Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun #68

A tourist visiting Worcester 2 weeks in a row; Worcester Woods last week, and the mighty Racecourse track this week: so here’s some stuff about the course for future tourists and my apologies if this has been done before.

Driving home to Gedling in Nottingham I wondered about the origins of the word ‘pitchcroft’, but had little success in my Google search. I did however learn that this lovely venue has 2018 as a special year for Worcester Racecourse, as it celebrates the 300th Anniversary of racing at Pitchcroft, making Worcester one of the oldest racecourses in the country.

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Pitchcroft has seen a host of events in those 300 years, including bare knuckle boxing in 1824, a record 229 runners on an 8 race card in January 1965 and HRH The Princess Royal riding her own horse Cnoc Na Cuille to victory, before the racecourse became the home of summer jumps racing as it is known today.

The team realised with barely 20 minutes to go that the standard 1 and ¾ loop of the racecourse couldn’t go ahead because of the bonfire, fairground, food stalls and fireworks scheduled later in the day. So they reverted to Plan B ‘ The Horseshoe’ which looks like this on Strava!

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This was a good day for a run; not too cold and certainly no need for gloves! Mild 12 out there, bit of a breeze, but dry with fluffy white clouds. I now know that there were 16 fresh faced, parkrun newbies today; well done and please return for the tricky 2nd and tough 3rd runs as soon as possible.

The call for milestones met with tumbleweed, to coin a phrase used earlier in the summer, but I believe Vicki Russell ran her 50th today. There were a few tourists sporting their cowls, already clocked by Dai Morris with clipboard, feeding details to the outstanding RD David Gray. I hadn’t appreciated that Tony Privitera, über tourist, was here or I would have had a chat.

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Spending Power

So to the results, and being of an age, I tend to scan the Age Graded League, obviously for context, and learned that the magnificent Jennifer Cashmore was top after her excellent 19:46. This ‘league’ can throw up some interesting results, but that was an outstanding time for today’s 1st lady.

First Man: Adam

Poetic? Perhaps, but the man in the green vest almost beat the guy on the bike today. Adam Pollock didn’t let a bit of headwind spoil his run to record his first No. 1 position at Pitchcroft today, coming home in 17:18.

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Finally, the last word must go to those who made our fun possible today. That’s the amazing people giving up their time to enable parkrun to grow, to evolve and to realise what makes us tick which is being part of one hell of a family: thank you all and thank you Worcester Pitchcroft x


Martyn Clarke (A489336)


* The Pitchcroft team here... We would like to add a massive thank you to Martyn for writting the above! We LOVE to hear what parekrunners think of our event and love it even more when people write sections for our website.

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Thanks again Martyn and hope to welcome you back soon.*