25th Oct, 2016

First park run is runaway success

Evesham Editorial 30th Mar, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM’S first weekly parkrun has been hailed a great success after 239 runners put their best foot forward for the inaugaral event.

The five-kilometre course along the riverside between Hampton Ferry and Evesham Rowing Club proved to be a fast one and first back was Daren Hale in 17 minutes 15 seconds while the first lady was Emily Seward in 20 minutes 48 seconds.

Before the run started, parkrun Event Director Colin Tether thanked Wychavon District Council Parks Officer Lynn Stevens and Coun Robert Raphael from Hampton Ferry for their co-operation in supporting the parkrun.

He also thanked Richard Ralphs, the parkrun ambassador from Worcester for his invaluable help and guidance and said the parkrun was supported by the Sports Partnership and funded through the Wychavon District Council ‘Get Wychavon Active’ programme.

The parkrun is a National Lottery/Sport England funded project, to get more adults in Wychavon taking part in more sport and physical activity more often.

At the start of the run, the tape was cut by Wychavon District Council Chairman Coun Lynn Duffy and Evesham Mayor, Coun Charlie Homer.

After the parkrun had finished, Colin said, “I was actually amazed by the numbers who turned up. “It was great to see so many with roughly equal numbers of men and women. We had lots of juniors, some dogs and a lady pushing a pram.

“The marshals were great and I think we managed to record all the times.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves so we are now looking forward to next Saturday.”

The parkrun is based at Hampton Ferry on Boat Lane, Evesham and is on every Saturday at 9am. Anyone new to parkrun is reminded to register with parkrun at www.parkrun.org.uk so that they can get a bar code and their time will be recorded.

Volunteer Marshals are always welcomed, e-mail eveshamoffice@parkrun.com