06/07/2019 Wyre Forest parkrun #199 and we have a PB Bell!!

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 199
6th July 2019

It was a deceptively warm morning this week as  215 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

Well done to these fabulous first time parkrunners:

Adrian JONES, Rio BILL, Luke WORTHINGTON, Joshua GLAZE, Richard DUDLEY, Andrew GLAZE, Annette ROBINSON, Jodi LEEK, Richard BROOMFIELD, Jessica DAVIS, Chloe PALMER, Joanne TILL, Polly FISHER-EDWARDS, Megan WARD, Nick INSULL, Charlotte STELLING

Congratulations particularly to the group that joined us from Tri-Energy for their C25k Graduation Run.

We were thrilled to be donated a PB Bell by Mark WALLACE and it was great to hear it being rung! Here is Archie GOULDING celebrating his new Personal Best!

PB bell

The event was made possible by 29 generous volunteers, who gave up their Saturday morning so that we could all take part:

Penelope Jane BARBER • Alexandra PRITCHARD • Mark WALLACE • Sarah PRICE • Andrea FORD • Elizabeth HINTON • Andrew GARLICK • Carole EVANS • Lisa GARLICK • Ann CHADWICK • Rosie CHADWICK • Lauren CHADWICK • Heather MORGAN • Sandra PEDERSEN • Lindsay TILLSLEY • John FRANCIS • Deborah NEWBOULD • David FISH • Gavin MILLICHIP • Sara HARRIS • Emily PRICE • Querida WILLIAMS • Pauline SMITH • Caz SMITH • Zoe ELKIN • Peter CARTWRIGHT • Izzy ROLLIT • Ed ROLLIT • Fran CRICK

Particular thanks must go to lovely Heather MORGAN who volunteered for the 25th time earning her a nice new purple t-shirt!


Today was my 150th time as a parkrun volunteer and I also got to run for the 35th time by offering to write this run report. There are a few jobs that you can do to earn a run credit and volunteer credit for on the same day!:

  • Pre-event set-up (after training is given)
  • First Timers Briefing (we have notes so it's very easy!)
  • Tail Walker
  • Post Event Close Down
  • Run Report Writer

Writing the Run Report isn't difficult. We just like to hear about your parkrun from your perspective! Then we add in the facts and figures and upload it - voila! Simple.

As I'm writing the run report this week I wanted to say a special THANK YOU to all our volunteers who have given up their time as we approach our 200th run! Where has all that time gone?? We have had 593 different volunteers who have given up their time on 4,803 different occasions! So that covers many hours of marshaling, time keeping and scanning among other things!

Have you volunteered yet? If not, ask yourself - why not? If it's because you're not sure what it entails or you think it's too difficult please come and talk to one of our team and we can explain what happens, you could shadow someone for a little while after your run. There are roles to suit everyone and it really is very rewarding to give something back.

www.wyreforest@parkrun is the address to get involved!

My goal is to now try and run 50 parkruns before the end of the year (I'm definitely playing catch up!) and I couldn't do that with out a fabulous team of core volunteers, regulars and Run Directors who have enabled me to lighten the load this year. Big thank you to fellow RDs Jo WATSON, Graeme ANDERSON, Andy GARLICK, Neil CRABBE, Mark REAVES and David STARKIE in particular!

And finally, you all know by now that we are lucky enough to have a junior parkrun starting soon! Thank you so much to Shirley THOMAS and her team for getting it off the ground! Wyre Forest juniors will hold it's inaugural run on Sunday July 21st at 9am and all children 4-14 are welcome to attend so get them registered and barcodes printed ready! I attended the practice run and my girls really enjoyed it, it's going to be great fun!

So, it's our 200th parkrun this Saturday (already??!) and we have chosen a theme of SUMMER which should be easy for everyone to join in with. Keep it simple and wear your sunglasses or go all out and come in your best Hawaiian shirt and Bermuda shorts! We love to see what you come up with is as always.

See you next time all,


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 6,333 participants have completed 36,628 parkruns covering a total distance of 183,140 km, including 7,041 new Personal Bests. A total of 593 individuals have volunteered 4,803 times.

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Video - Wyre Forest parkrun in 5 minutes
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In the Diary -
July 13th - parkrun #200
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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.
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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.