Valentines Parkrun celebrates seventh birthday

PUBLISHED: 16:29 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:29 20 February 2018

Pictured are runners taking part in the Valentines Parkrun seventh birthday run. Photo by Louis Du Plessis.

Pictured are runners taking part in the Valentines Parkrun seventh birthday run. Photo by Louis Du Plessis.

Louis Du Plessis

Nearly 300 people of all ages and abilities took part in the Valentines Parkrun to celebrate its seventh birthday.

The park run in Ilford has been going since 2011, and on Saturday, February 17 it hosted a birthday party for its 370th run.

The event attracted 296 runners, as 55 people beat their personal bests, and 44 people conquered the course for the first time.

The fastest man was Aaron Samuel with a time of 17 minutes and 28 seconds, and the quickest woman was Louise Gilbert who finished in 20 minutes and 56 seconds.

Event director, Andrew Gwilliam said: “It was a great day, and was great to have so many people come along.

“We had four people who took part in the first race take part, and had a bigger turnout than usual.

“It’s a brilliant milestone, and I hope that it keeps going for another seven years too.”

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