27/05/2017 Wyre Forest parkrun #92 Mark shares his parkrun story

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 92
27th May 2017

This week 223 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests (woop woop!!) Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

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Mark REAVES is our run report writer this week and he tells us what Wyre Forest parkrun means to him. Enjoy!

It all started about 2 years ago when a good friend of mine ran the London marathon and convinced me to start running. So I downloaded a C25K app and started to follow that.

After a few weeks I was able to run 5K fairly regularly, but running on my own found I was lacking motivation and support. Then Wyre Forest parkrun started up and I got completely hooked.

This week was my 50th at Wyre Forest but I have run 2 at Stratford where my good friend is an RD and I felt I had to run my actual 50th there because its all her fault this running lark, she has also run Wyre Forest twice and I think she enjoyed it even though Stratford is dead flat!!

Anyway this week was a hot run so decided to run with my son which I thoroughly enjoyed.

parkrun itself has given me more than just the chance to run against the clock it has also given me some great new friendships and I have joined a running club - the Forest Monsters ( you may have noticed them). I have also run 3 half marathons and three 10k races since starting to run so any new runners beware this sport is highly addictive.

I am always on the lookout for races etc. and will be running the multi verse next month at Stourport, the Wyre forest half in July and the Spitfire 10k in September all leading up to my first marathon in Birmingham in October, so parkrun is also an invaluable training aid to get some miles in!

Racing isn't for everyone so parkrun is a great way to get outside and enjoy its great each week to turn up take part but also to volunteer in such a beautiful setting as the Wyre Forest.

Thanks to all at Wyre Forest parkrun for a great event each week. Saturday has been renamed parkrun day in our household, my 2 eldest have both run & my 2 youngest now look forwards to being able to start coming along. Happy running everyone!!!

Sorry for the long ramble, - Mark.

Well done Mark - 50 parkruns for a relative 'beginner' is pretty amazing. Good luck in your upcoming races and thanks for telling us about your running journey. We'd love to hear more about you all - so please don't be shy and write to us and tell us your story, we know that other people's journeys are incredibly inspiring so don't keep them to yourselves - email us at wyreforestoffice@parkrun.com Thank you!

Mark was joined by 23 other amazing volunteers:

Adrian FORD • Andrea FORD • Andrew GARLICK • Carole EVANS • Craig COATES • David STARKIE • Duncan STARKIE • Graeme ANDERSON • Hazel FAIN • Jacqui WINTER • Joanne WATSON • Julie GOLDS • Lindsay B PULLEY • Lisa BAILEY • Lisa BIGGS • Lisa GARLICK • Mark REAVES • Martin BIGGS • Maxwell B PULLEY • Pauline SMITH • Rachael SHEPHERD • Richard FAIN • Samantha ANDERSON • Sarah TAYLOR

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Special mention for all our first time parkrunners:

Phil SINGLETON, Piotr ZIELINSKI, Philip, HILL, Diane STEVENS, Russell TONKS, Scarlett HODGES, Ciaran, TURNBULL, Paige CARTER, Nat FREEMANTLE, Julia KNOWLES, Louis SYLVESTER, Gary RIGBY, Nick CRABBE, Hannah SPITTLE, Chloe DAVIS, Julia BIRCH, Abigail CRABBE, Mary NEWMAN

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

Male placings:
Henry WALKER (SM30-34) of Malvern Joggers, was first over the line in 19:03 - first appearance.
Alan SOUTHWICK (VM40-44) of Black Pear Joggers, was second over the line in 20:07.
Joe DYER (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:10.

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Female placings:
Emily SCHMIDT (SW30-34) of Ealing Eagles Running Club, was first (29th overall) over the line in 24:06 - first appearance.
Fern CATES (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (36th overall) over the line in 24:40.
Jacqui WINTER (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (50th overall) over the line in 26:19 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Dave BENNETT (VM55-59) – 76.14% for the time 20:11 (4th overall).
Trevor MCGILL (VM55-59) – 74.39% for the time 21:01 (8th overall).
Andrew HIGGINS (VM50-54) – 71.41% for the time 21:20 (11th 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 3,078 participants have completed 14,048 parkruns covering a total distance of 70,240 km, including 3,241 new Personal Bests.

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