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Some of the most popular Parkruns in Norfolk

Published date: October 2019

Some of the most popular Parkruns in Norfolk

Take part in these free weekly 5km parkrun events suitable for runners of all standards around Norfolk. They offer an opportunity for all, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis and enjoy running outdoors in some of Norfolk’s most beautiful parks and open spaces.

Parkrun has become a popular Saturday morning event around Norfolk, whether it’s walking, running or volunteering. The aim is to encourage people to walk, jog or run together irrespective of their ability and to improve both their mental and physical wellbeing by becoming more active, being outdoors and connecting with others.

So, whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself more active, a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as part of your training schedule, or you would like to become a volunteer and help out at these events, everyone is welcome.

Taking part is easy, you just need to register before your first ever parkrun and then pick your event. Make sure you bring a printed copy of your barcode – if you don’t, you won’t get a time. To volunteer, please use the email addresses provided. There are a good selection of regular parkrun events around Norfolk, here are some of the most popular…….

Sheringham parkrun

This parkrun takes place in the beautiful Sheringham Park in Upper Sheringham each Saturday at 9:00am and is just a one lap route. It’s hilly in places making it a more challenging parkrun, but the views and stunning plants and trees certainly make the extra effort needed worthwhile. Start and finish near the visitor centre, with a variety of different terrain underfoot, sea views and breath-taking countryside. During the rhododendron and azalea seasons, the park is particularly pretty. Organised by volunteers, email: sheringhamhelpers@parkrun.com to help. Why not grab a post parkrun coffee at Courtyard Café, run by the National Trust?

For full details about Sheringham parkrun, please visit the website below.

Sheringham parkrun - Sheringham Park National Trust, Upper Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8TL

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/sheringham/

Holkham parkrun

This 5km parkrun takes place each Saturday at 9:00am at Holkham Hall, with the run starting near to the lake. It’s a one lap course running anti-clockwise through sweeping park and farmland, encountering woods, historic buildings and monuments such as the thatched Ice House, Obelisk and the picturesque Holkham Hall. The route is gently undulating and a mixture of tarmac and hardcore roads. Fancy the atmosphere of the parkrun but for whatever reason can’t manage the run itself? Run entirely by volunteers, you too could help at Holkham parkrun, email: holkhamhelpers@parkrun.com They are a friendly bunch and every week they grab a post parkrun coffee at the Courtyard Cafe in the park (open 16th February to 23rd December) – all are welcome!

For full details about Holkham parkrun, please visit the website below.

Holkham parkrun - Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/holkham/

Norwich parkrun

This free 5km timed run takes place each Saturday at 9:00am in Eaton Park. It’s a three-and-a-half-lap course that starts by the skateboard park in the south west corner of the park and finishes on the avenue which runs westwards from the rose garden towards the bandstand. Run entirely on hard surfaced paths, some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Flat and fast, it’s a popular parkrun with both beginners and seasoned runners. Organised by volunteers, email: norwichhelpers@parkrun.com if you would like to help. A post parkrun coffee can be enjoyed at the Eaton Park Cafe.

For full details about Norwich parkrun in Eaton Park, please visit the website below.

Norwich parkrun - Eaton Park, South Park Avenue, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7AZ

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/norwich/

Hunstanton Promenade parkrun

A weekly free 5km timed run starting at Hunstanton North Promenade every Saturday at 9:00am.  The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass, with the winter course all being on tarmac paths. Please be aware that some sections of the course may accumulate leaves and mud and there will be puddles after rain. Organised by volunteers, email: hunstantonpromenadehelpers@parkrun.com if you would like to help. Grab a post parkrun coffee in the Hunstanton Sailing Club and Water Sports Centre.

For full details about Hunstanton Promenade parkrun, please visit the website below.

Hunstanton Promenade parkrun - Hunstanton North Promenade, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6GB

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/hunstantonpromenade/

King’s Lynn parkrun

A weekly free 5km timed run that takes place each Saturday at 9:00am in The Walks, King’s Lynn. Organised entirely by volunteers, email: kingslynnhelpers@parkrun.com if you would like to help. Run over 3 and a bit laps, this is considered one of the faster parkruns, all on tarmac. Maybe after achieving a new 5km PB, you may like to grab a post parkrun coffee in the cafe in the park with your fellow runners.

For full details about King’s Lynn parkrun, please visit the website below.

King’s Lynn parkrun - The Walks, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 5QX

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/kingslynn/

Gorleston Cliffs parkrun

Enjoy this weekly free 5km timed run that is almost two laps along the top, middle and bottom of the scenic Gorleston Cliffs. The start area is at the North end at the top while the finish is below on the lower level. Luckily, for those who aren’t keen on hills, you only have to climb the cliffs once! The course is generally well paved throughout, and this parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9:00am. It is entirely organised by volunteers, so if you would like to help, please email: gorlestonhelpers@parkrun.com Each week many of those taking part grab a post parkrun coffee at the cafe which is located amongst the lower level shops – all are welcome.

For full details about Gorleston Cliffs parkrun, please visit the website below.

Gorleston Cliffs parkrun - Marine Parade, Gorleston, Norfolk, NR31 6DU

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/gorleston/

Thetford parkrun

Race against the clock in this 5km free timed run every Saturday at 9:00am in Abbey Meadows, Thetford. The Thetford parkrun is organised entirely by volunteers, so if you are interested in helping please email: thetfordhelpers@parkrun.com The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass and some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. A section of the course runs alongside the river which has no fence. When running or walking over the bridge, please keep to the left-hand side. Each week some runners grab a post parkrun coffee in Greggs bakery, and all are welcome.

For full details about Thetford parkrun, please visit the website below.

Thetford parkrun - Abbey Meadows, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1BB

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/thetford/

Blickling parkrun

Take part in this free weekly 5km timed parkrun every Saturday at 9:00am on the Blickling Estate, a National Trust Property. Entirely organised by volunteers, if you would like to help out at the Blickling parkrun, please email: blicklinghelpers@parkrun.com The course is almost two whole laps of the mausoleum walk and takes in breath-taking views over Moorgate towards the River Bure. The terrain varies and includes tracks through the Great Wood, finishing with a downhill straight that is

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