5th Anniversary Celebration For Redcar Park Run

Redcar celebrated its 5th Anniversary Park Run at Locke Park on Saturday, 6th May.

Who’d have thought you could cram birthday celebrations, wedding celebrations, a meet up with friends in fancy dress and a warm up routine before running 5k, then cakes and refreshments at the bowls club, all in the space of 60 minutes or so.

When Andy Pearson and Graham Hall got together 5 years ago who’d have thought 259 park runs later how popular Redcar Parkrun would become with the local running community. It’s a great place to be on a Saturday and Sunday morning.

This year, they decided on a wedding fancy dress theme in honour of Neil and Natalie. Neil, one of their regular runners decided to make an honest woman of one of their admin members Natalie, which just so happened to coincide with the park runs’ 5th birthday.

There was a great turn out – 229 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers, 38 recorded new personal bests and representatives of 15 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by a team of 26 volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to make it happen.

Also in attendance was park run Ambassador, Mike Day, who popped by to have a run and a couple of cakes. There were four milestones achieved, kicking off with Paul Taylor doing his 10th run, Paul Wildmore and Emma Lloyd both doing their 50th run and Graham Teaz who was completing his 100th run. There were also a few personal bests by runners Justine Smith, Jennifer Lowery and Tracey Russell from the ‘Sisters R Doing It’ running group.

Following a great morning running, it was back to the bowls club to continue the birthday celebrations with cakes and refreshments. A fantastic birthday cake was made by Anne Houchen, which soon disappeared!

Congratulations are sent to everyone who completed the 5k challenge and achieved their goals.

Photos: Fancy dress was the order of the day for the 5th Anniversary Redcar Parkrun. Pics courtesy of Craig Stokes, Pam and Bob O’Neill.