It was a big weekend for parkruns across north Hertfordshire - with an anniversary coming alongside an announcement.

The big announcement is that Stevenage are getting set for a second parkrun in the town.

Stevenage Phoenix, which was only formed in October 2022, are planning the launch of the St Nicholas Parkrun later in the year.

The 5k event, part of an international movement that sees races every Saturday morning, will be based out of St Nicholas Park and will "complement the existing parkrun in Fairlands Valley park".

A spokesman for Phoenix said: "The new volunteer core team is being formed and we are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who would like to experience the parkrun journey and thrill from volunteering on Saturday mornings by becoming one of the event directors or run directors.

"If you are interested, or want to find out more, please contact Chris Leigh on 07484893454."

The anniversary event took place at Letchworth as the garden city event celebrated its sixth birthday.

There were 114 finishers over the famously muddy circuit and they were rewarded with birthday cake, a hot drink and a party atmosphere.

Being the home event for North Herts Road Runners, they had plenty involved with Ian Datlen the first of their male runners to finish and Rhia Botha the club's first female.

Storm Moore was one of the seven Stevenage Striders to claim a parkrun PB.

What made hers special though was it was the fourth in a row as she finished 36th at Stevenage.

There were 44 from Fairlands Valley Spartans at parkruns with 18 at Stevenage where Grant Ramsay maintained his run of top 10 places by finishing fifth.

Among the others was Kerstin Weiner in Dusseldorf, Germany, for the Volksgarten event while Karl Shreeve was in Shrewsbury.

The Comet: North Herts Road Runners at the ATW Bedford 5 & 10. Picture: NHRRNorth Herts Road Runners at the ATW Bedford 5 & 10. Picture: NHRR (Image: North Herts Road Runners)

The other big event of the weekend was the ATW Bedford five and 10 mile races.

Jim Brown of FVS won the MV70-79 group, finishing one minute and six seconds ahead of the other competitor, John Rowlands of Harpenden Arrows.

They were part of 377 finishers in the 10 mile event with Andy Prior the fastest Spartan male and Sophie Parsons the fastest FVS female.

North Herts Road Runners had eight involved in the course which ran along the banks of the River Great Ouse.

Rachel Arnott led the Squirrel 10 milers home to finish third in the FV40-49 group while Nicola Withington set a PB of 1:28:17.

Andrew Wallis was the first NHRR to finish in the five mile run with Ellie Frid the first club female.

Helder Soares of the Striders was fourth in his age category in the 10 mile race and 19th overall.

There were also three Striders at the Essendon Country Club charity 10k.

First back was Jeanette Parker in 1:17:06, closely followed by Paula Heyes (1:17:31) and Laila Manning (1:18:03).

The Comet: Jess Clarke of Stevenage Phoenix with her medal. Picture: STEVENAGE PHOENIXJess Clarke of Stevenage Phoenix with her medal. Picture: STEVENAGE PHOENIX (Image: Stevenage Phoenix)

Chris Leigh of Stevenage Phoenix ran the Big Bear Hedgehog Challenge trail marathon in Fineshade Woods near Corby, Northamptonshire.

He completed the marathon distance round the 3.5 mile wooded circuit in 4:48:02.

Jessica Clarke meanwhile took on the Finsbury Park Half Marathon and claimed a PB of 2:18:46, knocking off almost two minutes.