The West Midlands enjoyed a big parkrun day on Saturday (9 November) with the arrival of two new events. runABC Midlands reported on the new Wolverhampton event on Tuesday. The second arrival was Oaklands parkrun where Claire Martin with her four-legged friend led the way at a 'softly softly' launch.
The weather was cold and bright at Oaklands Recreation Ground in Yardley, Birmingham with a touch of frost on the grass. The chilly morning didn’t deter a small yet keen group of runners who gathered together to christen this new addition to the parkrun family with help from a willing team of volunteers.
At 8.50am everyone stood by the parkrun flag near the large grass mound, listening to the briefing, ready for the start at 9am. Off they went, Claire and her canine companion at the front to follow a three lap course on concrete paths around the Recreation Ground. Marshals were on hand to point out areas of black ice on the lower path by the skateboard park and on the opposite side near Church Road. This was appreciated by everyone taking part.
Paul Coughlan of Bournville Harriers was the first man home in 18:17; Claire Martin (and dog) of Cobra RC was the first lady in 22:13 and third overall.
Joseph Goodwin (JM11-14) of Massey Ferguson RC was the first boy in 25:32; Kate Short (JW11-14) was the first girl in 26:53. The youngest finisher was Alfie Douglas (JM10) in 29:37.
At the more mature end of the age spectrum, David McKay (VM65-69) of Massey Ferguson RC finished in 31:41; Lesley Pymm (VW65-69) of Bournville Harriers finished in 46:42.
There were 43 runners and 15 volunteers who braved freezing temperatures at this small and successful new parkrun. They thawed out at Bake N Butties cafe.
Image courtesy of Rachel Gould.