20/01/2018 Wyre Forest parkrun #124 Rob and Bill turn 100 (parkruns that is..)

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 124
20th January 2018

Well lets be honest, the weather was pretty grim this week with freezing rain and fog. The course was both muddy and icy in places. But it didn't deter 193 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

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The event was made possible by 25 generous volunteers who were incredibly hardy turning up to support the runners in this terrible weather. I can not thank them enough. They really are our 'heroes in hi-viz':

Kim HOOD • Andrea FORD • Andrew T DAVIES • Adrian FORD • Carole EVANS • Lisa BIGGS • Martin BIGGS • Matt KIMBER • Andy MORGAN • Graeme ANDERSON • Ann CHADWICK • Rosie CHADWICK • Lauren CHADWICK • Lindsay TILLSLEY • John FRANCIS • Vanessa HUGHES • David FISH • Sara HARRIS • Carl PRICE • Molly MATHEWS • Pauline SMITH • Debbie JACKSON • Sandra HOWARD • Florence HOWARD • James PAYTON

Wyre Forest parkrun is ran entirely by volunteers and we urge you all to take your turn and give it a go. It's easy, rewarding and fun. Get in touch at wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com and give something back. Thank you.

These were today's amazing first timers who ignored the awful weather to start their parkrun journey:

Lee WILSON, Louise MAY, Damon GARIFF, Suzanne EVANS, Charlie BRIDGE

Well done to all of them!

Two talented junior parkrunners earned their 10 t-shirt this weekend - top runs from Dan PERRY and Grace SMITH - well done.

Phil WEBER earned his milestone 50 honours whilst parkrunning as part of his Amazing Feet RC club championship. Well done Phil.

And what can we say about the newest member of the parkrun 100 club Rob REYNOLDS!? Rob is a popular member of the local running community representing both Amazing Feet and Tri-Energy (and probably several other clubs too) and he is incredibly supportive to his fellow parkrunners particularly newcomers (with his own unique form of banter!)

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Photo: Our very own Rob Reynolds before he started causing chaos with his balloon...

There are no official clubs for volunteers once they surpass 25 parkruns but we think they deserve the same kudos - if not more. None more so that our longest serving marshal Martin 'Bill' BIGGS. Bill also reached 100 parkruns this Saturday and he is well known at marshal point 5 (about half way), 'Bills Logs' is named after him, though the logs may have moved on! He is there nearly every week cheering everyone on in all weathers - always in his shorts! We are incredibly grateful for your help and support from day 1 - thank you Bill.

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Photo: Its not properly cold 'til Bill covers his legs!

And I personally welcomed a visitor from Porthcawl parkrun. Chris PRATT called by on his way to the National Running Show and was suitably impressed with our lovely hills and open, quiet course. Chris is a parkrun RD himself and says he will return with more runners from Ogmore Phoenix Running Club in the future and we look forward to welcoming them all too.

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Photo: Me and Chris

Do you have a story for the run report or fancy writing it - get in touch at wyreforestoffice@parkrun.com

See you next time and #dontforgetyourbarcode

Andie

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 3,988 participants have completed 20,254 parkruns covering a total distance of 101,270 km, including 4,333 new Personal Bests.

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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 - Graeme
Mark

Other Links:
Video - Wyre Forest parkrun in 5 minutes
Forestry Commission Wyre Forest website
Wyre Forest parkrun was set up by members of Cleobury Mortimer Running Club
In the Diary
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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13/01/2018 Wyre Forest parkrun #123 Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is!

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 123
13th January 2018

This week we had our first club 'takeover' of 2018 with the brilliantly bonkers Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers taking over the volunteer roster. It was a fabulous morning so thank you to them all for giving up their time and allowing the core team a lovely morning off! We can't wait for the next one!

Thank you to them all:

Rachel ROBINSON • Kimberley BILLS • Julie GOLDS • Richard SHELDON • Mark WALLACE • Philip SHELDON • Michael GAUNT • David STARKIE • Duncan STARKIE • Emma TIPTON • Michael MOCKETT • Graeme ANDERSON • Ann CHADWICK • Rosie CHADWICK • Lauren CHADWICK • Tom ANDERSON • Heather MORGAN • Ellie HOOPER • Emma PAINE • Tony COLCLOUGH • Chris STAPLES • Neil COLLINS • Daren JACKSON • Matt JACKSON • Debbie JACKSON • Matthew KNIGHT

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Photo: The awesome Wyre Forest Hashers!

Julie GOLDS was in charge of the run report and here it is, thank you Julie:

Possibly #thebestparkrunever Panto themed takeover was extremely well attended by both volunteers and runners with 262 running the beautiful Wyre Forest single lap, flat, hilly, dippy, muddy, foresty course.

