There is a clamouring for free, easy to access, community led, sociable, activities for all the family. parkrun is one such offering. Here are just some of the reasons why I have become involved in the organisation, and am leading the development of the series for juniors (4-14yr olds) across the UK.

  • Not-for-profit social enterprise delivering free opportunities for physical activity
  • A run not a race
  • Open to all, no matter what ability or background
  • Free, weekly, community based, timed 5k runs on Saturday mornings
  • 2km runs for juniors (currently 4 in the UK)
  • Organised by the community for the community
  • 209 locations throughout the UK
  • 90 global locations across USA, Australia, Denmark, Poland, South Africa, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand and soon Russia (growing by around 2-3 events per week)
  • UK database of approximately 550,000 runners
  • Global participants number approximately 100,000
  • 32,000 weekly runs in the UK
  • 10,000 weekly runs globally
  • 3,200 total weekly volunteers
  • 49% of registered runners are female, 51% male
  • 8% of registered runners are aged 4-15years
  • parkruns increase participation in regular physical activity, enhance mental and physical well-being, build and enhance friendships, increase local community cohesion and strengthen family relationships

To me, parkrun epitomises all that is great about sport……

For more info check out the website at  www.parkrun.com.

Smiles

Chrissie

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/athletics/9196448/Parkrun-gathers-pace-to-go-from-a-humble-start-to-a-runaway-success.html

 

 

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