Gallery: Charity is the winner as Ipswich hosts big fun run

Runners set off in the picturesque Christchurch Park on Saturday for the Ipswich Big Fun Run to rais

Runners set off in the picturesque Christchurch Park on Saturday for the Ipswich Big Fun Run to raise money for Action for Children, funds for vunerable children, young people in the local area - Credit: Archant

Dozens of different charities will be better off today after people of all ages enjoyed a charity fun run in Ipswich.

Around 250 people, sponsored by family, friends and work colleagues, signed up to take part in the 5k Big Fun Run event, which involved entrants completing two laps of a circuit taking in some of the best features of the town’s Christchurch Park, and making use of new paths.

With temperatures on Saturday morning having dropped with a slight breeze, it was perfect conditions for those taking part.

The run is one of 18 taking place in town parks across the country this summer and autumn and organisers hope around 7,500 people will join in to get some exercise and raise some cash for a charity close to their heart.

Regional co-ordinator Claire Williams said: “Everyone picks a charity of their own choice to raise money for so there could be dozens of charities being supported at every event.

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“The event is not a race, people just have to complete the five miles at their own pace.

“Some people want to know their times but most people just want to enjoy the atmosphere, have some fun and raise money for their charity. We always expect a few people to be walking by the end!”

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Before the run, entrants were put through a warm up by high jumper Rob Mitchell, who was also the MC for the event.

Finishers were presented with a medal, goody bag and refreshments.

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