07/03/2020 Wyre Forest parkrun #233 celebrates International Womens Day

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 233
7th March 2020

Thank you Pauline SMITH for this week's run report :-)

Today’s parkrun was in celebration of ‘International Women’s Day’ and a new selfie board reflecting this was sent from parkrun HQ. I hoped that many of you took the opportunity to use this board for your own selfies. Perhaps you could send some and we can post them on the website.

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Our Event Director Andie celebrates IWD

It was lovely to be able to come to the forest in drier weather conditions than in recent weeks, however the course was still quite slippy in places but there was definite signs that spring is definitely on its way, with wild garlic starting to grow and the birds very chirpy. On the downside, we must apologise for the lack or toilet facilities at the start of the event, but luckily the problem was soon resolved. I hope this did not cause you too much in’convenience’. (groan groan groan).

Our Run Director today was Neil CRABBE who made sure that volunteers were where they should be and also ensuring that they wore to new pink Hi-Viz jackets. There were mixed opinions on these, with some preferring the yellow.

280 runners came to the forest to take part in this week’s run. The running conditions were very much improved on recent weeks and first past the post Stuart HAWKES did it in a rather speedy 19.26 minutes, well done. There were also 35 runners who achieved a new personal best at Wyre Forest parkrun. Well done all of you excellent running.

We also had 39 runners who were running at Wyre Forest for their first time. We really hope that you enjoyed your time in the forest, and look forward to welcoming you all back in the near future when the conditions will hopefully be much better that today.

What about all these milestones!! Well done to:

Lily HALLIDAY (10), Hidi JONES, Mark PARISH, Morgan PUPLETT, Helen PUPLETT, Heidrun HAEGE, Suzanne FIELD, Jules MONTAGUE (all 50) and Angela TWINE (100!)

Absolutely brilliant, all of you.

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Super Morgan and Helen after their 50th parkruns!

We also had an 'unofficial' milestone as one of our RDs Graeme celebrated his 150th parkrun in traditional Wyre Forest Hashers style - with fancy dress. You all looked fabulous!

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Wyre Forest parkrun is fortunate to have a team of regular volunteers who turn up to support the runners come rain or shine. If you would like to have a go at volunteering, or are interested in finding out further information please look at the Wyre Forest parkrun web page, you can find the link below. Alternatively, speak to any of the volunteers next time you are at the event. We are only too happy to help.

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/wyreforest/volunteer/

For now, we send a big ‘Thank you’ to this week’s volunteers who are:

Kimberley BILLS • Mark WALLACE • Julie GILLAM • Neil CRABBE • Katy BROOME • Kirsty WILKES • Carole EVANS • Martin BIGGS • Aran MOORE • Graeme ANDERSON • Heather MORGAN • Libby HAWKSWELL • Michelle SCURRELL • Richard GWILLIAM • Toby LLOYD • Pauline SMITH • Debbie HYRONS • Jeremy FERGUSON • Peter CARTWRIGHT • Bex JONES • Jules MONTAGUE • Neil CHAMPS • Adrian GODWIN • Harrison GWILLIAM • Alan KIMBER • Jack CARRASCO PORTER • Julie ALTON • Deana KIMBER • Chris ROACH • Alfie LYE • Ben ROACH

A date for your diaries. On Saturday March 21st, our Event Director Andie is going to do her 50th parkrun - 5 years in the making! Andie has chosen a theme of 'rainbows and unicorns' and is inviting you all to turn the forest 'bright and sparkly'! So please join her and wear something bright and cheerful or unicorn related!

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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 Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 17:36 on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).
The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:18 on 12th October 2019 (event number 213).
The Age Grade course record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded 84.64% (15:18) on 12th October 2019 (event number 213).

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 7,387 participants have completed 44,835 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,175 km, including 8,165 new Personal Bests. A total of 674 individuals have volunteered 5,725 times.

