19 Feb

Runners have a field day at new Watermeadows parkrun

First Watermeadows parkrun

207 runners were prepared to get their feet wet on Saturday (16 February) at the first Watermeadows parkrun however they stayed dry at this at this scenic location in Northamptonshire. 

Anna Harrington and Brian Keers along with their core team had worked hard to deliver a parkrun in Towcester that was many years in the making. Their efforts paid dividends as 207 people ran, jogged or walked around this 60 acre parkland that was formerly part of the Easton Neston estate. They were assisted in their endeavours by 24 volunteers who encouraged them every step of the way. 
 
The Watermeadows course consisted of three big laps and one small lap on trail paths around fields with views of historical Towcester, the oldest town in the county. Spring-like weather meant conditions were dry underfoot and easy to navigate.
 
Graham Smith of St Albans Striders was the first male in 19:03; Melanie Wood of Rugby & Northampton AC was the first female in 20:04. Emily Hinton (JW11-14) of Silson AC was the first junior girl in 20:27 with her teammate James Conquest (JM11-14) the first junior boy in 21:41. Only four seconds separated James from another Silson AC junior Jake Storer (JM11-14) who finished in 21:45.
 
At the other end of the age spectrum, Len Voralia (VM75-79) of Up and Running was the oldest finisher in 32:16.
 
Finally....the Cafe in the Forum, Limes Farm is supporting Watermeadows parkrun by offering a 10% discount to every participant who produces their barcode.  
 
Image courtesy of Justine Verwey.