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.
Ellon parkrun is situated north of Aberdeen, Scotland and was launched in October 2015. Since then an average of 82 weekly parkrunners enjoy an all-tarmac, mostly flat course, with an out and back section along a scenic riverside. Event Director Steven tells us more… I cut my parkrun teeth at Bromley, SE London…
Canterbury parkrun can be found at the University of Kent in the town of Canterbury in the South East of England. Event Director Glenn Wilson tells us more… I first started running at Whitstable parkrun in late 2013. After just a couple of runs, I heard that a local parkrun was starting up…