MP Elizabeth Truss started Thetford parkrun, as part of ‘I am Team GB’ event across Norfolk

MP Elizabeth Truss started the Parkrun in Thetford, as part of the 'I am Team GB' event' on Saturday

MP Elizabeth Truss started the Parkrun in Thetford, as part of the 'I am Team GB' event' on Saturday. Picture: Maria Cooke. - Credit: Archant

Organisations and individuals across Norfolk took part in the nation's biggest sports day, 'I am Team GB', yesterday, as a follow-up to the Rio Olympics, which was the most successful for the British team since 1908.

The National Lottery and ITV collaborated on the event whose aim was to encourage the nation to exercise.

Parkruns across Norfolk took part and South West Norfolk MP and Justice Secretary, Elizabeth Truss started the event in Thetford.

Mel Floyd, event director, Thetford parkrun. said: 'The theme fitted in well, as we were promoting our new family day.

'The family day will take place on the last Saturday of every month to encourage families to take part through volunteering and exercise.

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'The event saw many families taking part with over 40 children volunteering or running.

'The parkrun is part of the Thetford Great Festival programme and Saturday's parkrun, the 190th event, was started by the patron of the festival, Elizabeth Truss, who watched 187 runners and walkers set off.

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'The mayor Terry Jermy, his consort Corinne Fulford and councillor Denis Crawford were also supporting the event.

'It was a complete honour to welcome our guests and Elizabeth was genuinely interested in the positive effect parkrun has had on communities.'

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