22/12/2018 Wyre Forest parkrun #171 Sandra’s Sparkly Christmas Run Report

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 171
22nd December 2018

This week's Christmas parkrun report is written by the lovely Sandra HOWARD. So relax and enjoy!


The press called today ‘Super Saturday’ and what a super Saturday it was as 242 of us completed this weeks parkrun on such a beautiful morning too. As it was the last Saturday before Christmas - many entered the spirit of Wyre Forest parkrun and dressed in suitable Christmas attire. Where else would you see a Christmas present running alongside Christmas trees and a Christmas pud? Even some of the dogs came dressed up. There were Santa’s and reindeer in a sea of red and green running through the wyre forest. One lucky child had their very own sleigh ride this morning!




We celebrated some milestone runs this morning. Morgan PUPLETT and Olivia CHILDE both celebrated their tenth parkrun. Well done both.

Photo: Morgan

Maddie HORTON, Tristan REAVES and Sara HARRIS all completed their 50th run and Stuart JONES and Shirley THOMAS both completed their 100th. Well done all.


Photo: Tristan celebrating his 50th parkrun alongside Lee ASHTON dressed as a present!

Photo: Shirley pictured last week

As 242 of us ran around the forest we were cheered on by our wonderful volunteers. These are the people that make parkrun possible each week. So if you have not yet volunteered - make it a New Years resolution to give it a go. It’s easy and you are giving something back into parkrun. Two volunteers today gained their 25 volunteer badges. They were the wonderful Sandra PEDERSON cheering us on as we ran and the wonderful Debbie HYRONS who was issuing us with our finish tokens. Well done both and a huge THANK YOU TO YOU BOTH.

Photo: Sandra running last week's parkrun

Photo: Debbie and Mason

Some special marshal mentions this morning must go to the lovely girls at the 4K mark for singing jiggle bells so well as we passed them and to Mason the reindeer for encouraging us on before we ran up cardiac hill. A big thank you to goes to Ryan MORGAN who with a little help from his mum made some scrumptious shortbread Christmas trees for us as a post run treat. Thank you.

Thank you again to all of those who volunteered today to make this event happen . Merry Christmas to all.

Thank you Sandra for a wonderful Run Report.

This week 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

Well done awesome first timers:


The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Vicky HONEYBOURNE • Kim HOOD • Mark WALLACE • Andrea FORD • Joanne WATSON • Vicki HULME • Lisa BAILEY • Mark REAVES • Adrian FORD • Katy BROOME • Duncan STARKIE • Martin BIGGS • Emma MORGAN • Sandra PEDERSEN • John FRANCIS • Jennet ROBERTS • Gavin MILLICHIP • Emma THOMAS • Ryan MORGAN • Pauline SMITH • Gill JONES • Ronald LYNES • Debbie HYRONS • Jeremy FERGUSON • Dave ROBERTS • Lucas VANES • Eden VANES • Steve REDDING • Debbie REDDING • Mason PRICE Sandra HOWARD


Congratulations also to Lindsay PULLEY (who we mentioned in last week's Run Report as he turned 80) Lindsay beat his own Age Category Record this week with a run of 33:14! Amazing!!


From all of us in the Core Team here at Wyre Forest - we wish you all a very Merry Christmas too! See you next week.

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 15:46 on 24th November 2018 (event number 167).
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 5,301 participants have completed 29,523 parkruns covering a total distance of 147,615 km, including 5,901 new Personal Bests. A total of 511 individuals have volunteered 3,971 times.

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