Finally the day had come. Saturday 19th May had been marked in the diary for weeks and we were looking forward to celebrating the big day with tea and cake. No…it was not the Royal Wedding that had captured the exhilaration of a group of runners from Hucclecote Harriers running club (near Gloucester), but a spot of parkrun tourism to your lovely venue! 10 Harriers (plus one toddler) made the journey up the M5 eager to score PBs on what we had heard was a fast and flat course!
It turns out that the excitement of the union of Harry and Meghan hadn’t put many people off attending because the 48th parkrun at Pitchcroft recorded its 5th biggest attendance as 245 people walked, jogged and ran around the stunning tree lined course. And very few people were resplendent in red, white a blue!
Unfortunately we didn’t get to experience your new course because Worcester Rowing Club’s Spring Regatta was taking place, as well as a Fun Fair in the centre of the racecourse, so the old course was used. It is great that you have the option to switch to a backup course so avoiding cancellation, and it also demonstrates one of the key themes of parkrun; that we are all able to share a public space with other park users.
The RD gave a shout out to a few tourists from Banbury, the rabble from Gloucester and as far as Paris. Matthew Robert Wateridge from Basingstoke has run a phenomenal 318 pakruns and, impressively, Worcester Pitchcroft was his 192nd different parkrun location! There must have been a few more tourists as 37 people were first timers to Worcester Pitchcroft and 6 runners were brand new to parkrun as a whole. The parkrun community hopes you enjoyed it and that you come back!
Sarah Beaudro, who has done 21% of her runs at Pitchcroft reached her 100 milestone on Saturday and celebrated at Worcester Woods.
Although it was pretty warm 26% of us recorded course PBs on Saturday, which is pretty good going; so well done all! Ros Townsend-Hope recorded a great age grade score of 86% with a time of 23:34.
Worcester AC had the triple for the men this week with Finley Smith first over the line for the 3rd time at Worcester Pitchcroft in 17:27 followed by Robbie Campbell in 17:39 and Sam Davey in 17:47. Lily Southern was 1st female home on her first appearance at Worcester Pitchcroft in a time of 19:23, followed by Becky Hardie who scored a new PB of 20:22 and then Rachel Booth in 22:35.
15 runners show up as unknown on the results. Remember – no barcode, no results. So don’t forget your barcode!
Being a buggy runner to a large 2 year old, I loved your course; paved surfaces, flat and shielded from the sun are all positives in my and Tom’s book! It was lovely to run alongside the river under a tree lined path on a beautiful Spring morning. The PB bell was a great addition too. On my second visit to Worcester Pitchcroft I was, once again, struck by the friendliness of the core team.
Thank you for being so welcoming to us.
Thank you must also go to all the volunteers who made this event possible:
David ASHBERY, Mary BARKER, Jacob BEARD, Lisa CLAYTON, Gill CLERICI, Sandra COOK, Sam DAVEY, Charlotte DEAN, Michael DICKSON, James DICKSON, Peter DREW, Suzanne DUDLEY, Nick DUNAWAY, David GRAY, Ann GRAY, Nick HOOPER, Miles JAMES, Alex KEEGAN, Tsu LAW, Dai MORRIS, Tom MORRIS, Sam PAYNE, Jonathan PHILLIPS, Stanley ROBERTS, Rollo RUMFORD, Sean RYAN, Harvey WYLDE
We thoroughly enjoyed our morning in Worcester and stayed for hours eating cake in the Pump House Environment Centre afterwards. I know a few of us are hoping to come back again and experience your new course.
And, finally, some aesthetically pleasing times:
James Hitchcock – 20:30
Peter Cartwright 22:33
Rachael Morris 24:00
David George – 24:24
Adam Davies - 26:27
Dylan Southwick – 27:28
Sarah Williams Hubbard – 28:29
Nathan Fitter – 28:38
Pitchcroft parkrun writting now... we just wanted to say a huge thanks to the Hucclecote Harriers for coming and filling our event with smiles. And another thanks to them again for writing this wonderful report! Shamefully, we only have this one picture of Sophie... so please send in any photos that we forgot to take.
Look forward to having you back soon.