parkrun focus: Luyuyo Mfazwe sets new PB at Thetford as Holkham celebrates 100th event

Action from Thetford parkrun last weekend. Photo: Geoffrey Herschell

Action from Thetford parkrun last weekend. Photo: Geoffrey Herschell - Credit: Geoffrey Herschell

The parkrun focus turned on Thetford, Lowestoft and Holkham this week as the personal bests continued to tumble around the area. Mark Armstrong reports

Runners were out in force at Thetford parkun. Photo: Geoffrey Herschell

Runners were out in force at Thetford parkun. Photo: Geoffrey Herschell - Credit: Geoffrey Herschell

Thetford parkun

Luyuyo Mfazwe set a new personal best on his way to being the first runner home at 266th edition of Thetford parkrun on Saturday.

Mfazwe registered an impressive time of 19:24 ahead of Stephen Shine (Plumstead Runners) in second in 20:11 during his first ever Thetford event. Gavin Siriwardena was third in 20:17.

Smile for the camera! More action from Thetford on Saturday. Photo: Geoffrey Herschell

Smile for the camera! More action from Thetford on Saturday. Photo: Geoffrey Herschell - Credit: Geoffrey Herschell

Thetford Athletic Club's Sabine Schaeffer was the first female in 20:43 with Natalie King second in 22:41. Heidi Teixeira was next home in 23:07 in her 72nd parkrun event.

Junior Thomas Simpson enjoyed his first taste of a parkrun event as he came home in 27:36 as did Oliver Vyse in 28:41.

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Darren Christie of Saint Edmund Pacers set a new personal best of 28:14, as did Philip Johnson with a time of 29:02.

Lucy Bellotti reached the 100th parkrun landmark in 29:40 with 233 runners taking part in the event.

Thetford parkrun celebated their 266th event at the weekend. Photo: Geoffrey Herschell

Thetford parkrun celebated their 266th event at the weekend. Photo: Geoffrey Herschell - Credit: Geoffrey Herschell

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Holkham parkrun

A total of 118 runners took part in the 100th Holkham parkrun at the weekend with John Hopgood (Ryston Runners AC) leading them home with a new personal best of 18:21.

He was just ahead of club mate Malcolm Tuff in 18:34 with an unknown taking third spot.

Elizabeth Bellinger was first female during her first ever Holkham parkrun in 21:04 ahead of Sophie Gough (22:26) and Claire Somerton (Cambridge and Coleridge AC) in 22:27. Fourteen new personal best were set overall

Volunteers: Teresa ABEL, Dave BARBER, Paul BLACKFORD, Shirley BROWELL, Ellie DUNCAN, Paul DUNCAN, Kieran DUNCAN, Marie J DUNCAN, Rebecca FOWLE, Allison GRAVES, Vikki POWLES, Evette PRICE, Kevin SHORT, Paula SMITH.

Lowestoft parkrun

Lowestoft Road Runners' Matthew Sutton set a new personal best on his way to being the first runner home at Lowestoft parkrun.

Club mate Jonathan Meadows was second in 20:19 with Colin Oldman close behind in 20:30.

Junior Kathryn Skazick was the first female in 23:13, just ahead of Emma Bromley in 23:16. Natasha Korovilas (Lowestoft Road Runners) was third in 23:40.

Tom Haslam (Run For Your Life) set a new PB as fourth male in 20:33 alongside Alan Risk (Corstorphine AC) in 20:54.

Callum Swatman celebrated his first ever parkrun with a good run of 22:10, as did Beccles Triathlon Club's Philip Smith in 22:33.

Kerry Potter and Karle Howard registered their 75th parkrun events whilst Liam Mullen, Oscar Chong and Jason Chong all clocked up their 25th appearances.

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