29/09/2018 Wyre Forest parkrun – 100 club member Richard tells us about his parkrun addiction!

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 159
29th September 2018

Richard AMOS of Bridgnorth Running Club ran his 100th parkrun this week! And volunteered to write the Run Report too. It's a good one - but be warned, it may give you ideas!

Can anybody reading this remember Saturday mornings before parkrun? I struggle but I’m pretty sure they involved sleeping in and probably recovering from Friday night. Things certainly changed for me when I was introduced to parkrun.


My first parkrun was at Telford on the 22/08/15 good event, decent course, I really enjoyed it. My first at Wyre Forest was just my 4th parkrun and also happened to be your 4th event. WOW what a route, beautiful scenery an amazing downhill and that hill, oh that hill! I was hooked.


One thing I remember from that first run, there were fewer runners then, there seemed to be sections I was running on my own, the thought crossed my mind on more than few occasions “have I gone the wrong way?” But what a challenging course!



Over the next 2 years I kept coming back, mixing it up with other local parkrun’s, my first taste of parkrun tourism. Joining Bridgnorth Running Club added other elements to my parkrun experience whether it was trying to set new PB’s, improve course best times or push other club members along! It also gave an opportunity to help others on their journey to parkrun through the club’s couch to 5k program.

Then this year my girlfriend took our parkrun addiction to a new level!
She decided “we needed to do more tourism, we need to get our cow-cowl, we need to complete the alphabet, we need to complete The Compass Challenge, The regionnaires for The West Midlands, stop watch bingo” and about a dozen more challenges.


So we planned our year ahead, we started fairly local, then moved further afield, our friends got involved, we always find somewhere for breakfast after. If we went away for a weekend, we tied into a parkrun, somebody’s birthday we did a parkrun, we booked a holiday to Copenhagen so obviously we did a parkrun, we went to Jersey just to parkrun “it’s the only J!”. parkrun-day was now starting at 6am and not 7:30am. We have a serious parkrun addiction!


It’s been an absolutely brilliant adventure! So, after 21 different parkrun’s this year, 44 in total. Only 1 hill compares to Wyre Forest and that’s Ashton Court which is basically 2.5k uphill an amazing 2.5k downhill, honourable mention to Ludlow as theirs is a bit of a bugger. Arrow Valley claim to have a “cardiac hill” if anybody finds it, please let me know!!

When there is a milestone for us to celebrate we always come back to Wyre Forest. In our group this year we’ve celebrated a few milestones we’ve had 100th’s, 50th’s, 25 volunteering with only one place to share these occasions and that’s Wyre Forest, it’s our home course, the best course, with an amazing core team, great cafe, fantastic marshals everything about it is brilliant and that’s why we always come back time and time again!

This week I was lucky enough to complete my 100th run with about 20 members of Bridgnorth Running Club, 2 of them they pretty much dragged me up the hill for my best time this year, bit off my PB but I’ll get there again one day! It was a double celebration as fellow BRC member Sharron RICHARDS completed her 50th run. The course was as testing as ever, the marshals were epic and encouraging as always, the breakfast and coffee were very well earned as were the cakes and glasses of Prosecco we bought with us!


Back to tourism next week but Wyre Forest parkrun you’re my favourite and I’ll be back again
I love it here!


Congratulations also to junior Hannah LUPTON who completed her 10th parkrun

This week 223 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

These were our fab first-time parkrunners:

Colin COURT, Brandon JONES, Matthew HODGETTS, Rachel TAYLOR, Marcin GORECKI, Charlotte JOHNSTON - SABEL, Stella SMITH, Natasha JOHNSTON, Olivia CHILDE, Stephen ROBERTS, Gillian DAVIES, Linda COURT, Isabelle PORTER, Tyler WHITE-JONES

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Vicky HONEYBOURNE • Shirley THOMAS • Dave SMITH • Andrea FORD • Andrew T DAVIES • Stuart JONES • Richard AMOS • Mark REAVES • Andrew GARLICK • Duncan STARKIE • Carole EVANS • Sandra PEDERSEN • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Paul ROBERTS • Chris KIMBER • Mark CASELEY • Kay REEVES • Rachel CASELEY • Ian BELL • Stuart BIRD • Sarah TAYLOR • Daren JACKSON • Pauline SMITH • Gill JONES • Matt JACKSON • Debbie JACKSON • Debbie HYRONS • Jeremy FERGUSON • Sarah JORDAN • Steve REDDING • Mason PRICE

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 5,036 participants have completed 27,245 parkruns covering a total distance of 136,225 km, including 5,570 new Personal Bests.

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