Runners dress up to celebrate first anniversary of Banbury parkrun

Participants dress in 80's outfits to celebrate the second anniversary of Banbury Park Run at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Clare Upton, Julian Relton and Rachel Welsey NNL-150927-172053009
Participants dress in 80's outfits to celebrate the second anniversary of Banbury Park Run at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Clare Upton, Julian Relton and Rachel Welsey NNL-150927-172053009

Bright colours was the theme for the first anniversary of the Banbury parkrun on Saturday as runners went back to the 1980s.

It was held in Spiceball Park and runners dressed in neon colours for the event which aims to promote a love of running for all ages and abilities.

Participants dress in 80's outfits to celebrate the second anniversary of Banbury Park Run at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Ellie Ashton (11) crosses the finish line NNL-150927-172124009

Participants dress in 80's outfits to celebrate the second anniversary of Banbury Park Run at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Ellie Ashton (11) crosses the finish line NNL-150927-172124009

Michael Dobson, event director, said: “There was a lot of faces we recognised on the day so from our point of view the event couldn’t have gone any better. Anybody can turn up and enjoy themselves but also meet some new faces.

“We have seen so many people who have started from the beginning and have got further and further. I love seeing people making a difference and we have see up to 180 people turning up. It is an amazing feeling and nice to see the community come together. Banbury has got a lot to offer.”

Banbury town mayor Tony Mepham was also present on the day and helped count down to the start of the race before sounding the hooter to start proceedings. The group regularly meet up in the park every Saturday to take part in weekly 5km runs.

The event is entirely run by volunteers and anyone interested can turn up at 9am on the day. Visit www.parkrun.org.uk/banbury

Participants dress in 80's outfits to celebrate the second anniversary of Banbury Park Run at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Sera Relton celebrates the half way mark NNL-150927-172113009

Participants dress in 80's outfits to celebrate the second anniversary of Banbury Park Run at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Sera Relton celebrates the half way mark NNL-150927-172113009

Participants dress in 80's outfits to celebrate the second anniversary of Banbury Park Run at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Mayor Cllr Tony Mepham and run organizer Michael Dobson NNL-150927-172042009

Participants dress in 80's outfits to celebrate the second anniversary of Banbury Park Run at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Mayor Cllr Tony Mepham and run organizer Michael Dobson NNL-150927-172042009

Participants dress in 80's outfits to celebrate the second anniversary of Banbury Park Run at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Tracy Lawrence and Michelle England NNL-150927-172103009

Participants dress in 80's outfits to celebrate the second anniversary of Banbury Park Run at Spiceball Park. Pictured, Tracy Lawrence and Michelle England NNL-150927-172103009