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Worcester Woods Parkrun Takeover

14th September 2019

Well what a morning that was !
Glorious sunshine was overhead as some of us arrived early to set up the Plum gazebo, a few flags and give final instructions to Marshals.
We had over 80 Plum volunteers (some missed the picture)! who covered nearly all Parkrun roles including a great number of cheering marshals around the course which i later found had contributed to a new Worcester Woods volunteering record with a total of 110 people doing their bit to make the morning one to remember.
Bells, rattles and clapping could be heard from miles away thanks to the great support on course where some runners later describing it as a “race atmosphere”
Pacers were available every minute from 21 – 36 minutes which people took advantage of and bagged PB’s.
I have made a little video of the morning so please click the link below and take a look, you may even spot yourself !

https://youtu.be/I-lfRK-vuRY

Parkrun is a volunteered ran event and only made possible by those who put themselves out and make it happen for the rest of us week in week out.
If you haven’t done so already, please please put yourself down to volunteer at you local Parkrun and give something back, so many people just turn up each week to run/jog/walk and don’t think about others giving up their time so you are able to enjoy it. It really is lovely being on the other side of the fence so to speak and it helps the event runs smoothly. There is a variety of roles to be filled so contact your local Parkrun and get involved.

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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.
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Waitrose and Partners Community Scheme – Supporting Pershore Plum Plodders

On the 1st of August, the Pershore Plum Plodders will have a box located at the EVESHAM branch after being selected to be part of the Waitrose and Partners Community matters scheme which runs throughout the entire month of August.

At the end of your shop in branch, you will receive a token (as shown in the picture above) to put in the box of the good cause you would most like to support.
The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the amount of the £1000 it receives.

The Pershore Plum Plodders will be using any money that has very kindly donated for the training and development of our new and existing members.

Please let family and friends know about this great scheme and to pop a token in our box after doing their shopping !

To find out more about this local supporting scheme, please visit:
https://www.waitrose.com/content/waitrose/en/home/inspiration/community_matters.html

Pershore Plum Plodders C25K Graduation

From Left: Suzanne, Tracey, Dawn

Saturday 27th July saw two more of our C25K participants complete the 9 week programme by joining us at Worcester Woods Parkrun.
It was a slightly damp morning with rain showers but this didn’t dampen the spirits of these two determined lades who put all their hard work in to practice and did themselves proud.
Suzanne Price lead the course, which started on the 13th May, with help from various club members who were on hand to support and encourage participants each week. 
Steadily building up their stamina, distance and confidence in a safe manner helped them achieve their goal which we were delighted to see. 
Each lady received a medal for completing the C25K and also enjoyed a nice warm cuppa at the end !

Brilliant achievement from both ladies and many congratulations. We will look forward to seeing you join in with our usual Plod nights.

If you, or anyone you know of, are thinking about taking up running, maybe you’re getting back into it after time away or you are just looking for a friendly club to join, then why not come along to one of our Monday night sessions where someone will be on hand to start you off on your running journey with us ? Click here to find out more.
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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.

Pershore Plum Plodders C25K Graduation

From left: Elinor Cordinor, Sandra Nicklin, Sally Nash (behind), Suzanne Price, Gail Crossley, Steve Molland.

Saturday 13th June saw 2 of the Pershore Plum Plodders newest members, Sandra and Gail, come and join us at Worcester Woods Parkrun to complete our 9 week C25K course.
Suzanne Price lead the course, which started on the 13th May, with help from various club members who were on hand to support and encourage participants each week.
Steadily building up their stamina, distance and confidence in a safe manner helped them achieve their goal which we were delighted to see.

I caught up with Sandra after the run who told me:
“I have always wanted to be able to run/jog and have tried on a few occasions without success, this is why I would highly recommend the 9 week C25K course with the Pershore Plum Plodders. With the support and encouragement that they gave me, it made it possible and if I can do it, anyone can.
My first Parkrun I really enjoyed. I won’t deny, it was hard, but Sally and Elinor’s support and encouragement got me round. I am now looking forward to the next Parkrun to try and improve my time ! ”

C25K finishers medal were awarded to both ladies upon completing our course.

Brilliant achievement from both ladies and many congratulations. We will look forward to seeing you join in with our usual Plod nights.

If you, or anyone you know of, are thinking about taking up running, maybe you’re getting back into it after time away or you are just looking for a friendly club to join, then why not come along to one of our Monday night sessions where someone will be on hand to start you off on your running journey with us ? Click here to find out more.
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New Male 5K Plum record – 17.43

Above: Phil Deeley coming into the finish at this years Asics Manchester Marathon.

Compared to lot of runners, Phil hasn’t been running that long but how far he has come in such a short amount of time really deserves some respect.
Phil completed first Parkrun at Worcester Woods on 20th September 2014 in a time of 32.25.
He went on to say “The first thing i did when i finished was to roll a fag” ! – Little did he know it but this was to be the start of a total lifestyle change for the better. 

Seeing his time dropping as the weeks went by he kicked the smoking habit and really concentrated on his running and is one of the most disciplined runners i know of. 

Phil, along with a big group of us Plums use Worcester Woods as our chosen “home” Parkrun venue where each week he completes the course between low 18-19 mins, depending on his training schedule. 

On the 1st June while visiting in Fulham he took part in the local Parkrun there which he describes as a flat and fast tarmac course. That morning he certainly took advantage of this and gave it a cracking effort to complete it in a new Plum male 5k record time of 17.43 !
That is an awesome time and we hugely congratulate him – thoroughly deserved by such a modest bloke who never shouts about his achievements. 
Seeing him go from strength to strength with the runs that he does is great to see and inspirational for others to watch so keep it up Phil.

Phil isn’t just a short distance runner though, he is an experienced 10k, half and full marathon runner and this year (along with other runs) he took part in the Asics Manchester Marathon on 4th April where he crossed the line in 2:56:35 which now enables him to apply for “good for age” position at London Marathon 2020 – Incredible achievement once again and good luck for you entry !