The spirit of the marathon was evident in Great Cornard on Saturday as the village’s parkrun event saw more than 100 runners dressed in their best fancy dress costumes to mark the London Marathon.
With 12 of the weekly event’s runners taking part in the London race and others unsuccessful in their application to take part, Great Cornard parkrun held its own fancy dress special event.
Among the runners there was Spiderman, Captain America and even a luminous bumblebee.
The free weekly 5K run attracted 134 people. Remarkably three of them took part in the London Marathon the next day.
“It is more than a run in the park, it’s encouraging, it’s the whole community,” said Great Cornard parkrun event director Lisa Dalton.
“People talk about the parkrun family. People come along who have never run before, people come who have broken world records, celebrities join in. It’s encouraging and supportive.”
Open to all ages and abilities, Great Cornard parkrun takes place on Saturdays at Great Cornard Sports Centre, Head Lane, at 8.45am.