 

25/01/2020 Wyre Forest parkrun #228 run report

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 228
25th January 2020

This week it was another big turnout as 307 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

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Well done first timers:

Clive AUSTIN, Kegan GREENFIELD, Abbey MORRIS, Rachel AUSTIN, Emma HAMILTON, Molly PARMENTER, Nancy DAVIES-CLARKE

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The event was made possible by 33 enthusiastic volunteers - also a big turnout!:

Kim HOOD • Mark WALLACE • Andrea FORD • Adrian FORD • Carole EVANS • Aran MOORE • Heather MORGAN • Sandra PEDERSEN • Jennet ROBERTS • Luisa TURNER • David ALLISTON • Ruth ALLISTON • Graham GOOD • Stuart BIRD • Pauline SMITH • Caz SMITH • Paul NEWRICK • Debbie HYRONS • Jeremy FERGUSON • Mark SHELDON • Katherine EVANS • Corey MARSHALL • Christopher HANCOX • Phoebe GODWIN • Adrian GODWIN • Jack CARRASCO PORTER • Deana KIMBER • Josephine WHITEHOUSE • Henry NEWALL • Simon MORRISON • Martin LEWIS • Alfie LYE • Adam WAKEFIELD

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Special thanks to Adam WAKEFIELD who took some fabulous professional photographs for us this week (shared on our Facebook page). Check out @wakeys_media on Instagram for more of Adam's work. I have picked out some of my favourites for this report but it was very difficult just to chose a few!

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We welcomed tourists from local parkruns Worcester, Ludlow and Dudley and from further away, Ipswich, Birkenhead and Pontypridd.

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Congratulations to our lovely Debbie NEWBOULD on her 50th parkrun (so sorry we didn't get a photo of you Debbie!)

Before I go, can I just remind everyone not to take our finish tokens home! We have lost so many now that the replacements are not scanning properly and we will need to purchase a new set soon, at cost to us. If you see anyone pocketing a token please remind them that it needs to be returned thank you.

See you all next time!

Andie

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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 Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 17:36 on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 16:20 on 13th April 2019 (event number 187).
The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:18 on 12th October 2019 (event number 213).
The Age Grade course record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded 84.64% (15:18) on 12th October 2019 (event number 213).

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 7,221 participants have completed 43,487 parkruns covering a total distance of 217,435 km, including 7,984 new Personal Bests. A total of 661 individuals have volunteered 5,585 times.

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Wyre Forest parkrun
Today's Run Director: Andie
Links
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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 - 

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 £35 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?Otherwise, parking charges are £3 for up to 2 hours, £4 2-4 hours and £5 all day on Saturdays. 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!

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.

 

14/12/2019 Wyre Forest parkrun report by Sandra Howard

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 222
14th December 2019

This week's run report is written by our Wyre Forest regular Sandra HOWARD. Thanks Sandra!

A huge THANK YOU to Andie and her of wonderful team of volunteers who supported us this morning.  It was cold and wet but they came out, cheered us on and allowed parkrun to take place.  So a very HUGE thank you to each and everyone of you.  Some out on the course cheering us on were little people too, so if you have not volunteered before or not done it for awhile get in touch with Wyre Forest parkrun team. - become a HI VIZ HERO! Thank you:

Samantha ANDERSON • Vicky HONEYBOURNE • Mark WALLACE • Helen RUTHERFORD • Andrea FORD • Annette MORE • Neil CRABBE • Andrew GARLICK • Lilia Grace FORD • Katy BROOME • Lily CRABBE • Carole EVANS • Lisa BIGGS • Lisa GARLICK • John FRANCIS • Catherine LAVERTY • Ruth ALLISTON • Pauline SMITH • Holly BARAKS • Debbie JACKSON • Sandra HOWARD • Debbie HYRONS • Noah BARAKS • Katherine EVANS • Steve REDDING • Debbie REDDING • Christopher HANCOX • Bobby MORRIS • Henry NEWALL

Although cold and wet this morning 187 park runners ran, jogged or walked around the Wyre Forest.  We welcomed first timers to Wyre Forest and some first timers to parkrun too.  Well done to the Tri Energy graduation runners out this morning.  Well done to those of you who PB’d this morning although everyone deserves a well done for supporting parkrun this morning.


