Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 91
20th May 2017
This week's run report has been kindly written by Alison KING. Alison is in the UK for a year and is the founder of Puarenga parkrun in Rotorua, New Zealand! Please read, like and share her fab report thank you all!
"I seem to have chosen fairly easy parkruns to visit in the past. My very first parkrun at Barry Curtis in Auckland, New Zealand, was mostly flat.
The one I set up in Rotorua (Puarenga) was flatter still:
My current home run at Stratford-upon-Avon is flat, and the others I've visited? Well you don't get much flatter than Norwich, Poole, Bushy and Evesham.
So when I was told Wyre Forest was a little bit lumpy I knew I would be in for a challenge. I'm not averse to hilly courses. All my running in Rotorua was on the hills, it's just that when it comes to parkrun, well let's just say I like to run flat and fast.
We weren't sure we'd get a run in this Saturday - when we arrived at 8.15 we found a queue outside the entrance. The gates were locked. Luckily they were opened by 8.30 (by a sheepish looking Forestry Commission guy) and we joined the traffic jam into the centre.
My five-year-old son and husband had already walked in to look for the Gruffalo (the parkrun activity). They had found him by the time we were parked up. We brought my mum, who took up parkrun a month before her 67th birthday. She wasn't looking forward to the hills either, as she is usually joined by the tail runner.
This run wouldn't be an exception. Those hills! Well you regulars know all about them. You've probably got your own names for them all too - I was already told about Cardiac Hill (how cruel to have a hill at the end! No sprint finish for me!)
I ran about the time I expected - 35:07. Only four minutes slower than last week's effort. I didn't walk and I passed others uphill - a win for me.
Mum finished with the tail-running bananas. A first for her to be accompanied by runners in fancy dress - she loved it, so thank you.
I loved being among the forest. Rotorua is home to the Whakarewarewa (pronounced fa-ka-re-wa-re-wa) Forest and I'd run on forestry roads and trails regularly. The trees are different of course - ours are pine, gum and NZ natives.
Thank you everyone for your hospitality - particularly to Mark who ran his 50th parkrun at Stratford last week and who let me know how awesome your home is. We will be back!"
Alison King A2147564
Thanks for a fabulous report Alison. In case you're all wondering, Alsion's friend Mark is Mark REAVES and although Mark ran his 50th parkrun at Stratford a couple of week's ago he will be running his 50th Wyre Forest parkrun next week!
But celebrating his actual 50th parkrun this week was Chris STAPLES of the Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers. We didn't insist that Chris dress up as a banana to tailrun - he did it with his own free will but thank you anyway!!
This week 186 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
Congratulations to those who completed their first ever 5k parkrun! An amazing 29 of you!!
Matt WHEATCROFT, Paul WHEATCROFT, Steven john MILLINGTON, Jake BOBO, Russell BILLINGS, Ben HUTCHINS, Lorna BROADWAY, Richard HUTCHINS, Emma CARTER, Liz COWLEY, Laura MATTHEWS, Luke CALCUTT, Hilary SCOTT, Andrew ELLITT, Neil THOMAS, Lucy NEWMAN, Jonty NEWMAN, Patricia ROBINSON, Miriam CUNLIFFE, Lily SMITH, Karen SMITH, Becky FRANCIS, Sue COLVILLE, Florence HOWARD, Amy NEWMAN, Simon CATCHPOLE, Nicky MARTIN, Amy HARRISON, Yvonne NEWMAN
The event was made possible by 30 super volunteers.
Adam SCURRELL • Adrian FORD • Alison KING • Andrea FORD • Carole EVANS • Chris STAPLES • Dale EVANS • Dan KIMBER • David STARKIE • Gavin MILLICHIP • Graeme ANDERSON • Heather MORGAN • Jess TILLSLEY • Jo MATHEWS • Lindsay B PULLEY • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Lisa BAILEY • Lisa BIGGS • Lisa GARLICK • Martin BIGGS • Matt KIMBER • Maxwell B PULLEY • Megan SCURRELL • Paul SCURRELL • Philip SHELDON • Rachael SHEPHERD • Sam HAWKSWELL • Sandra PEDERSEN • Steve KIMBER • Wayne GRIFFIN
Many of you will know volunteer Gavin MILLICHIP as the man behind the camera most weeks (when he's not running!) Gavin earned his volunteer '25' t-shirt this week (though he either didn't realise or didn't want to tell us!) so Congratulations to Gav and a big thank you from everyone single one of us for all the fabulous photos he's taken over the weeks. Flickr (link at the bottom) is not the quickest or easiest site to use so I'm particularly grateful to Gav for taking the time to do this for us.
Great running everyone - see you all next week!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wyre Forest parkrun Results Page.
An unknown runner was first.
Richard FAIN (SM25-29) of Stone Master Marathoners, was second over the line in 19:29 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Paul HULLAND (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:40.
Tina SMITH (VW55-59) of Forest Monsters, was first (25th overall) over the line in 23:51 - 9th time in 54 appearances.
Gemma FOLEY (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (28th overall) over the line in 24:16.
Jackie HOWORTH (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (39th overall) over the line in 25:15.
The three highest age grades were recorded by: Tina SMITH (VW55-59) – 74.91% for the time 23:51 (25th overall).
Mike PARKER (VM55-59) – 70.01% for the time 21:57 (9th overall).
Paul HULLAND (VM40-44) – 69.92% for the time 19:40 (third overall).
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 3,041 participants have completed 13,825 parkruns covering a total distance of 69,125 km, including 3,201 new Personal Bests.
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
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