parkrun – do you know about the free weekly event?

What the parkrun is and how to find your nearest course

Fancy increasing your fitness this summer? Want to take park in a weekly 5km for free in your local area? Then it sounds like the parkrun is for you.

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and they encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; they welcome you all.

parkrun is such a simple concept: turn up every Saturday and walk, jog or run 5k, or if you’re a junior then 2k every Sunday. You can also volunteer in numerous different roles too! It doesn’t matter how fast you go. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing. What matters is taking part.

There are now parkrun events each Saturday and Sunday in 20 countries all around the world. All events are organised by a group of wonderful, dedicated, local volunteers – the hi-vis heroes!

parkrun is all about inclusiveness and wellbeing. They want as many people as possible to feel part of a real local community brought together by our events, as well as our global parkrun family.

The format of parkrun is simple: register once, print your barcode, then turn up and take part wherever you want, whenever you want.

All you need to do is register for the parkrun, and turn up to take part.

Using the events page, select the event you are most interested in and review all the information about the course, local news items, the photo gallery and information about volunteering. Also, take a look at the extensive results page where you will find an incredible amount of information about your past performance. There are a range of events in locations throughout the North East

One of the events is located at Exhibition Park, every Saturday at 9am. There is an average of 400 runners who attend each week (with the highest peaking at 842 entrants), creating a fun and energetic atmosphere. The average run time is 26 minutes and 43 seconds. The event starts approximately 100m outside the western boundary of Exhibition Park.

For further information, and if you’d like to get involved, visit the parkrun website.

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Source: parkrun