Christmas is coming

Last year we weren't able to offer an extra event on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. But that all changes for 2017.

We will be offering additional events on BOTH days this year and both will allow you a little lie in, if you're so inclined. New Year's Day we will kick off at 10:30 so you can also do other local events and nab yourself a parkrun double.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information; we do like a bit of dress up on New Years!


Great Cornard parkrun event 30th January: cancelled

It is with regret that for our scheduled event on Saturday 30th January, we will be cancelling. The route is getting saturated and waterlogged in places which is causing a lot of wear, is becoming increasingly damaged, worn and, in some places, slippery and potentially dangerous under foot.

With further rain forecast this week we feel that the safest course of action is to take a week off and let the ground recover.

BUT that doesn't mean you get to take a week off! There are many local events to explore as either a runner or a volunteer.

I'm going to head to our friends at Colchester Castle parkrun; it would be great to have friends there for company, or you could visit Ipswich, Kesgrave, Chelmsford, Thetford, Great Notley, all within a short journey of home.

We fully intend to be back for the following week, 6th February; see you then.


Festive Cheer

Great Cornard parkrun is delighted to be able to offer extra events on both Christmas Day and New Years Day!

If you're worried about working off a few extra mince pies or are looking for an excuse to get outside for a while, then we'll be here for you.

On Christmas Day, we will be starting at 09:00.  On New Year's Day we're going to let you have a little lie in with a 10:30 start or, if you don't want to stay in bed, why not try to fit in two parkruns on this special day, the only day of the year this is possible!

If you're away for Christmas but want to make sure you get your parkrun fix you can find out which events are offering Christmas events here:

Check out individual websites for information on local events:





A grand day out

Every Saturday is made better by parkrun, but some of them are just amazing.  This past week was one of those when several great events collide and take it to another level.

We were delighted to be able to announce our monthly Sweatshop prize winner, a hugely worthy regular volunteer Robert Edge.

And then we were able to award our first t-shirt winner, Katrina Sparks, who achieved her Junior's 10 shirt, all of them at our event and after only 13 weeks.  I'm really proud that Great Cornard parkrun has been able to be part of her running journey.  Bring on her next 40 to her 50 shirt.

We had 44 runners on Saturday, despite an horrendous downpour that hit 30 minutes before we were due to start so perhaps we could have expected more?

This was our 14th week and we're growing, slowly but steadily.  And it just keeps getting better!


A slight change of plan

For our regular parkrunners and for those of you who are new to Great Cornard parkrun, please be aware that we will have NO event on Saturday 17th May 2014.

We are lucky enough to have use of the school playing fields at Thomas Gainsborough School who, in turn, are lucky enough to be breaking ground for a new school building this week.  This week they will be marking out the boundaries of the site and putting in the secure fencing.  Once this is in place our event will be able to continue safely away from the construction site.

When the boundaries are in place, we will undertake a new site survey and measure so we can come back as soon as possible; we are visiting this weekend and hope to be back on Saturday 24th May.  Please make sure you visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed to keep up to date with the latest news.

The school building project is due to take approximately 15 months, at which point we will be able to take advantage of the new grounds layout and start with another survey and measure.  Watch this space!

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