parkrun UK is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Leeds Building Society that will see the two organisations collaborate to support local communities across the country.
The partnership was launched on 20 May at Woodhouse Moor parkrun in Leeds, which in 2007 was the first-ever parkrun launched outside of London.
The fifth largest building society in the UK, Leeds Building Society was established more than 140 years ago and shares our desire to have a positive and lasting impact on its members. It helps them save and have the home they want and support the local communities where its members and colleagues live and work.
Like parkrun, Leeds Building Society doesn’t have any shareholders. It’s owned by its members and has a real focus on strengthening local communities.
As a long-term partner with parkrun, Leeds Building Society will be supporting a number of parkrun initiatives, helping us with the continued delivery of our events, and providing wider benefit to surrounding communities. As parkrun continues to grow, their support will help to ensure our events remain free and accessible to all.
parkrun Chief Executive Nick Pearson said: “Our mission is to make the world a healthier and happier place and to bring the unique experience of parkrun to more and more communities. We share so many values with Leeds Building Society, including a dedication to support local communities, and this exciting new partnership is a significant part of our continued growth.
“Each weekend 1,100 communities across the world, including 600 right here in the UK, come together to support each other and this number is increasing every week. This is why it is crucial for us to be partnering with an organisation that also has local communities at its heart.”
Nikki Marsh, Leeds Building Society Director of Customer & Digital, said: “parkrun is so much more than a running event, it’s a volunteer-led movement. Our new research shows that across the UK there’s a real desire for people to meet and get to know others in their neighbourhood. 25% of people in the UK now don’t feel close to anyone in their local community, and we believe parkrun really helps bring communities together, which is why we chose to support it.
“parkrun is a simple way for adults and families to join a local initiative whilst getting fit and active at the same time and through our partnership, we’ll be helping more people get involved, whether through running or volunteering, as well as supporting projects and programmes that we believe will bring a lasting benefit to those involved, our members and their wider communities”.
Here are a few more photos from the launch event:
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In September 2017 I participated in the Wetherby 10k, which takes place around town centre. As I ran over the bridge towards HM YOI Wetherby, a male juveniles prison where I am employed as a social worker, I started to think about the benefits of running for young people who are remanded or sentenced to…