325 people christened the new Alderford Lake parkrun (Saturday 31 August), making the most of the flat, off-road course in stunning surroundings. The cafe got a ‘thumbs up’ too...
Located near Whitchurch, Alderford Lake is a popular centre for weddings, conferences and events and equally favoured by walkers, cyclists, swimmers, canoeists and kayakers. The location is known for its wildlife and last month, hosted Shropshire Falconry with their collection of owls at their interactive Maize Maze.
This venue was delighted to host the inaugural Alderford Lake parkrun and the conditions were perfect for a Saturday morning run, jog or walk around the Lake. It attracted a sizeable number of people new to parkrun who chose a scenic event, nearly all of which was on grass and trail paths.
There was a lively atmosphere outside the cafe as everyone waited for the briefing followed by the start at 9am. They headed off past the cafe, through the gate and straight into a small field where they completed a lap before continuing into the wooded area. The parkrunners turned sharp left as they exited the woods and around the lake in an anti-clockwise direction and back to the starting point. They completed an anti-clockwise lap around a large field then along the lakeside path past the start and onto a second lap before finishing close to the cafe.
Robert Weston of Whitchurch Whippets raced over the finish line to become the first male in 18:19; Katie Jayne Latham of South Cheshire Harriers was the first female in 21:43.
Many parkrunners retired to the cafe for a celebratory coffee and cake or their highly regarded breakfast.