10/12/2016 Wyre Forest parkrun #68 From Rio Gold medalists to tri-energy beginners and everyone in between

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 68
10th December 2016

We had a great morning at event number 68 with lots of 'extra' special people running with us this week (I say 'extra' because you are all special to us!)

However, even those of us who have more than a few miles in our running shoes will remember the nerves involved with that first ever 5k, that first parkrun or first race... And so we all understood how the Tri-energy Run Fitter graduates were feeling after they completed their beginners course and turned up this Saturday to complete their first official timed 5k.

And they all did brilliantly. Congratulations to you all, if you can complete Wyre Forest parkrun then you really can conquer anything!

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Wyre Forest parkrun #68 10-12-2016

And of course we must say a HUGE thanks to our fantastic volunteers with who we wouldn't even have a parkrun:


Andrea FORD • Archie JONES • Carole EVANS • Duncan STARKIE • Elizabeth HINTON • Finlay BRITNELL • Gavin MILLICHIP • Gracie HARRIS • Graeme ANDERSON • Joanne WATSON • Kim HOOD • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Lisa BAILEY • Lisa BIGGS • Martin BIGGS • Paul ROBERTS • Pete DUNDERDALE • Sam HAWKSWELL • Sara HARRIS • Stuart BOOKER • Wendy BOOKER

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Photo: Gav and Sam were in charge of the Finish Tokens this week 

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Photo: Some of this weeks fantastic marshals - Pete, Wendy, Stuart, Paul and Bill

Please contact us at wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com to enquire about volunteering - we'd love to have you help us out.

Jocelyne ADAMS chose Wyre Forest parkrun as the location to complete her milestone 50th parkrun and brought with her 15 members of Bridgnorth Running Club. They celebrated in the Forest Café afterwards. Well done Jocelyne, here's to the next 50!

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Photo: Jocelyne (stood up, back left) and her pals from Bridgnorth Running Club

Now I think it's fair to say that we have amazing people at Wyre Forest parkrun every week. But I think this is the first time we've had a TeamGB Gold medallist run here! Local swimmer Claire CASHMORE picked up gold and silver medals in the Rio Paralympics 2016 to add to her medals from London, Beijing and Athens. And swimming is not her only talent if her finishing time on Saturday is anything to go by, Claire completed her first ever parkrun finishing as second female and looking incredibly strong crossing the finish line!

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Photo: Claire finishes her first parkrun in style

Well done to Claire and all our first time parkrunners:

Claire CASHMORE, Reece REYNOLDS, Ashling CASHMORE, Michael RIDDLE, Redd SAVAGE, Scarlett HOLLOWAY, Trina JONES, Jane DAVIS, Mewgan LIVESEY, Stella HOLLOWAY, Richard DAVIS, Sophie DAVIS, M HUGHES

We hope to see you back again soon beating those PBs!

Just before I go, please can you all check your bags if you brought one with you on Saturday as one of our regular runners has lost a top (of great importance to him) and we want to try to get it back. We think it may have gone in someone's bag that was left at the finish line - so please, please check and get in touch if you have it.

On a similar theme, we have had some finish tokens go missing, if you have one - don't be embarrassed just drop it back to us! We have to replace them and the new ones don't scan very well so we'd like any originals back please.

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Thanks everyone, don't forget we are here every Saturday as usual over the festive season including Christmas Eve and NYE. Please bring your tinsel and sparkle on Christmas Eve, I have heard a rumour there could be some impressive fancy dress outfits on show so feel free to join in!

See you next week, Andie

Male placings:
David ELLIS (SM30-34) of Derby AC, was first over the line in 18:08 - first appearance.
Michael JONES (SM25-29) of Metta Box, was second over the line in 19:10.
Joshua POUNTNEY (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:16.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Steven SMITH (Unattached) 1167 pts.
Graeme ANDERSON (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 1158 pts.
Mark WALLACE (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 1071 pts.

Female placings:
Sarah ARMSTRONG (VW50-54) of Amazing Feet RC, was first (16th overall) over the line in 21:49 - second time in 3 appearances.
Claire CASHMORE (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (23rd overall) over the line in 22:53.
Joan CLARKE (VW60-64) of Stourbridge RC, was third (36th overall) over the line in 24:40.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Michelle DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 1164 pts.
Caitlin DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 1127 pts.
Sandra PEDERSEN (Unattached) 1060 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Joan CLARKE (VW60-64) was graded 78.65% for the time 24:40 (36th overall).
Andrew T DAVIES (VM65-69) was graded 78.35% for the time 21:24 (15th overall).
Dave BENNETT (VM50-54) was graded 77.20% for the time 19:44 (5th overall).

This week there were 143 runners, of whom 24 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part.

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015, and since then 2,319 different runners, including participants from 202 athletics clubs, have completed 9,557 runs covering a total distance of 47,785 km, and there have been 2,327 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
Links
Find us on Facebook
Official photos can be found here on Flickr
Join our club on Strava

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

Other Links:
Video - Wyre Forest parkrun in 5 minutes
Forestry Commission Wyre Forest website
Cleobury Mortimer Running Club
In the Diary
24th December - Christmas Run
Parking at Wyre Forest Groovy ERS Barcodes
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.
Make our scanners lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!

 

 

20/08/2016 Wyre Forest parkrun #52 Year one – the story so far

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 52
20th August 2016

Compliments to everyone who faced the poor weather conditions this week. It was definitely a wet one and I think the forecast for strong winds (which must have missed us in the end) kept some of you at home as turn-out was much lower than usual. I'm sure you're all just saving yourselves for our upcoming birthday bash. Am I right?!

