Experts judge Droitwich's Churchfields Farm parkrun to be the 'toughest in the country' - The Droitwich Standard
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Experts judge Droitwich's Churchfields Farm parkrun to be the 'toughest in the country'

Harry Leach 20th Feb, 2019

THE CHURCHFIELDS Farm parkrun in Salwarpe has been named as the toughest in the country when based on terrain and distance.

Runners from Droitwich and further afield are putting in the hard work according to Tim Grose, a statistician who applied the same process used for RunBritain’s handicap system to find out the fastest and slowest of the nation’s 580 parkruns.

Churchfields Farm owner Will Kerton, said: “We’ve been welcoming runners and walkers to the farm for the last 18 months.

“The course can be quite challenging, particularly in the winter months when we experience plenty of mud but people always finish with a smile, and enjoy the countryside views on their way around – as well as the occasional cow.”

The Victoria Dock and Hackney Marshes events in London were deemed the quickest courses, closely followed by Worthing in Sussex, Pegwell Bay in Kent and the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The toughest courses were judged to be Churchfields Farm, followed by Woolacombe Dunes in Devon, and Whinlatter Forest in Cumbria.

Churchfields Farm parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am outside the barn cafe and is free to enter.

The farm also hosts family bootcamps on Sunday mornings which are run by Steve Sherry, a qualified personal trainer.

“My emphasis is on everyone in the family having fun outdoors no matter what their age or fitness level,” said Steve.

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