The North East gave a very warm welcome to its newest parkrun last Saturday (12 January) at the Pastures, Alnwick. Some fine crisp January weather meant good conditions for the new event and an enthusiastic field revelled in the beautiful setting below Alnwick Castle.
205 participants were present at the inaugural running, which was made possible by event director Mike Henry's 17-strong volunteer team, to enjoy outstanding views of the castle and surrounding countryside. Run entirely on grass, the course also followed a section of the River Aln.
Saturday’s field saw a strong turnout of club runners, with a big contingent from local club Alnwick Harriers. Unsurprisingly, it was a Harrier who crossed the line first, with Dan Turnbull setting the course mark at 17:46. The women's time to beat in future was also established by an Alnwick Harrier - the youthful Millie Breese on 20:53.
The mid-point runner clocked a time of 30:27 and tailwalker Jayne Baker collected the final token on 55:47. parkrun's usual mix of all abilities (top club runners to beginners) and ages (10-year-old to 70 somethings) means that Alnwick parkrun has already found a place in the heart of the local community,
One parkrun enthusiast who completed the new event was Paul Smith, aka Lord of the Streak. Paul recorded his 414th parkrun and his 4395th consecutive day of running. Despite a 'niggle' in running Paul enjoyed: "3 grassy laps amongst the sheep along the river banks and in the shadows of the magnificent Alnwick Castle."
Further information on the Pastures parkrun is available here.