The chequered flag was waved for the launch of Brooklands parkrun in Surrey on Saturday (17 November) with 346 completing the course, supported by 26 wonderful volunteers.
The plan for a quiet debut event flew out of the window of the iconic motor racing HQ office as soon as rumours were confirmed on social media sites that a brand new parkrun had been established within the thrilling and historic environs of Brooklands Community Park.
The fledgling volunteer team coped well with the unexpected demand for barcode swiping and the overwhelming response from participants was positive. The course features a mix of tarmac on part of the old race circuit, plus a trail section through woodland and alongside the river. Two laps are required for the standard 5k distance and the launch event enjoyed splendid autumnal gold splendour in the trees that give this venue its 'green lung' status.
The most powerful engines on the course were owned by inaugural lap record holders Ollie Garrod (Epsom & Ewell Harriers, 16:43) and W40 Aimee Billington (Woking, 21:03) – neither of whom had wasted too much time or energy on travelling to the venue!
W70 Jane Davies (Epsom & Ewell, 24:01) put the age-graded best into the stratosphere with 92.71% – it will take something special to improve that mark. Jane is now six parkruns short of 200, with 156 of her runs recorded where it all started at Bushy Park. Jane is a serial age-graded record holder and actually exceeded 100% as a W65 in 2015 and 2016!
The tail walker, Annabel Crouch, came in at 57:16 and participants aged from under-10 to over 70 completed the course. The average time for the first event was 29:48 with 346 finishers.
There are a number of excellent photos of the extremely attractive Brooklands course on the event's flickr page here
The results of the launch event and Brooklands parkrun information are available here
Image courtesy Brooklands parkrun on flickr