27/11/2018 Wyre Forest parkrun #163 halloween spooky spectacular

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 163
27th October 2018

We have another guest run report writer this week - hurrah for the fabulous Imogen GUNSON for her account of our Halloween themed run: enjoy!

With a clear crisp morning for a forest run we arrived to what should be an excellent event, enhanced by many runners, walkers, canine friends and volunteers in some impressive Halloween fancy dress!


A first timers welcome came from Neil CRABBE with much encouragement to the young first timer for their first finisher aspirations! With reminders that in my experience rather unusually it’s just one lap we gathered with the masses for Andie’s main briefing - foregoing the blue and white hi vis for a pumpkin I think we could still clearly spot her!

Wyre Forest Halloween parkrun 2018
Photo: Run Director Andie!

With clear to follow tracks we set off on the downhill, however just shy of a mile in a local discussing with their running partner that it was all uphill now have me something to look forward to - a stinker of a hill to finish, and he wasn’t joking I’d say!

Photo: The lead runners make their way up through the beautiful autumn forest

Beautiful forestry surroundings are always a pleasure to run in, but I wonder how many courses can boast overhead zip wires, quite odd to look up mid run and find someone hovering above!

To keep with the fancy dress theme as we learnt from Facebook... the trick is remembering your barcode, the treat is parkrun :-)

Wyre Forest Halloween parkrun 2018
Photo: Volunteer Paddy in full costume

In total 231 parkrunners walked, jogged or ran of whom a huge 50 achieved new PBs, well done all! Today’s milestones were achieved by Kevin LEWIS into the ’100 club’, Lee ASHTON, Helen ROSEWARNE and Sam MUSCUTT into the ’50 club’ and Hannah BOWLES into the ‘junior 10 club’ – I’m sure they’ll be looking forward to proudly wearing their respective black, red and white shirts before long.

Photo: Lee gives us a cheeky pose on his 50th parkrun!

Photo: Kevin celebrated his 100th parkrun with a new PB! Well done Kevin

Photo: Sam celebrated his 50th in true Wyre Forest style!

Today we were joined by 13 first timers who hopefully enjoyed themselves so much they’ll return and maybe even catch the tourist bug, as I was one of 27 tourists today.

Final note always has to be a thank you to the hi-vis heroes of which we had 32 volunteers today, we really couldn’t enjoy our run without you!

Vicky HONEYBOURNE • Shirley THOMAS • Frances GEDDIE • Andrea FORD • Andrew T DAVIES • Neil CRABBE • David STARKIE • Andrew GARLICK • Duncan STARKIE • Martin BIGGS • Lisa GARLICK • Graeme ANDERSON • Philip JONES • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Ellie ANDERSON • Michelle SCURRELL • Paul SCURRELL • Imogen GUNSON • Gavin MILLICHIP • Claire Louise HAYWOOD • Fiona MEEKINGS • Pauline SMITH • Gill JONES • Debbie HYRONS • Jeremy FERGUSON • James PAYTON • Steve REDDING • Izzy ROLLIT • Ed ROLLIT • Fran CRICK • Patrick YARRANTON-GREEN

Photo: Volunteers Lindsay, Andy and Lisa

Photo: It was great to see Matt back in his dinosaur costume - quicker than last year too!

Thank you Imo for a fabulous run report!!

Finally, It was great to see Lynn COX back running at Wyre Forest again - this time with VI guide Graeme ANDERSON. Well done on your new PB Lynn!


Same time next week folks! Don't be late and don't forget those barcodes!

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 5,127 participants have completed 28,000 parkruns covering a total distance of 140,000 km, including 5,695 new Personal Bests.

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