Gallery: Runners of all ages turned out in their hundreds for the Ipswich parkrun in Christchurch Park

Runners take part in the Ipswich parkrun in Christchurch Park. Photograph Simon Parker

Runners take part in the Ipswich parkrun in Christchurch Park. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of runners of all ages and abilities attended the first Ipswich parkrun of the year in Christchurch Park on Saturday.

The weekly 5km race is traditionally hosted at Chantry Park but for the past three years, the event has had a three-month stint in the town centre park to elevate pressure on the grass during the soggy season.

Event director, Rory Marriott said: “It also gives people who parkrun with us at Christchurch who do not come over to Chantry to join us again.”

Despite the overcast morning and blustery conditions, 241 runners from the age of 6 to 83 turned out to walk, jog and run with their dogs, friends and children.

Mr Marriott said the move was a reflection of how popular the event had become. “We have certainly seen more runners taking part, and because it’s weekly people know they do not have to come along to every run”, he added.


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The run will be held at Christchurch Park until the last Saturday in March and will then move back to its Chantry home.

Parkrun volunteers also host a 5km race in Millennium Field in Kesgrave every Saturday as well as a 2km run for 4-14 year olds at Christchurch Park on Sundays.

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