Parkrun heroes awarded at birthday event

annual shield

Two veteran runners, both in their eighties, were the star attraction at Fell Foot Park for the first anniversary of the weekly parkrun.

John Nettleton and Conrad Slater were awarded jointly the Race Directors’ Shield which will be presented annually to the most supportive volunteer.

The award was made as more than 200 runners lined up for the birthday event at the foot of Windermere which is hailed on the parkrun circuit as the most scenic in England.

Joining in the celebrations were the Dalton Brass Band playing by the lakeshore as the runners came in to the finish. And among them was trombonist Stuart Wallace who ran the parkrun first before joining his colleagues in the band.

There was a party atmosphere with cake for all the finishers sliced by staff from the National Trust who helped set up the event.

Parkrun is a worldwide association of free timed 5k runs which start in England at 9am in parks throughout the country.

Pictured are Conrad Slater and John Nettleton with race directors Cecilia Flint, David McGuigan, Ron Eadington and Karen White.

Below: Stuart Wallace, playing trombone in the brass band still wearing his running shoes.

trombonist

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