parkrun round-up: Bumper turnout at Lowestoft whilst Robert Chenery leads parkrunners home at Gorleston
Our weekly parkrun round-up focuses on the runners at Lowestoft, Gorleston Cliffs, Brandon Country Park and Thetford. Mark Armstrong reports
Lowestoft parkrun enjoyed their second highest attendance record on Saturday as 319 people ran, jogged or walked the course.
They were led home by Ipswich Harriers’ Sam Stevens in 17:18 ahead of Jim Burgess (Waveney Valley AC) in 17:26 (equalling his PB). Roi Martinez was third in 17:39.
Visiting runner Nicola Rogers (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers) was first female in 18:50 with Megan Paynter second in 19:45. Toni Alcarez (March AC) was third in 19:46, setting a new personal best in the process.
Volunteers: Alison AYERS, Robert COPEMAN-LAMOUREUX, Lynette CULVERWELL, Rob FAWCETT, John FAWCETT, Phoebe GREEN, Janet HITCHAM, Peter LANG, Donna MILNER, Jessica MILNER, Colin MULLEN, Gary PEMBROKE, Trevor RAWSON, Christopher WOODCOCK
Robert Chenery (Ipswich JAFFA) was in a class of his own as he once again dipped under the 17-minute mark in coming home first in 16:53 at Gorleston.
Lawrence Wade (City of Norwich AC) was second in 17:29 with Marcus Sladden (University of East Anglia Tri Club) third in 17:34.
Colleen Mukuya, who won the Milton Keynes Marathon in April, was first female, and fourth overall, in 17:42, ahead of youngster Holly Bunn (Bungay Black Dog RC) in 21:35. Penny Studley (Great Yarmouth Road Runners) was third in 21:54.
Richard Helsdon celebrated his 100th event in 25:34 whilst Paul Charlton notched up his 50th in 24:10.
Volunteers: Darren ADAMS, Roger ANDREWS, Pat ARNELL, Bob ARNELL, Peter BANNATYNE, Anthony BLAKEMORE, Toby CRAIG, Karen GEDGE, Jamie GOLLINS, Chris HARBORD, Timothy HIRST, Andrew KIRK, Richard KNIBB, Phillip LAURIER, Rory MARRIOTT, Sean NEWBURY, Nick OVERY, Ira Albert SMITH, Larli SMITH, Albert William James SPONG, Carole SPONG, Stephen WARMAN, Chuck WEIGAND, Brenda WILKINSON, Jean WITHINGTON
Brandon Country Park
Visiting runner Patrick Brown (East London Runners) led the 108 parkrunners home at Brandon Country Park in 18:15.
Michael Harrington set a new personal best in second place in 19:29 with Fraser Goff third in 20:49.
Helen Coote was first female in 24:11 with junior runner Hailey Myers second in 24:36. Youngster Hollie Myers was third in 25:10.
Kevin Parsons clocked up his 100th parkrun in 23:59 whilst Sam Parsons enjoyed his 50th in 33:32.
Volunteers: Molly BUNNING, Claire GOLDSTONE, Bridget GRIFFIN, Siga GUDELIAUSKAITE, Ausra GUDELIAUSKAITE, Katie JONES, Stephen MARTIN, Paul MEADER, Brandon MOREFIELD, Matt OXBORROW, Ken ROOKE, Colin WEIGHT, Christine WINTER
Matt Howard (Norwich Road Runners) was first home at Thetford in 18:41.
Kevin Vaughan (Thetford AC) was second in 19:27 with Ian Henderson just behind in 19:47.
Sabine Schaefer (Thetford AC) was first female in 20:42 with Natalie King setting a new PB of 21:27 in second. Elke Hausler (Eastern Veterans AC) was third in 22:26 in what was her 50th parkrun.
Lesley Burrows celebrated her 100th parkrun, getting round the course in 32:13.
Volunteers: Mark ALLISON, Mick COLLEDGE, Becky CUZNER, Clare DUNCAN, Coralie EVANS, Richard FURNESS, Gary MALLIBAND, Jeanette MCLOUGHLIN, Lucas MEASURES, Sharon NASH, Shirley STANDLEY, Jean STEWART, Melanie STURMAN, Gloria WILLIAMS, Sheila WRIGHT
To help mark the NHS’s 70th birthday, the NHS has teamed up with parkrun UK to jointly host NHS70 parkrun day on Saturday.
More than 200 parkruns, including at least five in Norfolk and Suffolk, will be hosting special events to celebrate the contribution of the NHS to the nation, while encouraging people to get active.
The five parkruns in Norfolk and Suffolk, which all begin at 9am on 9 June, will take place at Blickling Park, Gorleston Cliffs, Ipswich (Chantry Park), King’s Lynn (The Walks) and Norwich (UEA playing fields, Colney Lane).
Local parkruns will give their regular events a special NHS theme for the day with NHS staff, patients and the wider public being encouraged to attend.
NSFT and NNUH have been asked to provide volunteers for the Colney Lane parkrun. Anyone who would like to help is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org and say they are from the NHS.
Among those taking part in the King’s Lynn NHS70 parkrun will be staff from Chatterton House, who have their own running club which meets after work on Tuesdays.