Purple invasion of Thetford Parkrun members at East Harling 10K

Over 35 Thetford Parkrun members took part in the East Harling 10K.

Over 35 Thetford Parkrun members took part in the East Harling 10K. - Credit: Submitted

There were 174 people taking on the Thetford Parkrun 5km course in the warm and humid conditions on Saturday.

The event welcomed 17 first-time participants and 41 personal bests were achieved.

First home was junior runner Devon Lockwood in 19 minutes and 58 seconds, just 12 seconds ahead of Iain Downie from Ipswich Triathlon Club.

Third to finish was another junior runner, Josh Jack of Poole Runners, in 20.26 minutes.

The first lady to finish was Melissa Boulton in 21st overall, in a new personal best time of 22.48mins. Second was Jo Wilkinson of Bedford & County AC in 23.24mins and third, in 28th overall, was Jordan Hunter with a new PB time of 23.47mins.

The Thetford Parkrunners purple army were once again out in force at the weekend. Stuart Farmer travelled to London to take part in the British 10K London run, raising money for Cancer Research UK. He has raised £75 to date and can still be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/Stuart-Farmer1.

On Sunday the Sports & Social Centre in East Harling also saw a purple invasion as over 35 Thetford Parkrunners entered the Harling 10K.

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Many of the parkrunners were taking part in a 10K for the first time but all completed the race in under 90 minutes.

Thetford Parkrun is held at Abbey Meadows at 9am every Saturday. Register for free and get your own personal barcode at www.parkrun.org.uk/thetford.