Parkrun is a worldwide running phenomena which started 14 years ago with a small collection of running enthusiasts who met up in Bushy Park, West London on a Saturday morning to run 5k together. They recorded their results and decided to make this a weekly event and gradually attracted more and more runners to this free and friendly event. With the run starting at 9 am every week without fail, people were free to come one week and never again or to make it part of their weekly routine. After two years another local event was formed to cope with the growing numbers and now, 14 years later, there are almost 600 events across the UK with many more across 20 different countries.
There are over 5 million runners in the UK registered with Parkrun and all you need to do to take part at any of the events is to register online at the address shown below and turn up a few minutes before the start time with your personalised barcode. Once you finish the run (however long it takes you), you receive your finishing position which is scanned along with your barcode and the results arrive by email or text a short while later. Regardless of your speed, Parkrun is for everyone and attracts a huge range of runners and walkers, each with their own reasons for wanting to take part each week.
In Norfolk, Eaton Park was the first event to pop up back in 2010 which regularly attracts 500+ runners. Since then events have start in Blickling, Catton Park, Fritton Lake, Gorleston, Holkham, Mulbarton, Sheringham, Swaffham, Thetford and our local event Brundall. This Parkrun was formed in 2015 and takes place around the allotments which can be found between Brundall and Postwick. The course takes place on grass and features four laps with twists and turns which make it an excellent racing course, keeping all runners within sight to track progress easily. Typically, the event is home to 100 – 150 runners every week with many being current students or staff, alumni and parents. There is also a coffee and cake company who set up at the finish line every week and many runners socialise after the event, giving a real community feel.
In order for these events to run every Saturday, a huge army of volunteers are needed. Depending on the size of the event this could be anywhere from 10 – 30 runners each week giving up a run to help do one of the many jobs and roles. On 15 December 2018 we, as a PE department and school, are going to be taking over the running of Brundall Parkrun for one Saturday only and would like as many students, staff, parents and alumni as possible to join us. We have 10 volunteer roles to fill with several other optional roles depending on how many people want to be involved. There are also 50+ students and staff who regularly run at one of the many Norfolk Parkrun events every Saturday and we would love to see all of you converge at Brundall on 15 December 2018 for what should be a brilliant occasion for the school.
We would love to hear from you in advance if you intend to join us, especially if you would like to volunteer for a running or non-running role. Please register with Parkrun (https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/) and bring your barcode on the day, meeting at 8.45 am on Saturday 15 December 2018.
For more information on Brundall Parkrun and how to find the allotments and parking options, please go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/brundall/
To contact us, please email email@example.com and address the email to the PE department or Mr Shearer. You can also keep track of updates regarding the day via our PE department Twitter account @ Thorpe_PE.
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