COLE  •  Yvonne RALPHS

In the coming weeks there'll be an automatic opt in for the volunteer roster email, so everyone will get the list of roles available.

There was a cracking atmosphere before the run as we announced the parkrunner of the month Alison Carr who with her daughter Tess make it the first family double to win the Sweatshop trainer prize.  Its always very well deserved and especially so for Alison.  She is a talented local runner, has a 21:29 PB (75.24% age grading – that’s very good),  has done 58 parkruns 57 of which are at Worcester, we love that  loyalty!!

If you don’t follow us on facebook you’ll have missed the Wales v England, Red v White T-shirt banter.  As I mentioned Wales smashed it in both our t-shirt challenge and that was mirrored in the match too, perhaps we ‘re like the World Cup Octopus, what else could we predict…..

Well it was Wet Wet Wet but not so cold, and I could just about “feel it in my fingers” as we made our “sweet surrender” to the rain and headed to the start line (do you see what I did ;o)).  I was at the back with the Wright Bros so it was a “Sweet Little Mystery” to me that Derek had started the parkrun for week 91 (OK I’ll stop now with the Wet Wet Wet gags).

It was a comeback for me too this week as I had my first parkrun since 2nd Feb,  due to injury so I was “Wishing I Was ….” all the way round just in case I did any damage but it was fine. I did say I was going to run with the Bros. but like most parkrunners I got parkrun fever at the bottom corner and started to run harder so sorry if I came past chatting and full of beans, I’ve really missed taking part.

Apparently there was a very close finish up front this week with Jeremy Meredith piping James Smith by just 2 seconds, apparently it was a cracker.  In the female field Claire Martin (plus dog) came home first in a new PB of 22:29, well done both. Not far behind was Tewkesbury runner Carol  Cowley with an amazing 83% age grading that’s “Simply the Best!”, well done.

Lots of newer parkrunners bagged PB’s this week, all still to break 10 parkruns.  So Pb’ing this week were Samantha Hindle (29:07 – PB of 1min:49secs), Jonathan Everitt (23:39 - 0:06), Phil Shuard (22:37 - 0:22), Jon Huggett (25:29 - 0:34) , Kim Leng (26:20 – 0:25), Andrea Melillo (30:22 – 0:31), Carig Matthews (19:51 – 0:32), and Steve Eldredge (30:49 – 0:02). Special mention to Phil Robson who accompanied by Annie (and Trevor near the end) had a sterling run, Phil’s new to running and in his second run knocked 3 minutes of his PB, probably because Trevor was shouting at him so well done guys.

So it was off to the café for a brew and thankfully James was there to sort out the results as we had a dreaded “funnel ducker” again, hence us raising the flag to let us know your times so we could check we were OK and we were.

Well that’s it for this week at Worcester parkrun I’m off to Spain this week, so have a great parkrun next week and I’ll be thinking of you all in the morning.  I’ll be taking my puddle bucket to make my sandcastles ;0) Happy Running!!

Worcester parkrun, Event number 91, 16th March 2013

Men's placings:
Jeremy MEREDITH (SM30-34) of Herne Hill Harriers, was first over the line in 17:32 - first time in 2 appearances.
James Paul SMITH (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:34 - Has been first to finish on 10 previous occassions.
Russell JAMES (VM45-49) of Hereford Couriers RC, was third over the line in 19:05.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 3217 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 3068 pts.
Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 2938 pts.

Women's placings:
Claire Louise MARTIN (VW40-44) of Canix, was first (17th overall) over the line in 22:29 - first time in 6 appearances.
Carol COWLEY (VW60-64) of Tewkesbury AC, was second (28th overall) over the line in 23:28 - Was first to finish once before.
Harrriette DREW (JW15-19) (Unattached) was third (34th overall) over the line in 23:51 - Has been first to finish on 3 previous occassions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 3420 pts.
Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 3110 pts.
Ann GRAY (Unattached) 2777 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Carol COWLEY (VW60-64) was graded 83.88 % for the time 23:28 (28th overall).
Russell JAMES (VM45-49) was graded 74.85 % for the time 19:05 (third overall).
Jeremy MEREDITH (SM30-34) was graded 74.81 % for the time 17:32 (first overall).

This week there were 100 runners, of whom 6 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.

Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,779 different runners, including participants from 160 athletics clubs, have completed 9,233 runs covering a total distance of 46,165 km, and there have been 2,231 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.

 

#88 Super Chilled

A shivering throng of happy runners gathered at the Countryside Centre for the Worcester parkrun 88 this week. Maddie was Race Directing this week and had the pleasure to reward a couple of runners with their 50 T-shirts, Annie Robson and Trevor Clark both picking up their shirts and joining Worcester parkrun royalty. I must admit to being slightly jealous of those lovely red 50 shirts.

She had some good news for everyone else as the paddock had seen some frost during the week so the usual mud had been freeze dried, this was greeted with a big cheer! As quick times were finally a clear possibility. So it proved at we had an amazing 49 PB's out of 158 runners, almost a third of the field bagging a new best time. If you are aware of why parkrun started then you'll understand that this is what its all about getting faster whilst enjoying yourself.

No matter how young or old you are there is always something to aim for, perhaps like Ian Walwyn (Wally) who is holding of all-comers in the challenge to be the fastest in the Male 60-64 category. Perhaps its an age grade performance your after? Ann Grey has to be congratulated this week for a 77.39% score, the highest of any of the women running this week. Ann is no fan of the mud so was one of the most happy people to see the mud gone for a week, well done Ann.

Again thanks to all our volunteers this week, without you there is no parkrun. If sponsors are the cheese on the toast, volunteers are the Worcester sauce, and what make our parkrun special. Without our volunteers, we could not run and would have to press gang. Volunteering at Worcester parkrun really couldn't be easier: simply email worcesterhelpers@parkrun.com, tell us that you would like to register as a volunteer, and whether you would like a weekly reminder, a monthly reminder or indeed if you don't want a reminder at all, simples.

Maddie finished the briefing and we were off to the start for Derek to send us away, starting from the back I saw the leaders go off like tracer bullets and out of the paddock before I'd gone half that distance. It was a pleasure to be running at the back, sorry for chatting, Joyce Morrison and her grand daughter we're bring up the rear with me. It was a junior at the head of the parkrun this week Daniel Stock coming home first with 18:30 (75.23%) and his Dad, Michael,  position 6th (76%) so both putting in really close age grading times!
Naomi Shaylor was first female back through the finish, Naomi's home run is Basignstoke and she has completed 117 parkruns now, you may have noticed her "cool" black Adidas 100 top, something we have yet to award at Worcester. Sally Ford was next home in only her first parkrun so a great debut, although a debut in the frost, Sally the mud awaits you. Third was Katherine Smith finishing her 30th parkrun and who's managed a "first home" too in the past.

We had some more Parkrun Exile Royalty appearing at parkrun this week apart from Naomi, Daniel Pope 100 clubber was up from Poole and Banstead Woods, he had a great run, after 118 runs getting a new PB!

As I only completed 1 lap (sore foot) I managed to get some time to see the you all coming through into the paddock where my Mum cheers you through the final stretch. The sprinting through to the finish was blistering, everyone was really up for it and the times showed that extra effort had paid off.

If you got a PB well done, here is a special mention for just a few of you have done 10+ parkruns and got a PB this week.....
Jane Morgan (32:45), Nigel Dexter (22:34), Darren Fulcher (22:34), Ross Robinson (29:43), David Want (23:03), John Powel (25:23), Lorraine Westcott (23:58), Karen Cooper (27:32), David Hosking (24:04) and Paul Hill (30:56) teek a bow!!!

The final runnners came home and it was off to the cafe for a brew, and an exception lemon merringue cake, fantastic!

Thanks all for making another great week at parkrun,

Rich

Here are all the stats!

Worcester parkrun, Event number 88, 23rd February 2013

Men's placings:
Daniel STOCK (JM15-19) of Worcester AC, was first over the line in 18:30 - third time in 15 appearances.
Mark HILL (VM50-54) of Worcester AC, was second over the line in 18:38.
Nick HOOPER (VM45-49) of Black Pear Joggers, was third over the line in 18:51.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 2924 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 2779 pts.
Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 2674 pts.

