Gallery: Record number of festive runners sweat off mince pies and turkey at Ipswich and Kesgrave parkruns on New Year’s Day

Runners don onesies during the Ipswich Parkrun's New Years Day run in Chantry Park.

Runners don onesies during the Ipswich Parkrun's New Years Day run in Chantry Park. - Credit: Su Anderson

Christmas onesies were the order of the day when hundreds of people ran off festive mince pies and extra helpings of turkey ‘fun runs’ on New Year’s Day.

The Ipswich parkrun, which began at 8.45am at Chantry Park, featured 196 eager runners who took on the 5k challenge.

Later, at 10.30am, a total of 280 people took part in the Kesgrave parkrun – including 127 runners who had just finished the Chantry Park run.

The total 280 figure at the Kesgrave parkrun, held at Millennium Field, smashed the previous attendance record of 166.

Rory Marriott, event director of Ipswich parkrun, said the weekly event, held on Saturdays, was “getting bigger and bigger”.


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He said: “It is quite remarkable. It is a testament to the volunteers.”

People are now urged to take part in the parkruns tomorrow morning. It is the last one at Chantry Park before the Ipswich parkrun switches to Christchurch Park.

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Both are due to start at their normal Saturday morning time of 9am.

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