It’s a free 2K for 4-14 year olds; we all know that junior parkrun is more than just a run, jog or walk in the park for 4-14 year olds, don’t we?!
Despite the fact that we reported another amazing record turnout at junior parkrun last weekend (15,999 juniors crossed a finish line on Sunday – the highest attendance ever!), that only tells part of the story.
We love to see whole families participating together at junior parkrun but those over the age of 14 aren’t allowed to cross the finish line and receive a finishing time.
So this time last year we asked all junior event teams to count the number of adults who also walked, jogged or ran at junior parkrun and we were thrilled to discover that for every 100 juniors who crossed the finish line, an additional 40 adults had also taken part.
Last Sunday we re-ran this ‘snapshot survey’ to help us understand how participation had changed in 12 months, and to allow us to learn a little more about the number of adults who participate at junior parkrun aside from those that volunteer.
We had a brilliant response to the survey as well over 100 events sent in their totals and we were pleased to discover that last weekend the percentage of adults participating was actually slightly higher than the corresponding weekend last year – a fantastic 42%!
So as well as the 15,999 juniors who crossed the line, we estimate that there were around 6,800 adults who walked, jogged or ran their way round a 2k junior parkrun, not to mention the 2,963 volunteers! This means that there were over 25,000 people at a junior parkrun in the UK. last Sunday.
Families being active together is such a wonderful thing and it’s great that junior parkrun is able to help make that possible.
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