Getting into the spirit of Christmas

FESTIVE SPIRIT. Runners dressed for the part in the Great Cornard Christmassy parkrun
FESTIVE SPIRIT. Runners dressed for the part in the Great Cornard Christmassy parkrun

Great Cornard parkrun took on a festive appearance at the weekend, with many of the runners wearing Christmas-themed costumes.

No prizes were on offer, but Sid Haygreen, who completed the 5km run dressed as a parcel, certainly stood out.

The freezing conditions did not put people off, and 53 runners from nine different clubs crossed the line, although the results were generally slower than normal due to the frosty ground and Santa hats.

Men: Adam Crawford (JM15-17) West Suffolk AC, 18:49; Richard Flutter (VM45-49) Harwich Runners, 19:59; Luke Howard (JM15-17) unattached 20:36

Women: Debbie Cattermole (VW50-54) Colchester Harriers AC, (8th overall), 22.18; Cher East (SW30-34) unattached (20th overall) 24:58; Nicola Pyle (VW45-49) Springfield Striders RC, (21st overall), 25:12

Cornard parkrun is a free weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9am at Great Cornard Sports Centre.

Since the first Cornard parkrun on March 1, 606 different runners, from 69 clubs, have completed 2,178 runs covering a total distance of 10,890 km, and there have been 518 new personal bests.

For more information visit www.parkrun.org.uk/greatcornard or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/greatcornardparkrun