Women's placings:
Naomi SHAYLOR (VW40-44) of Cani-Cross, was first (17th overall) over the line in 20:52 - third time in 3 appearances.
Sally FORD (VW35-39) of UKnetrunner, was second (20th overall) over the line in 21:14.
Katherine SMITH (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (32nd overall) over the line in 22:12 - Was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 3166 pts.
Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2867 pts.
Ann GRAY (Unattached) 2602 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mark HILL (VM50-54) was graded 79.16 % for the time 18:38 (second overall).
Ann GRAY (VW65-69) was graded 77.39 % for the time 28:18 (103rd overall).
Nick HOOPER (VM45-49) was graded 76.39 % for the time 18:51 (third overall).

This week there were 158 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,752 different runners, including participants from 155 athletics clubs, have completed 8,886 runs covering a total distance of 44,430 km, and there have been 2,148 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.

 

 

Dan Dan the parkrun Man, Worcester parkrun, Event number 86, 9th February 2013

In the infamous words of Larry Grayson "What a grey day" or some such nonsense, and the hi-viz jackets were really standing out in the murk that was resting over the City this week.  That said nothing can dampen the spirits of 134 parkrunners and throng of volunteers who came to Worcester parkrun to take on the infamous "ploppy paddock" and its muddy start.

Before proceedings got underway all the volunteers were given their roles and yet again we had a great turnout, so thanks for helping out it makes the run so much easier to manage.  A few people were giving it their first "volunteering" go like Paul Mason who was assisted by experienced David Gray on numbers, and others like Carol Rudolf (Cafe turn) have recently laid claim to their spots, just like her predecessors we have Derek-on-timer (as he's the bravest), Anne "finish straight" and Elaine "Registration Queen". Eddie from Eddies Corner remains with his leg up but back soon we hope. This week Wendy and Leo took on the big responsibility and got everyone to go the right way around the play area this week, phew, so thanks to all the volunteers, you rock. Alan DRABWELL  •  Anne RALPHS  •  Annie ROBSON  •  Carole RUDOLF  •  David GRAY  •  Derek HOBBY  •  Elaine MARSTON  •  Jan MILLS  •  Joyce MORRISON  •  Leonardo TAGGIO  •  Margaret WILKES  •  Paul MASON  •  Richard RALPHS  •  Sally GUILLAUME  •  Wendy Bonita COLE.

Parkrunner of the month was awarded to Dan Cale, Dan's done over 50 parkruns and is a local runner and races loads around the area, and I think just about everyone knows him and Jack, so well done Dan. It was a perfectly timed entry to the briefing having arrived just as we were announcing his prize. Enjoy the new trainers courtesy of Sweatshop.

Derek set everyone off around the paddock, and we'll let you into a little secret, we forgot to start the clock!! There was no panic though as we had planned for this and the backup timer kicked in and we synched up the times accordingly, love it when a plan comes together!! The paddock delivered a squelchy start, and off everyone went into the woods.

We managed to see the first few runners coming through before heading back to the finish to clock you home, everyone was smiling although it was getting pretty cold. The first male runner back was Andrew Hodgson who was up from Bridgend and Tom Stock (junior) flew around to be close behind, Megz Judge was first in the female making it her 9th 1st time home, Sarah Kellett was not to far behind as well.

Derek and I continued to check you home, our fingers being kept warm by the rapid clicking of the finishers. There were some good sprints, across "ploppy paddock" and 100% of runners stayed upright despite a couple of skids, spins, and one fine spin from Jennifer Thomson who was down from her usual Conkers run. I have since been informed that Conkers is a place not a new running style. Although a Conkers Finish does sound very descriptive of a slip and slide across the paddock. Anyway lovely to see you Jennifer.

The final runner came home Vonnie, last week I took last place and she took it this week having cleared up the signs, tape and poles from the course, thanks bab. Registration all ran perfectly as always by Elaine Marston and Jan Mills, thanks. So it was a quick run into the cafe for a warming brew and post the results.

Hope you had a lovely parkrun this week and it was a good start to your weekend, we have so much fun laying on parkrun at Worcester and we hope you enjoy it too despite the odd spot of mud ;0).

Here are all the statistics from this week.

Rich

Men's placings:
Andrew HODGSON (VM40-44) of Bridgend AC, was first over the line in 17:55 - first time in 3 appearances.
Tom STOCK (JM15-19) of Worcester AC, was second over the line in 18:29 - Was first to finish once before.
Ian RADFORD (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:36.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 2742 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 2590 pts.
Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 2532 pts.

