December 12 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 16, 2013
A weekly running event celebrated its second birthday with its 104th run.
King’s Lynn Parkrun turned two on Saturday, with more than 100 runners taking part despite the rain – with some entrants even running in fancy dress.
Event director Amanda Barnes helped set up the run back in 2011 after seeing the success of other Parkrun groups around the country.
“The best thing about it is seeing people enjoying themselves on a Saturday and seeing the improvement over the weeks,” she said.
“It is a very social event and has a great atmosphere but there is also that competetive side, even though it is not a race.”
Parkruns have been organised all over the country with runners setting off on their 5km courses at 9am on a Saturday morning wherever they are. The event is free and open to anyone, whatever their age or ability.
Dogs regularly join their owners and babies in push chairs have been known to finish the course.
Since its formation the run has only been cancelled once due to snow.
The concept has gone around the world and the Lynn park runners have even taken part in a run in Wellington, New Zealand.