Little did Heidi Pearson know as she donned her trainers to take part in a coastal parkrun that she would enter the history books.

For as the keen runner crossed the finishing line at the Lowestoft parkrun on Saturday, October 14 she became the 50 millionth parkrun finisher in the UK in the national event's 19-year history.

Ms Pearson, 35 and from across the Suffolk/Norfolk border in Brundall, took up parkrunning five years ago.

Talking about becoming the 50 millionth parkrun finisher, she said: “I can’t quite really believe it, it all really hit me after I mentioned it to someone at work and I thought this is actually really cool.

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“If I am being honest, I thought it was a spam email from parkrun and I had to screenshot it and send it to my parents and my husband to see if they thought it was real.

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“I am so passionate about parkrun and running and I really didn’t think this would happen to me I can’t quite really believe it.”

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Ms Pearson says the Lowestoft parkrun is one of her favourites that she and her husband and family take part in across the region.

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She said: "We tend to go round to quite a few parkruns, so we go to different parkruns each week, but I came back to Lowestoft again as we really like the course with it being on concrete and by the coast.

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“It was actually my dad’s decision to run at Lowestoft and my husband bit his hand off at the chance because he really likes the course.”

Ms Pearson and her family are some of the 250,000 people taking part in parkrun every week and part of over eight million parkrunners registered with the charity.

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