Hundreds of superheroes take to Chantry Park to celebrate third anniversary of Ipswich parkrun

Event director Rory Marriott holds a cake celebrating Ipswich Parkrun's third anniversary with carto

Event director Rory Marriott holds a cake celebrating Ipswich Parkrun's third anniversary with cartoon characters and superhero-themed fancy dressed runners. - Credit: Su Anderson

Superheroes and cartoon characters took to an Ipswich park this weekend to celebrate the third anniversary of an ever-growing sporting event.

Event director Rory Marriott holds a cake celebrating Ipswich Parkrun's third anniversary with carto

Event director Rory Marriott holds a cake celebrating Ipswich Parkrun's third anniversary with cartoon characters and superhero-themed fancy dressed runners. - Credit: Su Anderson

Despite the rain, 242 runners, many who dressed as the likes of Wonder Woman, Snow White and Superman, took to Chantry Park on Saturday morning to celebrate the third anniversary of Ipswich parkrun.

It was also Rory Marriott’s last morning as the event director of the Ipswich 5k parkrun.

Mr Marriott, who is still the event director of the junior parkrun in the town, said: “It was fantastic, despite the rain.

“We had runners of all ages, from about five years old up to 83.

Event director Rory Marriott holds a cake celebrating Ipswich Parkrun's third anniversary with carto

Event director Rory Marriott holds a cake celebrating Ipswich Parkrun's third anniversary with cartoon characters and superhero-themed fancy dressed runners. - Credit: Su Anderson

“When we started it the whole parkrun concept was new to the region. We were the first ones in Suffolk and since then it’s been a case of we don’t do any advertising, it’s all stuck by word of mouth.

“If your friends says you should try something you normally will.

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“They try one and they start to get the bug.

“It doesn’t matter what speed you are going and you’re almost guaranteed a warm friendly reception.”

Mr Marriott that he thought the appeal of parkrun was that because it was not a race people are only in a competition against themselves.

He added that in the three years, more than 4,000 individuals have run at least on Ipswich parkrun event.

Colin Shaw and Ali Ostler will become co-event directors of the weekly run.

Mr Marriott said: “I know that because they have been part of the core team they are going to be fantastic for the event as it continues to grow and I know that I’m stepping away as event director knowing it is in absolutely safe hands and they are going to put it in a new direction.

“But it’s still going to be a weekly 5k run.”