Yorkshire and Humberside will welcome its 42nd parkrun tomorrow (Saturday 16 December) and one that looks to be, in its unusual location, one of the most unique on the circuit. Taking place at Burn Airfield, Selby parkrunners might well find themselves to be the only parkrun participants to tackle the free 5k on a World War II airfield.
The launch of the event in North Yorkshire has been met with much anticipation and will see Saturday’s field embark upon an anti-clockwise lap of Burn Airfield perimeter track. A former Royal Air Force station, the airfield opened in 1942 before closing four years later.
Giles Bennett told runABC North what will make Selby a special event: “When they laid it out, the war-time planners had the foresight to make the track almost exactly 5k, so it’s a flat, fast, one-lap course, which seems to be a rarity for new parkruns these days.”
When asked how many people he anticipates will come along on Saturday, Giles said: “As for turnout, it’s very difficult to know how many to expect - and after the best part of nine months of planning, I think we’ll just be happy to get things up and running!”
We will be keeping an eagle eye out on Saturday’s proceedings so look out for our event report early next week.