04/03/2017 Wyre Forest parkrun #80 Bridgnorth Running Club takeover

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 80
4th March 2017

This week's run report is brought to you by Lucy BROOKS of Bridgnorth Running Club with photographs from Neil EVERTON. Cheers guys!


"Everyone at Bridgnorth Running Club is a huge fan of parkrun and many of us have chosen Wyre Forest as our home parkrun due to it being so fantastic. So when we heard about the opportunity to get involved in a club takeover we were really keen and many of our members rushed to put their names forward for the various roles.



Photo: The whole Bridgnorth RC volunteer team - thank you to them all!

Thank you to all our volunteers:

Adrian FORD  •  Alison MACDONALD  •  Amanda PRESCOTT  •  Andrew T DAVIES  •  Becky COATES  •  Carole EVANS  •  Claire MATHIAS  •  Craig COATES  •  Dave PRESCOTT  •  Deborah LOWE  •  Deborah ROGERS  •  Emma GOULD  •  Evelyn ROGERS  •  Finlay BRITNELL  •  Jocelyne ADAMS  •  Julie ROBERTS  •  Lucy BROOKS  •  Lucy CAINS  •  Michelle SCURRELL  •  Natalie Louise CARR  •  Neil EVERTON  •  Richard AMOS  •  Robert CARR  •  Robin GLOVER  •  Sarah MILLINGTON  •  Sharron JEPSON  •  Teresa LIPPITT  •  Vicky HONEYBOURNE  •  William LAYE


I’m going to start by telling you some of the reasons why Wyre Forest parkrun is so fantastic and easily makes it as my favourite parkrun.


1. It has an amazing team of core volunteers. Andie and her team do an amazing job week in week out to put on a brilliant event at which everyone is made to feel welcome and supported. Huge thanks to Ade for completing the set up for our takeover, answering what must have been close to a hundred questions and generally looking out for us on the day.


2. The course is amazing. It’s one lap, which I love!!! It’s beautiful running through the forest at all times of the year. The first mile is ALL DOWNHILL, yes it’s amazing. I like to tell myself that the entire course is more downhill than up and who doesn’t love running downhill? That final climb does wonders for your training and really lets you know you’re alive (even if at the time you feel like it might not be for much longer!).


3. Coffee and Cake in the visitor centre at the end. You’ve run and everyone knows this means you deserve a reward and there are a fantastic selection of cakes right there on the finish line - #winning.


So the sun is out on a beautiful morning, the words "perfect running conditions" were mentioned, and we arrive for 8.30 outside the visitor centre to collect stop watches, scanners, cones and of course our lovely parkrun marshal hi-vis. Everyone was super excited and keen to get to the allocated locations. A special shout out to our youngest volunteer Johnny (and his lovely mum Lucy), who I’m sure will be earning his 25 T-shirt in no time!


Our lovely coaching co-ordinator William Laye was fulfilling a personal ambition acting as run director for the day, he lives and breathes all things running and parkrun and so was generally grinning like a Cheshire cat.


Luckily Ade was there to keep an eye on him, steer him in the right direction and stop him getting too power crazed ;) He gave a lovely welcome speech. Fantastic to see tourists from both London and Cambridge, one of whom was completing his 250th milestone – huge respect! Also great to see a small group of first timers, always good to welcome new people into the parkrun family, get ready to lose your Saturday mornings forever!





We headed down to the start line. This is one of my favourite parts as there are so many different runners showing what a truly inclusive event parkrun is. Ready, GO! I started the watch (I know timekeeper often sounds like a daunting role but it essentially consists of pressing start and then repeatedly pressing button B until everyone is back) and everyone was off followed by our lovely tail runners Natalie Carr and Sharron Richards.






I know that everyone of our volunteers will have been clapping and encouraging everyone the whole way around, as we tend to be a vocal bunch, and really hope that helped you along the way.




