December 11 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Norfolk’s ninth parkrun event was launched today and saw over 180 runners take part in the new weekly 5k event at Catton Park in Norwich.
The event joins the already well-established Norwich parkrun at Eaton Park and over 21,000 other parkruns around the country.
The Catton Park event was launched on international parkrun day, after the event’s UK originators this week celebrated the ninth anniversary.
The organisation has now expanded to being responsible for 45,000 runs every week and has an army of over 4,000 volunteers who ensure that the 630,000 registered parkrun runners can take part in their local event.
The Catton Park event started at 9am this morning, the standard time for the events. It has been organised by Broadland District Council and Active Norfolk.
Dan Goodwin, health and wellbeing officer at Broadland, has been working with Active Norfolk athletics officer Paul Evans to get the Catton Park event set up.
Mr Goodwin said: “We had 183 runners, which was fabulous, it really was special and probably the highest opening amount of runners for a Norfolk parkrun ever, we think.
“Everyone was really friendly, the place was really buzzing and we had some really great comments about people enjoying the course.”
There are also parkrun events at Mulbarton, Gorleston, King’s Lynn, Fritton Lake, Sheringham, Thetford and Brandon. Organisers are also collaborating with the National Trust to start a parkrun at Blickling Hall in November.
- For more information, and photos from the various Norfolk parkruns, see Monday’s Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.