The north east gave a warm welcome to its newest parkrun event at Druridge Bay on Saturday (9 August) with 203 runners taking part. It was, in fact, a highly popular day for parkrunning across the region, with almost 2750 participants at the 17 separate events.
The inaugural run took place at Druridge Bay Country Park, Morpeth, and entailed two anticlockwise laps of the lake. Morpeth Harriers’ Ian Harding secured a comfortable first place in an impressive time of 16:43, with Paul Turnbull in second (17:41). Airedale Dodgers’ Hannah Oldroyd was the fastest female in 18:41. Alnwick Harrier Ruary Slater was the midpoint runner on 26:32.
Feedback from the event suggests Druridge Bay will be a welcome addition to the region’s parkruns, with one runner, Daniel Richardson, commenting on the Facebook page: "Loved it today, huge thanks to all the organisers and awesome volunteers looking forward to next time".
parkrun is a free, weekly 5k that takes place worldwide. To find your nearest event, visit the parkrun website.