Next week is the last parkrun before Christmas so a fabulous excuse to run in anything Christmasy.  Have a good week and look forward to seeing you next week.

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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 Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 17:36 on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).
The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:18 on 12th October 2019 (event number 213).
The Age Grade course record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded 84.64% (15:18) on 12th October 2019 (event number 213).

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 7,016 participants have completed 41,705 parkruns covering a total distance of 208,525 km, including 7,790 new Personal Bests. A total of 645 individuals have volunteered 5,416 times.

 

 

16/11/2019 Wyre Forest parkrun #218 ‘Ollie from Eastbourne’s run report

Wyre Forest parkrun

Event number 218

16th November 2019

This week's run report is brought to us by tourist Ollie Miller - thank you Ollie! Take it away...

Jane, do you fancy a few days break in Hartlebury with Auntie and Uncle in November?”, I ask.

What a great idea. You have some leave to use up, we haven't see them for a while and most importantly, Brighton are not playing at home that weekend,” she replies.

Fantastic, I will message them and see if they're available.”

Great, perhaps we can do a local parkrun on the Saturday,”

I know just the one!!!!!”

Finally, after many years of trying and failing, I have encouraged my fine wife of one-year to do the Wyre Forest parkrun. “Now, don't go out too hard because there is a hill at the end,” I explain. Having done Wyre Forest a few times, I know all about the Hill. I remember a volunteer advising me about the Hill on my very first Wyre Forest trip back in the glorious summer of 2017.

The Hill can't be that bad,” replies Jane.

Just wait and see!”. We arrive early, at 8:30, to do a quick course – or hill – check. Jane knows what she is up against in the final 500m. We are not big parkrun tourists, we are members of a local running group called the Polegate Plodders in Eastbourne, East Sussex. They regularly organise trips to nearby parkruns but we like the familiarity of the Eastbourne parkrun.

Anyway, back to Wyre Forest. First, can we just say how everyone was so welcoming and friendly; the openness and friendliness made this such a pleasurable morning and thank you to the locals who informed us that the hill is called “Cardiac Hill”.. Secondly, we were really impressed by the Run Director and Volunteer Coordinator Graeme ANDERSON. His speech was fantastic, thanking every volunteer in turn. This is definitely something we are going to suggest to Team Eastbourne.

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David E LEWIS from Halesowen A and CC came home first in a time of 20 minutes 5 seconds. Just under thirty seconds later was the first lady home, Alison McEWING  in a time of 20 minutes 33 seconds. Alison runs for Erme Valley Harriers and was a first timer at today's event. Overall, there were 12 First Timers to parkrun in general and 30 First Timers to Wyre Forest parkrun. 242 parkrunners jogged, ran or walked the course, of which 30 recorded Personal Bests. Well done to you all.

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There were three athletes who recorded significant milestones – Chris DEARNLEY, Lisa BIGGS and Christa MAWHINNEY all participated in their 50th parkrun. Don't forget to order your milestone t-shirts online. As well as Jane and I from Eastbourne, there were also visitors from Chichester (also down south), London and most impressively South Africa.

For us, it is back to the flat terrain of Eastbourne next week before we have small tourists trips to Hastings and Finsbury Park, London at the end of November and beginning of December. We are already looking at our diaries next year for another trip to Wyre Forest. We better hit the South Downs for some practice so we are ready for Cardiac Hill.

Great report thank you Ollie!

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Kimberley BILLS • Mark WALLACE • Jane THOMAS • Andrew GARLICK • Carole EVANS • Lisa GARLICK • Graeme ANDERSON • Rosie CHADWICK • Lauren CHADWICK • Heather MORGAN • Tony COLCLOUGH • Elizabeth COLCLOUGH • Gavin MILLICHIP • Gill JONES • Neil SPAREY • Sandra HOWARD • Ollie MILLER • Christopher HANCOX • Darrell MEEKCOM • Alan KIMBER • Deana KIMBER • Henry NEWALL

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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 Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 17:36 on 30th March 2019 (event number 185). The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:18 on 12th October 2019 (event number 213). The Age Grade course record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded 84.64% (15:18) on 12th October 2019 (event number 213).

