Rugby Junior Parkrun celebrates two-year anniversary with huge turnout and some Jurassic guests

A spokesperson praised Rugby's children for joining in

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 4:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 4:44 pm
Jurassic guests pose alongside volunteers and Rugby's young runners.

Rugby's Junior Parkrun marked two years since its formation last Sunday with brilliant turnout and some unique guests.

115 children put on their running shoes to attend the event at the GEC rec on Sunday, May 9, with several setting new personal bests.

Some dinosaur guests from the group Thinkusaurus, which has been roaming the streets bringing cheer during lockdown, even made an appearance.

Co-event director Kate Spence said: "Thank you to everyone who braved the miserable weather and made it a really special occasion.

"A gigantasaurus thank you to Thinkusaurus who came out of hibernation to celebrate with us this morning.

"What an amazing inspiration this young man and his friends have been in Rugby during these turbulent times.

"The smiles he brought to the faces of the children (and adults) this morning really made our day.

"He even inspired one reluctant young park runner to take part in today’s run.

"There were some fantastic achievements this week - including 25 personal bests, 5 first timers, 3 half marathons and 3 full marathons.

"We have two children who will achieve their half and full marathon at their next parkrun.

"As always the greatest achievement is the fact that 115 of our young people got up and completed a parkrun.

"A massive thank you to our wonderful volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible.

The junior parkrun takes place every Sunday at GEC rec.

The event is completely free. For more information see www.parkrun.org.uk/gecrec-juniors