There were smiles aplenty at the 10th anniversary Parkrun in King’s Lynn. Pictures: Ian Burt

Almost 350 runners came together to celebrate the King’s Lynn Parkrun’s 10th anniversary.

As well as their usual trainers, many participants donned fancy dress and also enjoyed cake to mark the milestone occasion.

The 5k event on Saturday in The Walks drew a large crowd, with runners and spectators from as  far as Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Northern Ireland, with 21 members of Lynnsport Ladybirds who volunteered at the event.

Parkrun event director, Gary Walker, said: “The atmosphere was fantastic and seeing so many, of all ages and abilities, out to do their best is inspirational. 

“Saturday’s run was particularly impressive, with so many obviously enjoying the party theme and running in some excellent fancy dress.”

Regular Parkrunner Mitchell Bunn took first place in a time of 16.48 and Helene Greenwood, of Cambridge, was first female back in a time of 19.27.  

Mr Walker added: “All in all, Parkrun is a brilliant community event, in which everyone taking part, whether a front runner or a walker at the back of the crowd, is treated equally, this including those who choose to run with their youngsters in buggies or with their dogs. 

“Everyone is welcome and the wellbeing effect of taking part is undoubtedly as valuable as is the benefit to fitness.”

Parkrun, held every Saturday, is a free timed event where all are welcome, irrespective of age or ability, but must register at parkrun.com