On the run: Harwich parkrun beats the wintry conditions

Volunteers clear some of the course of snow and ice before Saturday's Harwich parkrun. Pictures: HAR

Volunteers clear some of the course of snow and ice before Saturday's Harwich parkrun. Pictures: HARWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

Harwich parkrun was the only parkrun across North-East Essex and Suffolk to survive the wintry weather on Saturday.

Runners congregate at the bandstand in Dovercourt Cliff Park.before Saturday's Harwich parkrun,

Runners congregate at the bandstand in Dovercourt Cliff Park.before Saturday's Harwich parkrun, - Credit: Archant

The likes of Ipswich, Kesgrave, Bury St Edmunds, Mersea Island Colchester, Brandon and Clacton were all called off, due to the snow, ice and frozen conditions, but Harwich survived the ‘Beast from the East’ to go ahead.

Most of the Harwich course, on the promenade, was free of snow and ice, with sand used from the nearby beach to give added grip to slope down to the promenade.

In the end, 60 hardy souls completed the 5K course, at this the 142nd staging of the Harwich parkrun, with 16 volunteers on hand to ensure a successful morning.

Paul Rodgers, of Colchester Harriers, was first home in 18mins 51secs, with club-mate Alexander Sales second (19:07) and Great Bentley’s Simon Day third (19:33). Over-55 veteran Claudine Tisbury was the first female in 23:00. Gt Bentley’s Magdalena Komorowska was second (25:14).

Runners mastering the icy conditions at the 142nd Harwich parkrun on Saturday.

Runners mastering the icy conditions at the 142nd Harwich parkrun on Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Runners get into their stride at last Saturday's Harwich parkrun, which went ahead due to the hard w

Runners get into their stride at last Saturday's Harwich parkrun, which went ahead due to the hard work of volunteers - Credit: Archant

A field of 60 hardy souls conquered the latest Harwich parkrun, held over a 5K course

A field of 60 hardy souls conquered the latest Harwich parkrun, held over a 5K course - Credit: Archant


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