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LEICESTER runners were feeling the love at the weekend at the latest Watermead Country Parkrun.

At Saturday’s special Valentine’s themed event (February 12), runners were encouraged to ‘share the love’ by wearing shades of red and pink.

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Hundreds of runners turned out to the event, including Leicestershire’s very own running legend Gemma Steel (pictured) who is building herself back up after a nine month running hiatus.

The 5k event was won by Leicester West End runner George Seymour, in a time of 16:06, followed by his teammate Francis Lynch, who came home in 16:31.

Ben Darlow made up the top three in a time of 16:34.

First lady home was Gemma Steel in a time of 18:15 – gradually chipping away at her time and edging towards the course record of 17 minutes 53 seconds.

Claire Jones finished in 19:20 and Elizabeth Jones made it to the finish in a time of 20:08.

All runners were given a packet of love heart sweets upon finishing the course, and were also treated to various and very familiar love songs, which were blaring out through speakers on the home straight.

“Thankfully it wasn’t Wet Wet Wet but I could certainly feel the nippy wind in my fingers and toes!” said volunteer Cheryl Currant on the day.

“There was certainly love all around though.”

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