Saturday’s (10 June) new Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun got off to a flying start with 335 runners turning out in support. The successful launch means Worcester now has two parkruns for people to choose from on Saturday mornings.
Winning Debut For Second Worcester parkrun
The inaugural event took place on a windy morning at Worcester Racecourse or ‘The Pitchcroft’ as it is locally known. These conditions didn’t put off the entrants who took on the flat course on tarmac paths, spurred on by the friendly, supportive volunteers.
Members of 42 running clubs took part with Karl Welborn (VM35-39) of Tipton Harriers first home in 16:58. Patricia Peever (VW35-39) of Almost Athletes was the fastest female finisher in 20:06. Bryony Silcott (VW60-64) was the highest age graded record holder with a score of 88.82% for her time of 22:49.
Malachi Cashmore was the fastest junior (JM11-14) in 19:02.
Almost 500 people attended Worcester’s established (and original) parkrun at Worcester Woods Country Park, which extended a warm welcome to the newcomer. With over 800 people at both parkruns, this confirms the city’s enthusiasm for these events and its interest in fitness and wellbeing.
This enthusiasm extended to the Worcester Pitchcroft 10K and Fun Run, which took place the following day with runners completing three laps of Worcester Racecourse.
Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun is held every Saturday at 9am from Worcester Racecourse. For more information, visit the event website.
Photo courtesy Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun