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100 take part in New Year's Day run in Carlisle

Nearly 100 people braved the cold – and a few sore heads – to take part in a New Year’s Day run.

They’re off: Runners in the New Year's Day park run at Morton Manor Chance's Park, Carlisle

About 95 runners turned out at Chances Park in Carlisle on Wednesday for the 5km park run.

Three or four pulled out but organisers say they were delighted with the good turnout, particularly in chilly conditions.

One super-fit mother even completed the course in just over 22 minutes while pushing her one-year-old daughter in a pram.

Andrew Graham, event director, said: “It was dry at the time of running but the temperature was quite low at about 6C.

“But we were very pleased with the amount who took part – there were 20 more finishers than on Christmas Day and some people had had a few beers the night before.

“And one of the runners went round with her daughter in a pushchair averaging around seven minutes a mile.

“She’s an extremely good runner and there are quite a few uphill sections – I wouldn’t have wanted to do it as fast as that with a pushchair.”

The Carlisle parkrun is a free 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9am. Around 112 people took part every week last year on average, with up to 150 during the summer, ranging in age from nine to 74.

Mr Graham is urging people to make getting involved one of their New Year resolutions.

He said: “A lot of people might have over-indulged at Christmas and it gives everyone a friendly, community based setting to come and exercise.

“There is no pre-conceived idea that you have to get round the course in a certain time either.

“After the New Year’s Day run a lot of us went for a coffee so it’s a great way of meeting people too.”

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