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
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
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
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
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