Devon-based Parke parkrun celebrated its first birthday on Easter Saturday with a record turnout of runners. For the first time since the event was launched at the National Trust Grounds a year earlier, 200 people took part in the weekly 5k.
One of the most challenging parkruns in the UK, it covers a rural course through the grounds on the edge of Dartmoor with only 100 metres of the starting and finishing straight on road.
The rest of the course winds through an undulating forest trail with two steep muddy climbs the main obstacles. To mark the occasion the race was set off by an Easter chicken, who quickly chickened out as the pace quickened.
Saturday’s run was headed by former Oxford United footballer Garry Smart, a race winner at several Parke parkruns. Despite being in the 50-55 category, he shows no signs of slowing down, clocking an impressive 19m 06s.
He collected an Easter Egg for his efforts, as did several others as spot prizes were dished out to mark the special day.