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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

On the run: spotlight on the Ipswich parkrun

PUBLISHED: 16:12 22 January 2018

The start of Saturday's Ipswich parkrun, in Christchurch Park. Pictures: IPSWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK

The start of Saturday's Ipswich parkrun, in Christchurch Park. Pictures: IPSWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK

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In our weekly look at the ever-popular parkruns across Suffolk and North-East Essex, we feature Saturday’s 282nd Ipswich parkrun, held at Christchurch Park

A field of more than 400 runners, joggers and walkers took part in Saturday's Ipswich parkrun. Picture: IPSWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOKA field of more than 400 runners, joggers and walkers took part in Saturday's Ipswich parkrun. Picture: IPSWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK

The Ipswich parkrun has moved from its regular Chantry Park venue to its winter course at Christchurch Park, to allow the saturated and in some cases waterlogged parts of the Chantry Park route to recover.

Thomas Adams, of Ipswich Harriers, led home a field of 408 at the 282nd event on Saturday morning. Adams clocked 17mins 52secs for the 5K distance, around a two-lap anti-clockwise course, which started and finished near the Mansion House cafe.

Young Tilly Aldis, in the 11-14 year-old age bracket, was the first female finisher in 19:16. She was an excellent 12th overall. Fellow junior Katie Challinor, of Ipswich JAFFA, was second in a personal best (for the Ipswich event) of 19:54, a good effort on a course that has some testing inclines.

Many were running their first-ever parkruns, including Gian Lugi Di Franco, Megan Andrew, Ken Howe, Valerijia Tarasenko, Owen Davis, Emma Deakin, Tom Rees, Isaac Finbow, Darren James, Cheryl Knights, Francesca Russo, Charmaine Davis, Karen Fairweather, Raiza Simms, Kelly Wade, Ellen Marsh, Abigail Pipe, Rhiannon King, Rebecca Anderson, Clare Lay, Victoria Addison, Sam Chambers, Helen Turvey, Katherine Addison and Emily Chambers.

Suffolk’s emergency services have welcomed the introduction of a law designed to provide better protection for staff.

An Ipswich school has won gold and silver trophies in the Boccia under-19 county championships.

Officers are reassuring residents after a large police presence was called amidst fears for a man’s welfare.

Investigations are underway following two burglaries in Ipswich, which are being linked by police.

On the day that it has told its staff to expect to take two days unpaid leave a year because it cannot afford their pay rise, Suffolk County Council is starting a search for an extra £150,000 director.

Greater Anglia is due to take delivery of its first new suburban trains next year – but has still not yet formally announced where they will be serviced in north Essex.

Ipswich School’s Remembrance Day art installation will be open to the public again after overwhelming public interest.

Insurance payouts for vehicle damage caused by potholes in Suffolk has soared by more than double in the last year, shock new figures have revealed.

A Millwall supporter was stopped by police on his way home from his side’s crushing injury time defeat to Norwich City – and then arrested on suspicion of road offences.

Unusual gin flavours such as Victoria sponge, blueberry muffin, and rhubarb and custard crumble are being launched in a local pub. Find out how you can get a free glass here.

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