Ipswich parkrun celebrates its sixth anniversary

A field of more than 300 turned up for Saturday's Ipswich parkrun. Picture: IPSWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK

A field of more than 300 turned up for Saturday's Ipswich parkrun. Picture: IPSWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

A 300-plus field of runners, joggers and walkers joined in the celebrations, along with the organisers and volunteers, for the sixth anniversary of the Ipswich parkrun yesterday.

There was a superb turnout for the Ipswich parkrun, which celebrated it's sixth anniversary on Satur

There was a superb turnout for the Ipswich parkrun, which celebrated it's sixth anniversary on Saturday. Picture: IPSWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

This was the 313th staging of the Ipswich event, which began back on September 8, 2012.

Alexander Hiley, a first-timer at the Ipswich parkrun, led home a total of 301 finishers in a time of 18 minutes 36 seconds. Hiley was 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Ben Jacobs, an over-40 veteran from Felixstowe Road Runners, who posted 19:01. Ipswich JAFFA’s Nicholas Clarke was third in 19:01.

The top five was completed by Stowmarket Striders’ Stuart Buchan (19:03) and JAFFA’s Geraint White (19;05).

Teenager Jasmine Bilner, of JAFFA, was the first female finisher in 24:09, followed by Emily Cross, who set a personal best of 24:26..

Saturday marked the sixth anniversary of the Ipswich parkrun

Saturday marked the sixth anniversary of the Ipswich parkrun - Credit: Archant


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Runners in action at Chantry Park on Saturday. Picture: IPSWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE

Runners in action at Chantry Park on Saturday. Picture: IPSWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

Runners covering the weekly 5K course at the Ipswich parkrun, held at Chantry Park. Picture: IPSWICH

Runners covering the weekly 5K course at the Ipswich parkrun, held at Chantry Park. Picture: IPSWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

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