15/06/2019 Wyre Forest parkrun #196 run report

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 196
15th June 2019

After a week of solid rain you'd be forgiven for thinking we may have got wet today, but the rain held off and we still had a great turnout of 263 people.

We had a few notable milestones. First is Lindsay Pulley, who ran his 250th parkrun today. To give that the context it deserves, only 69 people worldwide joined the 250 club today out of 246,627 parkrunners who ran. For those who don't know Lindsay, he is a bit of a local legend in the running community and just last month ran the Great Birmingham Run representing England Athletics as part of their Masters Team. Congratulations to him on his well earned milestone.

Lindsay Pulley's 250th parkrun

Lindsay Pulley celebrating his 250th parkrun milestone.

Also today Mick Hudson ran his 100th parkrun at Wyre Forest. If you read these reports regularly you may recall me mentioning the various challenges that exist via the website https://running-challenges.co.uk/. Running 100 parkruns at a single venue earns Mick the 'Single Ton' challenge badge. I wonder if Mick knows that?

Mick Hudson celebrating his 100th Wyre Forest parkrun

Mick Hudson running his 100th parkrun at Wyre Forest

Last but by no means least, we had a milestone for a volunteer, Rosie Chadwick. There is only one milestone shirt for volunteering, which is 25 individual days of volunteering (so two roles in one day counts as one volunteer shift). Again for some perspective on this, 323 people joined the 25 club this weekend out of 22,363 volunteers who were out in all weathers.

Rosie Chadwick celebrating her 25th volunteering milestone.

Rosie Chadwick volunteering for the 25th time.

We also had a visit from local councillor Mary Rayner who was raising awareness and funds for HELP, a local charity for homeless people. I did not get a direct contact for Mary, but if anyone wanted to contact her about this I would suggest looking on the local council website (http://www.wyreforest.gov.uk) where her contact details are available, alongside the details of all councillors.

We love dressing up at Wyre Forest and this week some ladies from Tri energy caught our eye. I don't know why they were dressed up, but I hope they had a great time out on course.

Ladies from Tri Energy

Ladies from Tri Energy dressed up for the occasion

Ladies from Tri Energy.

Ladies from Tri Energy.

You may have wondered where I got the statistics quoted above. Statistics can be fun, if you like that kind of thing. If you are interested in such things there is a website maintained by Elliot Line who posts weekly stats on the parkrun turnouts, milestones, etc.: http://www.elliottline.com/parkrun. If you really like statistics then there is even a Facebook group for self-confessed stats geeks https://www.facebook.com/groups/parkrunstatsgeeks/. If you try to join you'll need to know the difference between a median, mean and mode to answer the admission questions. Now on to the usual weekly statistics:

This week 263 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

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

Natalie SKILLERN • James HOWARD-JONES • Jack ASKEW • Jack HOWARD-JONES • Alexander BODIN • Chris PINNER • Mary COSNETT • Rhian GURNEY • Thomas HENRY • George HENRY • Linda SMITH • Hilton SMITH • Elaheh SKANDARI BANAT

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

David MORE • Stephen BLOOMER • Christine NICHOLLS • Andrew T DAVIES • Jenna CAMBRIDGE • Neil CRABBE • David STARKIE • Andrew GARLICK • Duncan STARKIE • Lisa GARLICK • Leeanne ANDERSON • Ann CHADWICK • Rosie CHADWICK • Lauren CHADWICK • Lindsay TILLSLEY • John FRANCIS • Ellie ANDERSON • Olwen FIELD • Gavin MILLICHIP • Jo MATHEWS • Jennifer SHUKLA • Jasmine SHUKLA • Stuart BIRD • Pauline SMITH • Paul NEWRICK • Kerry LEWIS • Caz SMITH • Charlie SMITH

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 6,234 participants have completed 35,885 parkruns covering a total distance of 179,425 km, including 6,931 new Personal Bests. A total of 579 individuals have volunteered 4,711 times.

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Today's Run Director: Neil
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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.