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News - 16th October 2018

parkrun profile: Worsley Woods

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Worsley Woods parkrun takes place in Worsley Woods, near the city of Salford in the north west of England. Run Director Colin Stephens tells us more…

 

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I started a Couch 2 5k with my local running club, the target being parkrun as a finale. After that I kept coming back, as well as volunteering a few times, until a knee injury kept me out for three months.

 

During that time I became a regular volunteer, and even after I was fit again I enjoyed it so much that I kept up volunteering every week, currently I’m on just under 90 volunteering spots and 28 runs.

 

Having a laugh with my mates, and having a good breakfast in the café whilst sorting the tokens makes it worth getting up on a Saturday morning.

 

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It’s one lap of varied terrain, a mixture of hard-packed paths, an old converted railway bed, woodland trails, and usually a bit of mud for fun.

 

There’s a couple of gradients, but nothing that a brisk walk can’t conquer if you fancy taking it easy.

 

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We love welcoming parkrun tourists from all over the UK and overseas. We’re getting busier every week, and the new runners briefing is always well attended by tourists.

 

We are proud of the fact that those who join us for the first time always comment afterwards on how much they’ve enjoyed the course, so to anyone tempted I would say come and give it a go – you’ve nothing to lose!

 

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We are quite unique as the route is all in Worsley Woods and includes two sets of steps just to make things interesting. And just off the course in Worsley is the old boat house that was once owned by the tenor Russell Watson!

 

After parkrun we go to the coffee House in Monton, good food and service, and they never seem to mind us spreading the laptop and tokens all over the tables!

 

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The numbers speak for themselves, when I started a few years ago it was typically around 200 runners a week, now it’s double that.

 

You see new people start who go on to become regular faces and friends, it’s as much a social event as it is a physical activity.

 

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If you’re interested in finding out more about bringing parkrun to your own community, click here.

 

You can read more parkrun profiles here.

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