On the run: Spotlight on Colchester Castle parkrun

Runners, joggers and walkers who were 'first timers' at the Colchester Castle parkrun on Saturday ge

Runners, joggers and walkers who were 'first timers' at the Colchester Castle parkrun on Saturday get a briefing from the organisers, near the bandstand. Liam Photos: LW Photography - Credit: Archant

In our weekly look at the ever-popular parkruns across Suffolk and North-East Essex, we feature Saturday’s 257th staging of the Colchester Castle parkrun

They are off and running in Castle Park, Colchester, for Saturday's latest parkrun, held over 5K. L

They are off and running in Castle Park, Colchester, for Saturday's latest parkrun, held over 5K. Liam Photos: LW Photography - Credit: Archant

The weekly Colchester Castle parkrun had an extra challenge for runners, joggers and walkers on Saturday – ice, as well as the usual hills!

In addition to the 389 who completed the 5K course, there were an impressive 29 volunteers in attendance, many of whom helped to make the course safe in the icy conditions before the 9am start-time.

The field was swelled by a number of Essex ambassadors from “This Girl Can,” who were clearly visible wearing their bright pink attire – they promote confidence, physical and mental well-being by motivating and helping women get back into physical activity.

Jason Gunn was first home in 17mins 52secs, followed by Harwich Runners’ Mark Lloyd in 18:18 and Fergus Crouch, of Colchester Harriers, who was third in 18:26.

Runners get into the stride at the 257th staging of the Colchester Castle parkrun on Saturday. Some

Runners get into the stride at the 257th staging of the Colchester Castle parkrun on Saturday. Some of the runnes from a field of 389 who took part in the weekly Colchester Castle parkrun. Liam Photos: LW Photography - Credit: Archant


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The first female finisher was Meere Rajoo-Oakley, of Great Bentley RC, with 22:12. This was the 257th staging of the event.

Runners in action during Saturday's Colchester Castle parkrun. Picture: Liam Photos: LW Photography

Runners in action during Saturday's Colchester Castle parkrun. Picture: Liam Photos: LW Photography - Credit: Archant

Some of the runnes from a field of 389 who took part in the weekly Colchester Castle parkrun. Liam P

Some of the runnes from a field of 389 who took part in the weekly Colchester Castle parkrun. Liam Photos: LW Photography - Credit: Archant

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