GALLERY: Birthday cake and mud in abundance as Wimpole parkrun celebrates first birthday

09:05 14 January 2014

Runners set off on the birthday parkrun

Runners set off on the birthday parkrun

Archant

Birthday cake and mud were both in abundance on Saturday as runners celebrated the first anniversary of the Wimpole parkrun.

The five km parkrun, which takes place in the grounds of National Trust estate Wimpole Hall, has become a popular Crow country event since it launched last January, and more than 200 runners turned up to take part in the anniversary event, many of whom wore fancy dress for the occasion.

A spokesman for the organisers explained: “Wimpole is one of nearly 250 parkruns across the country boosting the nation’s health every Saturday morning at 9am.

“Throughout 2013, runners of all ages and abilities - 1,858 in total – have turned out to enjoy the fine surroundings of the Wimpole Estate, making new friends along the way. The runs are free for all, marshalled by a core of volunteers, and most agree the experience is a fun way to keep fit with many becoming regular runners.”

Costumes in Saturday’s run included a onesie-wearing clown, a dog, dragon and fox. They were joined by pushchairs with passengers, dogs on leads, and lots of young runners.

Martyn Fisher was one of those involved, and was taking part in the Parkrun for the 31st time.

He said: “I can think of no better way to work up a sweat and get dirty on a Saturday morning! Sincere thanks to all involved in kicking off this event in a superb setting, and for supporting it throughout the year.”

New runners are joining the free event all the time, and 45 members of Saturday’s group were first-timers. Wimpole parkrun organisers are looking forward to welcoming many more newcomers during 2014. For further information, log on to www.parkrun.org.uk/wimpoleestate. Regular updates and photos are also posted on the run’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/WimpoleHallparkrun.

0 comments

More news stories

12:10
The Royston NCT's nearly new sale will take place on Saturday, September 17 at the Coombes Community Centre.

New parents in Royston can now benefit from having a branch of the NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents, in the town.

Yesterday, 08:27
Charlie Hall will be Hertfordshire's new chief constable

Just two people applied to become Herts’ new chief constable, and only one was interviewed – despite a recruitment consultant’s recommendation that both be considered.

Fri, 13:31
The candidates for the Melbourn Parish Council by-election have been announced.

The candidates for the Melbourn Parish Council by-election have been announced today.

Fri, 12:00
Competitors took on the Bear Grylls 5k and 10k survival races at Wimpole, with a separate race for children.

Some seriously tough competitors made their way to the Wimpole Estate at the weekend to take on the gruelling Bear Grylls Survival Race.

”North

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up