12/08/2017 Wyre Forest parkrun #104 Kevin smashes his 50th with a PB

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 103
12th August 2017

This week 194 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

We had lots of visitors to us this week! They came from far and wide: New Zealand, Stroud, Maldon (Essex), West Yorkshire, Coventry, Solihull and Derby. We hope you all enjoyed visiting our beautiful parkrun.


For some it was their first ever parkrun! So extra kudos goes to:


Photo: Three of our awesome first timers

Well done to you all and here's to the first of many!

Kevin LEWIS was running his 50th parkrun today (of which 22 were ran here). Kevin joined us after the sad closure of Hanbury Hall parkrun where he also ran 22 of his 50 runs. He celebrated in great style with a new PB of 24:06 - knocking a huge 39 seconds off his previous best!! That is very impressive. Congratulations Kevin!

Photo: Kevin after his 50th parkrun

The event was made possible by 25 super volunteers:

Vicky HONEYBOURNE • Nigel GARDNER • Mark WALLACE • Helen RUTHERFORD • Andrea FORD • Juliana BERGEL • Andrew T DAVIES • Lisa BAILEY • Rowan BAILEY • Chris SIMPSON • Adrian FORD • Andrew GARLICK • Duncan STARKIE • Martin BIGGS • Lisa GARLICK • Steven SMITH • Emma MORGAN • Lindsay TILLSLEY • John FRANCIS • Rebecca ROBINSON • Jacqui WINTER • Kevin HARRIS • Ryan MORGAN • Mark DAVIES • Oliver MARSHALL

It was great to see some new faces amongst the hi-viz team this week. Don't take my word for it but I'm pretty sure they enjoyed the experience and will be back again. If you haven't had a go I can reassure you that you have nothing to fear - try it, it's great fun! seeing parkrun from the other side is a fabulous experience.


We have overheard parkrunners saying that they don't want to miss their Saturday morning to run to volunteer. I understand this and I know that for some, opportunities to run are few and far between and need to be taken advantage of. But there are roles on our roster that can still be done. You could brief our new runners and tourists (a crib sheet is provided!), help to allocate volunteers at 8.30am (help always appreciated with this), sort the tokens back in to order after the run, or (please, please!) provide a written run report which I can then copy and paste into wordpress and publish. If you're a fast finisher you could even help with barcode scanning.

So don't be shy!! Email us at wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com

Don't forget that our 2nd anniversary is just around the corner - Saturday August 26th. The theme is 'balloons' as it's a birthday party! So bring/wear a balloon and let's brighten the forest with an array of colour. Just remember to keep your balloon tethered to yourself as releasing balloons/littering them can result in environmental damage and we don't want that.

Balloon parkrun

We would also like donations of cake thank you!! We had a table full of goodies to treat you all with last year and it would be great to have as many donations this time around.

Photo: Blowing out the candle at last year's 1st birthday fancy dress parkrun


See you all next time for #teamparkrun

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

Male placings:
Chris WEBB (SM25-29) of James Kuegler Coaching, was first over the line in 19:10 - first appearance.
Adam TAYLOR (VM45-49) of Droitwich AC, was second over the line in 20:17.
An unknown runner was third.

Female placings:
Sarah CONWAY (SW30-34) of Birchfield Harriers, was first (third overall) over the line in 20:40 - 6th time in 10 appearances.
Andrea FORD (VW40-44) of Cleobury Mortimer Running Club, was second (20th overall) over the line in 23:53.
Joan CLARKE (VW60-64) of Stourbridge RC, was third (25th overall) over the line in 24:12.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Joan CLARKE (VW60-64) – 80.17% for the time 24:12 (25th overall).
Sarah CONWAY (SW30-34) – 72.10% for the time 20:40 (third overall).
David BULLOCK (VM50-54) – 70.24% for the time 21:00 (6th overall).

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 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 3,370 participants have completed 15,947 parkruns covering a total distance of 79,735 km, including 3,628 new Personal Bests.

Wyre Forest parkrun
Today's Run Director: Andy
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Your Run Director Team:-
Andie (Event Director) - Jo - Vicky - Ade - Chris - Andy - Graeme

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
26th August 2017 - 2nd anniversary parkrun
28th October - Halloween theme parkrun
23rd December - Christmas 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.
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