20/04/2019 Wyre Forest parkrun #188 run report

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 188
20th April 2019

Each week we welcome tourists to Wyre Forest. Some are just away from home, taking advantage of a local parkrun wherever they are, but some are parkrun tourists, which you may or may not know is a thing in its own right.

Today we were visited by 34 tourists, all very welcome as always. Among them were Vicki Clarke and her husband James. I received an email from James during the week asking if he could volunteer to be barcode scanner, but saying he'd like to run the course first and he'd be done in about 18 minutes. I admired his optimism and replied saying that if he could make it round in 18 minutes then he could be a barcode scanner. Sure enough, he made it round in 5th place in 18 minutes 21 seconds and spent the rest of the morning scanning barcodes.

Vickie and James are parkrun tourists, which is an unofficial title for someone who has run at 20 or more parkrun locations. But Vickie wasn't content with just that and she and James are now working towards the Cowell Club, which is an unofficial club for all of those who have run at 100 different parkruns. Wyre Forest was their 87th, so they are well on their way and we wish them well with their endeavour.

You'll have noticed I refer to these as unofficial challenges or clubs, there are no milestone t-shirts for these, they are just fun little challenges that arose along the way. A variety of challenges now exist, some more serious than others. Do you want to join the Compass Club? Run four parkruns, one each with North, South, East and West in the name. Fancy being an alphabeteer? Run a parkrun beginning with each letter of the alphabet, except x which doesn't exist - for now. How about the Full Ponty? Run a parkrun at Pontefract, Pontypool and Pontypridd.

The list goes on and I am not going to try to mention them all here. If you think it may be of interest, you can find out more here: https://running-challenges.co.uk/.

The results also show that we were visited by another tourist worth a special mention, Mark ANNEAR, who was up from London and ran his 100th parkrun with us. Congratulations to him, had I known about it on the day I'd have given him a shout out at the briefing.

This week 300 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

Special congratulations to all those who ran their first ever parkrun:

Vicky WILLIAMS • Tunjay ORAN • Christopher FELLOWS • Jane YOUNG • Cody HODGKINSON • Frank WORNER • Joshua STOKES • Richard BURNETT • David BRAMALL • Roxy WHITE • Lyndsey ROBERTS • Claire SMITH • Dave COLEMAN • Clare COLEMAN • Paula FREEMAN • Pamela PALMER • Maria MARCOU • Despina MARCOU • Julie MILLMAN • Josie MILLMAN • Nick THOMPSON • Harri WILLIAMS • Luke LOWE • Sarah BACHE

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Penelope Jane BARBER • Vicky HONEYBOURNE • Kim HOOD • James Richard Alexander CLARKE • Joanne WATSON • Deborah LOWE • Neil CRABBE • David STARKIE • Duncan STARKIE • Carole EVANS • Ann CHADWICK • Rosie CHADWICK • Lauren CHADWICK • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Vicki KELLY • Gavin MILLICHIP • Dawn WHITEHEAD • Sara HARRIS • Kevin HARRIS • Fereday ALICIA • Fereday SOPHIE • Stuart BIRD • Pauline SMITH • Dylan TURNER • Jennifer CLEE • Jeremy FERGUSON • Izzy ROLLIT • Ed ROLLIT • Fran CRICK • Freya KELLY

As always, a huge thanks to the volunteers, without you the event wouldn't run. If you have never volunteered, please consider it at a future event.

Have a great week everyone, see you next time.


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

The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:35 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 177).
The female record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 17:36 on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).
The Age Grade course record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded 84.09% (17:36) on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 5,896 participants have completed 33,846 parkruns covering a total distance of 169,230 km, including 6,585 new Personal Bests. A total of 556 individuals have volunteered 4,459 times.

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

Other Links:
Video - Wyre Forest parkrun in 5 minutes
Forestry Commission Wyre Forest website
Wyre Forest parkrun was set up by members of Cleobury Mortimer Running Club
In the Diary - June 29th - Scouts volunteer takeover
Parking at Wyre Forest Groovy ERS Barcodes
Did you know that a Wyre Forest Discovery Pass includes parking for two cars (one at a time!) for £35 per year as well as supporting the work of the Forestry Commission you can get also get discounts on other products and services. Why not have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers?Otherwise, parking charges are £3 for up to 2 hours, £4 2-4 hours and £5 all day on Saturdays. Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes.
Make our scanners lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!


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.