Felixstowe’s first ever parkrun event took place on Saturday and had a great turnout with 443 runners attending.
There was a mixture of experienced runners and beginners who joined the scenic 5K run along the seafront prom and 22 volunteers helped make the event a success.
Sarah Fitch, event Director of the event, said:
“I’ve been blown away by the support for Felixstowe parkrun. Our first event was so well attended. I had thought we might get 250 people, but secretly hoped for more.
It is going to be a brilliant thing for Felixstowe, and I have every hope that this will help towards Suffolk being a more active county. Judging by the amount of new runners and walkers who have registered, I think we could be on course for just that.”
Felixstowe parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9 am, starting from Undercliff Road West, IP11 2AE and is organised by a team of volunteers with help from parkrun UK, a non-profitable organisation. It is supported by the Suffolk’s Most Active County (MAC) Programme and Suffolk Coastal District Council with financial help from The Rotary Club of Felixstowe, Suffolk’s Most Active County (MAC) and Felixstowe Town Council.
Cllr Nick Barber, Mayor of Felixstowe, said:
“Well done to Sarah Fitch, all the organisers and volunteers for their hard work in bringing parkrun to Felixstowe. The Town Council was delighted to give the group a grant to help the initiative get started and it was a personal privilege to launch the first event as the Mayor. It was great to see the public respond in such a positive way with over 400 on the seafront joining the first run. Getting active is not just healthy for the mind, body and soul, but also healthy for the town.”
Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Suffolk Coastal, said:
“It is great to see so many people turning up for the first parkrun event, and we hope that it will continue to be a success. We are committed to healthy and active communities and this event is a fun way of getting involved.”
Richard Bugg from Felixstowe Rotary Club commented:
“I know we had 400 people on Saturday, but I think there is more to come. It is so important to the town and the whole community. The whole town is talking about it. It was such a spectacle to look down from the leisure centre towards Landguard and see the whole prom filled with runners.”
Cllr Tony Goldson, Cabinet Member for Health at Suffolk County Council, said:
“It’s fantastic that so many people are getting involved in these events each week across the county and making their own personal contribution to making Suffolk the most active county in England.”
The success of the event relies entirely on volunteers, so if you are interested in volunteering please email email@example.com
The parkrun is a free event and if you want to take part, please register on the Park Run website.