parkrun Report – 6th November 2021

This weekend may be firework central in the evening as we celebrate Diwali and Bonfire Night, but for some morning fireworks parkrun is still going and is still free to take part in – just don’t forget your barcode!

This week we had 77 runners at 17 events UK.  

At our “home” parkrun of Cannon Hill there was 36 Lions taking part out of a total of 491! Those running were Tom, Dave, Javan, Nick, Neil, Chris, James, Rob, Sam, Evan, Jasper, Millie, Steve, Sean, Ian, Dean, Alex, Paul, Ben, Robert, Steve, Andy, Grace, Lottie, Barbara, Kate, Heidi, Debbie, Margaret, Laura, Michael, Trudie, Laura, Laura, Suzy, Rebecca.

We also had a Bushy pilgrimage from Alexandra.

There was also Lions at the following locations: Brueton (Colin, Claire, Mark, Kate), Worcester Pitchcroft (Bernice), Fountains Abbey (Maria), Panshanger (Tracy), Stratford-upon-Avon (Lindsey), Poolsbrook (Sean), Prospect (Arthur), Morecambe Prom (Elizabeth), Tetbury Goods Shed (Aine), Severn Valley Country (Nigel), King George V Playing Field (Issy), Oaklands (Michael, Beverley, Dave, Tracie), Edgbaston Reservoir (Mark, Sebastian, Afshin, Simon, Caroline, Anna, Michael), Woodgate Valley Country Park (Taylor), Sharpham Road Playing Fields (Tim)

As Maria ventured up north to the beautiful Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, I asked her for a parkrun review:

A weekend away for my 30th of course meant we had to visit a new parkrun! Our cottage was fairly close to Fountains Abbey parkrun, a National Trust location with a beautiful monastery and grounds. I ran with my dog, which to be honest did mean I spent most of the run focussing on him rather than enjoying the scenery (he’s a rescue and his nervous behaviour around other dogs is very much a work in progress!). However, as expected from parkrun, but not to be taken for granted, the volunteers were nothing but lovely and supportive. I got chatting to one of the tail walkers who was a tourist volunteer from Nottingham and I think I might volunteer rather than run next time we go away – seems like a nice way to do it! The parkrun course is one small then one large loop, with views of the River Skell, the monastery and the surrounding landscape throughout. The course was ‘undulating’ and was both dog- and buggy-friendly. With the current burnt oranges and reds of Autumn, it was really stunning. I’d definitely recommend this one if you’re up Yorkshire-way! We also went for a walk this morning in Knaresborough, which we now know has a parkrun (Conyngham Hall parkrun) – I think this would be a nice one with bits of trail by the river and aqueduct, so that’s now on The List for future trips!

Personal Bests
Javan, Neil, Evan, and Andy all got new PBs at Cannon Hill
Mark got a PB at Edgbaston Reservoir
Colin did his 50th parkrun at Brueton
Dave did his 100th parkrun at Cannon Hill and also got his best ever time there too
Aine did her 100th parkrun at the brilliantly named Tetbury Goods Shed

Don’t forget – your local parkruns need your support this (and every) weekend, can you help out and volunteer? If you still want to run, roles such as pre-event set up and first timers briefing mean that you can volunteer and run – meaning you get double the credit towards those all important milestone t-shirts. Without enough volunteers these events won’t happen.

Please contact on the following email addresses:

Cannon Hill:

Oaklands (opposite the Swan Centre in Yardley):

Edgbaston Reservoir:

Woodgate Valley Country Park:

Cannon Hill Junior parkrun (Sunday mornings):

If you are a club member don’t forget to go to your parkrun profile – then click on Groups – then you can add Kings Heath Running Club and your name could appear in future reports! 

If you would like to review a parkrun for us, like Maria did, please get in touch and I will include it on a future report – pictures and Strava screenshots welcome!