22/06/2019 Wyre Forest parkrun #197 Fireman Andy’s run report

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 197
22nd June 2019

This week's run report is brought to us by a real local hero in hi-viz. Firefighter Andy WEBSTER. Thanks Andy - for your report and for all that the emergency services do to keep us safe.

"Finally, I’m going to get my hands on a coveted black t-shirt! Run #100 – all of them completed here at my local parkrun, starting with event number 1 back in 2015 – done this week on a beautiful sunny morning, after having to put it off due to several busy weekends. I had tried to come up with ways to complete this milestone event but didn’t fancy the go-to dresses/ tutus favoured by some – I really didn’t want to have to subject that on any fellow runners! So, I decided on marking the hundredth in the following ways…

1. As a serving retained firefighter at Bewdley over a number of years, I chose the full kit option to raise awareness of our local emergency services. NB: the PPE is designed to keep heat out – however, it also does a superb job of keeping us very warm on the inside!



2. It seemed like a good idea to bring our dog, Dudley, the cocker spaniel and my two sons – Leo, 6 and Jamie, 4 – along too! The family usually wait on the final hill to race me to the finish line, but this time we joined up with the excellent and very friendly/ patient tail walkers in taking in the full course in a leisurely manner; an ice-cream at the café was a well-earned reward for completing their first 5k! The boys are both now very much looking forward to being able to run the distance with the dog when they are a little bit older.



3. I also responded to a social media request to volunteer for the first time, choosing this option of writing the report to be able to also run this time – helping out by volunteering for different roles is certainly something I will get involved with going forward as I am most grateful for all those who make parkrun at Wyre Forest possible.

And so my next goal is the 25 volunteer t-shirt and ultimately one day the dark green one with 250 on the back! I will be around and about doing my bit (most likely with the family in tow!) to help out where I can. I also plan to ‘go on tour’ to sample other parkruns – especially as I hear some are flatter/ faster to improve my PB!??"



Thanks and well done Andy! That must have been a very, very tough run!

Congratulations and thank you also to Matt KIMBER who volunteered for the 25th time this week. We wouldn't be here with out our regular volunteers so we really do appreciate people like Matt.

This week 256 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Gillian TYLER • Andy WEBSTER • Dave SMITH • Frances GEDDIE • Stephen BLOOMER • Ellen POWELL • Christine NICHOLLS • Annette MORE • Elizabeth HINTON • Mark REAVES • Carole EVANS • Aran MOORE • Matt KIMBER • Graeme ANDERSON • John FRANCIS • Michelle SCURRELL • Paul SCURRELL • Christine SEDMAN-SMITH • Daren JACKSON • Stella CARTER • Caz SMITH • Debbie HYRONS • Ben HOBSON • Helen PUPLETT • Steve REDDING • Christian HOLLOWAY • Kerry LEWIS • Morgan PUPLETT • Laura KIRKPATRICK

CONGRATULATIONS to Maureen LEWIS who has a new Age Category Record for VW75-79. She ran a speedy 34:36 to claim her spot on the wall of pride.

And welcome to parkrun to our first timers:


The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:35 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 177).oday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wyre Forest parkrun Results Page.

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).

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Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 6,268 participants have completed 36,141 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,705 km, including 6,973 new Personal Bests. A total of 582 individuals have volunteered 4,742 times.