07/01/2017 Wyre Forest parkrun #72 New Year, new starts… (and finish!)

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 72
7th January 2017

Happy New Year to all parkrunners, volunteers supporters and families! We kicked off 2017 with a slight change to our course. Following a request from our landowners the Forestry Commission, we moved our start line and finish area slightly further up the hill from last year.

Photo: The new look start line

177 of you came to challenge yourselves including 35 first timers. Lets say a big CONGRATULATIONS to the following runners who completed their first ever parkrun this Saturday at Wyre Forest:

Andrew PAWSON, Mark BIRKS, Dean HUTTON, Grant Wills, Tina ROWBERY, Jackie LITTLE, Denise WILTON, Grant HOWARD, Xylia READING, Charlie EDMONDS, Martin HUTTON, Marie HARRIS, Emily HOOPER, Terry BLUNN, Andrea HINTON, Sasha GUEST, Aneka GUEST, Amelia-Jayne THOMAS, Beth NEWTON, Catherine BLUNT, Charlotte MONDON-LINES, Millie MORTON, Matthew MORTON, Skye WEAVER, Andrew WEAVER, Isabella HERMAN, Jo HERMAN

You are all awesome and we hope to see you back again very soon!


A particular big WELL DONE to the 21 runners who gained a PB this week. I think its fair to say that a 2017 PB is even harder earned than a 2016 one to give yourselves a huge pat on the back.

The other bunch of amazing people are our volunteers:

Adrian FORD • Andrea FORD • Andrew GARLICK • Carole EVANS • Dave SMITH • Gavin MILLICHIP • Jo MATHEWS • Joanne WATSON • Kim HOOD • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Lisa BAILEY • Lisa GARLICK • Martin BIGGS • Megan SCURRELL • Michelle SCURRELL • Molly MATHEWS • Neil CRABBE • Paul SCURRELL • Philip SHELDON • Samantha ANDERSON • Sara HARRIS • Stuart BOOKER • Wendy BOOKER

Photo: We will keep cheering you right to the end!

Photo: Who could resist smiling at this cheeky chappy at the top of the hill! Thank you Bobby and mum Sam

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers! Next week we have our first ever 'Running Club parkrun Takeover' where all our volunteers will be provided by one club. First up is Cleobury Mortimer Running Club who have filled in our roster with lots of their runners coming to parkrun for the first time to volunteer.


We would like to invite ALL our local clubs to take up our 'takeover' challenge and fill the entire roster for one week to promote your club! Please get in touch at wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com. That is also the email address for anyone else who wishes to help us out. We need people from January 21st onwards - thank you!

Speaking of volunteers this week regular runner Neil CRABBE also completed his milestone 25th occasion as a volunteer to earn his free purple t-shirt! Thank you and well done Neil and welcome to the 25 club!

Wyre Forest parkrun Christmas Eve 2016 Photo: Neil is a regular here at Wyre Forest

Another regular at Wyre Forest is Steven SMITH who this week finished first for the first time! Steven also heads up our mens points table (which will come to an end in February). Will anyone catch him now?!


Just a reminder - you can avoid queuing up the parking machines by buying a Discovery Pass from the Forest Café. It's £30 a year and you can add two car registrations to it (only one can be used at a time). Why not split the cost and the driving between you and a fellow parkrunner? Any problems with the parking machines should be reported to the Forestry Commission but if you don't have a pass we advise that you arrive early to avoid queuing!

See you all next week
Happy running
Andie :)

Male placings:
Steven SMITH (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 21:06 - first time in 52 appearances.
Neil BRAMWELL (VM35-39) of Harlequins Orienteers, was second over the line in 22:12.
William QUINN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 22:21.


Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Steven SMITH (Unattached) 1529 pts.
Graeme ANDERSON (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 1500 pts.
Mark WALLACE (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 1352 pts.

Female placings:
Tina SMITH (VW50-54) of Forest Monsters, was first (9th overall) over the line in 23:00 - 8th time in 43 appearances.
Emma PAINE (SW25-29) of Amazing Feet RC, was second (20th overall) over the line in 24:31 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Caitlin DICKENSON-BENNETT (JW15-17) (Unattached) was third (31st overall) over the line in 25:04.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitlin DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 1506 pts.
Michelle DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 1500 pts.
Julie CARTER (Forest Monsters) 1313 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Tina SMITH (VW50-54) was graded 76.67% for the time 23:00 (9th overall).
Kimberley BILLS (VW55-59) was graded 70.04% for the time 26:12 (41st overall).
Dave WHITTAKER (VM55-59) was graded 67.05% for the time 22:55 (8th overall).


This week there were 177 runners, of whom 35 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.


Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015, and since then 2,455 different runners, including participants from 210 athletics clubs, have completed 10,305 runs covering a total distance of 51,525 km, and there have been 2,437 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Bryony HAINES who ran in a time of 00:17:54 on 14th May 2016 (event number 38). The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who ran in a time of 00:16:03 on 31st December 2016 (event number 71). The Age Grade course record is held by Bryony HAINES who recorded a 83.61% run (17:54) on 14th May 2016 (event number 38). Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wyre Forest parkrun Results Page.

Wyre Forest parkrun Today's Run Director: Jo
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Your Run Director Team:- Andie (Event Director) - Jo - Vicky - Ade - Chris - Andy

Other Links:
Video - Wyre Forest parkrun in 5 minutes
Forestry Commission Wyre Forest website
Your core team are from: Cleobury Mortimer Running Club
In the Diary 26th August 2017 - 2nd anniversary parkrun
Parking at Wyre Forest Groovy ERS Barcodes
Did you know that a Wyre Forest Discovery Pass includes parking for two cars (one at a time!) for £30 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? 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. Make our scanners lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!
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