On the run: spotlight on the Haverhill parkrun

A trio of female runners enjoy the sunny conditions at the 11th staging of the Haverhill parkrun. Pi

A trio of female runners enjoy the sunny conditions at the 11th staging of the Haverhill parkrun. Picture: HAVERHILL PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

Summer sunshine was the order of the day for parkruns across our region, as local runners, joggers and walkers warmed-up for the impending Royal Wedding and the FA Cup Final with their weekly 5K challenge.

Nicki Davis, who was third overall and the first lady in an impressive time of 19mins 28secs at the

Nicki Davis, who was third overall and the first lady in an impressive time of 19mins 28secs at the Haverhill parkrun. Picture: HAVERHILL PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE. - Credit: Archant

Haverhill parkrun, established only on March 10 of this year, attracted a field of 93 to the Puddlebrook Playing Fields for the 11th staging of the event on Saturday morning.

Adam Howlett, a regular top-three finisher on Suffolk roads in competitive races, was first home on Saturday in a swift time of 17 minutes, 30 seconds. It was Howlett’s 185th parkrun, and he had the satisfaction of smashing the course record in the process.

Howlett, of Framlingham Flyers, hacked 12 seconds off the previous best, set by Haverhill RC’s Alex Smith two weeks earlier.

Likewise, the first female finisher, Nicki Davis, also posted a course record. She was third overall in 19:28, breaking the Walden Tri over-35 veteran’s own landmark of 20:33 from four weeks earlier.

Adam Howlett, who led home the field in a swift 17mins 30secs at Saturday's Haverhill parkrun. Pictu

Adam Howlett, who led home the field in a swift 17mins 30secs at Saturday's Haverhill parkrun. Picture: HAVERHILL PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

A procession of runners approach the finish of Saturday's Haverhill parkrun, which attracted a field

A procession of runners approach the finish of Saturday's Haverhill parkrun, which attracted a field of 93. - Credit: Archant

Piotr Bulacz, a member of Sudbury Joggers, checks his watch near the finish of the Haverhill parkrun

Piotr Bulacz, a member of Sudbury Joggers, checks his watch near the finish of the Haverhill parkrun. He was second overall. Picture: HAVERHILL PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant


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