With all the chatter about inaugural tourism recently, I’ve been wondering just how big a thing inaugural parkrun tourism is.
So I’ve been doing some digging.
As it’s a time-consuming process involving a lot of copying and pasting, I haven’t been digging systematically. (There are probably quicker ways for people with IT skills or access to the parkrun database. I have neither). What I have done is look at five parkruns that I’ve visited (four of them on the inaugural).
The five parkruns in question are:
- Southwick Country Park (started 3 September 2011)
- Lincoln (started 16 November 2013)
- Woking (started 16 August 2014)
- Horsham (started 6 September 2014)
- Banbury (started 27 September 2014).
I chose Woking and Horsham because they started at similar times and are similar distances from London; Southwick Country Park and Lincoln because they were relatively far from any other parkruns and a fair distance from London; and Banbury simply because I was there this week.
What I was looking at was how many people who visited in the early weeks have visited only once, how many only twice and how many three times or more. For Southwick Country Park and Lincoln, I’ve used data from the first 20 runs, for Woking, Horsham and Banbury, I’ve used all the available data (12 runs, 9 runs and 6 runs respectively).
Southwick Country Park
Is inaugural tourism really a thing?
I think it probably is.
*EDIT* Andrew Lawrence mentioned Osterley, which started on 31 August 2013.