On the run: spotlight on Great Notley parkrun

One man his dog at the Great Notley parkrun, held near Braintree on Saturday. Picture: MIKE ELDRED

One man his dog at the Great Notley parkrun, held near Braintree on Saturday. Picture: MIKE ELDRED - Credit: Archant

Every weekend there are hundreds of runners and walkers who take part in their first-ever parkrun, and Saturday’s Great Notley parkrun, held at Great Country Notley Park near Braintree, was no exception.

Runners, joggers and dogs enjoyed their morning in Great Notley Country Park. Picture: MIKE ELDRED

Runners, joggers and dogs enjoyed their morning in Great Notley Country Park. Picture: MIKE ELDRED - Credit: Archant

At least 17 from a bumper field of 313 participated in their first parkrun of any kind, at the 192nd staging of this two-lap 5K event.

Ewan Colyer, in the 10-year-old age bracket, celebrated his first parkrun with a time of 27mins 32secs, just two seconds ahead of another parkrun first-timer, Cameron Smith (26:34).

Morgan Way, Dave Allen, Dean Langdon, Joanne Watts, Rebecca Duff, Eldon Powell, Claire Kirsopp, Natalie Ward, Cameron Garvey, Michelle Woodall, Toni Langridge, Lisa Holland, Codie Holland, Luke Holland and David Hughes were others to complete their first parkruns.

At the head of the field, over-50 veteran Colin Lewin was first home in 18:47, ahead of David Stevens (19:25). Susana Luz was the first female finisher (24:40).

Runners and dogs descend from the 'Bird of Freedom' Hill at Saturday's Great Notley parkrun. Picture

Runners and dogs descend from the 'Bird of Freedom' Hill at Saturday's Great Notley parkrun. Picture: MIKE ELDRED - Credit: Archant

Runners and walkers mingle before the start of the 192nd Great Notley parkrun. Picture: MIKE ELDRED

Runners and walkers mingle before the start of the 192nd Great Notley parkrun. Picture: MIKE ELDRED - Credit: Archant

Female runners taking part in Saturday's Great Notley parkrun. Picture: MIKE ELDRED

Female runners taking part in Saturday's Great Notley parkrun. Picture: MIKE ELDRED - Credit: Archant

The head of the field at the Great Notley parkrun, held on Saturday. Picture: MIKE ELDRED

The head of the field at the Great Notley parkrun, held on Saturday. Picture: MIKE ELDRED - Credit: Archant


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