Another parkrun successfully launched in the north of England with 181 participants in the first Sedgefield event staged at Hardwick Park. Big turnouts from Aycliffe RC, Sedgefield Harriers and Quakers RC plus the now traditional band of parkrun tourists gave the new event a very encouraging baptism.
Barnsley Harriers John and Dawn Broom established the course records for men and women at 17:25 and 20:30 respectively. A memorable occasion for Dawn to mark her 50th parkrun. Richard Payne (Quakers RC) was the mid-point runner in 26:14 and the timing closed on 45:40.
There was a poignant dimension to yesterday's Bradford parkrun where Naeem Akram excited lots of interest in finishing seventh of the field of 121 running completely barefoot. Naeem was visiting the Yorkshire city to see his terminally-ill grandmother who died later in the day. Bradford parkrun organisers are hoping to see Naeem back at the event soon.
At the recently established Salford parkrun, Leigh Harriers pair Liam and Louisa Thompson set new course records - 16:39 and 18:05 - at Worsley Woods. 64 runners took part in the week 3 event in times ranging from Paul's super-fast 16:39 to a more leisurely 39:45.
There was just one record northern parkrun turnout this week at Concord Park, Sheffield - 45 participants. However over 300 toed the line at Bramhall Park (362), Albert Park, Middlesbrough (308), Newcastle (344) and Sheffield Hallam (312) to show that the free weekly 5k timed run is flourishing in the British springtime.