Move over Wiggo, it's parkrun time!
Published Monday 10th September 2012
It wasn't all about cycling this weekend – more than 100 runners took part in Ipswich's first 'parkrun'.
The parkrun scheme got off to a racing start on Saturday in Chantry Park and international marathon running star Helen Davies and park tennis champion Paul Sheldrake started an enthusiastic group around the 5km course.
Parkrun Ipswich has been developed to provide a lasting sporting legacy for the town and to provide an outlet for those inspired by the 2012 London Games. Participation is free and no commitment is required for attending weekly. The weekly 5km is so inclusive you can walk, shuffle, bring a dog or push a buggy.
The run starts at 9am every Saturday morning from the Cricket Club pavilion in Chantry Park off London Road. For further information and to register in advance in order to gain a time, visit the Ipswich parkrun website.
Parkrun Ipswich joins a legacy project for the town where five historic parks are receiving permanently signed routes of varying distances for people to enjoy throughout the week.
The initiative is driven and managed by a small team of enthusiastic volunteers, supported by Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council.
For the record (and for cycle fans) more than 50,000 people flocked to see the start of the Tour of Britain on the Waterfront or take part in the family-friendly SkyRide event in the town centre.
Photo: John Adams, Rory Marriott, bearers Paul Sheldrake and Helen Davies, Colin Shaw and Anneli Ostler.