First parkrun proves popular

December 01 2017
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NEARLY 340 determined runners turned out in the rain for a new event in Thornbury - many more than organisers anticipated.

NEARLY 340 determined runners turned out in the rain for a new event in Thornbury - many more than organisers anticipated.

The inaugural Thornbury parkrun took place on the Mundy playing fields, with town mayor Helen Harrison welcoming the crowd before pulling on her own running shoes and joining in, despite wearing her mayoral robes.

South Gloucestershire Council chairman Ian Blair and Mark Pietroni, the district’s director of public health, were also at the event. 

Organisers said there were 50 per cent more runners than expected, with a third of them new to parkruns - free, weekly five-kilometre events.

Thornbury parkrun will now continue every Saturday morning at 9am at the playing fields.

Event director Ian Shepherd said: “It was quite astonishing, we didn’t expect that many. I’m over the moon, it couldn’t have gone any better.”