MP Simon Hart has become the first MP in the UK to complete 100 Parkruns – at the local five km fun run that takes place in Amroth every Saturday.

Mr Hart celebrated with his fellow 100-club member and Tavernspite School headteacher Kevin Phelps. Also pictured is Colby Parkrun director Mary Anthony who set up the event just over two years ago.

"Rather by accident I have become a Parkrun regular,” said Mr Hart whose “personal best” time stands at 23.01.

"I seem to be going backwards just recently in my finishing time which is frustrating but I will keep plugging away – I blame the election for ruining my routine!”

Parkrun was set up 13 years ago in London and is a free, weekly, timed run that has become a worldwide phenomenon.

“What I really love about the event is the social element – the coffee and catch-up with friends afterwards is as important as the running,” added Mr Hart.

Runners take it in turns to volunteer to help keep the event free to enter and runners get a free tee shirt when they reach their 50 or 100 run milestone.

Colby Parkrun takes place around the National Trust gardens at 9am every Saturday and had a record attendance of 278 runners in April this year.

“A new parkrun has just started in Haverfordwest and I would encourage everyone to give it a go,” added Mr Hart. “There is a tail walker who makes sure everyone gets round safely and it really doesn’t matter if you complete it in 16 minutes and 23 seconds which is the Colby record or over an hour – everyone is welcome.”For more information about Parkrun check out