Hundreds of people flock to Fakenham for the Easter Sunday fun day

17:02 19 April 2022

Easter Fun Day turned out to be an excellent event as it returned for the first time since 2019.

Active Fakenham’s Easter Funday was a huge success as hundreds gathered in the market town on Sunday (April 17).

Many took part in the popular cycle and road races, while dozens stood on the sidelines to cheer on family and friends.

Jo Tindley wins the 2022 Active Fakenham’s Women Criterium Race at Easter Sunday Funday.
– Credit: Fakenham Active

Professional cyclist Jo Tindley, who won the national circuit racing championships in 2021, won the women’s criterium.

Criterium races are popular across America and much of Europe, and in Fakenham it was all about lightning-fast cycling around a 1km circuit in the center -city.

Jacob Bush, just 16, triumphed over a handful of elite runners in the men’s top race.

Speaking after her victory, Ms Tindley said: “I just want to thank you for another mega event and a fantastic day of racing for all.

“This year was my third time racing at Fakenham and I love the circuit.

Children take part in the Active Fakenham's Easter Sunday Fun-Run.

Children take part in the Active Fakenham’s Easter Sunday Fun-Run.
– Credit: Fakenham Active

“There aren’t many real city center circuits on the calendar, so I’ll always jump at the chance to join such a well organized race.”

In addition to the series of fast cycle races, Sunday’s festivities included a competitive 5k race, a fun 1k race and a toddler and under-five tricycle event.

Several hundred people took part in the races and were cheered on by large crowds throughout the day – many of them watching from bars and cafes, while others gathered in the market square.

Richard Crook, chairman of Active Fakenham, said: “The racing was often fierce and the throngs of spectators were treated to a day of free fun in the sun.

“It was Fakenham presented at its best.”

Chairman of Active Fakenham, Richard Crook.

Chairman of Active Fakenham, Richard Crook.
– Credit: Keith Osborn

The men’s 5k race was won by Michael Eccles in 16 minutes and 8 seconds, while the women’s race was won by Hattie Reynolds in 17 minutes 49 seconds.

Mike Marshall, who races every year, added: “Active Fakenham did a magnificent job. It was a privilege to race.

“Without their organization and support along the way, I would have found the event much more difficult.”

Mr Crook thanked the 65 volunteers who gave up their Easter Sunday to make the day a success.

Alicia R. Rucker