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PICTURES: Great Cornard Parkrun commemorates 70th anniversary of NHS


By Newsdesk Sudbury


70th anniversary NHS Park Run in Great Cornered .... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2507319)
70th anniversary NHS Park Run in Great Cornered .... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2507319)

A run in the park to mark the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service attracted 121 people on Saturday.

The Great Cornard five kilometre saw some of the participants dressed as healthcare staff, with runners encouraged to take along their NHS badges to wear.

A parkrun event takes place at Great Cornard Sports Centre every week and is organised by Lisa Dalton and Melonie Evans.

70th anniversary NHS Park Run in Great Cornered .... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2507273)
70th anniversary NHS Park Run in Great Cornered .... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2507273)

Mrs Dalton said the weekend run was organised to recognise the contribution of the NHS to the health of the nation, with the hope it would inspire people to take part in physical activity and volunteering.

She said: “Since we started in Great Cornard in 2014, 2,746 participants have completed 22,186 parkruns, covering a total distance of 110,930 kilometres, including 3,770 new personal bests.

“On Saturday, 121 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first-timers and 22 recorded new personal bests.”

70th anniversary NHS Park Run in Great Cornered .... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2507303)
70th anniversary NHS Park Run in Great Cornered .... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2507303)

She added: “Great Cornard parkrun has now travelled just short of three times around the equator, in just four-and-a-half years.

“At the current levels of participation, we should achieve the full distance before Christmas.”

Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

Mrs Dalton added: “We are always a friendly and fully-inclusive group, and anyone can just turn up at Great Cornard Sports Centre for our parkrun each week at 8.45am. There will always be someone there to help them and run with them if they would like us to do that.”

70th anniversary NHS Park Run in Great Cornered .... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2507335)
70th anniversary NHS Park Run in Great Cornered .... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2507335)


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