10th Anniversary of parkrun in Suffolk Saturday 15 October 2022

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Suffolk will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first parkrun to be established in Chantry Park in Ipswich in 2012.

What: Media call to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the first parkrun to be established in Suffolk in Chantry Park Ipswich

When: 8.45am – 10.30am Saturday 15 October 2022

Where: Chantry Park Ipswich

Who: Regional parkrun Ambassador John Wheatley will be available for interview along with the Ipswich parkrun Co-Event Directors Mark Flatman and Vanessa Thorpe, as well as staff from the ITFC Foundation.

Ipswich Town Football Club Foundation doing a takeover day to mark this special occasion. Staff from the ITFC Foundation and club mascots will take on the volunteering roles from marshalling the course to scanning the barcodes and encouraging parkrunners on route to make it a very special day for all involved.

Since the Ipswich event was launched in 2012 a further 20 parkruns have been established in Suffolk (map attached) which includes 6 junior parkruns, attracting more than 2,000 participants every week. More events are currently under development and will hopefully commence in the autumn.

As of the 14 August 2022, a total of 4,257 parkruns have taken place in Suffolk with 8,850 people volunteering 81,351 times. This has allowed 84,459 individuals to complete 615,599 runs covering almost 2.9 million kilometres. An estimated 10% of the Suffolk population over the age of 16 have at some point taken part in a parkrun in Suffolk.

Since 2019, 25 GP practices across Suffolk have registered as parkrun practices and are actively referring patients and encouraging staff to attend their local parkruns and benefit from an active lifestyle.

Paul Sinton-Hewitt, Founder of parkrun, commented on the anniversary: 

“Achieving this milestone is fantastic for Suffolk, it’s incredible to see communities coming together to be together, social and active in the great outdoors. We look forward to seeing the continued growth of parkrun in Suffolk over the coming years, and hope everyone has a fantastic celebration”

Councillor Andrew Reid Cabinet Member for Public Health and Public Protection said:

“I would like to congratulate everyone who has supported and helped to develop parkrun in Suffolk over the past 10 years.

These events provide fantastic opportunities to support the health and wellbeing of residents across our county and I would encourage everyone to go along to their local parkrun and walk, jog, run or volunteer.”