Parkrun has been in the news a fair bit this past week or two, Stoke Gifford Parish Council have decided to charge the Little Stoke Parkrun to use the park. It seems that because the football and cricket teams pay, they feel Parkrun should too. Well, the footballers and cricketers get exclusive use of their pitches, and changing rooms are provided - Parkrun ask for none of this. It's just a bunch of like minded individuals who turn up every Saturday morning to run/jog/walk and enjoy their lovely local park. They use the normal paths, sharing them courteously with the other park users - who are often the runners children and other family members - shouts of "look - there's Mummy running!" and "wave at Daddy!" often ring out. It's very family friendly, accessible and sociable. And free. Whilst we're on the monetary front, the park cafe's must love it, judging by the amount of bacon sarnies and hot drinks I see!
There are some pretty dedicated folks at my local Parkrun in Huddersfield - they really do believe in the cause - you only have to see this fella's tattoo...
And "yes" it's real! Look:
It's been a while since either me or my hubby did our local Huddersfield Parkrun in Greenhead Park- but we still proudly have our barcodes... So in an act of solidarity, and to show support for this positive movement - we went this Saturday. Justin Magner ran whilst I looked after the kids, cheered everyone on and took a few photos.
The sun shone down its approval, though staying pretty chilly - but there were still plenty of bare limbs to be seen! The runners got ready, stretching their legs and chatting chatting. The social side of these events seems almost more important than the fitness element, what a very pleasing byproduct.
Just before the start, it was announced over the loud speaker that Kirklees Council (@kirkleescouncil) have confirmed they will not be implementing any kind of Parkrun charges the crowd cheered and applauded - which is fantastic news! 😊
The folks behind them will span almost to the 50 minute mark, but thats the point - you do what YOU can, it's not a race. They'll be probably be getting stronger and better every week, whilst enjoying the company of friends both new and old, lapping up the copious claps of encouragement from volunteer course Marshals and the general public alike. Positive Power!
And even if they think that "running sucks" - they'll probably be back to do it all over again next week. For free. :-)
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