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Thetford parkrun sees record numbers to celebrate 300




People of all ages and abilities have continued to put on their running shoes for the event
People of all ages and abilities have continued to put on their running shoes for the event

The 300th Thetford parkrun took place on Saturday with some runners dressing up for the special occasion.

The 5km timed event had its highest ever attendance – 321 people – after an appeal to the community to get involved.

The 5km timed event is on every Saturday and has been going for around six years
The 5km timed event is on every Saturday and has been going for around six years

Melanie Sturman, run director, said: “It was amazing and seeing it grow over these six years from day one to the 300th event is just great.”

The previous record was 299 on New Year’s Day this year and Mel said it showed the continuing appeal of the event.

She said: “It is people coming together, supporting a positive thing and with the new houses being built just out of town too, our event will keep on growing.”

People put on their best running gear and fancy dress to celebrate the 300th celebration
People put on their best running gear and fancy dress to celebrate the 300th celebration

The range of people on the day varied from 79-year-old David Blatcher to mothers with their babies in pushchairs.

Mel said: “That is what means the most to me about parkrun, watching different people doing it with a smile and achieving their targets.”

The parkrun group has raised £1,300 of a £3,000 target to start a junior parkrun as well as in the very early stages of a possible military parkrun at RAF Lakenheath.

Mel said: “People have asked if I will retire from it now but I want to still be doing it when we hit 500.”

For more details on Thetford parkrun, go to www.parkrun.org.uk/thetford



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