There were record turnouts at three Midlands parkuns last Saturday (20 May), with Beeston, Coventry, and Kettering sharing the spotlight. Though not experiencing a record turnout, Cannon Hill was the highest placed Midlands parkrun in the UK’s national attendance figures for the weekend with 839 runners.
The three events attracted a larger than usual number of runners, including a sizeable contingent of first timers keen to make their parkrun debut. Favourable weather conditions, the chosen parkrun's reputation and an upcoming race were among the reasons for the increased attendance figures, which were welcomed by the teams of volunteers.
There was a surge of entries at Coventry with 785 runners putting their best foot forward around two laps at the War Memorial Park.
Beeston parkrun in Nottingham hosted 356 runners, who followed a flat, mixed gravel/tarmac course alongside the canal and River Trent that started and finished at Weirfields Recreation Ground. It is also part of the Six parkruns in a Day challenge on Saturday 1 July.
The morning sunshine in Kettering acted as a magnet for the 369 runners tackling the two-and-a-half lap course around Wicksteed Park. The event hosted parkrun tourists from other parts of the UK as well as Hong Kong. Laura Pinny made it three wins out of three in the female category, and there were also 93 new PBs.