parkrun in Wales will see the 100,000th different person cross the finishing line on Saturday 19 May, 10 years after the first Welsh parkrun started in Cardiff with just 56 finishers and 11 volunteers.
Almost 6,000 of the 100,000 people to take part in parkruns in Wales identified themselves as ‘inactive’ when they registered with parkrun, and more than 10,000 different people have volunteered.
There are now 28 5k parkruns that take place at 9am every Saturday throughout Wales, with 12 ‘junior parkruns’ at 9am on Sunday mornings, which are 2k events for 4-14 year-olds and their families. parkruns take place in a wide variety of open spaces in addition to traditional parks, such as promenades, lake shores, beaches and National Trust properties.
Each parkrun is established and coordinated entirely by volunteers from local communities and they are free to take part in. And don’t be fooled by the name – walkers, joggers and volunteers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to get involved in the socially-focussed weekly events. Every parkrun has a volunteer Tail Walker who provides encouragement and support, and ensures nobody can ever ‘come last’ at a parkrun.
(Volunteer) Lead Ambassador for parkrun in Wales, Chris Davies, said: “Over the past 10 years parkrun has worked hard to understand and break down many of the barriers to taking part in regular physical activity and volunteering, as well as making it as straightforward as possible for volunteers to establish and deliver a parkrun in their community every weekend.
“As a result, parkrun has captured the imagination of people from throughout Wales, and is increasingly seen as an accessible entry point for those who quite literally want to take their first steps towards a more active lifestyle.
“We believe parkrun has a significant role to play in making Wales a healthier and happier society and we look forward to welcoming the next 100,000 participants.”
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