On the run: Harwich parkrun beats the wintry conditions
- Credit: Archant
Harwich parkrun was the only parkrun across North-East Essex and Suffolk to survive the wintry weather on Saturday.
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).