07/03/2020 Wyre Forest parkrun #233 celebrates International Womens Day

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 233
7th March 2020

Thank you Pauline SMITH for this week's run report :-)

Today’s parkrun was in celebration of ‘International Women’s Day’ and a new selfie board reflecting this was sent from parkrun HQ. I hoped that many of you took the opportunity to use this board for your own selfies. Perhaps you could send some and we can post them on the website.


Our Event Director Andie celebrates IWD

It was lovely to be able to come to the forest in drier weather conditions than in recent weeks, however the course was still quite slippy in places but there was definite signs that spring is definitely on its way, with wild garlic starting to grow and the birds very chirpy. On the downside, we must apologise for the lack or toilet facilities at the start of the event, but luckily the problem was soon resolved. I hope this did not cause you too much in’convenience’. (groan groan groan).

Our Run Director today was Neil CRABBE who made sure that volunteers were where they should be and also ensuring that they wore to new pink Hi-Viz jackets. There were mixed opinions on these, with some preferring the yellow.

280 runners came to the forest to take part in this week’s run. The running conditions were very much improved on recent weeks and first past the post Stuart HAWKES did it in a rather speedy 19.26 minutes, well done. There were also 35 runners who achieved a new personal best at Wyre Forest parkrun. Well done all of you excellent running.

We also had 39 runners who were running at Wyre Forest for their first time. We really hope that you enjoyed your time in the forest, and look forward to welcoming you all back in the near future when the conditions will hopefully be much better that today.

What about all these milestones!! Well done to:

Lily HALLIDAY (10), Hidi JONES, Mark PARISH, Morgan PUPLETT, Helen PUPLETT, Heidrun HAEGE, Suzanne FIELD, Jules MONTAGUE (all 50) and Angela TWINE (100!)

Absolutely brilliant, all of you.


Super Morgan and Helen after their 50th parkruns!

We also had an 'unofficial' milestone as one of our RDs Graeme celebrated his 150th parkrun in traditional Wyre Forest Hashers style - with fancy dress. You all looked fabulous!

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Wyre Forest parkrun is fortunate to have a team of regular volunteers who turn up to support the runners come rain or shine. If you would like to have a go at volunteering, or are interested in finding out further information please look at the Wyre Forest parkrun web page, you can find the link below. Alternatively, speak to any of the volunteers next time you are at the event. We are only too happy to help.


For now, we send a big ‘Thank you’ to this week’s volunteers who are:

Kimberley BILLS • Mark WALLACE • Julie GILLAM • Neil CRABBE • Katy BROOME • Kirsty WILKES • Carole EVANS • Martin BIGGS • Aran MOORE • Graeme ANDERSON • Heather MORGAN • Libby HAWKSWELL • Michelle SCURRELL • Richard GWILLIAM • Toby LLOYD • Pauline SMITH • Debbie HYRONS • Jeremy FERGUSON • Peter CARTWRIGHT • Bex JONES • Jules MONTAGUE • Neil CHAMPS • Adrian GODWIN • Harrison GWILLIAM • Alan KIMBER • Jack CARRASCO PORTER • Julie ALTON • Deana KIMBER • Chris ROACH • Alfie LYE • Ben ROACH

A date for your diaries. On Saturday March 21st, our Event Director Andie is going to do her 50th parkrun - 5 years in the making! Andie has chosen a theme of 'rainbows and unicorns' and is inviting you all to turn the forest 'bright and sparkly'! So please join her and wear something bright and cheerful or unicorn related!


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 7,387 participants have completed 44,835 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,175 km, including 8,165 new Personal Bests. A total of 674 individuals have volunteered 5,725 times.

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