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News - 11th November 2019

parkrun profile: Lowestoft

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The coastal town of Lowestoft in Suffolk has always been a popular destination for families and those looking to be beside the seaside.

 

It’s a popular with parkrunners looking for a PB! 

 

Rob Fawcett, Event Director at Lowestoft parkrun, tells us more about his home event…

 

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I first became involved in parkrun after establishing our community event in 2015. At the time, I had already spent the past fifteen years in supporting community exercise, so being able to draw on my experience gave me a great head start to get the ball rolling on behalf of Access Community Trust.

 

I love our event and parkrun’s in general because of the infectious weekly positivity, and the fact that we welcome everyone.

 

And as for the volunteers, well I know all event have wonderful helpers but concentring specifically on my team; they’re all amazing!

 

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Our course is best described as a one and three-quarter lapped route. The majority of the course is flat although we do have a challenging hill that needs to be accomplished twice – it’s okay though, we also have a two hundred metre downward section to make things a little easier!

 

In a nutshell, we haven’t got the hardest of routes but it’s certainly not the easiest either. However, nearly all participants claim that we have a fast route which is perfect for chasing a personal best.

 

We’re the most easterly parkun in the United Kingdom. Our seafront and promenade are very well kept and maintained. We have miles of traditionally painted Beach Huts and the golden sands of Sunny Lowestoft often win awards for their cleanliness.

 

Like all parkrun’s we’re a super friendly event. We always announce our visitors at the beginning and this is followed by a big round of applause. Again we’re the most easterly event, so should you arrive early enough you can watch the sunrise over Lowestoft.

 

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When it comes to post-parkrun coffee, the phrase spoilt for choice springs to mind. The team and some of the participants visit Scott’s at the Claremont Pier, this overlooks the sand, water, and beach huts.

 

Others go the Thatched Cottage, or the Hotel Hatfield. All are lovely venues, and are situated very close to the finish line. So it’s a case of take your pick!

 

To date, we’ve had the support of twenty-nine wonderful individuals that were previously homeless, a clear demonstration of the inclusivity of the parkrun family. As a result of this, every single one of them has undertaken either paid work of further volunteering opportunities.

 

We are often hailed as the best community exercise initiative that our town has ever witnessed. A fantastic reflection of everyone involved. Whilst we’re doing our best to keep the community active and promote lifestyle change, the reduction in social isolation is amongst our greatest impacts.

 

Never underestimate the importance of chat, smiles, high fives, and a friendly coffee.

 

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