Runners don tutus for Peterborough parkrun anniversary

Action from the 2nd anniversary Park Run at Ferry Meadows EMN-150108-194204009
Action from the 2nd anniversary Park Run at Ferry Meadows EMN-150108-194204009
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Runners donned tutus to celebrate the second anniversary of parkrun in Peterborough last Saturday.

Over 500 runners took part in the 5km weekly run at Ferry Meadows, with some looking pretty in pink.

For event organiser Gordon Pearson it was further vindication of his efforts to bring parkrun to Peterborough after seeing its success elsewhere in the UK.

Gordon said: “Every time I go there I’m just bursting with pride.”

Two years ago, 210 people took part in the inaugural parkrun event in Peterborough.

This time there were 508 participants, while in April a record 597 people took part.

In Peterborough, parkrun begins every Saturday at 9am, with extra runs on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

It is a completely free, timed event which relies on volunteers to make it work.

Across the UK there are 350 parkrun locations, and participants have included Olympic gold medallists Mo Farah and Alistair Brownlee, as well as his brother Jonathan, a fellow Olympic medallist triathlete.

Gordon, who is also a member of the Eye Community Runners, said parkrun is for everyone, whatever your level of running ability.

“It’s for all ages and you can run, skip and walk. There’s no pressure - it’s a relaxed way to get people exercising and enthused,” he added.

“It’s there for everybody. People go flying around for 15 minutes and others in 45.

“It’s building communities and getting people to talk and chat and go for a coffee at the Ferry Meadows Cafe afterwards.

“Part of the ethos is to keep it fun and informal. We have fancy dress events such as American Independence Day and Halloween. And Christmas is always very popular. People really go to town with it.”

Expanding parkrun to a second site in Peterborough may be next on the cards with concerns that, as the event grows, a lack of available parking spaces could be a problem.

For that to happen, it will need parkrun’s consistent growth to continue.

To find out more about parkrun, visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/peterborough/ or the event’s Facebook page.