A run in the park

Sports:

Athletics

Location:

Wales - wide

Every Saturday morning at 9am hundreds of club athletes, recreational runners, junior runners and even beginners are meeting across Wales to take part in a free, timed 5km run.

The events are proving very popular as approximately 32,000 runs take place at Welsh parkrun events each year.

These runners join thousands of others across the world, with the events helping to foster an attitude towards improving health and fitness and increasing personal participation in sport and physical activity.

Thanks to volunteers who set-up the courses, marshal and record results there are currently seven parkrun events taking place around Wales with loyal participants who return week after week.

The first event in Wales was set up in Cardiff in February 2008 and has been followed by events in Newport, Bryn Back Park (Tredegar), Aberystwyth, Llyn Lech Owain (Crosshands), Porthcawl and the most recent in Pontypridd which started in October 2013.

With the runs taking place in pleasant parkland surroundings and some taking in the views of the Wales Coast Path, these safe, feel-good community events are growing in popularity. It's only a matter of time before further Welsh parkrun's will begin to appear in lots of locations across the country.

Richard Dando, Sport Wales Senior Officer, a parkrunner and volunteer at Porthcawl parkrun said:

"The non-competitive nature of parkrun isproving popular with every part of the community -attracting a high proportion of first-timers and females while a lot of juniors and families are taking part too. 

"Parkrun is also a great way to volunteer in community sport as the roles are varied and simple while the time commitment is a bite-size window every Saturday morning between 8.30am and 10am."  

It's very easy to get involved - runners sign-up once on the website to get a barcode and then can turn up and run at any event across the world.

For more information, visit www.parkrun.org.uk

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