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Big thank you to Emma Louise Rhiannon PAINE tailwalker along with Neil COLLINS, for supplying many of the costumes on show today from The Monday Night Group in Stourport. Please come along and support the pantomime Aladdin, showing Jan 26th til Feb 3rd. A fab way to support this charitable organisation.

Celebrating milestone 50th parkruns were Jules WALL and Anna WEBER. 1st male over the finish line was course record holder, William RICHARDSON, 1st female was a visitor running canicross Natasha SUSNICK in 3rd place overall, well done that woman.

Special mention to our Event Director Andie FORD, awarded Unsung Hero award earlier this week by Wyre Forest District Council, so very well deserved for all she does, we salute you Andie, (who by the way, ran a rare parkrun herself in a not too shabby time of 35.31).

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Congratulations to all who crossed the finish line, especially Captain Hook, Snow White, Sad Sailor Boy volunteer Tony COLCLOUGH, Frosty to those in the know, newly named Anything, Emma JACKSON (sorry, Hashers in-joke), Mark WALLACE aka Dr Whiplash who wore a very clever "You're Behind Me" tshirt, also for his most excellent results processing, and others too numerous to mention.

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*Edited to add, Dr Whiplash aka Mark WALLACE also achieved his own milestone this week as he gained his volunteer25 purple t-shirt. Thanks you Mark and congratulations!*

As usual, Hash House Harriers love to dress up, none more so than RD extraordinaire Graeme ANDERSON, Funnel Director Phil SHELDON and First Timer Talk host Daren JACKSON, who as far as we know, is still giving said First Timers Talk.....

Lots of fun was had today, despite the chilly conditions, especially when in fancy dress, one absolutely cannot cover up a costume with a coat!! It's just not the done thing. Some of us could have been wearing a tad more clothing, mentioning no names (nudge nudge Graeme) but we all had fun trying to stay warm. Political Correctness dictates that I cannot possibly go into detail. Young eyes and ears...... Say No More.

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Thank you Wyre Forest parkrun for allowing us to have so much fun this morning whilst doing a very important job, in record time I might add!! Results out by 10.30 Cheers one and all, we did good (Oh No You Didn't!!)

Here are the names of the amazing people who ran their first parkrun with us this weekend:

Neil COLLINS, Carla RUSHBROOK, Lynn WILLIAMS, Joanna BRADLEY, Juliet FOX, Ryan CYHANCHUK, Emily GAUNT, Katharine HAMER, Catherine WILLIAMS, Erica SIMPSON, Rebecca FLEMING, Joe GREEN, Gareth CROWDER, Saul CLEWITT, Chris FOX, Miroslaw FUJAK, Ben HOLE, Matt LANGE, John ALTON

Well done all!

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Photo: Members of Cleobury Mortimer Running Club

Join us next week where we have a couple of parkrun legends making their 100th appearances - watch this space!

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 3,978 participants have completed 20,061 parkruns covering a total distance of 100,305 km, including 4,301 new Personal Bests.

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Today's Run Director: Graeme
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 - Graeme
Mark

Other Links:
Video - Wyre Forest parkrun in 5 minutes
Forestry Commission Wyre Forest website
Wyre Forest parkrun was set up by members of Cleobury Mortimer Running Club
In the Diary
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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29/04/2017 Wyre Forest parkrun #88 Question: What does a Bridegroom have in common with a sheep, rabbit, duck and raccoon? To find out…read on!

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 88
29th April 2017

I really don't know where to start with this week's run report there was so much happening this week! So lets kick off with saying well done to all our first timers this week:

Brett FOX, Craig HARDIMAN, Tristan REAVES, Grace SMITH, Amy SMITH, Ian DOWLING, Matt JACKSON, Sally RUMLEY, Daniel EDWARDS, Sandra HILL, Jennifer CLEE, Louise CUSACK, Darcey BETHELL, Amanda BILLS, Yvette BARTHOLEMEW, Sally DOWLING, Mark RAYNER, Heidi WORTH, Nicky GALE, Rose BISHOP, Pauline SMITH

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Congratulations to all of you.

I was made aware prior to this Saturday that we would be expecting some special guests this week. Rose BISHOP (the Chair of Wyre Forest District Council) and Mary RAYNOR (the Mayor of Kidderminster) would be joining us to complete their first ever parkrun in aid of two local charities (Kidderminster Hospital League of Friends and Kidderminster and District Youth Trust).

What I wasn't told was that they would be doing it dressed as a sheep and a rabbit! Joined by a very well dressed duck and raccoon they were a cheering sight at 8.30am on a Saturday morning!

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The good news kept on coming though. Volunteer Carole EVANS told us that she'd met a man in a sauna during the week (we will say no more about this....) and persuaded him and his friend (visiting from Texas) to also partake in their first ever parkrun. We hope the invitation didn't disappoint and you both enjoyed the run.

