8th January 2019
Over 300 people made their way to Frickley Country Park this weekend to check out the newest parkrun course at the Land Trust site on Saturday.
The new 5k course starts and finishes at the Frickley Athletic Football Club Pavillion, trailing through a mixture of surfaces and challenging hill sections with picturesque views.
The fastest time recorded on the first run was 17 minutes and 40 seconds and was achieved by Gregan Clarkson from Kingston upon Hull Athletics Club.
The inaugural run at the park, which has been owned and managed by the Land Trust since 2012, attracted 308 runners, joggers and walkers, on a weekend when the record for highest global attendance was broken with 340,000 people taking part.
Alongside the 308 runners at Frickley Country Park, there were 28 volunteers and plenty of enthusiastic spectators which included Reverend Kate Bottley of Gogglebox fame.
Ian Kendall, Estates Manager at the Land Trust, said:
“I am thrilled to welcome so many people to the park to take part in this event.
“When this space was transformed from a former colliery into a country park, it was designed with a vision of becoming a community asset and it’s great to see that the park is now a space where people can exercise, learn and enjoy themselves and we are delighted that so many people can use it every weekend to keep fit, achieve their goals and enjoy being outdoors in this space.”
Everyone is welcome to join parkrun every Saturday at 9am, which will be followed by an optional post run coffee at the Football Club Pavillion. To register, visit the parkrun website.
For some children it's probably their first encounter with wildlife, so for them it's a really good educational place.
Emily, Site Ranger, Bentley Community Woodland
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