Corby parkrun off the mark

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West Glebe Park in Corby welcomed a total of 126 runners at the inaugural Corby parkrun, putting Corby's new weekly challenge firmly on the map.

Northamptonshire now has two parkruns in addition to more than 60 registered running groups and 1,500 Run England members, with running activity growing in the county by the week!

Runners from far afield as such as London, as well as local runners from Corby and Kettering were set off at 9am on the undulating multi-terrain two and half lap course around the park; the first finisher completing the 5k route in a fantastic time of 17:18 was local lad Isaac Ackers from Corby AC. First female was another Corby AC athlete, Ellie Welch in a time of 20.55.

Special mention should be made to the 16 volunteers, who forfeited their normal Saturday morning lie-in to help out with course setting, marshaling and supporting the runners and their families did a fantastic job.

The success of parkrun can largely be attributed to its simplicity and accessibility. Runners of any ability register online, turn up at the park and run and because it is run by volunteers it is completely free. A diverse blend of runners, walkers, children, those running with buggies or dogs, are welcome.

Corby parkrun starts and finishes near the Pavilion at 9am every Saturday. To take part in the parkrun you must first register first online by going to

parkruns are a great introductory event for beginners, so if you have started jogging or running recently and want to set yourself a challenge, a parkrun could be just right for you - they're non-competitive and open to anyone of any ability.

If you've already done a few parkruns, click here to check out our top tips for smashing your PB!

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