Surf’s up at Banbury Parkrun’s birthday

Participants dress in 80's outfits to run the second Banbury Park Run at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Clare Upton, Julian Relton and Rachel Welsey NNL-150927-172053009
Participants dress in 80's outfits to run the second Banbury Park Run at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Clare Upton, Julian Relton and Rachel Welsey NNL-150927-172053009
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Banbury’s Parkrun is celebrating its second anniversary with a beach themed event.

Parkrun as a national movement started in 2004, in Bushy Park, in London and has grown to more than 350 parkruns across the country.

On September 24, the Banbury event will be marking two years and is inviting people to come dressed in a Hawaiian/beach theme.

The free event in Spiceball Park, will start at 8.30am with speeches and an awards ceremony before the run gets underway. It will be followed by refreshments.

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, event director Michael Dobson, said parkrun wasn’t a race, but people received points for crossing the finishing line and for volunteering at events. Awards will be presented on the day for the highest scorers and for volunteers.

Mr Dobson said: “Everyone will be bringing a bit of food, we’ll have a bit of a party and celebrate the fact we have been going for another year.”

He added parkrun had increased in popularity with new parkruns being held in Bicester. He said: “The first one is usually quite big because it attracts parkrun tourists – when we had our inaugral one, we had 210 runners – but now we have between 180 and 200 runners. It has been building up.”

To find out more, see www.parkrun.org.uk/banbury