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 6,934 participants have completed 40,910 parkruns covering a total distance of 204,550 km, including 7,715 new Personal Bests. A total of 636 individuals have volunteered 5,310 times.

Wyre Forest parkrun Today's Run Director: Graeme Links Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter And on Instagram 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 - 21st December - Christmas themed parkrun

Please note: there are NO extra parkruns taking place over Christmas but Saturdays continue as usual.
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 £35 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?Otherwise, parking charges are £3 for up to 2 hours, £4 2-4 hours and £5 all day on Saturdays. 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!

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.

 

31.8.19 Wyre Forest parkrun #207 Happy 4th Birthday to us!!

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 207
31st August 2019

Happy 4th birthday to us!!!

This week 297 people ran, jogged, walked and celebrated our 4th birthday with us!  37 were first timers and 42 people recorded new Personal Bests - congratulations if you were one of them.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Dave SMITH • Lindsay B PULLEY • Joan CLARKE • Joanne WATSON • Jake GOOD • Fiona CLARKE • Matthew BAILEY • Kirsty WILKES • Carole EVANS • Leeanne ANDERSON • John FRANCIS • Mike PARKER • Michelle SCURRELL • Gavin MILLICHIP • David ALLISTON • Ruth ALLISTON • Carole HENDER • Stuart BIRD • Pauline SMITH • Sandra HOWARD • Debbie HYRONS • Jeremy FERGUSON • Florence HOWARD • Zoe ELKIN • Katherine EVANS

Pauline and Carole looking lovely in red!

Pauline and Carole looking lovely in red!

To celebrate, this year we decided to go with the colour 'Red', and it was lovely to see both our volunteers and runners embracing this. We also had lots of cake at the finish line - if you donated some cakes to us, then huge thank you to you!

Some CMRC runners, rocking the red!

Some CMRC runners, rocking the red!

Our Hasher friends love any excuse to wear their red dresses!

Our Hasher friends love any excuse to wear their red dresses!

As well as our birthday, we had lots of other things to celebrate this week.

Firstly, we had a new age category record set! Congratulations to Brian Hughes who set a new record in the VM70-74 category, running an incredible 22:16! Well done Brian - what a phenomenal time!!

Next we need to say a huge 'well done' to Wyre Forest regular, Chris Kimber who ran her 100th parkrun with us on Saturday! A brilliant achievement!

Congratulations to Chris on her 100th parkrun!

Congratulations to Chris on her 100th parkrun!

Finally, lets say a huge HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY to Emma Jackson! How else would anyone want to celebrate their 21st? We hope you had a lovely day.

Happy birthday Emma!

Happy birthday Emma!

Here are a few more pictures from our birthday - enjoy :)

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See you next week - Jo x

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 Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 17:36 on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).
The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:33 on 13th July 2019 (event number 200).
The Age Grade course record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded 84.09% (17:36) on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 6,647 participants have completed 38,573 parkruns covering a total distance of 192,865 km, including 7,362 new Personal Bests. A total of 615 individuals have volunteered 5,028 times.

 

22/06/2019 Wyre Forest parkrun #197 Fireman Andy’s run report

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 197
22nd June 2019

This week's run report is brought to us by a real local hero in hi-viz. Firefighter Andy WEBSTER. Thanks Andy - for your report and for all that the emergency services do to keep us safe.

"Finally, I’m going to get my hands on a coveted black t-shirt! Run #100 – all of them completed here at my local parkrun, starting with event number 1 back in 2015 – done this week on a beautiful sunny morning, after having to put it off due to several busy weekends. I had tried to come up with ways to complete this milestone event but didn’t fancy the go-to dresses/ tutus favoured by some – I really didn’t want to have to subject that on any fellow runners! So, I decided on marking the hundredth in the following ways…

1. As a serving retained firefighter at Bewdley over a number of years, I chose the full kit option to raise awareness of our local emergency services. NB: the PPE is designed to keep heat out – however, it also does a superb job of keeping us very warm on the inside!

