Hundreds of runners turn out to mark first parkrun

Parkrun in Daventry
Parkrun in Daventry

The launch of the Daventry Parkrun has proven a hit with more than 227 runners turning out for the first challenge.

The 5km run, which takes place at Daventry Country Park, was launched by Northamptonshire Sport and is supported by Daventry District Council, Crest Nicholson, and sports and leisure operator, Everyone Active.

The parkrun starts at 9am every Saturday and is free and available to runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities and fitness levels in the local area.

The parkrun starts on the disused railway off Welton Road and consists of a one-lap course around the country park, finishing on Eastern Way field.

Will Heckford, community sport engagement manager from Everyone Active, said: “We’re delighted with the impressive turn out for the first parkrun. A great amount of effort has gone into organising the runs so it’s fantastic to see them proving so popular already.

“The runs are a good way to keep fit and meet new people and for newcomers, they’re an excellent opportunity to try something new!” Northamptonshire Sport, which has been the leading force in developing the parkruns in the county, is working closely with a crew of 30 volunteers to get the event running.

Jackie Browne, sport and physical activity manager from Northamptonshire Sport, said: “We were astounded by the turn out last Saturday.

“This is the third parkrun we have set up in the county and is this is by far the most runners we have had at an inaugural event. The really positive feedback we received from the runners was fantastic; everyone seemed to love the course and they thought it was very well organised.