Happy birthday to Parkrun, which celebrated its 13th year this month. If you’ve never come across Parkrun, it’s a free community running event – with runs organised during the weekends at hundreds of sites throughout the UK.
The Parkruns are a great place to soak up positivity, encouragement, community spirit and, of course, some fresh air and exercise.
Even if you are unable to run, you can enjoy these events by turning up to volunteer as a marshal or timer on the route.
The runs are non-competitive 5k events and attract a huge variety of runners – young and old.
I went along to take part in my local event last weekend and felt absolutely amazing at the end of it – not just because of the fresh air and exercise, but because of the fantastic atmosphere.
Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE said: “Thirteen runners and a handful of volunteers at our first event has grown into a global community of more than 2.5 million participants. And while the numbers are impressive, it’s the friendships, the life-changing stories and the positivity that I have always seen as the true measure of our success.
“For many parkrunners it is simply about running or walking with like-minded people and being part of their local community. We value everyone at parkrun equally and the fact that 80,000 people who previously did no physical activity have become active through parkrun over the past three years alone, demonstrates how successful we have been at breaking down the barriers to taking part in regular physical activity.”
What a great event – here’s to another 13 years!