Inaugural Lowestoft Parkrun hailed a success as event launches in style

The first ever Lowestoft Park Run along the seafront.

The first ever Lowestoft Park Run along the seafront. - Credit: Nick Butcher

It was a case of on your marks, get set and go – as runners of all ages descended on the seafront to kick-start a new event.

The first ever Lowestoft Park Run along the seafront.

The first ever Lowestoft Park Run along the seafront. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Organisers of the inaugural Lowestoft Parkrun hailed the success of the non-competitive event, which was officially launched yesterday (Saturday).

An 'amazing' 200 runners turned out for the town's new free running event, as they lined up on the startline on the seafront close to the Hotel Hatfield and made their way along the promenade.

The runners slalomed their way around a three mile (5km) course, which progressed past the Claremont Pier, down onto the lower promenade and past the beach huts and lifeguard station before climbing the steep hill near Cefas and back down towards the Hotel Hatfield – with the finish line situated within the gardens of the Wellington Esplanade.

Welcoming everyone to be part of this new coastal event, the most easterly Parkrun was organised by Rob Fawcett at Access Community Trust.

He praised all the volunteers – including those from within the community and from Access Community Trust – and runners who had turned out to make the inaugural event a stunning success.

'We have had a great turnout and perfect weather,' he said. 'The premise is to encourage exercise for everyone and we welcome anyone from Olympians to complete beginners. It has been a real success.'

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Young and old, keen club runners and complete novices all took part in the first Lowestoft Parkrun – with new people still welcome to sign up and join in this weekly free 5km timed run.

? For more information visit www.parkrun.org.uk/lowestoft

? For more pictures and a full report see tomorrow's EDP and Friday's Lowestoft Journal.