And of course an extra thumbs-up for our hardworking volunteer team. This week we thank:

Adrian FORD • Andrew GARLICK • Carole EVANS • Helen HIPKISS • Kim HOOD • Laura LIVESEY • Lisa BAILEY • Lisa GARLICK • Martin BIGGS • Paul ROBERTS • Vicky HONEYBOURNE

We are now filling the roster for September so please get in touch at wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com to do your bit and keep our parkrun going.

29.8.15 Wyre forest inaugural park run
Photo: Our inaugural parkrun 29th August 2015

So this Saturday marks our first birthday! It is hard to believe that this time last year we were gearing up for our inaugural. In our wildest dreams I don't think any of imagined what an amazing event it would turn out to be. We've averaged around 140 runners per week and had nearly 2000 different runners complete our course. Coincidentally, we have had 52 different first finishers (one for every week so far!)

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Photo: Frankie Cavaciuti

Also this Saturday we will be taking part in I Am Team GB. Following the huge success of our athletes in Rio, ITV will be turning off their channels for an hour between 9.30-10.30am in an attempt to get more people playing sport. So if you would like to bring a friend with you who has not been before then please do and let's get them involved! They will be made very welcome.

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We will be celebrating our birthday with some small awards for the points competition winners as well as some random prizes that everyone has a chance to win. We will announce our 'Volunteer of the Year' too. And obviously no birthday party is complete without cake so rest assured - there will be plenty of that! Many of us are wearing fancy dress and anything goes but if you're struggling for ideas how about going with the I Am Team GB theme and wearing red, white or blue?

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After the success of our first year I want to personally say thank you to the core team for their endless support, enthusiasm and commitment over this first 12 months. A year ago, some of us had never volunteered at a parkrun before, some had not even been to one! In many ways though we came with no preconceptions or pressure but have just let it evolve and have learnt as we've gone along.

We've all (well most of us - including me!) messed up the timing, we've had someone drop all the tokens and even had a Run Director who scanned his own barcode (as a demonstration to volunteers but then forgot to delete it) and ended up in a record breaking first place with a huge PB......oops...I could go on! But generally speaking I think we've picked it all up quite well and kept everyone happy and safe!!

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Photo: Lindsay Pulley celebrated his 100th parkrun with us and regularly volunteers too

Thanks in particular to Jo and Vicky for taking some of the behind the scenes stuff for me when I've been away and to Ade and Chris for doing the thankless task of setting up the course in all weathers - I guess its really down to those two that we've not lost anyone in the forest!

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Photo: Some of the core team back in the winter

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Photo: The core team were honoured to receive the 'Volunteer of the Year Award at the Wyre Forest Sports Awards 2015

The highlights of our first year have been many. The Halloween run was our first go at a themed run and didn't disappoint at all. Colin, Lindsay and Phil all celebrated milestones which were a joy to witness too. Mark's 'hat' run also looked fab though I missed it in person. I always love seeing the Forest Monsters in all their orange having such a brilliant time here and I've seen people with plaster casts, slings, knee braces and walking sticks complete our tough course!

The runners with double buggies coming up the hill fill me with awe as do those completing their first parkruns or first ever 5k. And the runners who come back week after week, particularly those in the middle or back of the pack fill me with pride. And the juniors (some of whom are so quick it makes me dizzy) are a real credit to themselves and their families. And of course I can't forget the dog that refused to run and was carried back to the start line!!

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Photo: The Halloween run

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Photo: Our fabulous Forest Monsters

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Photo: Michael and Julie on Boxing Day

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Photo: Samantha Anderson with baby Bobby

But if I had to choose the one thing of which I am most proud of it is the way in which it has brought people together doing something fun, free and accessible. The very ethos of parkrun of course. I know I've made many new friends thanks to parkrun and met some incredible people and I hope the same goes for everyone else.

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One of my favourite volunteer group shots!

So huge thanks to every single one of you for making our first year such a memorable one, lets hope there are many more to come!

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Photo: Core team volunteer Ade

See you on Saturday at 8.45am, ready to party!!

Your ED, Andie :)

 

 

Male placings:
Richard JONES (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 20:04 - first time in 11 appearances.
Peter SMITH (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:11 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Chris TELLING (JM11-14) of Kidderminster & Stourport AC, was third over the line in 20:33 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Richard FAIN (Stone Master Marathoners) 3225 pts.
Steven SMITH (Unattached) 2930 pts.
David STARKIE (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 2880 pts.

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Photo: Richard and Nigel Fain

Female placings:
Emma PAINE (SW25-29) of Amazing Feet RC, was first (10th overall) over the line in 23:16 - second time in 19 appearances.
Charlotte HEWER (SW30-34) of Cleobury Mortimer Running Club, was second (12th overall) over the line in 23:27 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Fiona STARKIE (SW18-19) (Unattached) was third (13th overall) over the line in 23:29 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Tina SMITH (Forest Monsters) 3469 pts.
Sandra PEDERSEN (Unattached) 2784 pts.
Julie CARTER (Forest Monsters) 2684 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Tina SMITH (VW50-54) was graded 73.83% for the time 23:53 (15th overall).
Michael WARD (VM50-54) was graded 72.68% for the time 20:37 (4th overall).
Chris TELLING (JM11-14) was graded 69.02% for the time 20:33 (third overall).

This week there were 97 runners, of whom 11 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015, and since then 1,954 different runners, including participants from 175 athletics clubs, have completed 7,279 runs covering a total distance of 36,395 km, and there have been 1,790 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: Vicky Honeybourne
Wyre Forest parkrun - Facebook

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

Links:
Video - Wyre Forest parkrun in 5 minutes
Forestry Commission Wyre Forest website
Cleobury Mortimer Running Club
In the Diary
27th August - Our First Birthday!
29th October - Halloween Run
Parking at Wyre Forest Groovy ERS Barcodes
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.
Make our scanners lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!

 

 

 

 

 

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