04/08/2018 Wyre Forest parkrun #151 Gav’s Run Report

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 151
4th August 2018

This week's run report is written by the man who is usually behind the camera - Gavin MILLICHIP.

Gav is an important member of our parkrun family as not only does he take most of our photographs, he has completed 50 stints as a volunteer today and ALSO completed his milestone 50th parkrun.

Photo: The man who's usually behind the camera, Gav MILLICHIP

Thank you so much for everything Gav, take it away:

It was another great park run Saturday, a little on the warm side but a much better weather extreme than the weather we had earlier in the year that caused multiple park run cancellations.

This week 221 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

Well done to Neil CRABBE who took charge of his first parkrun as Run Director, he oversaw the event & ran it to it`s usual high standard.

It was my 50th parkrun & also my 50th volunteer appearance, (doing the run report counts as one) so not all are as high profile or daunting as Neil`s Run Director role!!


There are several roles you can do as a volunteer and still get to run on the day, (course set up & token sorting for example). It`s really important to keep the volunteer roster looking healthy especially at this time of year when people are on holiday etc. Please have a look at the roster & see if you can help out, you still get the social aspect of the parkrun without the pain of cardiac hill, it`s a win win!

That said Cardiac Hill has lost a bit of it`s fear factor for me having gone up CMRC`S RON HILL during their recent 10k race, it`s painful!!! If you're into extreme pain and horrendous hills ask the Cleobury crew to take you on a run up it (not recommended)!

Well done to Mathew BAILEY & Richard FAIN who had great 'race' to the finish line, finishing in 1st and 2nd places and both recording new PB`S. To get a PB is impressive enough but to do so in the baking conditions of Saturday is amazing, well done to you both & all other runners who completed your parkrun. Having completed my 50th park run,(all at the Wyre) I`m going to try a few other local parkruns now, though I doubt very much though that neither the excellent course or the fantastic atmosphere at Wyre forest could ever be bettered.

Thank you to all involved with the Wyre Forest parkrun, all your hard work is very much appreciated!!!

Aw...thanks Gav! And thank you to you too as without our volunteers there would be no parkrun at all. Speaking of which....

This event was made possible by 28 marvellous volunteers:

Ian DENNIS • Nigel GARDNER • Lucy BROOKS • Frances GEDDIE • Andrea FORD • Neil CRABBE • Adrian FORD • David STARKIE • Duncan STARKIE • Carole EVANS • Lisa BIGGS • Martin BIGGS • Allyson MCCLUNG • Andy MORGAN • Gavin MILLICHIP • Rachael SHEPHERD • Molly MATHEWS • Ryan MORGAN • Daren JACKSON • Debbie HYRONS • Jeremy FERGUSON • Linda MALLINSON • Ben HOBSON • James PAYTON • Sarah BOWLES • Steve REDDING • Eleanor BOWLES • Hannah BOWLES

The address to help us out is wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com - thank you

Welcome to parkrun to the following first timers this weekend:


Photo: First timer Paddy

We hope you enjoyed your first parkrun and we will see you all again very soon.

Joining Gav for his milestone run this week were two lovely ladies... Sandra HOWARD was also running her 50th parkrun so now earns the famous red (free!) '50' tee-shirt and Natalie CARR (and friends from Bridgnorth Running Club) played tribute to our beautiful forest by dressing up like a tree for her 100th parkrun. Absolutely perfect. Well done all of you.

Photo: Sandra

Photo: Lucy, Natalie and Alison from Bridgnorth Running Club

Junior Falan MALONE-PRIEST also ran a milestone - her tenth parkrun. Awesome work Fallan!

Don't forget that we will soon be celebrating our 3rd Birthday - August 25th is the big day. There will of course be a theme....and lots of cake hopefully! More details to follow.

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

The female record is held by Bryony HAINES who recorded a time of 17:54 on 14th May 2016 (event number 38).
The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:47 on 30th June 2018 (event number 146).
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 4,766 participants have completed 25,552 parkruns covering a total distance of 127,760 km, including 5,235 new Personal Bests.

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Today's Run Director: Neil
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