It was a successful lift-off for the first ever Selby parkrun, an event which had, due to its unique location at Burn Airfield, built quite a following in the lead up to its launch on Saturday.
The cancellation of neighbouring Pontefract parkrun resulted in a further spike in attendance for what would have been an already popular first staging – the re-housing of many would-be Ponte runners brought the inaugural attendance to a highly impressive 300.
The field were tasked with an anti-clockwise lap of Burn Airfield perimeter track, a course that promised some fast finishes with its flat profile. As anticipated, there were plenty of PBs, a remarkable 294, to be exact, and of those, it was Gregan Clarkson leading the pack with a finishing time of 16:42, followed by Dan Tate (17:01) and Ted Mockett (17:21). Sarah Hunter was top in the women’s field in 19:52.
Reflecting on the launch of the event, Giles Bennett wrote, in a lyrical manner: “And so Selby parkrun has been born. A lot of people have given their time, their labour and their support to bring it to life. They're not its parents, though, they were just its midwives. It belongs to each of the 300 of you who ran it today - even those who didn't bring their barcodes.
“It belongs to each of the hundreds of runners who will come to run it in the coming months, whether they're experienced runners or have only just laced up their first pair of running shoes. It belongs to the 16 volunteers who gave their time today, and to the dozens of volunteers in coming months without whom it simply couldn't take place.”
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