There were also big cheers at the end as everyone reached the ‘lets you know you’re alive’ hill at the end. We saw some epic sprint finishes which our lovely photographer Neil Everton has captured. (you can see all of his photos on Flickr





It’s such a great feeling watching everyone cross the line and seeing that the person who has finished first has put in just as much effort as the person at the end. Everyone deserves to be so proud of their achievements every single week, WELL DONE TO ALL!!




Times were recorded, tokens handed out and bar codes scanned and collected. All too soon the tail runners were coming back followed by the marshals and signs and equipment was being collected back in and finish tokens counted and sorted.




We all had a really fantastic morning, including coffee and breakfast /cake at the end. A massive thankyou to everyone from Bridgnorth Running Club who got involved, it was a very proud day for me. Thank you so much to Andie and her team for giving us the opportunity to take over, I hope your regular team enjoyed a well-deserved rest!


Finally a special thankyou to Ade and Vicky for supporting us throughout the morning. I can’t recommend volunteering enough it’s a hugely rewarding experience that everyone should try."


Thank you to Lucy for a fantastic account of Bridgnorth RC's takeover - we are hoping they will all come back and do it again!


For further information about Bridgnorth Running Club please visit their website -Bridgnorth Running Club

I think I have mentioned it before but the Severn Valley Trail Race (5k and 10k) and the Bridgnorth 10k are absolutely brilliant races, well organised and well supported. The goody bag alone is worth the entrance fee for Bridgnorth 10k!


Now we also had someone completing their 50th parkrun this week. Shirley THOMAS of CMRC didn't want a big fuss so kept quiet and decided to jog around with her dog this week. Tia (the dog) had other ideas and decided a 'fartlek' approach worked for her. And it also worked for Shirley too as despite thinking she'd spent an awful lot of time walking rather than running she now has a new parkrun PB to go with her milestone 50 t-shirt! Well done Shirley and Tia :)


Well done also to all our first time parkrunners:



As Lucy said, Saturday mornings might be a bit different from now on!


Next week we will very quickly be presenting the certificates for our Points Competition Winners and Runners-Up as the competition has now ended. Please arrive 5 minutes earlier than usual to accommodate this as I'm sure we'd all like to show our appreciation to both the adults and juniors who have accumulated the most points.


Our next Club takeover is on Saturday March 18th and sees our friends Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers in charge: "a drinking club with a running problem" as the HHH are internationally known! Anything could happen but I'm sure it will revolve around having lots of fun!


See you next week :)


Male placings:
Thomas PALMER (JM15-17) of Kidderminster & Stourport AC, was first over the line in 19:56 - second time in 38 appearances.
Richard FAIN (SM25-29) of Stone Master Marathoners, was second over the line in 20:03 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Dave BENNETT (VM55-59) of TRiKS, was third over the line in 20:40.


Female placings:
Katie SAMUELSON (VW35-39) of Cambridge and Coleridge AC, was first (12th overall) over the line in 21:54 - first appearance.
Kiri STONE (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (13th overall) over the line in 22:12.
Emma PAINE (SW25-29) of Amazing Feet RC, was third (25th overall) over the line in 23:53 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.


Photo: Katie SAMUELSON (visiting us from Cambridge) finishes her 276th parkrun in style!


Photo: Kiri STONE completes her first ever parkrun


The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Dave BENNETT (VM55-59) was graded 74.35% for the time 20:40 (third overall).
Tina SMITH (VW55-59) was graded 74.29% for the time 24:03 (28th overall).
Trevor MCGILL (VM55-59) was graded 72.26% for the time 21:27 (8th overall).


Photo: Dave BENNETT


This week there were 156 runners, of whom 19 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different athletics clubs took part.


Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015, and since then 2,680 different runners, including participants from 223 athletics clubs, have completed 11,768 runs covering a total distance of 58,840 km, and there have been 2,709 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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Other Links:
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In the Diary
18th March 2017 - WFHHH volunteer takeover
22nd July - Wyre Forest parkrun #100!
26th August 2017 - 2nd anniversary parkrun
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