Parke’s first Parkrun

Saturday 5th April saw the inaugural Parkrun at Parke in Bovey Tracey. If you are unfamiliar with the Parkrun idea, it is really quite simple. Parkrun is a free timed 5km run which occurs at a series of venues across the world every saturday morning at 9am. For more details about Parkrun at Parke – see here.

The National Trust has been really supportive of Parkrun and we host a number of events around the country – in Devon we host them at Killerton and Plymbridge and of course now Parke. We launched the Plymbridge Parkrun in September 2012  – see here.

Over 100 people turned up to run at Parke – a great turnout! The Parke course was also fantastic – ok one steep slope but otherwise glorious.

Here are a few photos from the day.

Fred ACMyself and Fred Hutt – Parke’s Ranger before the start

AC TonyAt the start with Tony Owen who organises our National Trust Wild Tribe 10 Tors teams with me

The StartAnd they’re off

FredFred’s nearly finished

AdrianSome time later ….

The endDifficult to tell if this is before or after the race …..

Parkrun teamThe Parkrun team of volunteers – a big thanks. Parkruns rely on volunteers so it you would like to help contact Parke Parkrun here


Parke is a lovely Estate for a walk and a cup of coffee and cake at Home Farm Cafe as well

ShoesParke’s a bit muddy but not very muddy ….

Thanks to Nick Smith of Home Farm Cafe for talking the pictures and feeding runners after the race – great bacon butty and coffee …



Parkrun at Plym Bridge

Parkrun organise weekly 5km timed runs which are marshalled and free to enter – they are a great organisation designed to encourage people who are new to running a safe and friendly start.

Today a new venue was launched at the National Trust woodlands at Plym Bridge. It was a glorious morning with lots of sunshine and over 50 people came to take part including three of us from the Trust.

Steph Rodgers, our Community Ranger in the Plym Valley, me, Rob Joules, the Trust’s Sports Partnership Manager (funded by Sports England) and Jim Pascoe, our Outdoors Consultant in the south west.

Runners gathering in the meadow

The start

Looking good 1.5km in!

Jim Pascoe brings the first dog home

Sometime later I finish – happy really – havent done much (if any) running this year and managed to finish in 29 minutes 48 secs

So Plym Bridge’s Parkrun will now happen every Saturday at 9am at Plym Bridge, Plymouth. To find out more visit the Parkrun Plym Valley website here. Plym Bridge is located on the northern edge of Plymouth – details here. Remember Parkrun is open to everyone – its not about elite runners going like the wind – if you have been thinking about start running or want a bit of encouragement to keep you going then this is for you – give it a go.

Thanks to Gus Fergusson, Head Ranger South Dartmoor for taking the photographs (saved him from having to run I think).