Spotlight on Parkrun: Harwich Parkrun

Runners at the start of the Harwich Parkrun, including eventual winner Graeme Knott pushing his son

Runners at the start of the Harwich Parkrun, including eventual winner Graeme Knott pushing his son Leo in a buggy. Pictures: BARRY EAGLE - Credit: Archant

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

It was a lovely winter's morning for running along the promenade at the Harwich Parkrun on Saturday.

It was a lovely winter's morning for running along the promenade at the Harwich Parkrun on Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Technically-speaking, first home at Saturday’s 125th staging of the Harwich Parkrun was one-year-old Leo Knott!

And that’s because baby Leo was being pushed by his Dad, Graeme Knott, who led home a field of 102 on a cold, crisp but fine morning for running on the promenade from Dovercourt Cliff Park.

An experienced member of Harwich Runners, Knott notched his 14th win at his local event in a swift 17mins 55secs, pushing his son’s buggy. He was not far adrift of his personal best of 17:31 for the course. Club-mates Simon Day (18:21), over-55 veteran Mark Rutter (19:06) and Ian Flook (PB of 19:20) filled the next three places.

Harwich Runners also provided the first three home in the ladies’ section, led by 55-59 year-old veteran Claudine Tisbury (20:54). Leo’s Mum, Kate Hodgkiss, was second (21:30) and Alison Evans (PB of 23:56) third. There were 23 PBs on the day, while the ever-improving Kim Pretty (over-60) managed to equal his PB (23:50).

The descent from Dovercourt Cliff Park onto the promenade at Saturday's Harwich Parkrun.

The descent from Dovercourt Cliff Park onto the promenade at Saturday's Harwich Parkrun. - Credit: Archant

Negotiating the bend onto the promenade for Saturday's weekly 5K event at Harwich.

Negotiating the bend onto the promenade for Saturday's weekly 5K event at Harwich. - Credit: Archant

All smiles as runners, joggers, walkers and dogs took part in Saturday's Harwich Parkrun. Pictures:

All smiles as runners, joggers, walkers and dogs took part in Saturday's Harwich Parkrun. Pictures: BARRY EAGLE - Credit: Archant

Graeme Knott, pushing his son Leo in a buggy, leads home a field of 102 at the Harwich Parkrun.

Graeme Knott, pushing his son Leo in a buggy, leads home a field of 102 at the Harwich Parkrun. - Credit: Archant


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