Jeremy Corbyn was leader of the Labour Party, Bristol Rovers were flying high in League One and nobody had ever heard of Covid-19. All these things were true the last time Thornbury parkrun was held.

But 659 days after the last one, a parkrun has finally been staged in the town again.

A combination of the pandemic and bad weather leaving the Mundy Playing Fields waterlogged towards the end of 2019 meant it had been more than 21 months since the last event.

Competitors could be forgiven for being a bit rusty then, having missed out on the best part of 100 runs in the intervening period, but in fact there were 12 personal bests recorded. Of the 103 people who set off at 9am on Saturday to run, jog or walk the 5km course, 36 were first-timers.

After the Covid postponements, and weather cancellations before that, everyone was delighted to be back," said run director Jim Constable.

"As ever the event was made possible by volunteers and the Thornbury parkrun is actively recruiting volunteer run directors to co-ordinate the event on the day.

"Do let them know if you are interested."

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