First Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun a Fantastic Success

Thanks to Sport Development & Coaching Student, Sam Payne

The first Worcester Pitchcroft Parkrun took place on Saturday 10 June 2017 around Worcester racecourse, and was fantastically successful involving 335 runners and 30 volunteers. The new weekly 5k event has been initiated and developed by one of our current 3rd year Sport Development and Coaching students, Sam Payne, who did a brilliant job in the organisation and delivery both before and on the day itself. His pre-run briefing was considered highly professional, thanking all the partner organisations (Worcester City Council, Sport Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire, University of Worcester, Black Pear Joggers, Worcester parkrun etc.), and encouraging everyone to continue to support this ongoing family friendly opportunity. In fact his first message out to partners headlining the initial statistics identified the need to “start encouraging specific demographic groups, who may be in need, to join the service we provide each week”.

The event was well supported by University staff both as runners, spectators and volunteer marshals, so please consider getting involved in some way. Sam would like to encourage as many people to attend so please do promote this to all and come along on any Saturday – 8.45am meet at the pavilion to the East of the racecourse (see location on map):

If you are currently registered with parkrun then remember to bring your barcode details on the day, but if not and you would like to register to get an official time, then please visit (‘Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun’ would be the home event).


The event website can be found at

This is the second parkrun to be established in Worcester. The existing parkrun at the Countryside Centre achieved 489 runners on Saturday so combining the two events, ensured 824 Saturday morning runners within the city. The average finishing time was 27 mins and the course record (not that it’s about that) stands at 16:58 for males, and 20:08 for females.

Sam first developed the idea through his second year Sponsorship & Fundraising module, and has since focused on the initiative for his Sport Development Project (IS equivalent), raising the required funding, linking local partner organisations and undertaking the time consuming and gruelling processes of application, planning and risk management procedures. Well done Sam on a brilliant project, well delivered and for being “a real credit to the University” (anonymous runner!).

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