Women's placings:
Megan JUDGE (SW20-24) of Malvern Joggers, was first (15th overall) over the line in 21:57 - 9th time in 26 appearances.
Sarah KELLETT (VW35-39) of Black Pear Joggers, was second (23rd overall) over the line in 23:11.
Harrriette DREW (JW15-19) (Unattached) was third (32nd overall) over the line in 23:51 - Has been first to finish on 3 previous occassions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2997 pts.
Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2702 pts.
Ann GRAY (Unattached) 2447 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Andrew HODGSON (VM40-44) was graded 76.74 % for the time 17:55 (first overall).
Michael STOCK (VM45-49) was graded 74.38 % for the time 19:31 (5th overall).
Ann GRAY (VW65-69) was graded 73.08 % for the time 29:58 (101st overall).

This week there were 134 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.

Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,705 different runners, including participants from 153 athletics clubs, have completed 8,556 runs covering a total distance of 42,780 km, and there have been 2,062 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.

 

“Its all about Annie” – Worcester parkrun # 85 – 02/02/2013

It was like a Malvern Jogger Festival at parkrun this week, a blaze of green shirts and even a few green painted faces, All this was to celebrate one of our favourite parkrunners, Annie Robsons, 50th parkrun.  Annie has had some memorable parkruns bringing her Hen Party to parkrun before her wedding and, after a few close calls smashing the 30 minute barrier just before her wedding last year.  She did it in style in her 50 glasses and in the company of her husband Phillip who managed his first parkrun, well done Annie and well done Phil.

Another proud, if slightly embarrassed, parkrunner was Katie Brookes our first Junior parkrunner to finish 50 parkruns, Katie has done brilliantly since finding parkrun and has been with us through rain and shine, along with dad, well done to you.

We had a good turnout again this week as the weather was beautiful and sunnny, the paddock delivered the usual muddy start. Unfortunately with a few new runners at the head of the field the new "front of play area" turn was missed so everyone ran behind the play area, which we are trying to avoid. I know we seem to say the same thing every briefing but it pays to listen as it avoids this sort of thing, and then a panic to adjust the courses finish, just saying.

So once we were out of the paddock, and down the hill, with the good crowd there was always someone to follow which always makes the parkrun more fun. After the first lap was over the I stopped at Eddies corner with the crowd that had gathered and had a chat with everyone and cheered everyone through. We failed to notice the front runner coming through and so had to quickley tell him which way to go, obviously politely. Annie and Phil came through and looked in good shape to start their final lap.

The first female runner to finish shot through Gwenda Cavil from Morpeth Harriers, after Googling I have learnt that this is just North of Newcastle, wow thats proper parkrun tourism. Jessica Williams was second female home and Emily Morrall came back third. Richard Lomas, David Hall and Jon Newey were first males home, no PB's for the front runners but plenty were grabbed. Notable Rhys Jones 32:38, Gerry Rudolf 26:11, well done to all who got PB's! I brought up the rear, so to speak and was the final runner home, one towards the 50 club, only 27 to go.

If ever you would like to join the band of hi-viz volunteers or have an idea how to improve Worcester parkrun do let us know at worcesteroffice@parkrun.com, we really appreciate any feedback and support.

Have a great week and see you next week.

Richard
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Here are all the statistics generated by the parkrun super computer...

Men's placings:
Richard LOMAS (SM30-34) of Bromsgrove & Redditch AC, was first over the line in 17:43 - first appearance.
David HALL (SM35-39) of Worcester AC, was second over the line in 17:56 - Was first to finish once before.
Jon NEWEY (VM40-44) of Mercia Fell RC, was third over the line in 18:15 - Has been first to finish on 7 previous occassions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 2649 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 2493 pts.
Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 2458 pts.

Women's placings:
Gwenda CAVILL (VW45-49) of Morpeth Harriers & AC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 22:06 - first appearance.
Jessica WILLIAMS (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (17th overall) over the line in 22:19.
Emily MORRALL (SW30-34) of Droitwich AC, was third (25th overall) over the line in 23:01.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2906 pts.
Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2622 pts.
Ann GRAY (Unattached) 2370 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jon NEWEY (VM40-44) was graded 75.89 % for the time 18:15 (third overall).
Valerie DESBOROUGH (VW55-59) was graded 75.65 % for the time 23:37 (32nd overall).
Gwenda CAVILL (VW45-49) was graded 74.96 % for the time 22:06 (14th overall).

