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Community Award

Long Eaton parkrun won the Community Award.

Winner in the Community Award category was the Long Eaton parkrun, which just one year after starting now regularly hosts around 300 runners a week for a free Saturday morning 5k run.

The parkrun project, based at the town's West Park, now hosts around 300 runners a week just one year after starting up.

A wide range of people attend, including children, 'oldies', newbie joggers, Olympic athletes, pram pushers, wheelchairs, blind runners, Nordic walkers, canicrossers, club runners and couch to 5K-ers.

The inclusive community event is made possible by the 20 or so volunteers who marshall and time every week, supported by Erewash Council, having a beneficial impact on health and togetherness in Long Eaton.

A junior parkrun has also started up on Sunday mornings, now attracting around 60 youngsters weekly.

"The project has gone better than we ever could have expected and built up week after week," said Rachel Argent, event director of the Saturday Long Eaton parkrun. "It's been great that people have been coming back week after week, and then other new people have been coming along on top of that.

"We have lots of beginners and people smashing their PBs. What is so satisfying is looking on Flickr after the events to see the people enjoying themselves – and then coming back for more."

Running up were Amber Valley's Steve Summer, of Heanor, who has overcome life-threatening injuries sustained in the fire brigade to volunteer and charity fundraise alongside his role as a fitness instructor at Ripley Leisure Centre and Bolsover's Neville Hardy, Bolsover, who has volunteered extensively for 10 years at South Normanton Colts FC.