Athletics

Plymouth’s first junior Parkrun will take place on Sunday after more than a year of effort

AFTER more than a year of trying to get it off the ground, Plymouth’s first junior Parkrun will take place on Sunday morning.

A group of running enthusiasts started planning it in early 2017, but they hit a host of stumbling blocks along the way, including trying to raise the initial start-up costs.

However, on Sunday their dream will finally become a reality when youngsters between the ages of four and 14 head off on the 2k course around Devonport Park at 9am.

“It is due to the hard work and dedication of the core team and our regional ambassador that we have been able to set up this junior Parkrun,” said Hollie Baxter.

“We hope the event will add to the already-established community of Devonport Park and the idea of exercise being fun from a young age.

“Our fundraising has come from a number of areas including: Tesco Bags for Help, Councillor Philippa Davey, Livewell South West, Plymouth Community Homes, Mrs Dyer (in memory of her late Father) and Mrs Cambridge.

“I cannot thank these donors enough. As a team we look forward to working with the park community and local council to develop a sustainable event for not only local families but tourists and visitors.”

Organisers feel a junior Parkrun can be successful in Plymouth, just as the 5k ones have been at Plym Valley, Mount Edgcumbe and Tamar Trials on Saturday mornings. 

They believe 5k can be a bit far for some young children and so a 2k version will give more youngsters the chance to get involved with social running.

Youngsters will be eligible for T-shirts and wristbands if they do so many.

The runs are free to take part in and will start near the Pavilion Cafe in Devonport Park. They will be well marshalled and parents can run with their children. The cafe will also be open for drinks and breakfast. Devonport Park will also be holding a family community event from 11am. For more information on the Parkrun or to register, click HERE.

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