06/10/2018 Wyre forest parkrun #160 National parkrun day: A day for heroes

 

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 160
6th October 2018

This week on 'National parkrun day' 150 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

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Photo: Our awesome volunteers sheltering before the run

The weather was pretty frightful this morning, cold with heavy rain and numbers were unsurprisingly down on usual. But even so a handful of brave souls turned up to complete their first ever parkrun! Well done all:

Dominic WILDE, Reuben SABEL, Lachlan WILTON, Eloise PARMENTER-POYNER, Eartha KRUFT WELTON, Raymond PRICKETT

Special congratulations to Neil JARVIS on your 50th parkrun today.

Yes, today marked 14 years since Paul Sinton-Hewitt and his 12 parkrun pioneers ran the first Bushy Park 5k time trial, what we now know as parkrun. Since then those 13 have grown to over 5 million registered parkrunners worldwide. And for the record, that includes the awesome 3,556 of you that have registered Wyre Forest as your home run.

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So today it seems fitting to reflect on a couple of our own parkrunners - at different points in their parkrun journeys.

We heard about Raymond PRICKETT from RD Graeme during the briefing and his journey to his debut parkrun. Ray suffered a heart attack a year ago. He had smoked heavily for 50 years, not really looked after himself and his heart attack resulted in lifesaving triple heart bypass surgery. Ray has now got himself much fitter and today ran his first ever parkrun! What an inspiration. Hopefully Ray will become a regular at Wyre Forest.

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Photo: Ray before his first parkrun

Another parkrun success story is my CMRC club mate Ben PARKES. Ben ran his first parkrun exactly a year ago. On that day it took him 36:06 but he was hooked and came back the following week, and the week after that...you know how it goes! In early 2018 Ben joined us at Cleobury Mortimer Running Club and continued to chip away at his parkrun time (and on one occasion running the course 3 times as a long run with a parkrun PB in the middle!)

This week he asked his club mates to help to get him another PB - which would take him to under 26 minutes and therefore mean he had taken 10 minutes off his original finish time in a year. It was a big ask (he'd need to take another 30 seconds off a PB he set just last week!) but I am proud to report that he did it this morning finishing in a time of 25:48! I hear that his pacing team were pretty tough with him so extra well done to you Ben, a true parkrun success story.

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Photo: Ben celebrating his new parkrun PB!

And of course we can not forget our super volunteers, the real heroes today. It was tough running in it but these guys were stood still in the downpour. We are incredibly grateful to you all:

Nigel GARDNER • Phil DOLPHIN • Shirley THOMAS • Mark WALLACE • Helen RUTHERFORD • Andrea FORD • Jake GOOD • Alison MACDONALD • Neil CRABBE • Katy BROOME • Graeme ANDERSON • Tom ANDERSON • Lindsay TILLSLEY • John FRANCIS • Vicki KELLY • Robin LAMBE • Luisa TURNER • Rachael SHEPHERD • David ALLISTON • Ruth ALLISTON • Graham GOOD • Maria MIHAJLOVIC • Sasha GUEST • Daren JACKSON • Pauline SMITH • Caz SMITH • Charlie SMITH • Debbie REDDING • Patrick YARRANTON-GREEN

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Photo: Tom and Daren setting up the course in the rain. Thank you guys!

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Photo: A soggy finish funnel!

Without volunteers, there is no Wyre Forest parkrun so please don't forget to do your bit. It may seem scary or you may not want to miss your run but all the roles are super easy and some jobs can be done before and after so you get to run too! Get in touch at wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com, thank you.

Don't forget that we will be celebrating Halloween on October 27th with our spooky spectacular themed run so start thinking about those costumes now!

Thanks for reading, happy running,
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 15:47 on 30th June 2018 (event number 146).
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 5,049 participants have completed 27,395 parkruns covering a total distance of 136,975 km, including 5,593 new Personal Bests.
Wyre Forest parkrun
Today's Run Director: Graeme
Links
Find us on Facebook
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Official photos can be found here on Flickr
Join our club on Strava

Your Run Director Team:-
Andie (Event Director) - Jo - Vicky - Ade - David - Andy - Graeme - Mark - Neil

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

October 27th - Halloween 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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Please park responsibly in the car parks provided or stay green and cycle, jog or walk in when possible. Please, please, please do not park near local residents properties. Thank you.

 

12/11/2016 Wyre Forest parkrun #64 It might be raining but we’re still training!

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 64
12th November 2016

Goodness me what horrible weather awaited us this week! Not only was it cold, it was also raining - yuk!

Luckily, we are a hardy bunch at Wyre Forest and so we still had over a hundred runners and volunteers stick two fingers up to the weather and get their Saturday morning off to a great start.

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Thank you to Andy Garlick for taking on the role of Run Director this morning and of course much appreciation to his team:

Volunteers:
Adrian FORD • Andrea FORD • Andrew GARLICK • Carole EVANS • Duncan STARKIE • Gordon NICHOLLS • Jo MATHEWS • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Lisa BAILEY • Lisa BIGGS • Lisa GARLICK • Martin BIGGS • Molly MATHEWS • Nancy GOULD • Richard FAIN • Stuart BOOKER

We are currently compiling the roster between now and Christmas so please let us know if you can help out. Our neighbours at Arrow Valley have already filled their whole roster - surely we can match them!? Please click on the volunteer link at the top of this page to see the state of the future roster and email in at wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com if you can help out - much appreciated!

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Photo: Rich Fain leads from the start

Regular Wyre Forester Rich Fain got off to a flying start this week and held his position to take the coveted 'first finisher' token. Congratulations Rich. And Droitwich runner Angela Twine finished first female for the first time so congratulations to you too Angela.

We must also mention junior Eleanor Wall who this week earned her free milestone t-shirt for completing her 10th parkrun - great achievement Eleanor!

Thank you to everyone who sent us well wishes in New York last weekend following Jo's Run Report! We had a fabulous time and it is a real pleasure and privilege to say that we are both now New York City Marathon Finishers! It was a trip of a lifetime and one that I can highly recommend if you are ever lucky enough to get the opportunity.

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Photo: Myself and Ade post NYC City Marathon!

Here are the stats, see you next week!
Andie

Male placings:
Richard FAIN (SM25-29) of Stone Master Marathoners, was first over the line in 19:51 - second time in 41 appearances.
Daniel STINTON (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:15.
Ewen MCDONALD (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:37.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Steven SMITH (Unattached) 882 pts.
Thomas PALMER (Kidderminster & Stourport AC) 874 pts.
Graeme ANDERSON (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 856 pts.

Female placings:
Angela TWINE (VW35-39) of Droitwich AC, was first (16th overall) over the line in 24:10 - first time in 9 appearances.
Beth O'BRIEN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (20th overall) over the line in 24:34.
Caitlin DICKENSON-BENNETT (JW15-17) (Unattached) was third (26th overall) over the line in 25:08.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitlin DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 842 pts.
Sandra PEDERSEN (Unattached) 817 pts.
Michelle DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 790 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Terence BEDINGTON (VM65-69) was graded 75.20% for the time 22:43 (9th overall).
Nerys JONES (VW60-64) was graded 68.74% for the time 28:38 (48th overall).
Steven SMITH (VM40-44) was graded 66.21% for the time 20:46 (4th overall).

This week there were 104 runners, of whom 13 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015, and since then 2,251 different runners, including participants from 197 athletics clubs, have completed 9,036 runs covering a total distance of 45,180 km, and there have been 2,219 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: Andy Garlick
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!
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