04/02/2016 Wyre Forest parkrun #76 Captain Graeme’s 50th parkrun

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 76
4th February 2017

This week's run report is brought to us by Helen HIPKISS and its a good one - read and enjoy!

Ahoy me hearrrties and shiver me timberrrs, it's only Captain Graeme's 50th parkrun!

Photo: Steven Smith with our 50milestoner Graeme (right)

Photo: The Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers and friends

Gatherrr round and listen up as we preparrre to set sail on this momentous jourrrney - the half century for this Jolly Rogerrr. Lots of ye all here, firrrst timers and old sea dogs, buccaneerrrs and landlubberrrs, all out on this misty February morrrning. All hands on deck, it's 9am, cutlasses at the ready, batten down the hatches, give a big heave ho and away we go!


Lots of "aarrrs" on the way round (and some whooping from the wenches), loads of fun and laughterrr. Great to see some young pirates amongst the marrrshals cheering us all on and bringing up the rearrr. In true pirate style, we captured them all - all in the form of marrrshal selfies - aarrr!

Photo: Marshal Gavin wonders what he signed up for today!

Photo: Tailrunners Andie and India-Rose (who completed her first ever parkrun!)

Photo: Emma and Ryan (joined by a parrot!) giving their usual fab support at the bottom on 'the hill'

Our booty was in the pram and, despite many pirates giving a helping hand, even we had to bewarrre the scallywag amongst us - he'll be walking the plank laterrr.

Photo: Marshal Carl is 'attacked' by pirates!

The weather stayed dry and the mist clearrred to reveal sunshine and blue skies - perrrfect pirating weather. Everyone was in verrry good spirits and even the last uphill stint didn't seem too bad - all those yo-ho-ho's and aarrrs really helped!



Land Ahoy mateys! We've got the old sea dog round. There be treasurrre in the visitorrr centre - X marrrks the spot, lets go get the grog...

Blow me down, therrre werrre:
199 runners
27 1st parkruns
2 over 200 parkruns!
35 1st timers at Wyre Forest
29 new PBs!

Aarrr!! ☠️

Thank you Helen!!

And thanks to the rest of our volunteers this week:

Adrian FORD • Andrea FORD • Andrew GARLICK • Carl PRICE • Carole EVANS • Duncan STARKIE • Emma MORGAN • Finlay BRITNELL • Gavin MILLICHIP • Helen HIPKISS • India-Rose FORD • Jo MATHEWS • Joanne WATSON • Kay REEVES • Kim HOOD • Lisa GARLICK • Martin BIGGS • Molly MATHEWS • Nigel GARDNER • Ryan MORGAN • Sam HAWKSWELL • Sara HARRIS • Stephen MOORE • Wendy BOOKER

Photo: Run Director Jo

We also had another young pirate reach a milestone. Junior Harry BRIGHTON completed his 10th parkrun and can now claim his free t-shirt. Well done Harry!

Well done to Elaine SHERWIN who added Wyre Forest to her list of parkrun first finishes. Elaine is a Canicross European Champion and we were honoured to have her and her pointer Daphne run here on Saturday. The female CR was surpassed but noted as an 'assisted' run in this case. In fact there were some fabulous 'assisted' PBs this week so well done also to Alan SHERWIN and Tina SMITH and their 4 legged running buddies.

Photo: The incredibly talented Elaine Sherwin and Daphne

A shout out to our first time parkrunners too:
Hayley STONE, Steven PARRY, Oliver STOKES, Kiki DOUGLAS, Louise GLADWIN, David WHARMBY, Will PRITCHARD, Jonathan SMITH, Yas BERROW, Charlie-Ann BAIRD, Emma HARRIS, Matthew GITTUS, Alex CHAMBERS, Craig STONE, Stella CARTER, Ian SALTER, Daren JACKSON, Millie, NEWNHAM, Karen THOMPSON, Louise PARDOE, Tracey ARNOLD, Jason WARD, Kayleigh TOWLER, Vicki MORETON, June BEES, India-Rose FORD.


Next week we have another club takeover as local group tri-energy will be providing the volunteers for your run and showcasing their club to us.

tri-energy details

And we will be congratulating two lovely ladies on their 50th parkruns too.

See you all there!!

Male placings:
Paul LITTLE (VM40-44) of Droitwich AC, was first (second overall) over the line in 17:26 - second time in 3 appearances.
Alan SHERWIN (VM45-49) of Canicross Midlands, was second (third overall) over the line in 18:38.
Richard FAIN (SM25-29) of Stone Master Marathoners, was third (4th overall) over the line in 20:35 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Steven SMITH (Unattached) 1818 pts.
Graeme ANDERSON (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 1716 pts.
Thomas PALMER (Kidderminster & Stourport AC) 1632 pts.

Female placings:
Elaine SHERWIN (VW45-49) of Canicross Midlands, was first (first overall) over the line in 16:55 - first appearance.
Tina SMITH (VW50-54) of Forest Monsters, was second (5th overall) over the line in 20:37 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Libby HAWKSWELL (JW11-14) of Kidderminster & Stourport AC, was third (10th overall) over the line in 21:57 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Michelle DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 1775 pts.
Julie CARTER (Forest Monsters) 1660 pts.
Caitlin DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 1605 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Elaine SHERWIN (VW45-49) was graded 93.89% for the time 16:55 (first overall).
Tina SMITH (VW50-54) was graded 85.53% for the time 20:37 (5th overall).
Paul LITTLE (VM40-44) was graded 78.87% for the time 17:26 (second overall).

This week there were 199 runners, of whom 37 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015, and since then 2,574 different runners, including participants from 212 athletics clubs, have completed 11,075 runs covering a total distance of 55,375 km, and there have been 2,576 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 00:16:03 on 31st December 2016 (event number 71).
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.

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In the Diary
26th August 2017 - 2nd anniversary parkrun
11th February - tri-energy club takeover
4th March - Bridgnorth RC takeover
18th March - Wyre Forest HHH takeover
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