About Us

Thetford parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9:00am in Abbey Meadows, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1BB. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.

It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!

Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Greggs Bakery - please come and join us! Maybe swap stories about your run that day, chat to other runners over a cup of tea or coffee and just be an important part of this new running community.

So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own "running journey" or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, you’re welcome to come along and join us.

  • Moving Thetford Forward: The Moving Thetford Forward Partnership is dedicated to delivery of the Thetford Growth Point Initiative. The aims of the Moving Thetford Forward (MTF) Partnership are to:
    • Facilitate and accelerate the delivery of growth and economic development of Thetford
    • Assist the regeneration and renaissance of Thetford for all its residents, existing and new
    • Positively engage with all those with an interest in Thetford, including the public, local businesses, landowners and public bodies
    • Positively communicate the benefits and potential of Thetford, in order to raise its profile and encourage investment in the town

  • Active Norfolk: Active Norfolk is the County Sports Partnership for Norfolk. They aim to provide the single source of activity information for players, organisers, supporters and media. Active Norfolk are working in partnership with all of Norfolk's local authorities, NHS Norfolk and Waveney and Sport England to increase participation in sport and physical activity.

  • Thetford Town Council: Thetford lays claim to one of the oldest mayoralties in the country and celebrated 800 years of the office in 1999. Today Thetford Town Council is responsible for the town’s Allotments, Cemetery, Guildhall and Carnegie Room which are available to hire.

    Your donation could be used for the anniversary event, the annual prize giving, replacing worn equipment or for improving your parkrun.

    For donations prior to 1 Febraury 2017, 85% was allocated to the event and the remaining 15% to the New Event Fund.

    parkrun is completely open about all donations. All donations to this event (and withdrawals that the event teams makes) will be published below. You can also view all donations in this country here

    parkrun UK is a not-for-profit organisation.


    Donation DateNameRecipientDonationContribution to EventContribution to New Event FundNote
    2017-05-09D S TALBOTThetford£20.00£20.00£0.00Please put this towards defibrillator fund. Thanks
    2016-01-06shirley standleyThetford£5.00£4.25£0.75
    2015-03-18Richard catorThetford£10.00£8.50£1.50
    2014-09-06Richard catorThetford£10.00£8.50£1.50
    2014-03-05Richard catorThetford£10.00£8.50£1.50
    2013-09-09richard piperThetford£2.00£1.70£0.30
    2013-05-30Kevin VaughanThetford£10.00£8.50£1.50
    2013-05-15Kevin VaughanThetford£10.00£8.50£1.50
    2013-03-30richard piperThetford£2.00£1.70£0.30


    The event are yet to make a claim against the donations. Event teams please contact your local parkrun ambassador, country manager, or review the Organiser wiki for guidance on claiming against the available donations.