01/04/2017 Wyre Forest parkrun #84 Gav’s Run Report

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 84
1st April 2017

This week's run report has been written by regular parkrunner and volunteer Gavin MILLICHIP. Most of us will recognise Gavin as the man behind the camera when he's not running (his PB is currently 22:51) but when we started our parkrun Gav was a non-runner! He tells us his story.

Photo: Gavin is usually behind the camera but here he is being captured by some pirates (aka the Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) whilst on marshal duty recently!!

"I've been running and volunteering at the Wyre Forest parkrun for just over year and have found it to be one most enjoyable forms of keeping fit. The Wyre Forest is such a beautiful setting and mixing this with such a great group of people makes it a perfect start to the weekend.

The excellent format of running against your own time means you always push yourself to try and improve your time without there being a overly competitive feel. It`s a great event that is so reliant on the hard work of the regular faces week in week out and the ongoing commitment of you all really is appreciated.

My first introduction to the parkrun was through Bill's (marshal point no 5 regular) forest fitness workouts. Having not done any sporting activities for a long time Bill set about knocking me into shape and although initially very exhausting the benefits were soon evident. Having never run before Bill got me regularly running PBs at the parkrun and even got me to do the Wyre Forest half marathon!

I`ve enjoyed running and volunteering at the parkrun ever since (with the added benefit that I can walk the next day unlike after a Bill workout!!) Cheers Bill.

I`d just like to end my report about my parkrun experience by thanking all involved in making this very special event happen.

Wyre Forest parkrun #68 10-12-2016
Photo: Gav (and Sam) volunteering back in December


If you haven't volunteered for the parkrun give it a go as I`m sure you`ll really enjoy it and you will help insure the future of this great event.

Best wishes to all parkrunners and volunteers".


Thank you Gav for a brilliant report, your regular photographs and well done on your ever improving PB!

This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

Well done to all our newbies embarking on their parkrun journey with their first run!:

Imogen PERRY, Mary PERRY, Lizzie FAULKS, Caz SMITH, William PERRY, Julian KNOWLES, Stephanie STANESBY, Kerry ONEILL, Claire WILLIAMS, Jane REES, Hannah REES, Nicky SMITH, Leanne LOW, Chris WAY, Victoria JONES, Lucia OBRIEN, Hannah JONES, Harry WAY, Harry PHILPOTTS, Claire BETTS, Jackie DONKIN, Stuart CUTLER, Rob LASHFORD

Wyre Forest parkrun84 #wfpr84Photo: C25k Graduates from Tri Energy - well done all!

Many of those first time runners are from local club Tri Energy who chose this week's parkrun as the location for their Graduation Run after completing their recent C25k course! Around 20 members ran of whom 7 had never been here before. And 6 members got a PB!! Hopefully it will be one of many memorable Wyre Forest parkruns for them all and we congratulate them on their efforts on a tough course - well done!

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The event was made possible by 19 wonderful volunteers. cheers guys!

Adrian FORD • Andrew GARLICK • Andrew T DAVIES • Andy MORGAN • Carole EVANS • David MORE • Gavin MILLICHIP • Helen ROSEWARNE • Jess TILLSLEY • Kevin LEWIS • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Lisa GARLICK • Martin BIGGS • Michelle SCURRELL • Neil CRABBE • Ryan MORGAN • Sandra PEDERSEN • Sarah TAYLOR • Thomas PALMER

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

Male placings:
Richard FAIN (SM25-29) of Stone Master Marathoners, was first over the line in 19:34 - third time in 57 appearances.
Alex STEPHENSON (SM30-34) of Cobra RC, was second over the line in 19:44.
Dan LIGHTFOOT (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:05.

Female placings:
Jacqui WINTER (VW50-54) (Unattached) was first (32nd overall) over the line in 25:09 - first time in 29 appearances.
Kay REEVES (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (39th overall) over the line in 25:59.
Claire THOMAS (SW18-19) (Unattached) was third (40th overall) over the line in 26:02.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Dave BENNETT (VM55-59) – 76.32% for the time 20:08 (4th overall).
Trevor MCGILL (VM55-59) – 72.77% for the time 21:18 (6th overall).
Peter CORNISH (VM55-59) – 70.41% for the time 22:35 (15th overall).

The female record is held by Bryony HAINES who recorded a time of 00:17:54 on 14th May 2016 (event number 38).
The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded 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 83.61% (17:54) on 14th May 2016 (event number 38).

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 2,784 participants have completed 12,438 parkruns covering a total distance of 62,190 km, including 2,869 new Personal Bests.

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Today's Run Director: Andy
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