16/11/2019 Wyre Forest parkrun #218 ‘Ollie from Eastbourne’s run report

Wyre Forest parkrun

Event number 218

16th November 2019

This week's run report is brought to us by tourist Ollie Miller - thank you Ollie! Take it away...

Jane, do you fancy a few days break in Hartlebury with Auntie and Uncle in November?”, I ask.

What a great idea. You have some leave to use up, we haven't see them for a while and most importantly, Brighton are not playing at home that weekend,” she replies.

Fantastic, I will message them and see if they're available.”

Great, perhaps we can do a local parkrun on the Saturday,”

I know just the one!!!!!”

Finally, after many years of trying and failing, I have encouraged my fine wife of one-year to do the Wyre Forest parkrun. “Now, don't go out too hard because there is a hill at the end,” I explain. Having done Wyre Forest a few times, I know all about the Hill. I remember a volunteer advising me about the Hill on my very first Wyre Forest trip back in the glorious summer of 2017.

The Hill can't be that bad,” replies Jane.

Just wait and see!”. We arrive early, at 8:30, to do a quick course – or hill – check. Jane knows what she is up against in the final 500m. We are not big parkrun tourists, we are members of a local running group called the Polegate Plodders in Eastbourne, East Sussex. They regularly organise trips to nearby parkruns but we like the familiarity of the Eastbourne parkrun.

Anyway, back to Wyre Forest. First, can we just say how everyone was so welcoming and friendly; the openness and friendliness made this such a pleasurable morning and thank you to the locals who informed us that the hill is called “Cardiac Hill”.. Secondly, we were really impressed by the Run Director and Volunteer Coordinator Graeme ANDERSON. His speech was fantastic, thanking every volunteer in turn. This is definitely something we are going to suggest to Team Eastbourne.


David E LEWIS from Halesowen A and CC came home first in a time of 20 minutes 5 seconds. Just under thirty seconds later was the first lady home, Alison McEWING  in a time of 20 minutes 33 seconds. Alison runs for Erme Valley Harriers and was a first timer at today's event. Overall, there were 12 First Timers to parkrun in general and 30 First Timers to Wyre Forest parkrun. 242 parkrunners jogged, ran or walked the course, of which 30 recorded Personal Bests. Well done to you all.


There were three athletes who recorded significant milestones – Chris DEARNLEY, Lisa BIGGS and Christa MAWHINNEY all participated in their 50th parkrun. Don't forget to order your milestone t-shirts online. As well as Jane and I from Eastbourne, there were also visitors from Chichester (also down south), London and most impressively South Africa.

For us, it is back to the flat terrain of Eastbourne next week before we have small tourists trips to Hastings and Finsbury Park, London at the end of November and beginning of December. We are already looking at our diaries next year for another trip to Wyre Forest. We better hit the South Downs for some practice so we are ready for Cardiac Hill.

Great report thank you Ollie!

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Kimberley BILLS • Mark WALLACE • Jane THOMAS • Andrew GARLICK • Carole EVANS • Lisa GARLICK • Graeme ANDERSON • Rosie CHADWICK • Lauren CHADWICK • Heather MORGAN • Tony COLCLOUGH • Elizabeth COLCLOUGH • Gavin MILLICHIP • Gill JONES • Neil SPAREY • Sandra HOWARD • Ollie MILLER • Christopher HANCOX • Darrell MEEKCOM • Alan KIMBER • Deana KIMBER • Henry NEWALL


Today'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 male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:18 on 12th October 2019 (event number 213). The Age Grade course record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded 84.64% (15:18) on 12th October 2019 (event number 213).

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 6,934 participants have completed 40,910 parkruns covering a total distance of 204,550 km, including 7,715 new Personal Bests. A total of 636 individuals have volunteered 5,310 times.

Wyre Forest parkrun Today's Run Director: Graeme 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

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In the Diary - 21st December - Christmas themed parkrun

Please note: there are NO extra parkruns taking place over Christmas but Saturdays continue as usual.
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