195 participants and 24 high-vis heroes took part in the inaugural Isabel Trail parkrun last Saturday (8 December). They made the most of a fast, out and back route in Stafford.
The organisers were delighted with the attendance and support at the unveiling of the Isabel Trail parkrun that had been eagerly awaited by the local running community. 39 clubs were represented as people came from near and far to try this latest addition to the parkrun family.
At 9am they set off to cheers and applause as they followed a flat tarmac path along the Isabel Trail - the site of an old disused railway line named after Lady Isabel, a Royalist who defended Stafford Castle against the Parliamentarians in the English Civil War. The only battles likely to occur from now on will be runners pushing themselves on Saturday mornings.
The route started and finished near Sainsbury’s, Castletown, passing Doxey Marshes Nature Reserve, Marston Brook and Sandyford Brook. There was a good mix of participants with the youngest aged 10 through to the oldest at 74, all of whom enjoyed a straightforward 5k in ideal weather conditions.
Nigel Haycock (VM45-49) of Cannock & Stafford AC was the first across the line in 17:40. Kerry Dixon (SW30-34) of Trentham RC was the first female in 20:59.
Event director Gemma Phillips spoke for everyone involved with making the day a success, saying: “We were over the moon with the turnout and now we’ve officially launched, we expect to get more people coming to join us.”
The next Isabel Trail parkrun is on Saturday 15 December at 9am.