West Norfolk Mayor Harry Humphrey, volunteers and supporters cheer for a special King’s Lynn Parkrun. Pictures: Ian Burt

West Norfolk Mayor Harry Humphrey swapped his chains for trainers for the King’s Lynn Parkrun.

Mr Humphrey took part in the 5K event to raise funds for the two charities he supports as mayor – Norfolk Young Carers and The Magpie Centre, home of West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled.

After joining 287 other runners for the popular weekly event at The Walks, Mr Humphrey completed his run in 52 minutes, 32 seconds.

Parkrun director Gary Walker said:  “The mayor seemed to enjoy the 5K course and finished in a much better time that he had expected. 

“It was also a great opportunity for us to thank him for the support Parkrun receives from the borough, particularly from park staff, who do such a brilliant job in keeping The Walks in the great condition that it is.”

Last Saturday’s Parkrun was one of Mr Humphrey’s last engagements as his term in office came to an end yesterday (Thursday).

“It was really good to take part with such a friendly supportive crowd and to also know that I was running for two great local charities that do so much for people in the area,” he said.

“Having now taken part I do intend to do this on a more regular basis in the future.” 

Parkrun is a free timed event open to all, irrespective of age or ability. Those taking part must  register at parkrun.com and bring their personal barcode which they are issued with to each run.

To support the mayor’s charities visit www.justgiving.com/Harry-Humphrey-Mayor-KLWN-west-norfolk-carers or www.justgiving.com/Harry-Humphrey-Mayor-KLWN-Riding-for-disabled