On the run: Felixstowe parkrun marks NHS celebrations

Runners check their watches before the start of the Felixstowe parkrun on Saturday. Picture: FELIXST

Runners check their watches before the start of the Felixstowe parkrun on Saturday. Picture: FELIXSTOWE PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

Numerous parkruns up and down the country, including many in Suffolk and Essex, marked 70 years of the NHS with a big celebration on Saturday.

Runners and volunteers joined in the NHS celebrations at the Felixstowe parkrun on Saturday. Picture

Runners and volunteers joined in the NHS celebrations at the Felixstowe parkrun on Saturday. Picture: FELIXSTOWE PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

Many runners turned up in fancy-dress to mark the occasion, and Suffolk’s ‘youngest’ parkrun, at Felixstowe, was one of those to join in the celebrations at the 10th staging of the event.

Framlingham Flyers enjoyed a one-to-three at the head of the field on a fine morning when 255 runners, joggers and walkers completed the weekly 5K run on the promenade.

Adam Howlett was first home in a personal best time (for the course) of 17mins 15secs, followed by club-mates Jim Last (17:22) and Scott Manning (17:52).

Glynn Thomas, an over-50 veteran from Ipswich JAFFA, was fourth finisher in 19:16, while Neal Hardwick notched a PB of 19:31 in fifth spot.

Runners on the prormenade at the 10th staging of the Felixstowe parkrun. Picture: FELIXSTOWE PARKRUN

Runners on the prormenade at the 10th staging of the Felixstowe parkrun. Picture: FELIXSTOWE PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant


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Tamara Jordan, of Stowmarket Striders, was the first female finisher and was in fact seventh overall in a swift time of 19:48.Rebecca Jordan was second with 22:29, and Victoria Breadman, from Felixstowe Road Runners, was third lady in a PB of 22:54. Over-55 veteran Marion Parker, also of Felixstowe RR, was fourth.

Many runners and walkers were in fancy-dress to mark 70 years of the NHS.

Many runners and walkers were in fancy-dress to mark 70 years of the NHS. - Credit: Archant

Dogs are a regular feature of the weekly Felixstowe parkrun. Picture: FELIXSTOWE PARKRUN FACEBOOK PA

Dogs are a regular feature of the weekly Felixstowe parkrun. Picture: FELIXSTOWE PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

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