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Torvean could be venue for Parkrun in Inverness


By Will Clark

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RUNNERS involved with a weekly 5km event in Inverness could be set to move to a new venue.

Inverness Parkrun could relocate to Torvean.
Inverness Parkrun could relocate to Torvean.

Parkrun Inverness has identified an area for a new two-lap course at Torvean.

The running event, which takes place every Saturday morning, but is currently suspended due to coronavirus restrictions, usually involves more than 100 people who run at courses at Bught Park and Whin Park.

Event director Paul Crowe says while the group is waiting to be given the go-ahead to return to running, it may be a while before they can run at Torvean.

“An area for the new two-lap course has been identified and we have roughly determined the route,” he said.

“But, because of the delay in the ancillary construction works, the course hasn’t been finally decided.

“Until the works are completed, we won’t be able to get on to it.

“The essence is that the new bridge over the canal has caused the Torvean Golf Club to be relocated to the north of the A82, leaving the section, formerly on the south, to be vacant.

“Much of the vacant part will be taken up with the new roundabout and, presumably, commercial buildings near the canal but the western end of the vacant part – including the pond – is to be left as a park.

“That is the area over which we intend to construct our new parkrun route. Our preliminary walkaround suggests that we could construct a course of two 2.5 laps which will therefore total the 5k distance required by parkrun.

“Of course, until the bridge is built, the roundabout completed and construction materials and vehicles are off the site, I imagine we won’t be able to take things much further but it is an exciting prospect.”

Parkrun Inverness are awaiting the go-ahead by Parkrun UK to start up sessions again.Parkrun Global chief operating officer Tom Williams said it was developing a comprehensive ‘return to parkrun’ planning document and risk assessment to allow events to go ahead.

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