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Thetford parkrun back off blocks with record runners

A record number of people put on their running shoes for the first Thetford parkrun of 2019.

The New Year’s Day event saw 372 participants take on the 5km timed event around the town.

Melanie Sturman, Thetford parkrun director, said: “It just shows the continued commitment to the event, whether it is the great team of volunteers we have or the runners themselves.”

Over the festive period the run also broke another record, with its biggest Christmas Day attendance of 194.

New Year’s Day parkrun this year was an increase of 74 from last year and totally dwarfed the original 59 at the first one in 2014.

Mel said: “Thetford has made it such an inclusive event for all abilities and ages, I think that is why it continues to grow.”

She also thanked Sharon Nash and Graham Wade, who took charge on both days and December 22.

One runner, Chris Hall, who came second in the Thetford event, then ran to Brandon with Thetford winner, Will Law, and came third in their event as well.

Mel is now getting ready for the run’s sixth anniversary on February 23, and setting up junior parkrun, which is part of Tesco Bags of Help initiative in the town’s store this month.

For details, go to www.parkrun.org.uk/thetford