Inspirational parkrun

by Clive Walker in Life

Parkrun is an inspirational event. Free and open to all. Run, walk, or jog 5 km (3 miles) at a local park every Saturday morning. Everyone can take part. Now, there are more than 440 parkrun locations in the UK and last weekend over a million people running (UK). Fantastic!

Globally, parkrun has over 1100 locations and more than 2 million runners. Yet, it’s not a race, it’s the taking part that matters.

It’s been a big motivation and I wrote about what it means for me. Last weekend, I saw three things at my local Horsham parkrun that demonstrated just what an inspiration it is and how everyone gets involved.

  • At the start, four children held up the Start sign and cheered everyone away. Brilliant!

  • During the run, there was a 6 - 7 year old girl holding up her hand for high fives from the runners as they went past. I think everyone paused to do it.

  • After I’d completed the run, I watched people finish and there was a lovely moment when a parent and two daughters ran through the finish line. Mum was holding the hand of the older daughter who was holding the hand of her younger sister. It was great to see.

These moments (or similar) happen every week at a parkrun near you (in the UK here). It’s free and open to everyone. Join in, you’ll love it I’m sure!

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