 

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2. It seemed like a good idea to bring our dog, Dudley, the cocker spaniel and my two sons – Leo, 6 and Jamie, 4 – along too! The family usually wait on the final hill to race me to the finish line, but this time we joined up with the excellent and very friendly/ patient tail walkers in taking in the full course in a leisurely manner; an ice-cream at the café was a well-earned reward for completing their first 5k! The boys are both now very much looking forward to being able to run the distance with the dog when they are a little bit older.

 

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3. I also responded to a social media request to volunteer for the first time, choosing this option of writing the report to be able to also run this time – helping out by volunteering for different roles is certainly something I will get involved with going forward as I am most grateful for all those who make parkrun at Wyre Forest possible.

And so my next goal is the 25 volunteer t-shirt and ultimately one day the dark green one with 250 on the back! I will be around and about doing my bit (most likely with the family in tow!) to help out where I can. I also plan to ‘go on tour’ to sample other parkruns – especially as I hear some are flatter/ faster to improve my PB!??"

 

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Thanks and well done Andy! That must have been a very, very tough run!

Congratulations and thank you also to Matt KIMBER who volunteered for the 25th time this week. We wouldn't be here with out our regular volunteers so we really do appreciate people like Matt.

This week 256 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Gillian TYLER • Andy WEBSTER • Dave SMITH • Frances GEDDIE • Stephen BLOOMER • Ellen POWELL • Christine NICHOLLS • Annette MORE • Elizabeth HINTON • Mark REAVES • Carole EVANS • Aran MOORE • Matt KIMBER • Graeme ANDERSON • John FRANCIS • Michelle SCURRELL • Paul SCURRELL • Christine SEDMAN-SMITH • Daren JACKSON • Stella CARTER • Caz SMITH • Debbie HYRONS • Ben HOBSON • Helen PUPLETT • Steve REDDING • Christian HOLLOWAY • Kerry LEWIS • Morgan PUPLETT • Laura KIRKPATRICK

CONGRATULATIONS to Maureen LEWIS who has a new Age Category Record for VW75-79. She ran a speedy 34:36 to claim her spot on the wall of pride.

And welcome to parkrun to our first timers:

Michael HICKMAN, Will COLVILLE, Thomas TIMMINS, Samuel MURPHY, Heather LEWIS, Hebe SWIFT, Alice DORRELL, Lindsey SWIFT, Stacey PRITCHARD, George FISHER-EDWARDS, Martha COLVILLE, Maisie GODDARD, Reuben WALKER, Liam JONES, James CARTER, James KIDDLE

The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:35 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 177).oday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wyre Forest parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 17:36 on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).
The Age Grade course record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded 84.09% (17:36) on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).

Wyre Forest parkrun
Today's Run Director: Mark
Links
Find us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
And on Instagram

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 - 
July 13th - parkrun #200
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 £35 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?Otherwise, parking charges are £3 for up to 2 hours, £4 2-4 hours and £5 all day on Saturdays. 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!

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.

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 6,268 participants have completed 36,141 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,705 km, including 6,973 new Personal Bests. A total of 582 individuals have volunteered 4,742 times.

 

