Words, photos and video by Robin Pearson
Adrenaline Alley in Corby is one hell of a skatepark. Now into its second decade open, it continues to grow from strength to strength as the park builds and adapts more facilities to please its ever-growing crowd of users. BMX riders from all over the world have travelled to ride Corby – some, like Maxime Charveron, have even decided to call it home. We thought it had been a while since we gave any kind of shine time to Adrenaline Alley, so I spent a couple of days there reminding myself why it always ranks so high in our reader awards survey.
One of the main things I realised, which I always seem to forget, is just how big a place it is. Apparently some visitors can’t get over it – they’ve seen various footage from what they thought was a number of UK indoor parks, then they show up and realise it’s all the same place. Such is the scale of Corby. While I was there I shot with local residents Alex Coleborn and Maxime Charveron, plus regular visitors Bob Manchester, Damo Wilkinson and Tom Justice. I also caught up with Mandy Young, who told me a bit about the park’s past, present and future happenings.