Date Published: 07 February 2020
2020 has seen the welcome introduction of a Junior parkrun in Sleaford thanks to the hard work, and dedication of community volunteers.
Supported by North Kesteven District Council and its leisure partner, BETTER – the park run which takes place on Boston Road Recreation Ground, Sleaford became a reality for the new year – and what a success it has been in its first month, seeing over 100 juniors take part.
Parkrun is a phenomenon – one that sees people get up early doors on a Saturday and Sunday morning to help others achieve the endless goals, and triumphs that are experienced by completing those magical 5 or 2 kilometres - these people are extra-ordinary and why wouldn’t you want to be part of it.
If you would like to see a park run in your area – junior or adult – think about setting one up!
Cllr Lindsey Cawrey, Executive Board member with a special interest in health and wellbeing said: “It is great to see our communities getting involved in this, as our health and wellbeing is extremely important. The district council is happy to support and advise those individuals or groups in setting up a parkrun where it can, but encourage like-minded residents to get together and take the first steps in getting it off the ground.”
The district council’s social media accounts have seen a huge interest in an adult parkrun being set up, and encourages those who have talked about it to get in touch with each other.
Kerry Swarbrooke-Coy, BETTER said: “If you want a parkrun, contact the person who posted that ‘they want a parkrun’ and hey presto – you have a core team! Find a venue, lodge your expression of interest and away you go!
Of course it is not that easy, but there are lots of event directors like me, parkrun ambassadors and run directors across the county that are as passionate and as daft as me and will talk your ears off about what to do, how to do it and what an incredibly uplifting experience it is.
The worst thing you can do is wait for someone else to do it for you.”
The junior parkrun in Sleaford would not have been possible without the added support of Carres Outreach, William Alvey Primary School and Sleaford Town Council, and the many volunteers that have helped run it each Sunday from the beginning.
If you want more information on where to start, ad what it involves head to www.parkrun.org.uk