Spotlight on the ever-popular Harwich parkrun

Runners, joggers and walkers assemble before the start of the Harwich parkrun, next to the bandstand

Runners, joggers and walkers assemble before the start of the Harwich parkrun, next to the bandstand. Picture: HARWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

A field of 117 took part in the 179th staging of the Harwich parkrun on Saturday, which as usual was held over a 5K course from Dovercourt Cliff Park on a fast route along the promenade.

Runners head off down to the promenade from Dovercourt Cliff Park. Picture: HARWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK

Runners head off down to the promenade from Dovercourt Cliff Park. Picture: HARWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

Five were taking part in their first-ever parkruns, and a total of 13 enjoying their first Harwich parkruns, while at the other end of the scale, the duo of Matthew Ling and Fiona Gillies both celebrated their 50th parkruns.

Bright conditions greeted the 179th staging of the Harwich parkrun on Saturday morning. Picture: HAR

Bright conditions greeted the 179th staging of the Harwich parkrun on Saturday morning. Picture: HARWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

At the head of the field, Stuart Lumsden, a member of Northbrook AC, was nearly two minutes clear in a time of 17mins 48secs, just 12 seconds adrift of his personal best time.

The fastest section of the Harwich parkrun course as runners make their way down to the promenade. P

The fastest section of the Harwich parkrun course as runners make their way down to the promenade. Picture: HARWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

Carolyn Hay, from Redhill Road Runners, was second overall and the first female finisher in a PB of 19:39. Ashleigh Ranson was third home in 20:03, at what was his 149th parkrun, while Eddison Barker (20:48) was the top junior.

Approaching the finish of the Harwich parkrun, which attracted a field of 117 on Saturday morning. P

Approaching the finish of the Harwich parkrun, which attracted a field of 117 on Saturday morning. Picture: HARWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

Robery Newlyn, Michael Quarless, Peter Coley, Gina Reed and Jo Davenport all ran their first parkruns.


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