Dry weather and a perfect turnout contributed to the successful launch of the inaugural Chasewater parkrun last Saturday (15 June) and people had plenty in the tank as they progressed around the reservoir.
All the hard work and planning came to fruition on Saturday as 322 people and 34 volunteers delivered a successful event at Chasewater Country Park in Staffordshire. This location is a popular beauty spot that is famous for its 90 hectare reservoir, green spaces, watersport activities and wildlife. Its trails and paths are ideal for cycling and walking as well as running and easy to follow.
There were participants racing for a PB, others happy to finish; runners with buggies, runners with dogs and several juniors all of whom were keen to try this course in a picturesque setting. The only water was the reservoir and a few puddles despite the non-stop rain a week before the inaugural.
An enthusiastic field lined up outside the Innovation Centre ready for the 9am start then away they went. They followed a single lap course that was a mixture of trail paths and tarmac and continued around the third largest reservoir in Staffordshire before heading towards the finish back at the Innovation Centre.
Freddie Penrose of Aldridge RC was the first man home in 17:25; Nivette Chester of BADGERS RC was the first lady in 20:45.
Dylan Illidge (JM11-14) of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC was the first boy in 19:39; Charley Whysall (JW10) of Mansfield Harriers & AC was the first girl in 25:31.
Tailwalker Victoria Slevin concluded business for the day when she crossed the line on 54:20 and collected token 322.
It was a unanimous ‘thumbs up’ for the new Chasewater parkrun.
Image courtesy of Paul Hopwood.