18/05/2019 Wyre Forest parkrun #192 Wendy’s run report

Wyre Forest parkrun

Event number 192

18th May 2019

This week's run report is written by visitor Wendy SEARS (Isabel Trail parkrun). 60346157_10216651378371633_5989414718421336064_n

My first ever Wyre Forest parkrun
I'm not the greatest of parkrun tourists. I confess that I quite like to stay close to home and (with a few exceptions) tend to only visit other parkruns when I am on holiday in the area or running a race near to that parkrun. And so it was today.
Having arranged to run the 'Down to the Wyre 10k', it would have been positively rude not to also complete the parkrun taking place before it.I drove the 46 miles from Stafford, arriving at the Wyre Forest Visitor Centre with sufficient time to grab a cup of coffee, locate the onsite loos, and have a bit of banter with some of the volunteers who had arrived early to set up.
Parking was easy, with plenty of available space.. certainly at the time that I arrived.One of the stand out aspects of parkrun is the friendliness of the volunteers. I introduced myself to everyone I could find bedecked in the recognisable yellow, blue or orange parkrun volunteer tabards and was met with smiles and friendly conversation and a few useful tips about the course. 
The first time briefing was given with a lot of humour, with more than one reference to the word undulating and with confirmation that we would be in no doubt about the definition of that word undulating after we had gone through the finish funnel. This comment was met with a lot of laughter. After a detailed Run Director's briefing, we had a countdown to the start of the parkrun.
The course itself is a mixture of tracks and trail paths and I have to say that I absolutely loved the first ten minutes, with some lovely downhill sections that allowed all runners, joggers and walkers to allow gravity to propel them forward, with giant trees shrouding the route. As someone who is more used to the relatively flat route of the Isabel Trail parkrun, I found myself slowing on some of the inclines. However I was given fantastic encouragement by marshals and other participants alike! 
The run to the funnel up what is colloquially referred to as 'Cardiac Hill' was interesting. I use the word 'run' very loosely - Haha. It was a challenging end to a great parkrun.
I really enjoyed this parkrun. The course, the volunteers, and the participants all added elements that made the morning so memorable. I managed to take photos of most (if not all) of the volunteers who were so supportive and without whom this parkrun could not have taken place. Thank you so much for making me feel so welcome. Expect to see me next year. Keep the coffee warm!

Will do Wendy and hopefully we will see you again soon!

This week 241 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Vicky HONEYBOURNE • Wendy SEARS • Sarah AVRIL • Sarah PRICE • Kate DUFFIN • Andrea FORD • Christine NICHOLLS • Julian ABLEY • Adrian FORD • David STARKIE • Andrew GARLICK • Duncan STARKIE • Carole EVANS • Aran MOORE • Matt KIMBER • Ann CHADWICK • Rosie CHADWICK • Lauren CHADWICK • Heather MORGAN • Lindsay TILLSLEY • John FRANCIS • Deborah NEWBOULD • Ellie ANDERSON • Michelle SCURRELL • Olwen FIELD • Emily PRICE • Michael GREGG • Graham GOOD • Alex LEES • Pauline SMITH • Caz SMITH • Dylan TURNER • Kerry LEWIS • Patrick YARRANTON-GREEN


Congratulations and a huge thank you to volunteer Sarah PRICE who gained her purple t-shirt this week after her 25th time on the roster.



Congratulations to Linda PALMER who joined the 50 parkruns club And super kudos to junior parkrunner Morgan NEAL who also completed his 50th parkrun!! Awesome!



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 6,060 participants have completed 34,881 parkruns covering a total distance of 174,405 km, including 6,762 new Personal Bests. A total of 567 individuals have volunteered 4,581 times.

Wyre Forest parkrun Today's Run Director: Andie Links Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter And on Instagram Join our club on Strava Your Run Director Team:- 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 1st - GP Pledge Day June 8th - CMRC volunteer takeover June 29th - Scouts volunteer takeover
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