There was beauty (and no beast) at the new East Park parkrun (Saturday 9 November) as 184 runners made the most of an autumnal course. They were given a warm welcome on a chilly morning in Wolverhampton by an impressive 30-strong contingent of volunteers.
The newest addition to the Wolverhampton parkrun family, East Park is a source of pride for the local community who benefit from the facilities on offer and this new parkrun is a free, friendly and accessible way of being active whilst in the company of others.
There had been heavy rain at the test run the weekend before but it was a different story on Saturday with cold yet dry conditions making it perfect for a parkrun. The runners congregated near the bandstand waiting to start at 9am then off they went to complete three laps around the perimeter of the park. An enthusiastic and efficient team of marshals and volunteers kept everyone safe whilst encouraging them all the way to the finish.
Stephen Corbishley of Tipton Harriers was the first male in 17:24; Scarlett Williams of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC was the first female in 21:31. There were 184 finishers.
This was a successful launch thanks to the hard work of everyone involved and the support of Wolverhampton Council whose funding made it happen. City of Wolverhampton Council’s Director of Public Health John Denley who says: “We are proud to have two successful parkruns in Wolverhampton and the introduction of the new East Park parkrun will enable people to take part in exercise whatever their ability.”
Event director Cath Taylor invites others to: ”Come and join us – volunteering and/or running as it’s a beautiful park and we’d love to see you there.”
Image courtesy of Nitin Sharma.