Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 155
1st September 2018
As summer turns to autumn, we are very lucky in that we are still experiencing some lovely weather, and it was a beautiful morning in the forest! 25 lovely volunteers turned up to facilitate this mornings run. Please give thanks to:
Ian DENNIS • Kim HOOD • Richard FAIN • Mark WALLACE • Philip SHELDON • Andrew T DAVIES • Joanne WATSON • Jake GOOD • Mark REAVES • Neil CRABBE • Katy BROOME • Carole EVANS • Stephen MOORE • Graeme ANDERSON • Tom ANDERSON • Emma PAINE • Steve KIMBER • Gavin MILLICHIP • Jacqui WINTER • Graham GOOD • Daren JACKSON • Wayne GRIFFIN • Pauline SMITH • Lloyd WRIGHT • Christopher HANCOX • Florence HOWARD
Mark Reeves is one of our regular volunteers, but he failed to mention to us on Saturday that he was actually celebrating a milestone achievement! Mark has volunteered 25 times now, making him eligible for one of the much coveted purple parkrun t-shirts! So extra thanks goes out to Mark - your volunteering is much appreciated by us all.
We also had two running milestones being celebrated this week too. Firstly, we had Steven Smith; Steven was celebrating his 100th parkrun! What an achievement - well done! Then we had Mike Parker; Mike was celebrating his 50th parkrun. Huge well done to both of you - we hope to see you both when you are celebrating your next milestone parkrun.
It was also an extra special week this week as we welcomed a special visitor to Wyre Forest parkrun. Taekwondo athlete, Maddison Moore, from Team GB, joined us in the forest and she also volunteered! Maddison tail walked at our event which was also her first ever parkrun. Thank you so much for visiting us Maddison! We also learnt that Maddison's aunty, Helen Rutherford, is one of our parkrunners, so maybe Maddison will come back and visit us again, and run with 'aunty Helen' as we all now know her!
I shall now hand over to the far more capable, 11 year old Florence Howard, for the rest of todays run report!
Today was my second run of freedom now I'm 11. I can finally leave my mum far behind. Although today I didn't take on that opportunity!! I find it easier running with someone who has a similar pace. So definitely not my mum!!! (Sorry!) I did my current P.B a long time ago with my best friend, Eva, and whenever I wanted to stop she would be running and it would motivate you to keep running and achieve your best. Most of the time now in my mind I just have to imagine her running next to me. It's definitely encouraging when there is so many people around you cheering you on! Marshalls are always calling you on to keep going. What's inspiring is when other runners cheer you on too! This makes you feel great! When you come up Cardiac Hill you can hear everyone cheering you on! I don't know whether this is just me or relatable but when you run up that hill and you feel like you can't go on anymore and when you all of sudden hear cheering it definitely feels amazing like you've achieved something for the first time (if it is or if its not). For a few seconds you almost don't care what time you get as you go through the funnel. After that you just can't wait for those results! That email/ text, you just want to come quickly really badly as if your waiting for Christmas. Thank You to the Run Director, Marshalls and all the other Volunteers that make these parkruns possible.
Thank you Florence! What a fabulous run report! And if anyone else would like to write a run report for us, please get in touch.
This week 207 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part. Well done to you all, but especially our first timers; we hope to see you again soon. Two of the people celebrating PBs were Matthew Bailey and Chris Foster, both from Cleobury Mortimer Running Club. These two incredibly quick runners ran the whole course together, and crossed the line at the exact same moment to take positions 1 and 2. Well done to you both!
See you all soon!