21 Jan

Record breaking attendances at Midlands parkruns

Bedworth parkrun

There were record numbers at three Midlands parkruns at the weekend (Saturday 19 January) and a new course record at a fourth.

Saturday 19 January was an ‘A’ day for Bedworth, Beeston and Brueton parkruns who posted new attendance records with 271, 460 and 749 respectively. The weather may have been damp and dreary but participants were anything but downcast as they turned out en masse to run, jog or walk 5k at these three events. 
 
Bedworth parkrun will be celebrating its 1st birthday on 16 February and Saturday’s course record provided another reason to be proud of its achievements in a short space of time. Out of the 271 there were 60 PBs and 66 first timers while six people reached their 250th parkrun milestone. 
 
Over in Nottingham everyone was greeted with dry conditions – a contrast to last year’s deep snow courtesy of the Beast from the East. The cold didn’t stop 460 people stepping out on a fast, flat course along the River Trent and canal before finishing at Weirfields Recreation Ground. There were 62 PBs, 60 first timers and Scott Radford completed his 50th parkrun on his first appearance at Beeston. 
 
Brueton parkrun posted a course record on 12 January with 649 attendees; however, this record was short-lived as 749 people made the trip to Solihull and were impressed with the course, atmosphere and finish funnel. Taking part was Margaret Smith (VW80-84) who enjoyed her birthday run and a song from the participants.
 
Finally.... Jack Pickett of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC beat the men’s course record at the Isabel Trail parkrun. He finished first out of 293 participants, crossing the line in 15:44. 
 
Image courtesy of Jim MacDonald.