As we hoover up the pine cones from the carpet and put our decorations away for another year, it’s good to reflect that this Christmas season has seen more people than ever come together to spend time with friends and family at parkrun.
In the UK alone, aside from the number of events that took place over the Christmas weekend, almost 200 parkruns took place on Christmas Day itself and it was a fantastic opportunity for people from all walks of life to run, support and be part of the incredible parkrun community.
We were thrilled to take part in a Christmas parkrun in Brighton and see for ourselves how inclusive and supportive it is. With hundreds of people taking part, lots of amazing volunteers, a sea of Santa hats and a massive dose of Christmas cheer, it really is quite extraordinary what can be achieved by putting on a simple, free, timed 5K in the community.
We’d like to take this with us into 2018 and encourage anyone new to parkrun to just go for it. Whether you want to get fit or enjoy the social side of parkrun, it can change your life. Bring along family and friends and see where it takes you!
In the meantime, if you have some Christmas cash to spend or fancy treating yourself to some smart new gear to kick-start your new year fitness, remember that you can claim 10% off at Intersport as part of our ongoing parkrun partnership price #PPP*. Simply show your parkrun barcode in store (#DFYB!) to claim 10% off running products (find your nearest store here) or use code PARKRUN10 to claim 10% off running products online at www.intersport.co.uk **
Whatever you need, we’re always on hand at Intersport with plenty of advice, from tips about running through to gait analysis and finding your perfect shoe – and we love to chat to fellow parkrunners!
Happy new year, and see you at your next parkrun!
*PPP valid at all participating Intersport stores; see our website for details.
**Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.
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