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Danny Norman completes his 600th parkrun at Felixstowe

PUBLISHED: 13:50 05 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:50 05 August 2018

Philip Boak on his way to first position at the Felixstowe parkrun on Saturday. Picture: FELIXSTOWE PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE

Philip Boak on his way to first position at the Felixstowe parkrun on Saturday. Picture: FELIXSTOWE PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE

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First timers flocked to Felixstowe parkrun for the 17th staging of the weekly 5K event, held on the promenade on Saturday morning.

Runners on the promenade during Saturday's Felixstowe parkrun. Picture: FELIXSTOWE PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGERunners on the promenade during Saturday's Felixstowe parkrun. Picture: FELIXSTOWE PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE

In fact, the first three home from a field of 195 were all taking part in their first Felixstowe parkruns, spearheaded by Philip Boak, who reached the finish funnel in 17mins 11secs.

He was followed home by runner-up Craig Hardwick, who was just over a minute behind in 18:17, and Aidan Coughlan (18:49), who was representing Vegan Runners. It was actually Hardwick’s 150th parkrun, most of them clocked up at Worthing.

Nicola Ranson, an over-50 veteran from Springfield Striders, was the first female finisher in 21:51, which was a new personal best for the course. It was her 164th parkrun.

One of the big stories of the day was Danny Norman choosing Felixstowe to notch his 600th parkrun, a remarkable achievement. The Surrey-based runner was 12th home in 21:07.

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