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Parkrun is back: Popular community event returns

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Stonehouse Parkrun celebrated its fifth anniversary in style on their first event since the pandemic began.

On a warm and dry Saturday morning, 72 runners took part around the 5km course, just under 500 days after the last event on March 14th last year.

Stonehouse Parkrun Pic: Jonathan Duckworth

All Parkruns across the country were stopped in the first lockdown, and
organisers and participants eagerly awaited the startup. It was delayed
after the lockdown easing was put back in June.

Stonehouse Parkrun Pic: Jonathan Duckworth

Participants were aged between 11 and 69, with the first over the line
taking just 16 minutes 44 seconds. 14 of the runners achieved a personal best, and 19 were taking part for the first time.

There was a strong turnout, and Race Director Sarrah Case said: “It is so good to be back here, with excited runners and enthusiastic volunteers. Parkrun is such an inclusive event and we love running it.”

Stonehouse Parkrun Pic: Jonathan Duckworth

Anyone can take part in Parkrun and the event takes place every Saturday at 9:00 am at Oldends Lane Playing Fields, Stonehouse. More details can be found that their website, https://www.parkrun.org.uk/stonehouse

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