Saturday 19 November was a day to remember for the inaugural Cannock Chase parkrun. It was a cold and frosty morning for 569 runners who turned up for a 9am start at this latest addition to the parkrun family. Held at Marquis Drive, Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, this parkrun became the seventh largest in the UK on its debut.
MP for Cannock Chase Amanda Milling cut the tape, sending the runners on their way around a multi-terrain 5k course in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Cannock Chase is a popular area for mountain bikers, walkers and runners, famous for its scenery and wildlife, making it an attractive venue.
Phillip Hilsdon of Stafford Harriers was first over the line in 17:29. Deborah Blakeman of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC was the fastest female finisher in 20:54.
The parkrun was the culmination of months of hard work by four local running clubs: Stafford Harriers, Chase Harriers, Rugeley Running Club and Chasewater Running Club in conjunction with Chase Community Partnership. The organisers prepared for this launch with two trial runs beforehand; however, nothing prepared them for the record number of people (569) who turned up to support the event.
Event directors Darren Mattocks and Ellen Williams received positive reports about the event, which bodes well for its future. Their satisfaction at a job well done is evident as post-run Ellen Williams said: “We are looking forward to the Cannock Chase parkrun developing over the coming months and would like to thank everyone for their support.”
Cannock Chase parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am. Visit the website
for more details.
Photo courtesy of Steve Brown.