28/07/2018 Wyre Forest parkrun #150 A touch of glamour for a Saturday morning!

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 150
28th July 2018

This week 217 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

Here are the names of our marvellous first time parkrunners:

Lloyd WRIGHT, Billy HARLEY, Simon PUGH, William BEARD, Sarah PUGH, Francesca HALL, Ade CALDWELL, Martin GREAVES, Edward LUPTON, Toby GITTENS, Tamzin RICHARDSON

Well done all of you, you now have a PB to beat!

The event was made possible by 23 fantastic volunteers:

Vicky HONEYBOURNE • Adam HARRIS • Julie GOLDS • Mark WALLACE • Julie WIDDOWSON • Andrew T DAVIES • Joanne WATSON • Jake GOOD • Lisa BAILEY • Andrew GARLICK • Katy BROOME • Carole EVANS • Lisa BIGGS • Martin BIGGS • Sandra PEDERSEN • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Gavin MILLICHIP • Sara HARRIS • Rachael SHEPHERD • Michelle BRIGGS • Stuart BIRD • Gill JONES • Steve REDDING

Thank you all - there is no parkrun without volunteers. Have you tried it yet? Please get in touch at wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com and let some of our regular volunteers have a go at running too!

There were some memorable milestones this week among some of our loyal Wyre Forest parkrunners and volunteers. Huge congratulations to our favourite mini-marshal Ryan MORGAN who ran his 10th parkrun and to the following, huge kudos on your 100th parkruns: Thomas PALMER (of local Kidderminster and Stourport Athletics Club), Heather MORGAN (Cleobury Mortimer RC and WFHHH) and Graeme ANDERSON (one of our RDs and member of WFHHH).

Graeme and Heather chose a theme of 'red dresses' for their 100th which many more of you embraced! I will let the photographs speak for themselves!

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Photo: Thomas completes his 100th parkrun

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Photo: Graeme, Ryan and Heather

An Age Category Record was claimed this week by the super speedy Fred SMITH of Wolverhampton and Bilston AC who visited us for the first time. The record for VM70-74 now stands at a very impressive 25:09 if any of you chaps fancy beating it?!

Please note that this week, the parking machines at the Forestry were finally upgraded and prices have gone up to £3 for 1 hour (full charges are below). We appreciate that this is frustrating but we are volunteers (paying to park ourselves!) and would prefer that any dissatisfaction is NOT directed at us and that you contact the FC directly with your feedback.

On the same note, please try to avoid parking near to local residents homes. This will create stress to our neighbours who will also take their annoyance out on our volunteers.

If you are a regular parkrunner we really urge you to purchase a Discovery Pass. It is £30 for a year so if you manage to run every week that is just 58p. If you share the cost with another driver (you can add two registration numbers on to the pass) then that is even greater value for money. It also entitles you to discounts at the café and in GoApe (Ts&Cs apply) and you can come and visit whenever you like and support the valuable work that the FC are doing. I know that I can not speak for everyone but I for one truly appreciate how blessed we are to be able to parkrun here each week (and your parkrun itself is absolutely free don't forget!) in such beautiful surroundings and with the use of pre and post-run facilities (some parkruns don't even have toilets available!)

This Saturday sees our favourite photographer celebrate not one but TWO milestones and we welcome a new Run Director to our team! Who will it be?? Come along and see - and don't forget your barcodes!

Keep parkrunning
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 4,717 participants have completed 25,331 parkruns covering a total distance of 126,655 km, including 5,201 new Personal Bests.

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Today's Run Director: Jo
Links
Find us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
And on Instagram

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 - Graeme
Mark

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

Aug 25th - Our 3rd Birthday!

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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07/01/2017 Wyre Forest parkrun #72 New Year, new starts… (and finish!)

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 72
7th January 2017

Happy New Year to all parkrunners, volunteers supporters and families! We kicked off 2017 with a slight change to our course. Following a request from our landowners the Forestry Commission, we moved our start line and finish area slightly further up the hill from last year.

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Photo: The new look start line

177 of you came to challenge yourselves including 35 first timers. Lets say a big CONGRATULATIONS to the following runners who completed their first ever parkrun this Saturday at Wyre Forest:

Andrew PAWSON, Mark BIRKS, Dean HUTTON, Grant Wills, Tina ROWBERY, Jackie LITTLE, Denise WILTON, Grant HOWARD, Xylia READING, Charlie EDMONDS, Martin HUTTON, Marie HARRIS, Emily HOOPER, Terry BLUNN, Andrea HINTON, Sasha GUEST, Aneka GUEST, Amelia-Jayne THOMAS, Beth NEWTON, Catherine BLUNT, Charlotte MONDON-LINES, Millie MORTON, Matthew MORTON, Skye WEAVER, Andrew WEAVER, Isabella HERMAN, Jo HERMAN

You are all awesome and we hope to see you back again very soon!

