Picture the scene: it’s Sunday 1 April 2010, nine intrepid youngsters are lining up for a photo in Bushy Park, blissfully unaware that they are about to make history as the pioneers of junior parkrun.
Fast forward eight years to 1 April 2018: it’s Easter Sunday, April Fool’s Day and the eighth anniversary of junior parkrun! On this particular weekend there are 10,037 junior parkrunners and 3,774 volunteers getting together in 203 different locations.
Plenty has happened since Paul Graham launched Bushy Park junior parkrun. In fact, almost 19,000 events have taken place in that eight year period and 1.4 million walks, jogs and runs have been enjoyed by 179,628 different 4-14 year-olds.
Since October 2015, many new junior parkrun events have also been launched in communities where they may not have otherwise started had it not been for our Corporate Social Responsibility partnership with Warburtons. This partnership involves working together to engage children and their families in disadvantaged communities with junior parkrun to help them lead healthier and happier lives. In that time, more than 45,000 different children have taken part in events located in disadvantaged areas of the UK.
Thousands of families’ Sunday mornings now routinely begin with a healthy dose of fresh air, physical activity, laughter, smiles and quality time spent with friends old and new.
In March this year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had to decide whether to have radiotherapy or have my prostate removed (radical prostatectomy). Without going into detail, I weighed up these options and chose surgery. The operation was carried out at the end of April and went extremely well. My post-operation recovery…
Bury St Edmunds junior parkrun in west Suffolk, East Anglia is one of over 200 junior parkruns across the UK. Event Directors Steve Neumann and Hannah Jewers tell us more… Back in March 2016, due to our frequent running at the Bury St Edmunds 5k parkrun event, we became aware of the possibility…