This week there were 154 runners, of whom 34 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,687 different runners, including participants from 151 athletics clubs, have completed 8,422 runs covering a total distance of 42,110 km, and there have been 2,035 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.

 

Worcester parkrun #84, Its a 50 Blitz!

Worcester parkrun, Event number 84, 26th January 2013

With everyone eager to parkrun this week after last weeks cancellation, it was an odd to be praising the sound of rain lashing down on the flat roof on Friday night.  The morning of the run and we were treated to some lovely winter sunshine. We shifted and adjusted the course to miss the remainder of the ice and apart from the exit to the paddock we were good to go. Thanks to Richard Cowley for his help smashing through this ice with his boot and my trusty spade shoveling a route through.

I do have some news about the pre-race signs team, Mr Broom unfortunately left his head on the course after meeting with a particularly big patch of ice, he is in intensive care, and the signs are good for a full recovery.  We are hoping that with a dip into our small donations fund we can patch him up, his best buddy Mr Bucket is looking after him.

Whilst Richard and I were smashing the ice Maddie was atop the table giving everyone a thorough safety briefing, thanks for taking notice and taking care. As well as this we had lots of people picking up their 50 shirts so congratulations to you all. A few juniors are waiting for t-shirts, because of the big demand for J10 shirts we have run out of a lot of sizes, soon as they come in we'll let you know.

We got the run off and everyone came pilling through the paddock and thankfully everyone still upright and with smiles on their face, and took heed of our warnings and headed into the woods and the clear paths. We had one slip, Vonnie (my wife) who has a big bruise on her ermmmm upper thigh, but is fine. After the first lap their were some close groups and Peter Brooks was out front, down from Brueton parkrun which had to cancel this week.  He kept the lead finishing first. Ian Radford whom we've not seen since July came home 2nd, and Mathew Fitzgerald of Black Pear Joggers in 3rd. Wendy Holmes a cani cross (with dog) runner were first in the female category just missing out on a sub 20 with a 20:02.  A great debut from first timer Emilly Morrall gave her a 2nd finisher  and Sarah Kellett was in 3rd with a new PB to her name, congratulations.

We had 14 PB's on Saturday, Zach Butcher standing out, completing his 14th run and bagging a PB. Congratulations Zach and all the PB baggers!.

A BIG thank you to all the volunteers, we really needed you this week. We're always on the alert for volunteers so please let us know if you can give up a week to help out by emailing, worcesterhelpers@parkrun.com, our future roster can be seen on the website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/worcester/futureroster/

This weeks hero's who volunterd for you are, is it time you did...........?
Anne RALPHS  •  Carole RUDOLF  •  Derek HOBBY  •  Elaine MARSTON  •  Jack CALE  •  James GOLDBY  •  Laura BESSANT  •  Leonardo TAGGIO  •  Richard COWLEY  •  Richard RALPHS  •  Sally GUILLAUME  •  Simon GALLAGHER  •  Wendy Bonita COLE

Thanks all, have a great week of running on the ice free roads and trails of Worcester and hope to see you for another special Worcester parkrun, just see the facebook page for more details.

Richard
Here are all the statistics from this weekends run.....

 

Men's placings:
Peter Harry BROOKES (JM15-19) of Holmfirth Harriers AC, was first over the line in 18:16 - second time in 2 appearances.
Ian RADFORD (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:59.
Matthew FITZGERALD (SM35-39) of Black Pear Joggers, was third over the line in 19:31.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 2649 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 2493 pts.
Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 2377 pts.

Women's placings:
Wendy HOLMES (VW45-49) of Cani-Cross, was first (6th overall) over the line in 20:02 - third time in 3 appearances.
Emily MORRALL (SW30-34) of Droitwich AC, was second (17th overall) over the line in 22:45.
Sarah KELLETT (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (29th overall) over the line in 23:55.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2818 pts.
Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2542 pts.
Ann GRAY (Unattached) 2293 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Carol COWLEY (VW60-64) was graded 81.45 % for the time 24:10 (35th overall).
Wendy HOLMES (VW45-49) was graded 80.87 % for the time 20:02 (6th overall).
Peter Harry BROOKES (JM15-19) was graded 72.99 % for the time 18:16 (first overall).

