Sheringham parkrun enjoys a Christmas cracker

There was a festive feel to the Sheringham parkrun on Christmas Eve. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

There was a festive feel to the Sheringham parkrun on Christmas Eve. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: Archant

There was a festive feel to the parkrun in Sheringham this weekend.

There was a festive feel to the Sheringham parkrun on Christmas Eve. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

There was a festive feel to the Sheringham parkrun on Christmas Eve. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: Archant

Santa and his elves joined scores of runners of all ages and abilities – including some pushing prams and others being pulled by pets - for the Christmas cracker.

The National Trust hosts the weekly gatherings along a three-mile route at Sheringham Park every Saturday morning.

But, this week, to celebrate Christmas, parkrun returned with double helpings – with runs on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

And everyone got into the spirit of the festive season.

There was a festive feel to the Sheringham parkrun on Christmas Eve. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

There was a festive feel to the Sheringham parkrun on Christmas Eve. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: Archant


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Race director Mandy Beresford said: 'It's great, it's such a community event – I just love parkrun and everything about it.

'Any excuse to dress up really.' But she added: 'I was going to be Father Christmas and the costume didn't turn up.'

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The free weekly running session is one of 12 parkruns in Norfolk which between them attract more than 2000 runners every week.

They are all organised entirely by volunteers who take it in turns to run, marshall and record times on a 5k course.

There was a festive feel to the Sheringham parkrun on Christmas Eve. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

There was a festive feel to the Sheringham parkrun on Christmas Eve. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: Archant

The Sheringham event, which earlier this year celebrated its 200th run, meets at Sheringham Park every Saturday at 8.45am for a 9am start.

And organisers revealed it is ideal for those interested in taking up running as part of their New Year resolutions.

Mandy said: 'I actually came to the very first parkrun that they did here four years ago and it's what started me running.

'I've run three marathons – London twice and Edinburgh - and I'm planning another one.

'There's a whole community of people who have gone on from running here and joined running clubs and developed from there.'

As well as the Christmas Day run at Sheringham Park, many of the runners involved in Saturday's parkrun are also expected to take part in the Boxing Day dip in Cromer on Monday, starting at 10am.

For more details on parkrun and how to join, visit the following website: www.parkrun.org.uk

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