Saturday’s (20 July) Severn Valley Country parkrun got off to a flying start as 200 people completed 5k in a beautiful setting. They went back to nature in scenic Shropshire.
Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley, Bridgnorth in Shropshire was the location for this latest addition to the parkrun family. Run director William Lloyd and his team of volunteers had fully tested the course beforehand, organising four trial runs to positive feedback that augured well for the launch on Saturday.
The parkrunners waited outside the Visitor Centre, listening to the briefing before setting off at 9am along a multi-terrain course. They ran an out and back loop then two laps on wooded trails, parallel to Country Park Halt and the Severn Valley Railway. The course included a section across the bridge; then digging deep for a last gasp effort up to the finish. The uphill finish had been changed (and shortened) after the first test run which saw everyone running up to the very top!
The route was well-signed with marshals using big pointy hands to show everyone the way and coloured cones to cordon off other paths. There was plenty of clapping, cheering and hi-fives and music to keep wheels (or legs) in motion.
Thomas Palmer of Kidderminster & Stourport AC was first man home at the first Severn Valley Country parkrun in 19:06. Karen Gibbons of Bridgnorth RC was the first lady in 22:43.
There were 190 first timers and representatives from 33 clubs and lots of them refuelled with a post-run coffee and cake or ice cream.
Image courtesy of Claire Mathias.