If you'd like to learn-to-run or return to running after a break, this course could be for you.
Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 48
23rd July 2016
This weeks run report has been written by our Wyre Forest parkrun regular, Kim Hood. Kim has achieved an incredible amount in a short space of time and we are all very proud of her. And I can confirm that she is indeed most definitely a runner - I have seen her run laps of the car park just to round her miles up - definitive proof! She also writes a very funny blog about her running adventures which is well worth a read - https://theoldbatattheback.wordpress.com/about/ She is an inspiration to us all.
A Volunteers Story
My name is Kim, and I am a runner. If that sounds like something from an …. Anonymous group it probably should. In the fairly short time I have been running I have discovered how addictive it is, and how dedicated runners are.
I started my running attempts at Worcester parkrun after a few weeks of a Couch to 5k plan. I didn’t go to Worcester very often – and I didn’t finish the plan – but I happened to be there the week Richard announced that they were looking for volunteers for a possible run in Wyre Forest. As this is much closer to where I live I thought I would be much more likely to turn up. But first it needed to get enough volunteers.
I arrived the first week (which is almost a year ago now) knowing no-one, and more than a little anxious. I’m quite certain now that all new volunteers feel this way and I can assure anyone who is thinking of coming along as a volunteer that they will get a very warm welcome , 100 points to their total, and a t-shirt after 25 occasions. You don’t think you will get that? Neither did I. I got way more than that.
Shortly after Wyre Forest parkrun was established, the members of the Cleobury Mortimer Running Club invited me to join a new Couch to 5k course they were running. I not only finished the course with them and managed to run a whole 5k for the first time, but I ran Worcester on Christmas Day (go back to …. Anon.) with my daughter.
Since that first day I have gained a whole new circle of friends, become a guinea pig to Andie who is training as a running coach, I have run three 10k events, and have been encouraged by the CMRC friends I now have to sign up for a half marathon. I love running now (not always when I am doing it – but I understand now that not many people do), but I think I probably like volunteering even more.
Despite getting bitten to bits by forest bugs at this time of year, Saturday morning is the opportunity to catch up with what people have done, find out what madness is planned, cheer familiar faces past a marshal point or through the finish, and cheer unfamiliar faces past a marshal point or through the finish.
I think all of the volunteers are runners, and if there is a bigger circle of volunteers it means that we can all run Wyre Forest parkrun on occasion. None of the jobs are terrifying. No-one dies if you make a mistake (volunteer and be told a wealth of stories of when we……), and no-one thinks less of you if you do – but you are unlikely to make a mistake because you will be shown what is expected of you. Yes you will miss a run – but look at what you could gain.
I would just like to say a personal thank you to Kim and to all our volunteers today - parkrun just wouldn't happen without you! This week we need to give thanks to:
Andrew GARLICK • Carl PRICE • Carole EVANS • Chris SIMPSON • Colin STANFORD • Dale EVANS • Joanne WATSON • Joe WATSON • Kim HOOD • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Lisa BAILEY • Lisa GARLICK • Matthew FLEMING • Reiss SMITH • Rose WATSON • Vicky HONEYBOURNE
Well done also to another of our core team, Vicky Honeybourne, who completed her 25th time as a parkrun volunteer today! This now means Vicky will get to have one of the lovely purple parkrun t-shirts, as modelled by Kim above. Vicky loves all things purple, so hopefully she'll be wearing it soon.
Well done Vicky
Remember we can never have too many volunteers - please get in touch via email or facebook, or cick on the 'opt-in to volunteer' button on your parkrun profile.
See you all next week
Gavin MCCAUGHERTY (VM35-39) of Cheltenham & County Harriers, was first over the line in 17:51 - first appearance.
An unknown runner was second.
Richard FAIN (SM25-29) of Stone Master Marathoners, was third over the line in 19:42 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Richard FAIN (Stone Master Marathoners) 3225 pts.
David STARKIE (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 2742 pts.
Rob TURNER (Unattached) 2659 pts.
Tina SMITH (VW50-54) of Forest Monsters, was first (19th overall) over the line in 22:59 - 5th time in 32 appearances.
Louise MASSEY (VW50-54) of Mynydd Du Mountain Runners, was second (24th overall) over the line in 23:47 - was first to finish once before.
Anna WEBER (JW11-14) of Kidderminster & Stourport AC, was third (27th overall) over the line in 24:05 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Tina SMITH (Forest Monsters) 3272 pts.
Sandra PEDERSEN (Unattached) 2684 pts.
Heather MORGAN (Unattached) 2461 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Tina SMITH (VW50-54) was graded 76.72% for the time 22:59 (19th overall).
Gavin MCCAUGHERTY (VM35-39) was graded 73.86% for the time 17:51 (first overall).
Alexander COOK (JM11-14) was graded 72.97% for the time 20:58 (8th overall).
This week there were 133 runners, of whom 31 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.
Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015, and since then 1,862 different runners, including participants from 172 athletics clubs, have completed 6,764 runs covering a total distance of 33,820 km, and there have been 1,687 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 00:16:12 on 31st October 2015 (event number 10).
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.
Video - Wyre Forest parkrun in 5 minutes
Forestry Commission Wyre Forest website
Cleobury Mortimer Running Club
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