It was like ‘friends reunited’ when hundreds of runners returned to Greenhead Park on Saturday for the first Huddersfield parkrun in 16 months.
The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions meant the adult version of the 5k event was only given the go-ahead to re-start this weekend.
The last parkrun in Huddersfield was on March 14 2020 and it’s been a long road back.
This time 466 runners took part supported by 44 volunteers. One of the runners delighted to be back was Sean Doyle, dubbed ‘Miracle Man’ after his double cardiac arrest at Huddersfield parkrun in 2013.
Sean has now clocked up 236 parkruns and loves nothing better than meeting up with familiar faces.
“It was like friends reunited,” said Sean. “I saw many friends in person for the first time since March 2020 and that’s a long time to be away.”
Run director Mark Nicholson said: “The atmosphere was great and everybody was just happy to be back.”
Normal service was resumed and there was even the traditional fish finger butty from the cafe afterwards!