18/05/2019 Wyre Forest parkrun #192 Wendy’s run report

Wyre Forest parkrun

Event number 192

18th May 2019

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My first ever Wyre Forest parkrun
I'm not the greatest of parkrun tourists. I confess that I quite like to stay close to home and (with a few exceptions) tend to only visit other parkruns when I am on holiday in the area or running a race near to that parkrun. And so it was today.
Having arranged to run the 'Down to the Wyre 10k', it would have been positively rude not to also complete the parkrun taking place before it.I drove the 46 miles from Stafford, arriving at the Wyre Forest Visitor Centre with sufficient time to grab a cup of coffee, locate the onsite loos, and have a bit of banter with some of the volunteers who had arrived early to set up.
Parking was easy, with plenty of available space.. certainly at the time that I arrived.One of the stand out aspects of parkrun is the friendliness of the volunteers. I introduced myself to everyone I could find bedecked in the recognisable yellow, blue or orange parkrun volunteer tabards and was met with smiles and friendly conversation and a few useful tips about the course. 
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The first time briefing was given with a lot of humour, with more than one reference to the word undulating and with confirmation that we would be in no doubt about the definition of that word undulating after we had gone through the finish funnel. This comment was met with a lot of laughter. After a detailed Run Director's briefing, we had a countdown to the start of the parkrun.
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The course itself is a mixture of tracks and trail paths and I have to say that I absolutely loved the first ten minutes, with some lovely downhill sections that allowed all runners, joggers and walkers to allow gravity to propel them forward, with giant trees shrouding the route. As someone who is more used to the relatively flat route of the Isabel Trail parkrun, I found myself slowing on some of the inclines. However I was given fantastic encouragement by marshals and other participants alike! 
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The run to the funnel up what is colloquially referred to as 'Cardiac Hill' was interesting. I use the word 'run' very loosely - Haha. It was a challenging end to a great parkrun.
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I really enjoyed this parkrun. The course, the volunteers, and the participants all added elements that made the morning so memorable. I managed to take photos of most (if not all) of the volunteers who were so supportive and without whom this parkrun could not have taken place. Thank you so much for making me feel so welcome. Expect to see me next year. Keep the coffee warm!

Will do Wendy and hopefully we will see you again soon!

This week 241 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Vicky HONEYBOURNE • Wendy SEARS • Sarah AVRIL • Sarah PRICE • Kate DUFFIN • Andrea FORD • Christine NICHOLLS • Julian ABLEY • Adrian FORD • David STARKIE • Andrew GARLICK • Duncan STARKIE • Carole EVANS • Aran MOORE • Matt KIMBER • Ann CHADWICK • Rosie CHADWICK • Lauren CHADWICK • Heather MORGAN • Lindsay TILLSLEY • John FRANCIS • Deborah NEWBOULD • Ellie ANDERSON • Michelle SCURRELL • Olwen FIELD • Emily PRICE • Michael GREGG • Graham GOOD • Alex LEES • Pauline SMITH • Caz SMITH • Dylan TURNER • Kerry LEWIS • Patrick YARRANTON-GREEN

 

Congratulations and a huge thank you to volunteer Sarah PRICE who gained her purple t-shirt this week after her 25th time on the roster.

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Congratulations to Linda PALMER who joined the 50 parkruns club And super kudos to junior parkrunner Morgan NEAL who also completed his 50th parkrun!! Awesome!

 

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

The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:35 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 177). The female record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 17:36 on 30th March 2019 (event number 185). The Age Grade course record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded 84.09% (17:36) on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 6,060 participants have completed 34,881 parkruns covering a total distance of 174,405 km, including 6,762 new Personal Bests. A total of 567 individuals have volunteered 4,581 times.

Wyre Forest parkrun Today's Run Director: Andie Links Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter And on Instagram 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 - June 1st - GP Pledge Day June 8th - CMRC volunteer takeover June 29th - Scouts volunteer takeover
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 £35 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?Otherwise, parking charges are £3 for up to 2 hours, £4 2-4 hours and £5 all day on Saturdays. 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!

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.

 

27/04/2019 Wyre Forest parkrun report. Andy volunteers for the 150th time!

Wyre Forest parkrun Event number 189 27th April 2019

This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

Welcome to our parkrun debutantes this week:

Henry NEWBOULD, Karis LANE, Lewis YATES, Stuart THOMAS, Andy MOWBRAY, Dave RICHARDSON, Sam FLEMING, Nicola HARTLAND, Ros PORTER, John LANE, Karrick LANE

