Now We Are 6!

This coming Saturday will be our event's sixth anniversary … and to celebrate we thought we would ask you to run the course in reverse! This of course means there will be a down hill finish …. hurray!
We're also hoping everyone will come wearing a t-shirt or medal from a non-park run event they have done to share the huge range of opportunities and fun that running brings to our community! Can you dig out one from a distant or unusual event? or just one you've really enjoyed or been proud of completing.........

Parkrun not only encourages you to join them every Saturday but also to take part in other non parkrun events so why not wear a finishers t shirt from one of these to celebrate!

So please come along on Saturday, to take part or volunteer, and help us celebrate six years of Bury St Edmunds parkrun!


Cancellation of Bury parkrun – 4th May

Please note there will be no parkrun at Bury next Saturday, 4th May, as the park is being used for another event.

This is a great opportunity to try out one of the other local parkruns ...



New Year

As we are having a parkrun at Bury on Christmas Day, we have decided not to hold an event on New Year's Day 2019.

There are of course many other local parkruns and I'm sure some of these will have NYD events so do look out for these .....


Bury parkrun ED


Christmas Day parkrun @ Bury

Good news! Zachary has very kindly offered to Run Direct on Christmas Day, which means we will have a parkrun at Bury again this year.

It will start at the usual time of 9.00am so everyone can get home at a reasonable time to enjoy the festivities/start preparing sprouts!

We do need volunteers though; so if you fancy helping out then please do let us know.


Bury parkrun ED



Event 249 – NHS take over!

Hope you are all looking forward to event 249 on Saturday - it should be nice and dry for a change! This week will be our NHS take over event!

The focus will be on My WiSH Charity and the Every Heart Matters Campaign. Representatives from the My Wish charity will be present and it would be great if you could bring a donation for them if you have not already given through our Event 250 appeal!

The NHS team will also be providing information on heart health, with a specific emphasis on atrial fibrillation. This a common heart problem and if untreated, can lead to stokes. The team are carrying out a community testing campaign in our area, and we will be one of the first events offering this. They will be bringing a simple hand held ECG device than can help identify AF. If you would like to try it - and please do! - your heart rate must be below 100. So please come along nice and early so you can try the device before the run. The team will also be around after the run when you have had a change to recover! There will be a specialist on hand to advise what you should do if the the device indicates a possible problem. If you would like to learn more about AF, the following site is recommended:

This event will be Glenn's last time as your RD - after 5 years of volunteering in the role - so please come along and give him a great send off. He will still be running with us and volunterring from time to time, I'm glad to say.

Sorry to say I will not be with you as I will be in London preparing to take on the Marathon. If you have not sponsored anyone this year - how about supporting me by making a donation to our 250 Every Heart Matters appeal?

Have a great parkrunday - Steve


Celebrating 250 parkruns at Nowton Park

Dear all - this Saturday will be our 240th event, so we are on a countdown to the 250th which we expect to fall on April 21st (subject of course to bad weather cancellations). Then, at the end of June, we celebrate our 5th anniversary.

Looking forward to the future, I'll be standing down as your event director on the 250th event to focus on my role as a parkrun ambassador. I'm delighted to say that Claire Hoblyn has agreed to take on the role. Also at this time, Glenn has decided to stand down as RD after 5 years of service. Heidi Griffiths will be joining the RD team. 

To celebrate, I thought it would be really great if our event could put something back into our community - just as we did three years ago when we helped provide a public access defibrillator for the park. Last year, I was invited to attend the West Suffolk Hospital Trust AGM, running a stand telling everyone about parkrun. Whilst there, I found out about the new cardiac treatment facility being built at our hospital. This will allow local people to get prompt treatment in their community, rather than having to travel to Papworth or elsewhere. This facility, I'm told, will be ready in September. There is an opportunity to co-locate a state of the art cardiac diagnostic facility with this unit - and the My WiSH charity has started the "Every Heart Matters" campaign to raise £500,000 to pay for this. I would love us to help raise a little toward this. I've discussed it with your organising committee and they are all in agreement.

Of course parkrun will always be free to take part in, and you are under no obligation to donate - but if you do wish to help this excellent local cause, you can now contribute at this just giving page:

Personally, I've decided to give a pound for every competitive mile and parkrun mile I do. Its up to you how you support us - just a donation through the just giving page would be nice, or you might have your own fund raising ideas.


ATTENTION! parkrun news! – Storm Doris

I was concerned about the impact of Storm Doris on our event on Saturday. So, I ran the route this morning. The good news is that YES, I am happy the event can go ahead. The bad news is that we will have to deal with three issues for a safe event - and we need your help!

1. As always happens after high winds, there are a LOT of twigs and small branches down from the lime trees - more than your RD team can deal with. Couuuld some of you arrive a little early tomorrow and spend 10 or 15 minutes clearing these to the the side. You need to focus on our start and finish area, and our route from the start, up the lime tree avenue, as far as the left turn at the top of the hill. The rest of the course is OK.

2. There is a big tree down just after big log corner. I bumped into the rangers there and they said it was unlikely to be removed today. They were OK about us running around it. We will move the big log corner marshal to this point. The grass here is long and tussocky - so please slow right down and take care passing this obstruction.

3. There is a rotten tree truck down just after wood entry, covering half the path. Again, we will post a marshal here. Please keep in single file and to the right passing this one.

FINALLY - as you may know, tomorrow is the last day of the parkrun points league. parkrun have decided to retire this feature of our results system. I'll make up some certificates for the top places and present these the following week.

See you on parkrunday - Steve


Festive Season parkruns

Just a reminder about Bury St Edmunds parkrun over the festive season:
This Saturday and Sunday we have the 5k and junior 2k as normal.
On 24th, Christmas Eve, we have the normal 5k event PLUS an extra 5k event on Christmas Day. Both runs start at 9am. There is no junior event on Christmas Day.
At New Year, we have the normal 5k event on New Year's eve, 9am start. There is a junior event on New Year's Day, which will start at 10am.
We do not have an extra 5k event on New Year's day this year. Runs are available at Brandon (10.30 start), Cambridge (10.30 start), Ipswich (8:30) and Thetford (9:00). You can check the festive season plans of any other parkrun that might interest you at
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Steve Pretty, Event Director

St Edmundsbury Sports Awards

Just home from the St Edmundsbury Sports Award, and I'm pleased to say I won the community volunteer award for my work with parkrun. It is very humbling, as it isn't just me - parkrun is a real community led event. We depend on the stirling work of my four fellow RDs and other members of the organising committee - as well as everyone of you that shares the running of our event by volunteering. I am pleased to accept the award on behalf of you all!


Visit by parkrun HQ this Saturday

As Glen mentioned in the run report, we have 5 representatives from parkrun HQ joining us for the run on Saturday. They are Joanne Sinton-Hewitt ("First lady of parkrun"), Helen Hood (CEO of parkrun UK), Ian Ruston, Glen Turner and Jeremy Townsend. I'm sure you will all make them very welcome. The best way we can show them how much we love parkrun is to have as many runners and volunteers as possible! Runners - can we make it a record turnout? If you are not running, it would be great if we could have lots of volunteers out around the course (we haven't any on the roster at present). If you can volunteer, contact us at
See you Saturday - Steve
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