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Worcester Woods Parkrun Takeover

This Saturday 14th September @ Worcester Woods Parkrun, the Pershore Plum Plodders will be hosting a takeover. Filling all volunteer roles and pacers from 21 – 36 mins for you to chase. 
There will also be a big number of cheering Plum Marshals around the course to help support and encourage you along the way so please come along and join in what is always a lovely morning. 
We will have our gazebo up so after, please pop along and see us if your looking for any info on joining our super friendly and supportive club.

Pershore Plum Plodders 10K 2019 Sponsors

Huge thanks to Seniors Architectural Systems for being our main sponsor again. This year they also donated the Hi Viz jackets worn by our marshals on race day. Senior design Aluminium systems to the aluminium fabricator providing an extensive range of Aluminium window, door and curtain wall Systems to suit every budget, project size and performance requirement in both the retail and commercial marketplace. For further information please visit

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Many thanks to High House Wealth Management for sponsoring our bibs again this year.
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Many thanks to Knowledge Gaps for sponsoring our 10K this year. For more information about them please visit

Many thanks to Rochelle and all at Silver Fern Osteopaths for their kind donation to our 10K. Each goodie bag will contain a discount voucher to use towards a treatment, for more information about Silver Fern and how they can help you please visit:

Many thanks to Rivers leisure for their donation of the goodie bag! As well as continued use of the sports Hall and facilities.

Many thanks to Rondo Travel for sponsoring our 10K this year. Rondo Travel is a specialist group tour operator with over 30 years’ experience organising trips across the UK, Europe and worldwide. Whether you are a school, sports club or a group of friends looking to explore, Rondo Travel will take care of all the arrangements for you from start to finish and at very competitive prices too.

Thank you to Coffee#1 for donating to our goodie bag! Can you guess what it might be?!

Many thanks to Crowthers Chartered Accountants.
Crowthers is a chartered accountants based in Pershore and was founded in 1989. They also have additional offices in Ledbury and Cheltenham. For further information, please visit

Many thanks to Biopac for their kind donation to our 2019 10K. Biopac eco-friendly food packaging is made from sustainably sourced renewable materials, which is perfect for businesses who want to demonstrate their commitment to helping protect our environment. We have a wide range of compostable catering disposables to suit multiple sectors which include, tumblers, hot cups, fibre based hot food containers, cutlery, plates, bowls, drinking straws and much more. We frequently work with the business afterwards to ensure the products are disposed of appropriately. Get in touch for advice on how we can help you green your business at

This year the finishers water supplied is in aluminium cans to reduce the plastic waste our event could generate. These cans will be in your goodie bag and are supplied by http://www.canowater,com. Many thanks to them for donating this to the event. Some samples will have the resealable lid as shown so please reuse again. For further information about them please see the link below.

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Many thanks to Morrisons, Evesham for their kind donation to this years goodie bag.

Mark Russell Wholesale:
What 10K wouldn’t be without a finishers banana!! A massive thank you for your continued support in our 10K.

Big thanks to VCT Charitable Trust for their kind donation towards our 2019 10K.

Thank you for recognising the local charities we help for our 10K.

Plum 10K 2019 Sponsors

This year we have grown our sponsorship programme even more. Without the kindness of these companies either as a direct sponsor or a donation we wouldn’t be able to keep developing the event and ensure we donate to the local charities as much as we do. 
Massive thank you to them all for their kindness and support.

NEW FOR 2019 –

This year we have changed our 10K water station cups to “OXO Biodegradable” plastic meeting BS 8472:2011 standards. These cups are sourced within the EU with a low carbon footprint and if for any reason they are not recycled correctly, they will degrade 100% organically without any plastic residue on landfill or water within 2 years or can be safely incinerated.

Conti Thunder Run 2017

Little could imagine the fate awaiting the Plum Plodders this year as they embarked again on to the challenge of the Catton Park’s 24 hours of crazy.

The build up to this event was just a good as previous years and again the teams were filled with members wanting to pop their 24hr cherry. As well the new ones our returning members who vowed never to do it again in 2016 where just as keen. The health links between amnesia and running needs further investigation and plum funding.

Friday is camp setup day, let me set the picture at the front of the queue is Our Chairman Trevor. He had parked up and waited the night before and was keen to mark out the plums spot. Just like the American land run of 1893 its a race to mark out and fly your flag Trevor was like a Gazelle at 8am and with help marked out what looked like hectares for the plums to nest in. Over the course of the day tents, caravans, mobile homes, transit vans all descended on to the plum plot, purple tape, purple flags and hoodies marked our growing Kingdom.

Now I don’t know who first mentioned the weather forecast for the weekend but very quickly it was muttered through the camp that it may rain a little on the Sat20264577_10155129205344079_8477088017002686118_nurday. This didn’t dampen anyone spirits and with the Morrison Clubbing Marquee opened for drinks we all enjoyed a drink or two together, oh and it did start to rained a little but this didn’t stop us all singing “we’re goin solo” for Roodie, Chief of things most crazy.


Saturday morning team leaders were pulling their squads together and the atmosphere was electric. The night rain had made the conversations mostly about everyone moving to trail shoes, running orders and plums googling what the first sign of trench foot looked like. The morning does really fly by and before you know it 12 O’clo20246098_1512123212209564_5434629272141683661_nck comes the first runners are at the start line. Our first casualty of the day was Mike Wilson. The race had not even started but a car decided to drive into him, thankfully after some treatment and bandages he was ok. The car a complete write off.

The great thing about doing the Thunder Run is every person and every team has their own goals and challenges to achieve. Solos, pair, teams of 5, teams of 8 all have a plan at the start and they work together through out the 24 hours to ensure everyone is ok, everyone is supported and that means yes of course it competitive but really we are all rooting for plums as the collective.

The course is for me a thing of beauty it has everything…. a Hill, then a hill in a wood, then a downward hill leading to a sloppy hill with a zig zaggy run with a hill at the end. Add some rain and mud you have a real cocktail of everything a plum plodder needs oh and of course when it gets dark it like a whole new run again, as I said beautiful.

As the Saturday moved into the evening the rain got heavier and the ground got muddier and the real fun began running times took a back seat and it was about getting through the mud. This became even tougher during the evening as darkness fell, many teams decided to break for while from running which was a sensible decision. As Sunday morning’s sun broke the atmosphere at the Plum camp was just as electric as the previous morning yes it was wet I mean really wet and the course was a mud bath in places but it did really create a new type of Thunder Run experience and the plums embraced it. I mean look at the photos teams even had time and energy to braid hair, wear tut tuts, photo bomb with umbrellas and snooze in their tents.

So we will all remember and talk of the “Wet” Thunder Run of 2017. It was dry at the end though and spirits ran high so high in fact that the interest in 2018’s is already buzzing. We may even have Sian change her mind and want to do it again, who knows. Now this write up has many stories and experiences missing and it not a “what happens on TR24 stays on TR24” its not simply so much happens. You go through every emotion and really build upon the community foundations of the Pershore Plum Plodders. When you made that half cut on Pinot Grigio decision on a Saturday night to join a team for TR24 little do you know what is in store.

I think anyone that has done this will remember the high feeling of missing something the days after the event and reliving it in photos and chat you realise what a fantastic running experience it was.

If you haven’t tried it 2018 is your year, If you have tried it 2018 is still your year, if you said you would never do it again I bet your name is already down for 2018!!!!

Up the Plums!