Christmas has been and gone, New Years Day is still to come. No one knows what day it is, except that it’s parkrun day! And what better day for the very first Churchfields Farm parkrun.
Located in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside, Churchfields Farm parkrun on the outskirts of Salwarpe is held within the private farmlands of the event directors Will and Gillian Kerton.
Churchfields Farm is probably best known for their award winning luxury farmhouse ice-cream, but also home of Droitwich Salt. The recently refurbished barn hosts a lovely café for post-parkrun brekkie.
The first Churchfields Farm parkrun was attended by 251 runners. Tourists and locals alike filled the carpark as it approached 9am. Following the run brief we set off on time to run/jog/walk the single lap course taking on 6 ‘undulating’ fields. They certainly undulated. It’s hard to believe that the elevation gain was only 85 metres. Perhaps it was made harder by the fact we were carrying a few extra post-Christmas pounds.
First to finish was Chris Lockhart with a time of 17:58 and the first lady – Megan Judge came in at 25:47.
Milestones celebrated today included Steve Roode completing his 250th parkrun and 20 people joined us for their very first parkrun.
As I ran there were increasing pants of ‘this is a toughy’, ‘defintely not a PB course’ and ‘hardest pakrun I’ve done’. Make no mistake, it was tough, but also a lot of fun.
A word of advice, tighten your laces – the mud is shoe suckingly sticky (as one poor fellow discovered in the first field!)
Mark and Jo