Irchester Country parkrun Event #29 - Saturday 25th September 2021
Having travelled 400 miles down from the North East Coast to the South coast on a 2 week break and now on my way back North with an 'I' and a 'Z' to go to compete the parkrun alphabet, Irchester Country was the perfect course half way home (I'm planning a 'Z' in Holland next year if we are out of this mess by then).
The car park was spacious and fine for our big campervan at a £3.20 charge for 4 hours. You can get a free parking pass if you volunteer - d’oh missed that one!
Run Director Chris May gave the briefing on a lovely sunny morning, 17 degrees, and Theresa Clark briefed us visitors and one first timer to parkrun.
198 people ran/jogged and walked the out and back course with a little 1km loop in the middle. All on good gravel paths through the woods. A few short, sharp hills were very well marshalled by 31 volunteers many of whom appeared to be representing the May family.
First runner home was Scott Layland in 19:21 and first female home (7th overall) was Sarah Fountain in 21:26 - well done.
Kevin Burt was doing two laps of the course to raise funds for the Tressell Trust and there was a monthly food bank drop off.
My favourite participant was a very excited Doberman - I wish I could channel that energy.
At the park were a nice clean toilet block and a takeaway cafe. I didn’t use the cafe, but the smell of cooked onions and sausages coming up the sprint finish was pretty strong.
There was an impressive adventure play park and Jungle Parc of high ropes if you wanted to spend more time here.
Now to drive the 233 miles home from parkrun.
Siân Salter (A115963) - Whitley Bay parkrun and Newcastle Front runners
This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:
Geoff BAULK • Andy WORTH • Sian SALTER • Duncan WORTHY • Mary Rebecca PEARSON • Ian STURDGESS • Naythan BELLAMY • Nicola MACKLEY • Kevin GLENDINNING • Rob CHURCHER-UPTON • Muriel MOORE • Kevin O' REILLY • Matthew MAY • Harry MAY • Tracey MAY • Paul THOMAS • Yvonne KNIGHT • Niamh SPINKS-WILSON • John SPINKS-WILSON • Marc SANDERSON • Laura BREWSTER • Theresa CLARK • Peter THOMAS • Gillian BROTHERSTON • Stephen WRIGHT • Christopher MAY • Kevin BEAN • Mary CAMPBELL • Karen MAY • George BROTHERSTON
Saturday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Irchester Country parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by David HUDSON who recorded a time of 16:35 on 28th December 2019 (event number 9).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:26 on 18th January 2020 (event number 13).
The Age Grade course record is held by John WAYLAND who recorded 84.01% (16:53) on 28th August 2021 (event number 25).
Irchester Country parkrun started on 2nd November 2019. Since then 3,109 participants have completed 7,413 parkruns covering a total distance of 37,065 km, including 1,626 new Personal Bests. A total of 242 individuals have volunteered 878 times.