Great Run Local at Walsham Le Willows

Monday, 11 February 2019

I am a fan of Saturday morning Parkruns – very inclusive free 5k runs for all abilities staffed by volunteers held across the country at 9am every Saturday morning.  In Bury these are held at Nowton Park.  Having recently moved to the area, Parkruns help me feel a part of my community and chat with other runners as well as helping me with my own fitness.  I heard from a client about a similar concept “Great Run Local”.  Like Parkrun, these are free weekly, friendly running events organised by volunteers. Great Run Local events are 2km and 5km in distance, making them ideal for beginner runners and families as well as regular runners.  In East Anglia, these are at Newmarket, Southwold, Needham Lake, Ipswich (Alton Water) and my local event in the village of Walsham Le Willows.

I enjoyed my first Great Run Local at Walsham Le Willows this Sunday.  I did the 5k.  It was raining and muddy but that didn’t dampen the atmposphere. I found the other runners really friendly with everyone encouraging other runners, saying “well done” and “great running” as they passed them. Definitely one I hope to attend again, and I shall try out the Needham Lake event as well.  Highly recommended!