At 9am on Saturday 10 December, Rugby became the latest addition to the parkrun family. A keen 291 runners turned out for this inaugural parkrun despite the dull, damp conditions and faced a course that had more in common with cross-country.
A mixture of first-timers and parkrun tourists followed a two-lap course at Whinfield Recreation Ground in Rugby, Warwickshire. The route included football pitches, a tricky downhill section through a forest area followed by a tough, muddy climb to the finish. All of which was accompanied by some slipping and sliding.
The majority of the course was off-road with the remaining section on tarmac although the muddy terrain suggested that trail shoes be a better choice of footwear. However, runners were not put off by the challenging conditions. They expressed their enjoyment of this new parkrun, praising the organisation and enthusiastic marshals.
Adam Wright of Rugby & Northampton AC was first home in 17:06 with an age-graded score of 77.72%. Katie Samuelson of Cambridge and Coleridge AC was first female in 21:27 with an age-graded score of 70.55%.
Jack Gospel of Daventry AAC was the fastest JM10 runner in 22:48 with an age-graded score of 71.71%. Sara Slevin of Massey Ferguson RC was the fastest VW75-79 in 44:24 with an age-graded score of 55.59%.
Chris Jones of Spa Striders was the midpoint runner in 27:27.
Rugby parkrun’s debut was the culmination of two years hard work and planning by a core team of volunteers who hope this is the first of many.
Photo courtesy of Jamie Horsman.