25/08/2018 Wyre Forest parkrun #154 Happy 3rd birthday to us!

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!

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Some of our 'Super' core team today.

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


Super woman crosses the finish line!

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!

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Pauline Smith; Our 2018 Volunteer of the year!

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.

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Pauline receiving her award.

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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!


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Thank you once again to everyone who helped make our 3rd birthday parkrun so special. You really are all 'superheroes'.

Jo xxx

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.


18/11/2017 Wyre Forest parkrun #117 It’s Mick and Imogen’s turn to celebrate

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 117
18th November 2017

This week 203 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.


Our visitors this morning were from Solihull, Ludlow, Walsall, Bristol, Bath, Southampton, Melton Mowbray and Kingsbury - we hope you all enjoyed the course and will visit us again.


Congratulations to all our brand new parkrunners:


Great work guys - see you all next week!


The event was made possible by 25 awesome volunteers:

David MORE • Hazel FAIN • Andrea FORD • Andrew T DAVIES • Megan SCURRELL • Chris SIMPSON • Adrian FORD • Andrew GARLICK • Dale EVANS • Carole EVANS • Martin BIGGS • Lisa GARLICK • Emma MORGAN • Tom ANDERSON • John FRANCIS • David FISH • Michelle SCURRELL • Gavin MILLICHIP • Jo MATHEWS • Jennifer SHUKLA • Jasmine SHUKLA • Kevin LEWIS • Ryan MORGAN • Pauline SMITH • Lily SMITH

Please volunteer by contacting us at wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com - it's simple and fun and keeps our parkrun going!

Mick HUDSON ran his 60th parkrun this week - not an 'official' milestone as such but very special when you realise that it was also his 60th Birthday! Congratulations and best wishes Mick, hope it was the start of a great day for you.


Photos: Mick was easily recognisable amongst the 2013 parkrunners this morning!

And Imogen JONES ran her milestone 50th parkrun this week! Congratulations to you too.

Photo: Imogen at the pre-run briefing before her awesome 50th parkrun

Thank you to the very many of you who made donations this week towards the purchase of our own AED.

Unfortunately, Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the UK. With the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator) within the first 3-5 minutes of someone's heart stopping their chances of survival are as high as 60% (compared to just 5%-7% after this timeframe). You can see why it is important that all 5k parkrun events have an AED unit on site at all times.




We are incredibly grateful to the generosity shown by you all and we can now purchase our AED. Once we have it we will need to of course be trained on its use and CPR. We know that we have many expert personnel within our parkrun community who can help us with this training and have already had some offers - so thank you! Once I know more about the time of this training we will open it up to core team volunteers first and then the wider parkrun family.

Once again - thank you all!

Next week we will hopefully be celebrating a milestone 100th parkrun as a volunteer for one of our core team - watch this space!

See you then

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 15:58 on 21st October 2017 (event number 113).
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 3,766 participants have completed 18,626 parkruns covering a total distance of 93,130 km, including 4,141 new Personal Bests.

Wyre Forest parkrun
Today's Run Director: Andy
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Wyre Forest parkrun turns 2!

We will be celebrating our 2nd anniversary on Saturday August 26th.

As it's a party the theme is balloons!

Balloon parkrun

So we would like you all to bring a balloon and run with it for a special celebration parkrun.


There are no other stipulations (all balloons are welcome!) except that no balloons should be 'released' in to the forest (due to environmental reasons) or littered but we know that you will all dispose of them mindfully as you're such good people.

Balloon parkrun

Oh and of course - don't forget to bring CAKE!! We will have a table near the finish line which we'd like to fill with cakes and treats for us all to share so please chip in if you can.


We will also be presenting our annual award to the Volunteer of the Year.

See you there and "don't forget your barcode!"

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