27 May

Happy launch day for new Alvaston parkrun

New Alvaston parkrun

The sun shone on Saturday’s (25 May) inaugural Alvaston parkrun as 279 participants and 35 volunteers made it happen. It was given a big ‘thumbs up’ by all...

A fast and flat route, lively atmosphere, keen parkrunners and cheerful volunteers provided all the ingredients for a successful debut at Alvaston Park in Derby. Months of hard work, approvals and course planning – the latter a challenge all of its own – preceded this latest addition to the parkrun family. Alvaston parkrun joins Markeaton as one of two Derby-based events.
 
Run director Hannah Latham conducted the briefing outside the community building before sending everyone on their way to follow a ‘creative’, out and back route. They began with one and a half laps of the grass field then turned at the corner of Lakeside school and continued along a long section of cycle path before turning around near the Aldi supermarket and retracing their steps towards the school. The next bit was a short out and back section in the opposite direction followed by a turn at the lake before finishing near to the centre of the park.
 
Jack Dakin of Derby AC was the first man home in 17:43; Katie Dennis of South Derbyshire Road Runners AC was the first woman in 21:44.
 
Sebastian Taylor (JM10) was the fastest boy in 28:23; Lucy-Anna Boyd (JW11-14) of Shelton Striders, fastest girl in 27:04.
 
This run/jog/walk was followed by coffee in the Waterside cafe, rounding off a perfect parkrun day for this new event.    
 
Image courtesy of Alvaston parkrun