This week there were 125 runners, of whom 13 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,653 different runners, including participants from 149 athletics clubs, have completed 8,268 runs covering a total distance of 41,340 km, and there have been 2,012 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.

 

8th December 2012, Trev Reporting

Hi All,

This weeks run report is brought to you via dedicated and inspiration to us all Trevor Clark. Trev has run 44 parkruns, 42 at Worcester and toured to Arrow Valley and Forest of Dean parkruns. His vital statistics are, PB 22:30, Age Grading 64.27% very impressive. Trev is one of parkrun jokers convincing me once that if we run the course in reverse its actually shorter.

From Trevor...

As i saw the run ......

It looked as though numbers would be quite low but a last minute flurry of runners made numbers up to 113 on a fresh but dry start.
I was still trying to get my watch to start when the starter let the mass's go, so ended up "running naked" and actually enjoying the run more and not concentrating on my time!!! (maybe we could have a naked day one day soon!!!)
The paddock was drier than of late but still gave us all a few leopard spots as we all raced to get to Eddies corner first. It was here that Richard Beetlestone usually a slow starter came past me on his 50th run and i knew he would be on for a good time, well done Rich.
It was nice to see so many new faces tackling the Worcester course and a good number of Juniors.
The course was as usual but seemed quite different after last weeks volunteers had given trees and bushes a hair cut and spent a few hours laying several tons of gravel to ease our way. Great job guys well done. (25 PB's this week, maybe you had a hand is some of these!!! the best one being Sarah Pow who knocked almost 10 minutes off her best time),
On the first lap a number of us will have lapped a first timer who was being encouraged by many of his fellow runners and it was great to see him finish in style with the biggest grin of the day. See you next time
On Thursday a number of trees had been removed from the final climb up to the tarmac path opening up the view for us giving us a clearer sight of those who we think we can catch before the final run in to the finish line.
I ran the second half of the final lap in a three way tussle with Katie Downey and Jack Lowry. Jack was struggling a little but after being encouraged made a great final half a lap push to nearly get a pb as did Katie who was only beaten on the sprint to the line by me and Jack, bring it on next week eh!!!
Mr Potter suffered an injury which only slowed him a little allowing new boy Potter junior to take the spoils and beat dad by a mere 4 seconds, im sure if the calf mends by next week there could be a very different result.
Its great to see the earlier finishers taking the time to cheer in friends, family and fellow parkrunners at the finishing straight giving a real friendly family atmosphere, long may it continue.
Big shout out to the volunteers that give their time for us, i and i'm sure everyone else really do thank you each and every week for being there and cheering us all on.
I'm looking forward to my 50th run which is fast approaching and cant believe that i have spent so many Saturday mornings running at what must be one of the friendliest Parkruns around, thanks to all and see you next week

Cheers Trevor

Thanks Trevor a great report and if anyone else would like to send us there run story we will gladly post it on the website for all to read and be inspired.

Happy Running All...here are the statistics from this weeks Worcester parkrun

Worcester parkrun, Event number 77, 8th December 2012

Men's placings:
Jon NEWEY (VM40-44) of Mercia Fell RC, was first over the line in 17:59 - 7th time in 16 appearances.
Matthew FITZGERALD (SM35-39) of Black Pear Joggers, was second over the line in 18:51.
Matt RICHARDS (VM40-44) of Cheltenham & County Harriers, was third over the line in 19:00.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 2088 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 2007 pts.
Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 1912 pts.

Women's placings:
Megan JUDGE (SW20-24) of Malvern Joggers, was first (10th overall) over the line in 20:52 - 6th time in 21 appearances.
Katherine SMITH (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (21st overall) over the line in 22:51 - Was first to finish once before.
Helen Elizabeth CIANCIO (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (25th overall) over the line in 23:12.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2185 pts.
Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 1961 pts.
Bethan STIMSON (Black Pear Joggers) 1838 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jon NEWEY (VM40-44) was graded 77.02 % for the time 17:59 (first overall).
Nick HOOPER (VM45-49) was graded 72.91 % for the time 19:45 (5th overall).
Ann GRAY (VW65-69) was graded 71.92 % for the time 30:27 (92nd overall).

This week there were 113 runners, of whom 8 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.

Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,540 different runners, including participants from 138 athletics clubs, have completed 7,413 runs covering a total distance of 37,065 km, and there have been 1,932 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).

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