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About Us

Thetford parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for participants 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 event 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, regardless of age or gender, 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 run, jog or walk 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 parkrunners over a cup of tea or coffee and just be an important part of this new 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 will be wisely spent by the event team (as custodians of the local purse) on the upkeep of our parkrun.

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

    We are unable to accept donations to events that are made via third party employer contribution schemes or any form of cashback schemes.

    We no longer accept cheques for event donations. The only way for individuals to contribute to an event pot is by donating directly through the PayPal link on this page.

    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
    2020-10-31Anthony FriendThetford£185.00£185.00£0.00
    2020-02-22Robert WhittakerThetford£7.00£7.00£0.00
    2019-05-17Groundworks UK (Tesco)Thetford£2250.00£2250.00£0.00Donation
    2018-11-03Richard catorThetford£100.00£100.00£0.00For junior parkrun setup fund
    2018-10-31MF Cleaners M FisherThetford£50.00£50.00£0.00
    2018-09-23Melanie SturmanThetford£250.00£250.00£0.00Junior parkrun fund
    2018-09-19Judith FriendThetford£10.00£10.00£0.00Thetford Junior parkrun fund
    2018-09-17Melanie SturmanThetford£160.66£160.66£0.00Cake sale 15th September for Junior parkrun
    2018-08-13Melanie SturmanThetford£20.00£20.00£0.00Junior parkrun funds received from Jean Stewart
    2018-08-11john bellottiThetford£50.00£50.00£0.00Donation to Thetford junior parkrun
    2018-08-04Peter ElliottThetford£25.00£25.00£0.00For Junior parkrun from Peter, Laura & Roo
    2018-08-04Julie SizelandThetford£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2018-07-07Simon OvertonThetford£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2018-06-03Anthony FriendThetford£10.00£10.00£0.00Junior parkrun/Mel's 10in10
    2018-06-02GRAHAM WADEThetford£10.00£10.00£0.00Junior parkrun, Mel's 10 in 10 Challenge
    2018-06-01S A PLESZKOThetford£10.00£10.00£0.00Good luck Mel. Hope you raise the funds for junior parkrun. Xx
    2018-06-01shirley standleyThetford£10.00£10.00£0.00For Junior Parkrun, go Mel x
    2018-06-01Melanie SturmanThetford£10.00£10.00£0.00Junior parkrun fund and Mel's 10 in 10 challenge
    2018-04-28Pippa ChildsThetford£10.00£10.00£0.00Thetford ... still beautiful after all these years
    2018-01-16Maha ShamesThetford£10.00£10.00£0.00This Donation is for Thetford Parknrun for the amazing work they do . Thank you
    2017-11-15VariousThetford£1100.00£1100.00£0.00For AED fund
    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


    Withdrawal DateEventAmountNote
    2017-11-27Thetford£674.00AED - HEARTSINE SAMARITAN 350P WITH 1 X ADULT PAD
    2019-01-23Thetford£80.002 sets of replacement tokens
    2019-07-08Thetford£69.75Pacer Bibs
    2019-08-14Thetford£15.00Selfie frame