Spotlight on the Harwich parkrun

The start of the Harwich parkrun, with Kiera-Jayne Atkinson (black vest) already to the fore

The start of the Harwich parkrun, with Kiera-Jayne Atkinson (black vest) already to the fore - Credit: Archant

In our weekly look at the ever-popular parkruns across Suffolk and North-East Essex, we feature Saturday’s Harwich parkrun from Dovercourt Cliff Park

Runners, joggers, walkers and dogs took part in the 134th staging of the Harwich parkrun

Runners, joggers, walkers and dogs took part in the 134th staging of the Harwich parkrun - Credit: Archant

Sam Strike and Kiera-Jayne Atkinson were the first two home from a field of 98 at the 134th staging of the Harwich parkrun on Saturday, and it was a special day for junior Alexander McCreadie.

Strike covered the 5K distance, from Dovercourt Cliff Park, in 20mins 16secs, which was a little off his personal best of 19:43 for the promnade-based course.

Second home was junior athlete Atkinson, a member of Colchester & Tendring AC who is in the 11-14 year-old age group. She registered 20:33, though she has a PB of 19:07.

Meanwhile, McCreadie, another 11-14 year-old age-group member, chalked up his 100th parkrun on Saturday, a fine achievement. A total of 72 have been at Harwich, with 20 at Colchester Castle Park.

The scenic backdrop of the Harwich parkrun last Saturday, which started from Dovercourt Cliff Park

The scenic backdrop of the Harwich parkrun last Saturday, which started from Dovercourt Cliff Park - Credit: Archant


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By contrast, the Tilley family – Harry, Richard, Poppy and Jayne – all completed their first-ever parkruns at Harwich, as did Jen Chenery.

Third home on Saturday was Cameron Mitchell (20:49), while Great Bentley RC’s Antoinette Wilson was second lady (24:42).

Kiera-Jayne Atkinson on her way to second spot and the first female finisher at the Harwich parkrun

Kiera-Jayne Atkinson on her way to second spot and the first female finisher at the Harwich parkrun - Credit: Archant

Runners negoiate a tight turn on the promenade, on an out-and-back course

Runners negoiate a tight turn on the promenade, on an out-and-back course - Credit: Archant

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