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Thetford Bunny run is town egg-stravaganza




Runners got into the Easter spirit early with their fancy dance as they took on the second Run Breckland 5km Easter Bunny Run in Thetford on Sunday.

Around 120 men, women and children warmed up at the Guildhall before running the course, which included the town’s priory, Castle Park and Butten Island.

Ann Elrick, as a banana in pyjamas, warming up before the run Pictures by Mecha Morton
Ann Elrick, as a banana in pyjamas, warming up before the run Pictures by Mecha Morton

Sharon Nash, of Run Breckland, said: “It went really well. The weather was perfect, a little chilly at the start but dry and sunny. Some of the fancy dress runners did become a little warm, especially the banana and the egg.”

The run was overseen by 30 volunteer marshals and mayor, Roy Brame, who joined in with the warm-up, started the run and, with his wife Karen, awarded medals to all the finishers of the event.

The Thetford 5km Easter Bunny Run’s route included the town’s priory, Castle Park and Butten Island, with adults and children all taking part
The Thetford 5km Easter Bunny Run’s route included the town’s priory, Castle Park and Butten Island, with adults and children all taking part

There was also an Easter-themed fancy dress competition, which was won by Ann Elrick, as a banana in pyjamas, Kat Hopkins, as a hard boiled egg, Donna Rankin as a bunny in a tutu, and Ed Jones as a chicken.

The first male runner home was David Loomes, in 18 minutes and 25 seconds, nearly a minute faster than his nearest rival, and the first female was Carri Vendy, who completed the route in 24 minutes and 26 seconds.

Bunnies Nicholas Jones and Vinnie King before the start of the run
Bunnies Nicholas Jones and Vinnie King before the start of the run

All participants completed the event before the hour mark and with a raffle, donations and proceeds, Run Breckland was are able to donate £500 to the Mayor’s Charity Fund, plus a further £50 to FAST, the first aid volunteers that covered the day.

The next event for Run Breckland is the full and half marathons on April 28 at the British Trust of Ornithology in the town, which will be raising fund for the bird-studying organisation.

For more pictures of the Run Breckland 5km Easter Bunny Run, pick up a copy of this week's Bury Free Press.



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