and Highbridge parkrun celebrates its third birthday
and Highbridge parkrun marked its third birthday at the weekend
with a record turnout of 400 runners.
were plenty of colourful fancy dress costumes among the entrants,
as pictured here, who enjoyed cakes afterwards to mark the big milestone.
Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June, 2015 and since
then over 6,000 participants have taken part.
say the parkruns have been a great success, improving participants'
physical and mental health and providing a great way to start exercising
and then improve speeds and distances.
of the regulars who take part in the weekly Burnham and Highbridge
runs explain what the event means to them.
Young said: "One of the best schemes ever thought up. Good
for heart, lungs and mind. Long may it continue."
Earl added: "Lots of my family do parkruns all over the country,
it's nice to think they are all doing the same thing at 9am!"
Jacobs said: "It's an excellent way to get into running and
keep you going with a really friendly bunch."
Smith added: "It gets me out of bed in the morning."
Adrian Smith said: "I have met some very nice people and have
even joined a great running club who are the core team for this
parkrun. It has changed my life to be fair."
Benton said: "When Reg first talked about setting up a parkrun
I was concerned about the level of commitment it would need from
us every week. Three years on and although it is a commitment, it's
one I look forward to and I'm so pleased we did it."
can join in parkrun for free, whether they want to run or walk the
5km course, but they need to register with parkrun via their website
to get a barcode.
under 11 need to be accompanied by an adult. The event takes place
every Saturday at 9am from Apex Park. More details are available
event's director, Reg Huxtable, said: "Four and a half years
ago a parkrun was first mooted at Burnham on Sea Harriers Running
Club, and eighteen months later on the 20th June 2015 we hosted
our inaugural run, at which one hundred and forty four athletes
took part, looked after by seventeen volunteers."
our planning of the event our biggest concern was, "how do
we sustain the volunteers needed each week"? From those first
thoughts four and a half years ago, we created a core team from
the Burnham on Sea Harriers Membership, who provided the impetus
and energy for start up and continuity, and amazingly, are still
in support each weak, setting up, filling key roles, the effective
grateful thanks to these core members, Mark and Tracey Benton, Brian
Beale, Steven Dorrall, Dave Cooke, Sue Nicholls, Stuart Anderson,
ably assisted by our volunteer champs Pete Manning and Max Boyes.
These people are truly undoubtedly, parkrun heroes."
added: "In these three years we have been supported by not
just our core team, but volunteers from the participating athletes
who set aside a Saturday now and to help. Herein lies the secret
of success. With this support we are able to run the event efficiently,
as numbers have grown, but most importantly, with safety. Huge thanks
to each and everyone who has volunteered over this time."
thank yous, in particular to Sedgemoor D.C. for allowing us the
use of Apex Park facilities and for their initial sponsorship. Similarly,
to Burnham and Highbridge Town Council and First Highbridge for
believing in us and their sponsorship, plus the Friends of the Apex,
Lizzies Kitchen, and all the Apex Park users who have come to live
with us each Saturday morning between 9am and 10am, we extend our
celebration many of the athletes donned fancy dress as did the volunteers.
In particular, the number of cakes and goodies brought along was
absolutely amazing. We thank everyone who made special efforts to
make this a most memorable run."
Saturday's parkrun, as it met its third birthday (photos Mark Benton)