Parkrun record tumbles as keen runners enjoy New Year's Day at Felixstowe
PUBLISHED: 12:25 04 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:25 04 January 2019
People just love visiting Felixstowe - and runners find the seafront just the perfect place to stretch their legs.
On New Year’s Day the town’s parkrun event smashed the record for the number of people taking part.
It attracted 671 runners, setting a new single event attendance record. The previous record was 458.
It made it the biggest event in Suffolk.
Hundreds regularly turn up on a Saturday morning for the five-mile run – gathering at the pier and setting off towards the end of the pier in one direction, running back to the pierhead and past it to the other end of the prom and then back to the pier to finish.
Entrants run for the exercise and to better their own times – and often round off the morning with a coffee and time to chat at the Boardwalk on the pier.
Sarah Fitch, the event director for Felixstowe, said she had been pleased with the uptake on New Year’s Day.
She said: “It has been a lot of work but we were ready and it was worth it.”
Eight out of Suffolk’s 10 parkruns ran special New Year’s Day events with runs starting at different times across the county.
The staggered start meant that runners in some areas were able to take part in two events on the same day, earning themselves extra credit and helping to bolster runner numbers.
“We knew that New Year’s Day was going to be popular,” said Rory Marriott, the event organiser for the Ipswich junior parkrun.
“It’s the only occasion when runners can get a credit for running two park runs on the same day.
“It was a little bit crazy and the numbers were astronomical.
“It’s just the case now that we have become part of people’s routines.”
In total 2,648 people took part in the events across Suffolk, breaking the record for most runners doing parkrun in a single day in Suffolk by 519.