21//01/2017 Wyre Forest parkrun #74 Guest report by Graeme Anderson

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 74
21st January 2017

This week regular runner, volunteer and all round friend of Wyre Forest parkrun Graeme Anderson writes our report and talks about parkrun from his perspective.

Photo: Our report writer Graeme in action

In an effort to thaw out after this morning's parkrun, I went out for a couple of pints with a mate I hadn't seen for ages. He runs and volunteers regularly at Druridge Bay parkrun in Northumberland. As we chatted about the current state of the world, Tim said 'Wouldn't everything be better if it was like parkrun?'

And do you know what, it would be. It doesn't matter who you are, or what your running ability is. You'll be welcomed, encouraged and congratulated. You'll achieve exactly the same as everyone else, regardless of how fast or slow you climb that last hill. The only barrier is your own willpower to get out of bed, when you can see how cold or wet it is outside. But as soon as you rock up, meet your parkrun family, you instantly know why you bothered.


Wyre Forest parkrun couldn't happen without the dedicated team who set it up, who've made it what it is, and continue to form the core team of volunteers. As I ran round this morning, I saw the same faces, some of who I now know by name, and some who I don't. Each of them giving up their time for free to stand in the cold, shivering slightly. No matter how hard I'm trying, I always thank every marshal as I go by. I know they appreciate it, because when I've marshalled, I know I do.


This week's amazing volunteer team were:
Adrian FORD • Andrew GARLICK • Carole EVANS • Carole HENDER • Duncan STARKIE • Emma MORGAN • Finlay BRITNELL • Gavin MILLICHIP • Graeme ANDERSON • Hilary Jane LITTLE • Ian BELL • Jayne SWIFT • Jess TILLSLEY • Julie GOLDS • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Lisa BAILEY • Lisa BIGGS • Lisa GARLICK • Mark REAVES • Martin BIGGS • Ryan MORGAN • Sean RYAN • Shirley THOMAS • Zoe DUQUETTE

Cheers guys!

The other amazing thing about our parkrun is the location and scenery. This morning, the forest looked stunning, the sun breaking through the trees, the frost on the branches. It almost makes you forget the hill at the end. Almost, but not quite!

Photo: 'The hill'. Tough but worth it for the view from the top.

Let's not take parkrun for granted. It's one of the things that's kept me going when everyday life has been stressful. Once the Points Competition is finished, I'm determined to volunteer more. It's worth the investment.

In other news, my neighbour and mate Dale only started running this week. He did his first ever parkrun this morning. Well done buddy!

Photo: Dale completes his first ever parkrun

Thanks Graeme for a great report! Photos were taken by Graeme himself and by Gav Millichip. More can be found on our Flickr page - link below.

Graeme will be celebrating his 50th parkrun on February 4th - the theme is pirates! So get those outfits sorted now!

If anyone else would like to send in a guest run report (and get a credit towards your milestone 25volunteer t-shirt!) please email it to wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com

As well as Graeme's friend Dale there were lots of other first timers this week, braving the frosty morning. Well done to:

James LINNEY, Joshua HARRISON, Emma HARRISON, Dale DWYERS, Caillin WEAVER, Stella WEAVER, Joanna, GEORGUI, Jennie, LOWE, Anthony COLLINS, David PYE, Deborah HARTILL, Roger DUNCAN, Simon HUMPHREYS, Carrie JUDD, Baylee PREECE, Jensen, PREECE, Mark PREECE, Pam MANNING, Lucy SMITH

We also had a record breaking performance. Christine SEDMAN-SMITH now holds the Age Category Record for VW65-69. Superb running Christine.

And we also had lots of members of Amazing Feet Running Club (based in Kidderminster) with us this week. They added Wyre Forest parkrun to their list of club league 'races' for 2017. Well done to all who came - especially those who tried it for the first time! We love to see our local clubs getting involved both competitively, individually and as volunteers.

If any other clubs wish to add parkrun to their league fixtures, don't forget to tell any new runners to register and 'don't forget your barcode' as an official result and run credit can not be provided without it (we have to be fair and this rule applies to all parkrunners).

Photo: Amazing Feet of Kidderminster identified by their blue, white and green vests

That's it for this week, see you all for the next instalment of fun and fitness. Saturday 9.00am - don't forget your barcode!

Male placings:
Stuart HAWKES (VM35-39) of Tipton Harriers, was first over the line in 17:27 - second time in 4 appearances.
Paul LITTLE (VM40-44) of Droitwich AC, was second over the line in 17:53.
Alan FORD (VM40-44) of Barnsley Harriers, was third over the line in 19:17.


Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Steven SMITH (Unattached) 1714 pts.
Graeme ANDERSON (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 1645 pts.
Mark WALLACE (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 1539 pts.

Female placings:
Helen HAWKES (VW35-39) of Amazing Feet RC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 20:46 - first appearance.
Emma PAINE (SW25-29) of Amazing Feet RC, was second (38th overall) over the line in 24:14 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Joan CLARKE (VW60-64) of Stourbridge RC, was third (40th overall) over the line in 24:30.



Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitlin DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 1605 pts.
Michelle DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 1591 pts.
Julie CARTER (Forest Monsters) 1489 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Joan CLARKE (VW60-64) was graded 79.18% for the time 24:30 (40th overall).
Stuart HAWKES (VM35-39) was graded 77.65% for the time 17:27 (first overall).
Kimberley Anne BRAZNELL (VW60-64) was graded 77.05% for the time 24:50 (45th overall).

This week there were 221 runners, of whom 36 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part.

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015, and since then 2,520 different runners, including participants from 212 athletics clubs, have completed 10,725 runs covering a total distance of 53,625 km, and there have been 2,523 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Bryony HAINES who ran in a time of 00:17:54 on 14th May 2016 (event number 38).
The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who ran in a time of 00:16:03 on 31st December 2016 (event number 71).
The Age Grade course record is held by Bryony HAINES who recorded a 83.61% run (17:54) on 14th May 2016 (event number 38).

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

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Today's Run Director: Andy Garlick
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Other Links:
Video - Wyre Forest parkrun in 5 minutes
Forestry Commission Wyre Forest website
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11th February 2017 - TriEnergy volunteer takeover
4th March 2017 - Bridgnorth RC volunteer takeover
18th March 2017 - Wyre Forest HHH volunteer takeover
26th August 2017 - 2nd anniversary parkrun
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