On the run: focus on the Great Cornard parkrun

Confitions were hot despite the normal 9am start for parkruns across Suffolk and North-Essex on Satu

Confitions were hot despite the normal 9am start for parkruns across Suffolk and North-Essex on Saturday. Picture: GREAT CORNARD PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

Glorious weather has been greeting parkrunners every Saturday, at 9am, across Suffolk and Essex for most of the summer, and last weekend was no exception.

In a line: Runners dig deep during Saturday's 232nd staging of the Great Cornard parkrun. Picture: G

In a line: Runners dig deep during Saturday's 232nd staging of the Great Cornard parkrun. Picture: GREAT CORNARD PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

The Great Cornard parkrun boasts a fast course, at the best of times, but a dry summer has made the flat 5K route even quicker, on playing fields from Great Cornard Sports Centre.

A field of 138 tackled the latest event, the 232nd staging of the Cornard challenge, with Framlingham Flyers’ Scott Manning finishing first in an impressive 17mins 34secs, just 13 seconds ahead of Kieran Hayles, of Sudbury Joggers. Over-55 veteran, Steve Langley, of Ipswich JAFFA, tackled the Great Cornard event for the first time, finishing third in 18:01.

Emma Elston, of Cambridge University Hare & Hounds, was the first female in 19:53.

Among those turning up to run their first-ever parkruns were Cara Ellis, Emma Schofield, Rebcca Fox and Karen Rixon.

Action from Saturday's Great Cornard parkrun, which attracted a field of 138. Picture: GREAT CORNARD

Action from Saturday's Great Cornard parkrun, which attracted a field of 138. Picture: GREAT CORNARD PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

Nicola Daly Ashworth was one of the many runners battling with the heat at Saturday's Great Cornard

Nicola Daly Ashworth was one of the many runners battling with the heat at Saturday's Great Cornard parkrun. Picture: GREAT CORNARD PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant


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