The sun shone in Southwold on Sunday 21 July, for a special anniversary run to celebrate five years of the Great Run Local taking place in the area.

Since the first event on 14 July 2014, more than 7,600 runners have taken part in runs in Southwold, running a combined distance of 20,393km – the equivalent of 2 months and 5 days spent running continuously.

Great Run Local is supported by the Suffolk County Council led Most Active County Partnership, so it was only fitting that cabinet member for public health and prevention Cllr James Reeder took part in the anniversary run.

He said: “Great Run Local is a fantastic way for people to improve their health and wellbeing and make physical activity a regular habit. It’s also an opportunity for everyone to get out, make new friends and enjoy our local green spaces.

“I hope everyone taking part over the coming weeks and months can enjoy more fun and fitness, whether they are running, walking or volunteering.”

Event organiser Jane Samkin said: “Since the first week, numbers have grown and we see different participants all the time.

“My aim was to help and encourage everyone to join in and feel they were achieving.

“Our runners have become a great group and some have gone on to run 10ks, half and full marathons. Some have achieved ultras. I am very proud of them and we are very lucky that people take the time to help us each week.”

There are currently five Great Run Local events operating weekly in Suffolk. To find out how to get involved in your nearest Great Run Local visit https://www.greatrunlocal.org/

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