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Sport / First Bressay parkrun since March last year proves popular despite drizzly weather

Getting ready to go at the starting line.

THE BRESSAY parkrun returned in somewhat drizzly conditions this morning (Saturday) as 50 folk joined in the 5K event.

Nearly have of the 50 were newcomers as the weekly run and walk took place for the first time since March last year.

Ross Work ran the fastest time at 19.04, followed by Neil Arthur – who was running with his child in a pram – some 16 seconds behind.

The fastest female competitor was Charlotte Black – and her dog Thor – at 19.45.

Organisers said people of all ages and abilities took part.

While the event is timed, it is not a race and people can walk – with children welcome to join in.

Bressay and Kirkwall are the only parkrun events in Scotland to be back up and running following the Covid pandemic.

But the Bressay organisers have reminded folk that parkrun Covid guidance states that participants are encouraged to attend their local events and avoid unnecessary travel to non-local parkrun events.

The Speldiburn Cafe was offering food to participants afterwards, with Covid guidelines in place.

Meanwhile a total of 19 volunteers were also on hand to help things run smoothly.