Pork Pie Plodders try out Polish parkrun

Pork Pie Plodders in Poland EMN-150209-130802002
Pork Pie Plodders in Poland EMN-150209-130802002
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A group of Melton runners went the extra mile, or 1,122, to show their appreciation of the parkrun phenomenen.

The seven-strong contingent of Pork Pie Plodders travelled to Polish capital Warsaw last weekend to take part in the Warszawa-Praga parkrun.

The flat 5km course was set in Skaryszewski Park, located in the centre of the city, a stone’s throw away from the Polish national football stadium.

The Plodders have been regular attenders at Melton’s parkrun since its inaugural event in January, and the idea to become a parkrun tourist and travel further afield came about during a post-run coffee and chat in the visitors’ centre at Melton Country Park.

As several Plodders have Polish connections, the group travelled east and received a warm reception from event organisers and fellow runners.

First home for the Plodders was Jim Dziemianko in 23min 26secs, followed by Emma Machowska in 25.53, and Gosia Garner (26.11).

Teresa Wrzyszcz, taking part in her first parkrun, clocked 28.34 ahead of Andrea Dziemianko (29.02), Rachel Hammond (29.24) and Jane Scarchard (30.35).

* Melton parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am from Melton Country Park visitors’ centre.

It is free and open to all abilities and ages, but under 11s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

All runners must be registered and have a personal barcode. To obtain a barcode and for more information, visit www.parkrun.org.uk/meltonmowbray