Spotlight on Parkrun: Great Cornard Parkrun

Runners brave the cold, frosty conditions at the Great Cornard Parkrun. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Runners brave the cold, frosty conditions at the Great Cornard Parkrun. Picture: GREGG BROWN

This week’s spotlight on Parkruns, in Suffolk and Essex, falls on the Great Cornard Parkrun:

Hats were in order at Saturday's Great Cornard Parkrun. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Hats were in order at Saturday's Great Cornard Parkrun. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Next month, the Great Cornard Parkrun will be celebrating it’s 200th event since its inaugural meeting back on March 1, 2014.

Saturday hosted the 198th Parkrun, with a small but enthusiastic field of 77 runners tackling the normal five-kilometre route from Great Cornard Sports Centre.

Teenager Adam Crawford, a member of West Suffolk AC, was first home in 18mins 01secs over a fast, flat course mainly on grass around school playing fields.

Runners were well wrapped-up but in high spirits at the Great Cornard Parkrun. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Runners were well wrapped-up but in high spirits at the Great Cornard Parkrun. Picture: GREGG BROWN

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Sudbury Joggers’ Piotr Bulcaz was second in (19:34), followed by Colchester Harriers’ Drew Olley (19:49), who is in the 15-17 year-old age group.


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Sudbury Joggers filled the leading two ladies’ places, with Lucy Cowlin (22:28) first and over-50 veteran Ruth Cowlin second (25:16). Youngster Hannah Johnson (11-14 year-old) was third in 25:51.

All in a line as runners bathe in the glorious early morning sunshine at Great Cornard. Picture: GRE

All in a line as runners bathe in the glorious early morning sunshine at Great Cornard. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Those completing their first-ever Parkruns were Saul Underwood, Sarah Donnelly and Sharon Couttie.

Action from Saturday's 198th Great Cornard Parkrun. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Action from Saturday's 198th Great Cornard Parkrun. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A cold start to the Great Cornard Parkrun, from the sports centre. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A cold start to the Great Cornard Parkrun, from the sports centre. Picture: GREGG BROWN

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