10/12/2016 Wyre Forest parkrun #68 From Rio Gold medalists to tri-energy beginners and everyone in between

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 68
10th December 2016

We had a great morning at event number 68 with lots of 'extra' special people running with us this week (I say 'extra' because you are all special to us!)

However, even those of us who have more than a few miles in our running shoes will remember the nerves involved with that first ever 5k, that first parkrun or first race... And so we all understood how the Tri-energy Run Fitter graduates were feeling after they completed their beginners course and turned up this Saturday to complete their first official timed 5k.

And they all did brilliantly. Congratulations to you all, if you can complete Wyre Forest parkrun then you really can conquer anything!



Wyre Forest parkrun #68 10-12-2016

And of course we must say a HUGE thanks to our fantastic volunteers with who we wouldn't even have a parkrun:

Andrea FORD • Archie JONES • Carole EVANS • Duncan STARKIE • Elizabeth HINTON • Finlay BRITNELL • Gavin MILLICHIP • Gracie HARRIS • Graeme ANDERSON • Joanne WATSON • Kim HOOD • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Lisa BAILEY • Lisa BIGGS • Martin BIGGS • Paul ROBERTS • Pete DUNDERDALE • Sam HAWKSWELL • Sara HARRIS • Stuart BOOKER • Wendy BOOKER

Wyre Forest parkrun #68 10-12-2016

Wyre Forest parkrun #68 10-12-2016
Photo: Gav and Sam were in charge of the Finish Tokens this week 

Wyre Forest parkrun #68 10-12-2016
Photo: Some of this weeks fantastic marshals - Pete, Wendy, Stuart, Paul and Bill

Please contact us at wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com to enquire about volunteering - we'd love to have you help us out.

Jocelyne ADAMS chose Wyre Forest parkrun as the location to complete her milestone 50th parkrun and brought with her 15 members of Bridgnorth Running Club. They celebrated in the Forest Café afterwards. Well done Jocelyne, here's to the next 50!

Wyre Forest parkrun #68 10-12-2016
Photo: Jocelyne (stood up, back left) and her pals from Bridgnorth Running Club

Now I think it's fair to say that we have amazing people at Wyre Forest parkrun every week. But I think this is the first time we've had a TeamGB Gold medallist run here! Local swimmer Claire CASHMORE picked up gold and silver medals in the Rio Paralympics 2016 to add to her medals from London, Beijing and Athens. And swimming is not her only talent if her finishing time on Saturday is anything to go by, Claire completed her first ever parkrun finishing as second female and looking incredibly strong crossing the finish line!

Wyre Forest parkrun #68 10-12-2016
Photo: Claire finishes her first parkrun in style

Well done to Claire and all our first time parkrunners:


We hope to see you back again soon beating those PBs!

Just before I go, please can you all check your bags if you brought one with you on Saturday as one of our regular runners has lost a top (of great importance to him) and we want to try to get it back. We think it may have gone in someone's bag that was left at the finish line - so please, please check and get in touch if you have it.

On a similar theme, we have had some finish tokens go missing, if you have one - don't be embarrassed just drop it back to us! We have to replace them and the new ones don't scan very well so we'd like any originals back please.

parkrun tokens

Thanks everyone, don't forget we are here every Saturday as usual over the festive season including Christmas Eve and NYE. Please bring your tinsel and sparkle on Christmas Eve, I have heard a rumour there could be some impressive fancy dress outfits on show so feel free to join in!

See you next week, Andie

Male placings:
David ELLIS (SM30-34) of Derby AC, was first over the line in 18:08 - first appearance.
Michael JONES (SM25-29) of Metta Box, was second over the line in 19:10.
Joshua POUNTNEY (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:16.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Steven SMITH (Unattached) 1167 pts.
Graeme ANDERSON (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 1158 pts.
Mark WALLACE (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 1071 pts.

Female placings:
Sarah ARMSTRONG (VW50-54) of Amazing Feet RC, was first (16th overall) over the line in 21:49 - second time in 3 appearances.
Claire CASHMORE (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (23rd overall) over the line in 22:53.
Joan CLARKE (VW60-64) of Stourbridge RC, was third (36th overall) over the line in 24:40.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Michelle DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 1164 pts.
Caitlin DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 1127 pts.
Sandra PEDERSEN (Unattached) 1060 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Joan CLARKE (VW60-64) was graded 78.65% for the time 24:40 (36th overall).
Andrew T DAVIES (VM65-69) was graded 78.35% for the time 21:24 (15th overall).
Dave BENNETT (VM50-54) was graded 77.20% for the time 19:44 (5th overall).

This week there were 143 runners, of whom 24 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part.

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015, and since then 2,319 different runners, including participants from 202 athletics clubs, have completed 9,557 runs covering a total distance of 47,785 km, and there have been 2,327 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.

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