The park run scheme got off to a racing start on Saturday in Chantry Park and international marathon running star Helen Davies and park tennis champion Paul Sheldrake started an enthusiastic group around the 5km course. Parkrun Ipswich has been developed to provide a lasting sporting legacy for the town and to provide an outlet for those inspired by the 2012 London Games.
Participation is free and no commitment is required for attending weekly. The weekly 5km is so inclusive you can walk, shuffle, bring a dog or push a buggy. The run starts at 9am ever Saturday morning from the Cricket Club pavilion in Chantry Park off London Road. For further information and to register in advance in order to gain a time visit
Parkrun Ipswich joins a legacy project for the town where five historic parks are receiving permanently signed routes of varying distances for people to enjoy throughout the week.
The initiative is driven and managed by a small team of enthusiastic volunteers, supported by Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council. Caption (from left): John Adams, Rory Marriott, bearers Paul Sheldrake and Helen Davies, Colin Shaw and Anneli Ostler.