And just as I though the morning shout-outs couldn't get any more bizarre I was told that Daniel EDWARDS was always doing his first ever parkrun this morning. Wonderful I thought - good for you Dan! But then "And he's getting married this afternoon!"

Now, correct me if I'm wrong but I'm not sure I'd choose the morning of my wedding to try out a new particularly challenging 5k run! Would I have let my husband to be do such a risky thing??!! Did 'Mrs Edwards to be' even know??!

Of course I am totally over reacting here but I must admit I was watching the finish line nervously to make sure Dan crossed it in one piece! Looking back now of course, if I'd had the chance and time to parkrun on my big day I'm almost certain I would have done the same so well done Dan and Congratulations. All of us at Wyre Forest parkrun wish you lots of love and happiness for the future (and many PBs too of course).

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Photo: Phew! Dan crosses the finish line

We also had some fabulous London Marathon finishers running (very gently!) this morning. Huge congratulations to Julie CARTER, Tony COLCLOUGH, Mick HUDSON and Joanne TUNLEY who all completed the most famous 26.2 miler last weekend. I joined them for a photo (with my medal of course!)

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Photo: Wyre Forest VLMers Jo, Tony, Julie, myself and Mick

I'm pretty certain that in all this excitement I forgot to give a shoutout to Jackie HOWARTH who was running her 50th parkrun so I apologise profusely Jackie! Well done to you and to junior Nikolai JUDGE who ran his 10th parkrun this week.

We have a new record holder too. Ellie BATES stormed round the course in 20:35 to se a new Age Category Record for SW25-29. Great running Ellie.

I want to finish my run report by passing on some lovely feedback from tourist parkrunner Lee BERESFORD. Lee visited us from the parkrun 'mecca' that is Bushey Park. He was very enthusiastic about our wonderful volunteers, particularly Gayle BARRY and her family at marshal point 8 with their very own 'motivation station'! He thanked the team for a great parkrun and lots of encouragement. And I think we've decided that the cowbells need to stay so we will be getting more of those!! I know lots of you wanted to thank Gayle and her family for the entertainment (dancing marshals??!) so once again - THANK YOU!

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Photos: Gayle and her boys set up their own motivation station!

No pressure everyone else but if you could put on a little show as you marshal I'm sure it would be appreciated too! ;-)

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Photo: Joanne gets a high five from volunteer Maxwell

OK so that's it from me - what a fab week.

See you all next week when I think we have some more regular runners completing their 50th parkruns - watch this space!

Happy running
Andie

Stats below:

This week 190 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

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The event was made possible by 26 volunteers. Thank you one and all:

Adrian FORD • Andrea FORD • Andrew GARLICK • Andy MORGAN • Ann WEBBER • Anthony NEWBOULD • Carole EVANS • David STARKIE • Deborah LOWE • Duncan STARKIE • Emma TIPTON • Gayle BARRY • Jacqui WINTER • John KINGSTON • Kim HOOD • Lindsay B PULLEY • Lisa GARLICK • Mark WALLACE • Martin BIGGS • Maxwell B PULLEY • Pauline SMITH • Philip JONES • Rachel ROBINSON • Ryan MORGAN • Sara HARRIS • Vanessa HUGHES

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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wyre Forest parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Matthew EAST (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:19 - first appearance.
Richard FAIN (SM25-29) of Stone Master Marathoners, was second over the line in 19:21 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Andy COWDRILL (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:50.

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Female placings:
Ellie BATES (SW25-29) of Chiltern Harriers AC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 20:35 - first time in 3 appearances.
Selina TOPHAM (SW30-34) of Kidderminster & Stourport AC, was second (25th overall) over the line in 23:28.
Caitlin DICKENSON-BENNETT (JW15-17) of TRiKS, was third (31st overall) over the line in 23:53.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Shirley THOMAS (VW55-59) – 73.11% for the time 25:06 (41st overall).
Paul NEWRICK (VM60-64) – 72.88% for the time 22:00 (13th overall).
Ellie BATES (SW25-29) – 71.90% for the time 20:35 (7th overall).

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Photo: Shirley THOMAS and Tia

The female record is held by Bryony HAINES who recorded a time of 00:17:54 on 14th May 2016 (event number 38).
The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 00:16:03 on 31st December 2016 (event number 71).
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 2,932 participants have completed 13,235 parkruns covering a total distance of 66,175 km, including 3,066 new Personal Bests.

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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
Wyre Forest parkrun was set up by members of Cleobury Mortimer Running Club
In the Diary
22nd July - Wyre Forest parkrun #100!
26th August 2017 - 2nd anniversary parkrun
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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