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Vicky HONEYBOURNE • Kim HOOD • David MORE • Mark WALLACE • Sarah PRICE • Phil WEBER • David STARKIE • Andrew GARLICK • Duncan STARKIE • Lisa GARLICK • Graeme ANDERSON • Ann CHADWICK • Rosie CHADWICK • Lauren CHADWICK • Catherine LAVERTY • Ellie ANDERSON • Rachel CASELEY • Sara HARRIS • Emily PRICE • Graham GOOD • Daren JACKSON • Stella CARTER • Pauline SMITH • Debbie JACKSON • Sarah CLARK • Paige CARTER • Sue HODGETTS • Steve REDDING • Kerry LEWIS 58379247_2474971945869148_7723295897739591680_n

Big, big thanks must go to our amazing uber-volunteer Andy GARLICK who this weekend gave up his Saturday morning to help us at parkrun for the 150th time. We couldn't operate without our core team of regular volunteers of which Andy is an original member, with us from Event #1.

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Just one milestone this week: Congratulations to Wyre Forest regular Marc PEDERSEN who completed his 100th parkrun!

Don't forget that this Saturday is our special Star Wars 'May the Fourth Be With You' parkrun!

See you there and don't forget your barcodes!

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

The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:35 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 177). The female record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 17:36 on 30th March 2019 (event number 185). The Age Grade course record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded 84.09% (17:36) on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 5,924 participants have completed 34,054 parkruns covering a total distance of 170,270 km, including 6,617 new Personal Bests. A total of 560 individuals have volunteered 4,488 times.

Wyre Forest parkrun
Today's Run Director: Graeme
Links
Find us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
And on Instagram

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 - May 4th - Star Wars parkrun June 8th - CMRC volunteer takeover June 29th - Scouts volunteer takeover
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 £35 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?Otherwise, parking charges are £3 for up to 2 hours, £4 2-4 hours and £5 all day on Saturdays. 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!

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.

 

20/04/2019 Wyre Forest parkrun #188 run report

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 188
20th April 2019

Each week we welcome tourists to Wyre Forest. Some are just away from home, taking advantage of a local parkrun wherever they are, but some are parkrun tourists, which you may or may not know is a thing in its own right.

Today we were visited by 34 tourists, all very welcome as always. Among them were Vicki Clarke and her husband James. I received an email from James during the week asking if he could volunteer to be barcode scanner, but saying he'd like to run the course first and he'd be done in about 18 minutes. I admired his optimism and replied saying that if he could make it round in 18 minutes then he could be a barcode scanner. Sure enough, he made it round in 5th place in 18 minutes 21 seconds and spent the rest of the morning scanning barcodes.

Vickie and James are parkrun tourists, which is an unofficial title for someone who has run at 20 or more parkrun locations. But Vickie wasn't content with just that and she and James are now working towards the Cowell Club, which is an unofficial club for all of those who have run at 100 different parkruns. Wyre Forest was their 87th, so they are well on their way and we wish them well with their endeavour.

You'll have noticed I refer to these as unofficial challenges or clubs, there are no milestone t-shirts for these, they are just fun little challenges that arose along the way. A variety of challenges now exist, some more serious than others. Do you want to join the Compass Club? Run four parkruns, one each with North, South, East and West in the name. Fancy being an alphabeteer? Run a parkrun beginning with each letter of the alphabet, except x which doesn't exist - for now. How about the Full Ponty? Run a parkrun at Pontefract, Pontypool and Pontypridd.

The list goes on and I am not going to try to mention them all here. If you think it may be of interest, you can find out more here: https://running-challenges.co.uk/.

The results also show that we were visited by another tourist worth a special mention, Mark ANNEAR, who was up from London and ran his 100th parkrun with us. Congratulations to him, had I known about it on the day I'd have given him a shout out at the briefing.

