18/08/2018 Wyre Forest parkrun Report #124 A message of thanks from Andie

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 153
18th August 2018

This week 197 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 of the best volunteers you'll ever meet!:

Richard FAIN • Hazel FAIN • Rob REYNOLDS • Andrea FORD • Andrew T DAVIES • Stuart JONES • Joanne WATSON • Lisa BAILEY • Michael HALLIDAY • Elizabeth HINTON • Mark REAVES • Adrian FORD • Katy BROOME • Martin BIGGS • Heather MORGAN • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Jennet ROBERTS • Dawn WHITEHEAD • Carole HENDER • Stuart BIRD • Pauline SMITH • Gill JONES • Debbie HYRONS • Jeremy FERGUSON • Linda MALLINSON • Michelle REAVES • Simone BUZINK • Katherine EVANS

Photo: Volunteers arriving for duty!

And there were lots of lovely parkrun debutants this week:

Selena REAVES, Claire BUTTON, Chris JUCKES, Anthony NEWBOULD, Phil BUTTON, Harvey BUTTON, Samantha CLARKE, Hayley PEPLER, Liz BARKER, David GILLAM, Charis TURNER, James BAKER, Kate NICKELS, Matthew BAKER, Laura BEDSON, Stuart DEAKIN

Well done to you all!

It was a very quiet week on the milestone front with no official milestones achieved this week. It was nice however to greet tourists from far and wide including Cornwall, Barcelona and Sydney! We also welcomed the ED of Luton Wardown parkrun Kate NEALE - lovely to meet you Kate!

Photo: Our youngest supporters (and hive-five issuers!) - Lily and Jessica

I had a rare opportunity to run this week - and that is because of the wonderful volunteers who replied to my email for assistance in filling the roster this week. Please remember if you have not yet volunteered that parkrun only exists because other parkrunners give up their run in exchange for a role.

If we all take our turns regularly then the roster would be full several weeks in advance and my job would be lots easier. So don't wait until Friday night to look at the roster - do your bit and keep our wonderful event going. Thank you. Like me - you can get a volunteer credit for writing this run report (which as you can see, doesn't have to be long!)

Photo: Me with some of my fellow CMRC parkrunners

Don't forget that next week we celebrate our third birthday! Where has the time gone...it seems like only yesterday that we were nervously preparing for our inaugural.

As I am writing this and thinking back over the last three years I can honestly say that parkrun has changed my life. I hope that doesn't sound silly, because its true. Without it I would not have met and been inspired by so many amazing people. Wyre Forest parkrun is an important part of our family life now, something that we all do together and look forward to and something that above all else, I am incredibly proud of. I'm not sure what we'd do on a Saturday if parkrun wasn't around!

29.8.15 Wyre forest inaugural park run
Photo: Briefing our inaugural parkrunners back in August 2015!

So thank you to everyone who has ran, jogged, walked, supported and (most importantly to me!) volunteered over these last 3 years as you've all made it incredibly special. As I can't be with you next week I'll take the opportunity now to say "Happy Birthday" and hope you all have a fabulous parkrun (and lots of cake!)

Speaking of which....our core team are not renowned for their baking skills I'm afraid! We will buy a couple of cakes but we know that we have lots of talented bakers amongst our parkrun community so if anyone would like to bring along anything to contribute to the party then please do!

The theme is Super Heroes so don't forget those capes, masks and pants on the outside!


See you all in a couple of weeks and once again - THANK YOU!

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 4,849 participants have completed 25,968 parkruns covering a total distance of 129,840 km, including 5,320 new Personal Bests.

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Today's Run Director:Jo
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Andie (Event Director) - Jo - Vicky - Ade - Chris - Andy - Graeme - Mark - Neil

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Please park responsibly in the car parks provided or stay green and cycle, jog or walk in when possible. Please, please, please do not park near local residents properties. Thank you.