A record 1,000 sign up for local Parkrun 5k race

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Local runners have set an all-time record as the Eastbourne Parkrun reaches its 1,000th registered runner.

The weekly 5km run against the clock at Shinewater Park celebrates its first anniversary on January 26 and it is hoped the sporting fixture will mark the occasion by achieving its biggest ever attendance.

“We want to celebrate in style by making our first anniversary our biggest event so far,” said Stuart Pelling, event director.

“With more than 1,000 runners registered, we would love to set a new attendance record for our local run.”

Parkrun is a free, timed, 5km run around a local park, open to all ages and abilities which takes place weekly.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism & Leisure Cllr Carolyn Heaps said, “To attract more than 1,000 runners in less than a year is an amazing achievement and really shows the commitment amongst both residents and visiting sports men and women in supporting our local events and promoting a healthy lifestyle for all.”

Eastbourne’s local run takes place every Saturday morning from 9am at Shinewater Park in Eastbourne.

With 50-100 runners taking part each week, the past 12 months has seen visitors from all over the UK, sprinting dogs, runners with buggies and even a visit from the Olympic Torch bearer Dr Nick Webborn, together with his torch.

After the finish, all runners are invited to meet up for post-run refreshments at the Toby Carvery, Willingdon Drove.

To find out more information or to register for your first run, visit www.parkrun.org.uk/eastbourne, find the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eastbourneparkrun or follow them on Twitter @Ebourneparkrun.