22 Aug

Crossing borders at Severn Bridge parkrun

Severn Bridge parkrun

The Severn Bridge parkrun showed the power of running to transcend boundaries as participants completed 5k in both England and Wales. This latest addition to the Wales parkrun family means there are now 30 in total. 

Launched only two weeks ago, the Severn Bridge parkrun is unique in that it passes through two countries and three counties and all on a Saturday morning. Participants head off at 9am from Chepstow in Monmouthshire, Wales and continue along the Severn Bridge towards England and the counties of Gloucestershire and Avon. They make a brief sortie into the home of St George before turning around and heading back to the land of Song.
 
This distinctive suspension bridge spans the River Wye (Wales) and the River Severn (England) and usually echoes with the sound of busy motorway traffic. On Saturday 11 August it played host to a new parkrun and the sound of 260 pairs of feet making their way over the bridge with stunning views of the Welsh and English countryside to enjoy. They faced a climb of nearly 100m to the mid-section of the bridge – an aspect of the course that may surprise anyone looking for a fast, flat run and a PB! They finished in Chepstow and enjoyed a post-run coffee at Thorwell Football Club.
 
Oliver Williams is the fastest male to date, finishing in 16:57. Katy Roy is the fastest female in 19:21. The youngest participants are Vaughn Hughes (JM10) in 21:02 and Drew Sheen (JW10) in 28:47. The oldest participants are Syd Wheeler (VM80-84) in 32:46 and Elaine Wildy (VW75-79) in 37:11.
 
Image courtesy of Brenda Avery.