It looks likely that the most recent addition to the Yorkshire parkrun scene, Dalby Forest, will be a popular community fixture with 276 runners taking part at the inaugural event on Saturday (19 March). This was underlined by the fact that of the total number competing, 76 were new to parkrun.
The interesting course through Dalby Forest Courtyard took runners on a mixture of forest roads, footpaths, gravel trails and wooden bridges. Participants were also treated to views along the valley along the predominantly flat 5k route,
Scarborough AC’s Jack Robertson set an impressive course record of 15:56, with Rory Stead close-up second in 16:14. Roberton’s clubmate – and appropriately named – Hannah Mainprize was fastest female (19:45), with Sacha Butterworth following (21:00). Jill Abel was the midpoint runner in 27:57.
Event director Emma Binnersley said: "After the run on Saturday there was a great buzz among the runners. They appreciated the beauty of the 5k route; it is one loop along well-defined paths with changing scenery.. Each week as the seasons change it will offer something fresh and different."
Emma’s comments were shared by Saturday’s field, with a number of those taking part leaving feedback on the event’s Facebook page. One runner expressed her gratitude by posting: “Just like to say how awesome that was! Loved the route, the marshals were so friendly, and great organisation! See you next week.”
parkrun is a free, weekly timed 5k that takes part in various locations across the UK. To find your nearest event, visit the parkrun website here.