Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 154
25th August 2018
Happy 3rd birthday to Wyre Forest parkrun!
This week was an extra special week for us as we celebrated our 3rd birthday. We celebrated with a superhero theme and it was great to see so many of our volunteers and runners dressed up in superhero costumes! We had everyone from Batman and Robin, to Superman and Superwoman; we had Wonder woman, Banana man and Spiderman; we even had a ninja turtle and a dinosaur! We love it when you embrace our themes, and it made us very happy to see the forest full of superheroes, so thank you!
Thank you to those of you that donated cakes also - they were very much appreciated and enjoyed by everyone! It always helps our runners to get up Cardiac Hill, knowing there is cake at the finish line!
This week 214 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers! We hoped you enjoyed your first run in our beautiful forest and we look forward to seeing you again soon. 40 people also recorded new Personal Bests - Congratulations! Was it down to the added super powers the costume wearers brought with them, or the promise of cake at the end? Maybe a little bit of both!
As always, the event was made only made possible by our high viz heroes. This week we need to say thank you to:
Maria PALI • Vicky HONEYBOURNE • Kim HOOD • Mark WALLACE • Philip SHELDON • Joanne WATSON • Jake GOOD • Fiona CLARKE • Vicki HULME • Mark REAVES • Neil CRABBE • Andrew GARLICK • Katy BROOME • Lisa GARLICK • Graeme ANDERSON • Tom ANDERSON • Heather MORGAN • Luisa TURNER • Gavin MILLICHIP • Carole HENDER • Daren JACKSON • Pauline SMITH • Simone BUZINK • Trish LONGMORE • Lloyd WRIGHT • Christopher HANCOX
Volunteer of the year
One of the best things about our birthday is that it is that we get to award our 'Volunteer of the year' award! In the past we have had very worthy winners; Bill Biggs in 2016, and Lisa and Andy Garlick in 2017, all of whom still regularly volunteer most weeks. This year we were very proud to award our 'Volunteer of the year' award to the very lovely Pauline Smith!
Pauline started volunteering with us in February 2017. Since then she has volunteered a staggering 51 times! She has volunteered 36 times in the past 12 months alone - this is more than any other person! She has completed 13 parkruns herself, many of these in the volunteer role of 'tailwalker'. When we were struggling for volunteers last week, she quickly came to our rescue too! She signed her partner up to parkrun and we sent him out marshalling! Clearly Pauline is a very inspiring lady, and she is doing good work spreading the volunteering love. She is a member of both Cleobury Mortimer Running Club and Tri-Energy, and her own running is going from strength to strength. She has no idea how special she is to us all, and when I was announcing the award on Saturday, she didn't realise it was for her until the very last minute! Pauline is a wonderful lady and we are so proud of her. Please give her a big huge 'thank you' when you see her. She will be volunteering, as usual, again next week.
We also need to say a big congratulations to Darryl Carter who achieved a new age category record for the VM45-49 category with us on Saturday. Darryl ran an incredible time of 17:49! Congratulations Darryl, that is a brilliant achievement.
Congratulations also to Edward Southan and Stephen Brown who both ran their 50th parkruns! If you are celebrating a milestone parkrun, please let us know so we can give you a shoutout in our briefing.
As I mentioned earlier, we saw some fabulous costumes for our birthday parkrun! I am going to leave you with a few of my favourites!
Thank you once again to everyone who helped make our 3rd birthday parkrun so special. You really are all 'superheroes'.
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 Bryony HAINES who recorded a time of 17:54 on 14th May 2016 (event number 38).
The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:47 on 30th June 2018 (event number 146).
The Age Grade course record is held by Bryony HAINES who recorded 83.61% (17:54) on 14th May 2016 (event number 38).
Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 4,885 participants have completed 26,182 parkruns covering a total distance of 130,910 km, including 5,360 new Personal Bests.