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A particular big WELL DONE to the 21 runners who gained a PB this week. I think its fair to say that a 2017 PB is even harder earned than a 2016 one to give yourselves a huge pat on the back.

The other bunch of amazing people are our volunteers:

Adrian FORD • Andrea FORD • Andrew GARLICK • Carole EVANS • Dave SMITH • Gavin MILLICHIP • Jo MATHEWS • Joanne WATSON • Kim HOOD • Lindsay TILLSLEY • Lisa BAILEY • Lisa GARLICK • Martin BIGGS • Megan SCURRELL • Michelle SCURRELL • Molly MATHEWS • Neil CRABBE • Paul SCURRELL • Philip SHELDON • Samantha ANDERSON • Sara HARRIS • Stuart BOOKER • Wendy BOOKER

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Photo: We will keep cheering you right to the end!

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Photo: Who could resist smiling at this cheeky chappy at the top of the hill! Thank you Bobby and mum Sam

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers! Next week we have our first ever 'Running Club parkrun Takeover' where all our volunteers will be provided by one club. First up is Cleobury Mortimer Running Club who have filled in our roster with lots of their runners coming to parkrun for the first time to volunteer.

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We would like to invite ALL our local clubs to take up our 'takeover' challenge and fill the entire roster for one week to promote your club! Please get in touch at wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com. That is also the email address for anyone else who wishes to help us out. We need people from January 21st onwards - thank you!

Speaking of volunteers this week regular runner Neil CRABBE also completed his milestone 25th occasion as a volunteer to earn his free purple t-shirt! Thank you and well done Neil and welcome to the 25 club!

Wyre Forest parkrun Christmas Eve 2016 Photo: Neil is a regular here at Wyre Forest

Another regular at Wyre Forest is Steven SMITH who this week finished first for the first time! Steven also heads up our mens points table (which will come to an end in February). Will anyone catch him now?!

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Just a reminder - you can avoid queuing up the parking machines by buying a Discovery Pass from the Forest Café. It's £30 a year and you can add two car registrations to it (only one can be used at a time). Why not split the cost and the driving between you and a fellow parkrunner? Any problems with the parking machines should be reported to the Forestry Commission but if you don't have a pass we advise that you arrive early to avoid queuing!

See you all next week
Happy running
Andie :)

Male placings:
Steven SMITH (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 21:06 - first time in 52 appearances.
Neil BRAMWELL (VM35-39) of Harlequins Orienteers, was second over the line in 22:12.
William QUINN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 22:21.

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Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Steven SMITH (Unattached) 1529 pts.
Graeme ANDERSON (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 1500 pts.
Mark WALLACE (Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers) 1352 pts.

Female placings:
Tina SMITH (VW50-54) of Forest Monsters, was first (9th overall) over the line in 23:00 - 8th time in 43 appearances.
Emma PAINE (SW25-29) of Amazing Feet RC, was second (20th overall) over the line in 24:31 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Caitlin DICKENSON-BENNETT (JW15-17) (Unattached) was third (31st overall) over the line in 25:04.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitlin DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 1506 pts.
Michelle DICKENSON-BENNETT (Unattached) 1500 pts.
Julie CARTER (Forest Monsters) 1313 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Tina SMITH (VW50-54) was graded 76.67% for the time 23:00 (9th overall).
Kimberley BILLS (VW55-59) was graded 70.04% for the time 26:12 (41st overall).
Dave WHITTAKER (VM55-59) was graded 67.05% for the time 22:55 (8th overall).

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This week there were 177 runners, of whom 35 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

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Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015, and since then 2,455 different runners, including participants from 210 athletics clubs, have completed 10,305 runs covering a total distance of 51,525 km, and there have been 2,437 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 00:16:03 on 31st December 2016 (event number 71). 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: Jo
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
Your core team are from: Cleobury Mortimer Running Club
In the Diary 26th August 2017 - 2nd anniversary 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!
 

Parking at Wyre Forest

Please note that we have had a few delays on a Saturday morning due to one of the parking machines being out of order (sadly vandalised so can not be repaired).

We advise all parkrunners to arrive early and car share where possible.

Parking charges are currently £1 for up to one hour and £3 all day. You need to enter in your vehicle registration number which also takes a little longer at the machine.

We encourage regular parkrunners and forest users to purchase a Wyre Forest Discovery Pass for £30 a year. You can add two registration numbers to the pass so two vehicles can use it (though not at the same time!) so it may be worthwhile splitting the cost with a fellow runner and sharing the driving each week. No more queuing at the machine!

More details can be found along with information about other benefits at http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-8S5GHR

The passes can be purchased in the forest café (though please note the café does not open until 9am on Saturdays).

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