Bury St Edmunds parkrun attracting 300-plus fields

Runners, joggers and walkers congregate before the start of Saturday's Bury St Edmunds parkrun. Pict

Runners, joggers and walkers congregate before the start of Saturday's Bury St Edmunds parkrun. Picture: BURY ST EDMUNDS PARKRUN FACEBOOK - Credit: Archant

The Bury St Edmunds parkrun is getting used to welcoming 300-plus runners, joggers and walkers to Nowton Park each Saturday morning, for the weekly two-lap challenge.

Runners and sheep: Nowton Park, the setting for the Bury St Edmunds parkrun. Picture: BURY ST EDMUND

Runners and sheep: Nowton Park, the setting for the Bury St Edmunds parkrun. Picture: BURY ST EDMUNDS PARKRUN FACEBOOK - Credit: Archant

The 295th and most recent parkrun saw 306 finish the 5K course – the event has certainly come a long way since its inception on June 29, 2013.

Drew Olley, a member of Colchester Harriers, was first home on Saturday in a time of 18mins 15secs, a little adrift of his personal best of 17:59 for this course. Runner-up Alan Kell (18:47) registered a PB, while Oliver Prince, competing in the 11-14 year-old age group, was third in 19:14.

Pamerjit Kaur-Clement, an over-45 veteran, was the first female finisher in a PB of 21:27, followed by several West Suffolk AC junior runners.

Teenager Becca Morley was second in a PB of 21:54,, followed by West Suffolk club-mates Chloe Cavill (15-17 year-old) in 21:57 and Eva Marshall (11-14) in 22:28.

A field of 306, plus a few dogs, took part in Saturday's 295th Bury St Edmunds parkrun. Picture: BUR

A field of 306, plus a few dogs, took part in Saturday's 295th Bury St Edmunds parkrun. Picture: BURY ST EDMUNDS PARKRUN FACEBOOK - Credit: Archant

The familiar parkrun flag, at Nowton Park, the home of the weekly Bury St Edmunds parkrun. Picture:

The familiar parkrun flag, at Nowton Park, the home of the weekly Bury St Edmunds parkrun. Picture: BURY ST EDMUNDS PARKRUN FACEBOOK - Credit: Archant

Runners in action during the weekly two-lap challenge at the Bury St Edmunds parkrun. Picture: BURY

Runners in action during the weekly two-lap challenge at the Bury St Edmunds parkrun. Picture: BURY ST EDMUNDS PARKRUN FACEBOOK - Credit: Archant


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