I'd definitely be interested in this. I'm at Darley Dale, near Matlock.
I currently run in Darley Park, but would happily swap to Markeaton if it was early enough to avoid the crowds in summer.
I love the idea of a local park run.
I am sure many at Hanley Parkrun (Stoke) would welcome another parkrun locally for a change of scenery.
The man who organises the North parkruns was at Hanley last week. He also visited a possible site in Leek and Congleton whilst here.
That would be Tom Williams who's now UK Country Manager for parkrun.
As regards Derby, if you build it, they will come I'd suggest contacting the local running clubs and you'll probably come up with a few core volunteers who are actually experienced at organising races.
I'd also strongly recommend you try to design a route where course directions can be covered by signs rather than marshalls - that way you need a lot less volunteers, and the runners get used to finding their own way. If you have marshalls and one week you're short of volunteers and have marshalls missing you'll be amazed how many people will get lost because they're so used to being told when to turn they've never bothered to actually pay attention to the route. We have no marshalls at all on our course, just signs, and as a result we can comfortably handle 300+ runners each week with just 7 or 8 volunteers, and could probably get away with as few as 5. Finding 7 or 8 has never been a problem, but I suspect finding 15 or 16 per week as we would have to if we had marshals would be much more difficult, particularly when we were starting up.
Where do you organise BOTF?
Hanley only gets 50 at the mo but I think the infrasturcture is there and it is about to take off with the clubs, who bar a couple have been anonymous.
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Andy - I only run in Derby once or twice a year when visiting my parents but I suspect Markeaton Park is not big enough to do a 5km race without involving laps. Is that an issue? Good luck.
definate interest from me. Do loads of running round Derby area. Elvaston Castle another area to consider? Really flat with plenty of pathways/riverside path/Rayneway area to create the distances. Never looked into these Park Runs to be honest, are we talking off road only?
Think ill be offroading around Allestree this weekend as well so will suss that area out.
Keep us posted Andy
well Elvaston definetely has that. Is used as part of Tara Kinder and Sinfin10k organised runs plus big public car park. Never gets mudded up but has tarmac, compacted park paths and tracks and sounds ideal.
Complete loop around the edge of the park is just over 6 mile with plenty of other options for inner routes as well.
I would defintely be interested in a Derby parkrun as travelling to Conkers is just a little bit too far to make me go every week.
How about Shipley Park in Heanor as a venue?
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