This week 300 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

Special congratulations to all those who ran their first ever parkrun:

Vicky WILLIAMS • Tunjay ORAN • Christopher FELLOWS • Jane YOUNG • Cody HODGKINSON • Frank WORNER • Joshua STOKES • Richard BURNETT • David BRAMALL • Roxy WHITE • Lyndsey ROBERTS • Claire SMITH • Dave COLEMAN • Clare COLEMAN • Paula FREEMAN • Pamela PALMER • Maria MARCOU • Despina MARCOU • Julie MILLMAN • Josie MILLMAN • Nick THOMPSON • Harri WILLIAMS • Luke LOWE • Sarah BACHE

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Penelope Jane BARBER • Vicky HONEYBOURNE • Kim HOOD • James Richard Alexander CLARKE • Joanne WATSON • Deborah LOWE • Neil CRABBE • David STARKIE • Duncan STARKIE • Carole EVANS • Ann CHADWICK • Rosie CHADWICK • Lauren CHADWICK • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Vicki KELLY • Gavin MILLICHIP • Dawn WHITEHEAD • Sara HARRIS • Kevin HARRIS • Fereday ALICIA • Fereday SOPHIE • Stuart BIRD • Pauline SMITH • Dylan TURNER • Jennifer CLEE • Jeremy FERGUSON • Izzy ROLLIT • Ed ROLLIT • Fran CRICK • Freya KELLY

As always, a huge thanks to the volunteers, without you the event wouldn't run. If you have never volunteered, please consider it at a future event.

Have a great week everyone, see you next time.

Neil

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

The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:35 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 177).
The female record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 17:36 on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).
The Age Grade course record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded 84.09% (17:36) on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 5,896 participants have completed 33,846 parkruns covering a total distance of 169,230 km, including 6,585 new Personal Bests. A total of 556 individuals have volunteered 4,459 times.

Wyre Forest parkrun
Today's Run Director: Neil
Links
Find us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
And on Instagram

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 - June 29th - Scouts volunteer takeover
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 £35 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?Otherwise, parking charges are £3 for up to 2 hours, £4 2-4 hours and £5 all day on Saturdays. 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!

 

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.

 

06/04/2019 Wyre Forest parkrun #186 run report

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 186
6th April 2019

 

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This week 255 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

Welcome to all our first time parkrunners:

David LLOYD, Greta SPAREY, Aislinn KEEGAN, Sam MONK, Jo OLDEN, Hannah TOLLEY, Holly WILLIAMS, Kelly ROBINSON, Anya REAVES, Michelle REAVES

First of many visits to Wyre Forest parkrun we hope!

The event was made possible by 28 super volunteers:

Andrea FORD • Christine NICHOLLS • Jake GOOD • Robin GLOVER • Chris SIMPSON • Neil CRABBE • Andrew GARLICK • Katy BROOME • Kirsty WILKES • Martin BIGGS • Lisa GARLICK • Stephen MOORE • Aran MOORE • Philip JONES • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Vicki KELLY • Deborah NEWBOULD • Rachael SHEPHERD • Michael GREGG • Ian BELL • Carole HENDER • Pauline SMITH • Debbie HYRONS • Jeremy FERGUSON • Ben HOBSON • Olive KELLY • Steve REDDING • Christian HOLLOWAY

Thanks to them all.

Please get in touch at wyreforest@parkrun.com to add your name to the roster! Thank you.

 

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Jonny G and Ben PARKES both joined the milestone 50 club this week. Well done guys!

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Ben (right) with fellow parkrunner James

And Emma SMITH visited us for the first time and ran her 100th parkrun (you definitely picked a great parkrun to celebrate Emma!)

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And we all wished regular runner and volunteer Carl PRICE a marvellous day on his 50th birthday!

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Good news from the Forest cafe: They will now be opening at 8.30am!! Hurrah!!

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Wishing you all a good week! See you next time!

Andie

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

The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:35 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 177).
The female record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 17:36 on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).
The Age Grade course record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded 84.09% (17:36) on 30th March 2019 (event number 185).

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 5,803 participants have completed 33,295 parkruns covering a total distance of 166,475 km, including 6,468 new Personal Bests. A total of 549 individuals have volunteered 4,397 times.

Wyre Forest parkrun
Today's Run Director: Andie
Links
Find us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
And on Instagram

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 - June 29th - Scouts volunteer takeover
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 £35 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?Otherwise, parking charges are £3 for up to 2 hours, £4 for 2-4 hours or £5 all day. 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!

 

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.

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