There were a record number of participants at Wolverhampton parkrun last weekend (Saturday 30 March) including three generations from the Rowley family were amongst those who decided west was best.
It was a cold, foggy morning in Wolverhampton as 499 people waited to walk, jog or run around Victorian West Park.The overcast conditions didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as the turnout proved with representatives from 32 different clubs and 61 first timers. Keeping it in the family were Christine Rowley, Mark Rowley, Chris Rowley, Glyn Rowley, Hannah Rowley and Robert Rowley.
Sedgley Striders volunteered their services and supported their group of beginners who were taking part in their first 5k. Breakfast rolls were the reward for their efforts over 10 weeks that culminated in this 5k.
The record field set off at 9am from the Bandstand heading around the play park and onto the perimeter path. From there they completed three laps in an anti-clockwise direction before finishing near the Tea Rooms to claps, cheers and in many cases, the PB bell.
Jonny Morris (SM25-29) of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC was first man home in 15.54. Debbie Walters (VW50-54) of Birchfield Harriers was the first lady in 18:43.
There was an outstanding run by Adam Saul-Braddock (JM15-17) to finish second. Staying with the young generation, Alex Westbury (JW11-14) of Tipton Harriers was the fastest junior in 21:14.
Clive Jukes (VM80-84) completed his 299th parkrun in 1:02:18. as a number of participants reached the 100 parkrun milestone.
So plenty to celebrate over a post-run coffee in the West Park Tea Rooms.
Image courtesy of Nicola Thomas.