max temp: 11°C

min temp: 6°C


On The Run: Carl Marston arrived a week early for fifth anniversary of Ipswich Parkrun

PUBLISHED: 12:56 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:06 15 September 2017

Runners assemble at Chantry Park for the start of the 260th Ipswich Parkrun last Saturday week.

Runners assemble at Chantry Park for the start of the 260th Ipswich Parkrun last Saturday week.


Athletics correspondent Carl Marston is travelling around the region, running in different Parkruns.

Ipswich Parkrun celebrated its fifth birthday last weekend.

True to form, I turned up a week early!

Last weekend marked the fifth anniversary of Suffolk’s oldest Parkrun – the first Ipswich Parkrun was actually staged on September 8, 2012.

I had my first taste of the Ipswich event the previoous Saturday, at the 260th race, having already visited Bury St Edmunds, Brandon and Great Cornard on the three previous weekends.

The venue was Chantry Park, the natural home of the Ipswich Parkrun, although Christchurch Park has also hosted the event at times, usually in the winter when Chantry Park is sometimes saturated.

A Run-Down

This event has come a long way since its inception, when a field of just 95 tackled the inaugural Ipswich Parkrun on September 8, 2012.

Andrew Rooke won that day, in 16mins 37secs, while Madeleine Smith was first lady in 22:29.

The smallest field ever assembled was on Christmas Eve, 2012, when 60 toed the line, while the biggest saw 384 completed the 240th race on April 15 of this year.

The race starts from near the cricket pavilion, and is mainly on grass with a few stretches along woodland trails.

Previous Saturday’s Results

Michael Fuller, of Ipswich Harriers, won last Saturday week’s event, staged in warm sunshine on a dewy course, in 18mins 49secs. He has a best of 17:08 for this event.

Jamie Dines was the runner-up in 18:45 and Hugh Singleton was third with 19:03.

The experienced Jayne Williams, of Ipswich JAFFA, was the first female finisher in 21:28, although in the past she has registered 19:22 at her home event.

Isobel Renn, representing Vegan Runners, notched 21:39 in second, eight seconds ahead of third-placed Katie King.


Ross Tennant holds the course record for the Ipswich Parkrun, set two-and-a-half-years ago.

Tennant, a member of Ipswich Harriers at the time, clocked 15:53 on February 14, 2015. He now runs for Cambridge & Coleridge, and Durham University.

Andrew Rooke – he won the Framlingham 10K last Sunday and was the winner of the first Ipswich Parkrun – has the second best time, a 16:02 effort from April 26, 2014, while another former Ipswich Harrier track specialist, Jordan Ali, is third top with 16:10.

The ladies’ course record was broken only recently, by Charlotte Christensen at the 259th event on August 28.

Christensen now runs for Cambridge & Coleridge, although she used to be a stalwart member of Ipswich Harriers. She clocked a swift 17:35 over the 5K course less than a fortnight ago.

Carl’s Experience

Fresh from setting a ‘personal worst’ for five kilometres at Great Cornard seven days ago, and having been beaten by a one-and-a-half-year-old beagle called Willow at Brandon the previous weekend, my hopes were not high.

As it happened, I managed to reverse my downward trend by running slightly faster than at Cornard, with a 20:17 clocking, despite the course being not so quite flat.

Perhaps it’s because I have a soft spot for Chantry Park.

I used to run here once every winter in the midweek RAF East Anglian Cross Country League, which staged races on Wednesday afternoons (and still do).

The future of Mick McCarthy and the direction of Ipswich Town cast a shadow over the final weeks of the season, but there are still plenty of issues to be sorted at Portman Road. ANDY WARREN takes a look

Two Ipswich Town stars will be looking to take a big step towards this summer’s World Cup over the next week while a host of younger players look to further their international careers.

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been impressed by Ipswich stopper Bartosz Bialkowski following his first call-up to the Polish national team.

Luton boss Nathan Jones is disappointed to lose the services of midfielder Flynn Downes due to international duty but is pleased to see the Ipswich Town youngster continue his development with England Under 19s.

Fighting for a place in England’s World Cup squad might be tough work for Burnley’s Nick Pope but it beats riding a milk float in the early hours of the morning.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Michael Crowe was taken by surprise when he found out he had been called up for international duty, but is determined to learn as much as he can while away with the Wales squad.

Ipswich Town fans want to see young defender Josh Emmanuel given his chance in the first team next season.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says Josh Emmanuel may be sent out on loan again next season.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers hopes striker David McGoldrick has not played his last game for the club.

Season ticket prices, whether we’ll hear from owner Marcus Evans and manager Mick McCarthy’s future are the three big questions as Ipswich Town head into a two-week international break.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24