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Harwich parkrun to mark sixth anniversary

A running event open to all abilities is marking its sixth anniversary this weekend.

Harwich parkrun began in Cliff Park, Dovercourt, in August 2015 as part of the wider parkrun movement.

Free, weekly, community events which take place around the world, parkruns are held on Saturday mornings with a 5k event and are inclusive runs with no time limit, no racing, and everyone is welcome to walk, jog or run; or just volunteer or spectate.

Kev Fitchett, one of the organisers of Harwich parkrun, said it had been an incredible six years.

“Harwich parkrun began quite small, as these things do, and it has been so pleasing to see how it has grown over the years to what it is today,” he said.

“We have such a lovely community here at Harwich parkrun, and we all really missed being able to meet up during lockdowns – so it’s been such an amazing feeling to be back again in time for our sixth anniversary.

“While some of the participants have been here since day one, new people join all the time and are always very welcome to become part of our Harwich parkrun family.”

Tendring District Council (TDC) has supported parkrun in the area as a way of encouraging people to keep active.

Cllr Lynda McWilliams, TDC Cabinet Member for Partnerships, added:

“Whether you’re hoping to reach the Olympics one day or just enjoy the walk and socialising with others, parkrun is a great to keep both your body and mind active.

“That is why the ethos of parkrun works so well, and why we are big supports of these events. If you’ve not been before, then I really encourage you to go along and give it a go.”

To find out more about Harwich parkrun, or other parkruns in the area, visit www.parkrun.org.uk/harwich/