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!"


27/08/2016 Wyre Forest parkrun #53 Happy 1st Birthday to us!

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 53
27th August 2016

"Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday Wyre Forest parkrun, Happy Birthday to us!"

Thank you to everyone who attended our 1st Birthday celebrations, what a fabulous morning! We had 186 runners join us (exactly the same number who were with us at our inaugural!) and a marvellous bunch of 24 volunteers:

Adrian FORD  •  Andrea FORD  •  Andrew GARLICK  •  Carole EVANS  •  Dale EVANS  •  Donna PERRY  •  Ellie HOOPER  •  Gavin MILLICHIP  •  Harry LAUD  •  Heather MORGAN  •  Jade LAUD  •  Joanne WATSON  •  Joe WATSON  •  Julie GOLDS  •  Kim HOOD  •  Lisa BAILEY  •  Lisa GARLICK  •  Martin BIGGS  •  Naomi PRICE  •  Rachel ROBINSON  •  Sandra PEDERSEN  •  Sarah PRICE  •  Vicky HONEYBOURNE  •  William PRICE

Extra congratulations to Lisa Bailey for joining the Volunteer 25 Club at this week's run. Don't forget that volunteers can also earn a free t-shirt!

Each and every one of you contributes weekly to make Wyre Forest parkrun a huge success so we THANK YOU all! But special thanks this week to some who have gone the extra mile:

    • To everyone who donated prizes for the birthday celebrations and to Vicky Honeybourne for organising the numbers game
    • To Kim Hood for baking the official birthday cake and to everyone else who brought along cakes and snacks. The cake table looked awesome!


    • To Joe Watson who entertained us on his ukulele - I'm sure there can't be many parkruns with musical marshals! Wasn't he fantastic?!

Wyre Forest parkrun #53 Our 1st Birthday!

  • Cameron Reaves - thanks for the fantastic photographs posted on our facebook page.



For those that missed it, we awarded certificates to the annual points competition winners. They were:

Males: 1. Richard Fain, 2. Stephen Smith, 3. David Starkie

Females: 1. Tina Smith, 2. Sandra Pedersen, 3. Julie Carter

Juniors: Chris Telling and Anna Weber

And our Volunteer of the Year: Martin ' Bill' Biggs

Wyre Forest parkrun #53 Our 1st Birthday!

Photo above: Bill and Lisa Biggs

The fancy dress looked amazing! I will let the photographs speak for themselves on this one!

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More photographs can be found on our Flickr page here.


Congratulations to Jan Golding and her husband who celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary with a run first! Photo below:

Wyre Forest parkrun #53 Our 1st Birthday!

This Saturday 3rd September we will be setting up early. A group of parkrunners from Arrow Valley are joining us at 7.30am to run our course as they begin a fundraising challenge where they hope to run 8.5 parkruns in a day. If anyone would like to join/cheer them for all or part of their challenge they are welcome. All money raised will go towards a defibrillator for their parkrun.

Arrow Valley parkrun 8.5 parkruns in a day

Cheers all! See you next week! Andie :)

Male placings:
Richard JONES (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:59 - second time in 12 appearances.
Chris TELLING (JM11-14) of Kidderminster & Stourport AC, was second over the line in 20:45 - was first to finish once before.
Edward SOUTHAN (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 20:56.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
William PRICE (Unattached) 100 pts.
Adrian FORD (Cleobury Mortimer Running Club) 100 pts.
Andrew GARLICK (Fountain Fun Runners) 100 pts.

Female placings:
Sarah ROBERTS (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (third overall) over the line in 20:53 - 6th time in 9 appearances.
Beth O'BRIEN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (18th overall) over the line in 23:11.
Emma PAINE (SW25-29) of Amazing Feet RC, was third (26th overall) over the line in 23:38 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Vicky HONEYBOURNE (Cleobury Mortimer Running Club) 100 pts.
Rachel ROBINSON (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 100 pts.
Kim HOOD (Cleobury Mortimer Running Club) 100 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Andrew T DAVIES (VM65-69) was graded 78.53% for the time 21:21 (7th overall).
Sarah ROBERTS (VW45-49) was graded 78.37% for the time 20:53 (third overall).
Mike PARKER (VM55-59) was graded 73.00% for the time 21:03 (5th overall).

This week there were 186 runners, of whom 44 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015, and since then 1,998 different runners, including participants from 175 athletics clubs, have completed 7,465 runs covering a total distance of 37,325 km, and there have been 1,824 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.

Wyre Forest parkrun
Today's Run Director: Andie
Wyre Forest parkrun - Facebook

Your Run Director Team:-
Andie (Event Director) - Jo - Vicky - Ade - Chris - Andy

Video - Wyre Forest parkrun in 5 minutes
Forestry Commission Wyre Forest website
Cleobury Mortimer Running Club
In the Diary

3rd September - 7.30am - Join Arrow Valley parkrunners as they start their '8.5 parkruns in a day' challenge here at Wyre Forest
29th October - Halloween Run

24th December - Christmas Run

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