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Watch: Wolverhampton park runners come together to celebrate 500th event

It was a day of celebration for participants, volunteers and organisers as a popular Parkrun celebrated a special anniversary.

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It was a day for runners and organisers to celebrate

Dozens of people headed for West Park in Wolverhampton to be part of the 500th event for Wolverhampton Parkrun and enjoy a bracing 5K run around the park.

It was a day for family, friends and ardent joggers to stretch their legs, tie up their shoes and embark on three laps of the park, whether through running, jogging or just enjoying a walk.

The runners are given their marching orders ahead of the start

The Parkrun is a free, volunteer-run event held in West Park every Saturday from 9am and has been a feature of the park since 2013.

It has proven continuously popular more than a decade on, as dozens of runners roll themselves out of bed early on a Saturday morning to exercise in the fresh air and catch up with friends.

The 500th edition brought people of all ages out to the park to do the Parkrun, with some people putting in the kilometres in fancy dress.

Mark Sinclair from Dudley joined other runners dressed as Prince

Co-event director Phil Evans said the day had gone well, despite the frosty weather, and said that there had been a celebratory feeling in the air.