06/10/2018 Wyre forest parkrun #160 National parkrun day: A day for heroes


Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 160
6th October 2018

This week on 'National parkrun day' 150 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

Photo: Our awesome volunteers sheltering before the run

The weather was pretty frightful this morning, cold with heavy rain and numbers were unsurprisingly down on usual. But even so a handful of brave souls turned up to complete their first ever parkrun! Well done all:


Special congratulations to Neil JARVIS on your 50th parkrun today.

Yes, today marked 14 years since Paul Sinton-Hewitt and his 12 parkrun pioneers ran the first Bushy Park 5k time trial, what we now know as parkrun. Since then those 13 have grown to over 5 million registered parkrunners worldwide. And for the record, that includes the awesome 3,556 of you that have registered Wyre Forest as your home run.


So today it seems fitting to reflect on a couple of our own parkrunners - at different points in their parkrun journeys.

We heard about Raymond PRICKETT from RD Graeme during the briefing and his journey to his debut parkrun. Ray suffered a heart attack a year ago. He had smoked heavily for 50 years, not really looked after himself and his heart attack resulted in lifesaving triple heart bypass surgery. Ray has now got himself much fitter and today ran his first ever parkrun! What an inspiration. Hopefully Ray will become a regular at Wyre Forest.

Photo: Ray before his first parkrun

Another parkrun success story is my CMRC club mate Ben PARKES. Ben ran his first parkrun exactly a year ago. On that day it took him 36:06 but he was hooked and came back the following week, and the week after that...you know how it goes! In early 2018 Ben joined us at Cleobury Mortimer Running Club and continued to chip away at his parkrun time (and on one occasion running the course 3 times as a long run with a parkrun PB in the middle!)

This week he asked his club mates to help to get him another PB - which would take him to under 26 minutes and therefore mean he had taken 10 minutes off his original finish time in a year. It was a big ask (he'd need to take another 30 seconds off a PB he set just last week!) but I am proud to report that he did it this morning finishing in a time of 25:48! I hear that his pacing team were pretty tough with him so extra well done to you Ben, a true parkrun success story.

Photo: Ben celebrating his new parkrun PB!

And of course we can not forget our super volunteers, the real heroes today. It was tough running in it but these guys were stood still in the downpour. We are incredibly grateful to you all:

Nigel GARDNER • Phil DOLPHIN • Shirley THOMAS • Mark WALLACE • Helen RUTHERFORD • Andrea FORD • Jake GOOD • Alison MACDONALD • Neil CRABBE • Katy BROOME • Graeme ANDERSON • Tom ANDERSON • Lindsay TILLSLEY • John FRANCIS • Vicki KELLY • Robin LAMBE • Luisa TURNER • Rachael SHEPHERD • David ALLISTON • Ruth ALLISTON • Graham GOOD • Maria MIHAJLOVIC • Sasha GUEST • Daren JACKSON • Pauline SMITH • Caz SMITH • Charlie SMITH • Debbie REDDING • Patrick YARRANTON-GREEN

Photo: Tom and Daren setting up the course in the rain. Thank you guys!

Photo: A soggy finish funnel!

Without volunteers, there is no Wyre Forest parkrun so please don't forget to do your bit. It may seem scary or you may not want to miss your run but all the roles are super easy and some jobs can be done before and after so you get to run too! Get in touch at wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com, thank you.

Don't forget that we will be celebrating Halloween on October 27th with our spooky spectacular themed run so start thinking about those costumes now!

Thanks for reading, happy running,

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 5,049 participants have completed 27,395 parkruns covering a total distance of 136,975 km, including 5,593 new Personal Bests.
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Today's Run Director: Graeme
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Video - Wyre Forest parkrun in 5 minutes
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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.
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Please park responsibly in the car parks provided or stay green and cycle, jog or walk in when possible. Please, please, please do not park near local residents properties. Thank you.

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