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18 Nov
6:57pm, 18 Nov 2017
14725 posts
Dvorak
New Scottish inaugural record at Plean today of 300. Nearest run at Falkirk about 50 down on 227. 17 runners with over 200 appearances, another 52 on 100-199. At the other end, 52 brand-new parkrunners; 32 on their second or third runs; and 18 on their fourth or fifth.

18 times under 21 minutes, 15 over 40; and a median time of 29:20.
18 Nov
6:59pm, 18 Nov 2017
2131 posts
Grid
Agreed, I don't think it can be policed and that route isn't going to be fruitful. Some other changes in approach need to be considered, but I don't know what they are.
18 Nov
7:18pm, 18 Nov 2017
3351 posts
57.5 Degrees of Pain
One solution is to put the event on a small Shetland Isle on Jan 21st!
18 Nov
9:54pm, 18 Nov 2017
923 posts
CharlieP
Yes (going back a couple of pages), I make Colney Lane and Norwich approximately 1.32 km apart at their closest points. Brighton & Hove and Preston Park were previously the closest pair I know of, at 1.39 km, but I haven't exhaustively checked elsewhere.

If you just take the official coordinates from the event map and calculate from that, the closest pairs are:

1.683 km - Brighton & Hove and Preston Park
1.697 km - Old Deer Park and Richmond Park
1.824 km - Dulwich and Peckham Rye
1.862 km - Sale Water and Stretford
1.909 km - Darndale and Father Collins
1.983 km - Alberts Farm and Westbury
2.030 km - Broadbeach Waters and Surfers Paradise
2.061 km - Colney Lane and Norwich
2.065 km - Brockwell and Dulwich
2.127 km - Brighton & Hove and Hove Promenade
8:32am
8:32am, 19 Nov 2017
113 posts
BarefootEm
337 at Thornbury, much more than we expected! The really cool thing (i think) is that of those 108 were brand new to parkrun! We expect numbers to drop in the next few weeks and are very grateful Eastville took the bigger numbers!

I'm not sure how you can stop people conng to an inaugural, whoare only there for that reason... Seems they just get bigger and bigger!
9:24am
9:24am, 19 Nov 2017
3178 posts
Curly45
Eastville was always going to be big because of the central city location and paucity of parkruns in the city...could look at opening them in "clusters" perhaps? i.e. two to three open near each other on the same weekend.

On the long term list you could do:
Guildford
Godalming
Dorking

Brooklands/Weybridge
Sunbury

It does mean you have to "hold" some events while waiting for others, but I think it is good idea moving forward.
1:32pm
1:32pm, 19 Nov 2017
2132 posts
Grid
The current system, whereby there are a maximum of two inaugural events per week, gives the inaugural tourist the opportunity to attend an inaugural every week of the year. One reasonably dramatic solution would be to have inaugurals held on 6 to 12 allocated weeks per year. Whilst this would mean many more than two new events taking place in those weeks - and I am completely ignorant of the administration challenges that may pose for HQ and the regional ambassadors - it would drastically reduce options for the inaugural tourist and would presumably balance our their attendance between all the new events on each week allocated as such. I don't think this would solve the problem, and it may cause others, but it could go some way to alleviating it.
3:09pm
3:09pm, 19 Nov 2017
23 posts
Hunkyteddy
Good idea Grid. Or people could just try not to go to inaugurals unless it's within a short distance (though clearly that would upset most on here!)

About This Thread

UK inaugural parkruns.

Please note that the details below are just what is picked-up from the interweb. It cannot be guaranteed that the date of the start is actually correct until an official parkrun page is launched.

Please consider if attending an inaugural event is the right thing for you, the local team may ideally prefer a low-key start with small numbers.

2nd December
Troon
Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Windy Nook
Link (roll over me to see where I go)

9th December
Colney Lane
Link (roll over me to see where I go)

If an inaugural doesn't take your fancy then there are plenty of already established parkruns to go to in the UK and abroad: Link (roll over me to see where I go)

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Confirmed future events with date TBC:

Bakewell
Bressay (Shetland Isles)
Clifton (Nottingham)
Houghton Hall (Houghton Regis)
Lancing
Melksham
Selby
Sixfields Upton (Northampton)
Whinlatter Forest (Keswick)

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Longer-term, heard on the grapevine:

Abercrave,
Alfreton,
Alloa,
Alver Valley (Gosport),
Amersham,
Bilston (East Park)
Bracklesham & Witterings,
Bromsgrove,
Brooklands/Weybridge
Chevin Forest (Otley, Leeds),
Cirencester,
Cumbernauld,
Cumnock,
Dereham,
Dorchester,
Dorking,
Dover,
Etwall,
Exmouth (Phear park? Seafront?),
Fort William,
Great Denham (Bedford),
Haldon Forest Park Exeter,
Hatchlands Park NT, just outside
Guildford
Godalming
Harpurhey (Bogart Hole Clough Manchester),
Haverhill,
Hillingdon,
Hitchin (Walsworth Common),
Horden,
Kendal 2,
Loughborough,
Middleton Park Leeds Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Monmouth,
Mossley Mill (Newtownabbey),
Newborough Forest (Anglesey),
Northumberland
Newsham
New Earswick (yorkshire)
Oswestry
Paisley,
Peebles,
Potternewton Park, Leeds
Prospect (Reading 2),
Rochdale,
Royston,
Sandbach,
Scarborough,
Sixmile Park (Ballyclare),
Solihull (north),
Spalding,
Sunbury,
Swaffham,
Tehidy: Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Teignmouth,
Todmorden (Centre Vale Park),
Towcester,
Turriff,
Warwick,
Wheal Martyn China Clay Pits, Cornwall.
Whitby,
Whitstable (Reculver - Kent) Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Wimborne,
Witney (West Oxfordshire),
York University.

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