Set within the Lake District is the popular town of Keswick. Among all of the fun things for people of all ages to experience in the Lakes, there is Keswick junior parkrun every Sunday morning!
Keswick junior parkrun Event Director Nic Wiseman tells us more…
I have been involved in parkrun since my first run at Bushy in January 2012. I helped with the initial setup of Moormead junior parkrun in Twickenham, and then we moved north.
As soon as we moved to Keswick, we got involved in parkrun and it has definitely helped us become part of the community more quickly than we would have otherwise.
The Keswick junior parkrun course is two laps around our beautiful Fitz Park, all the time being watched over by Skiddaw, one of the highest mountain peaks in England.
It’s fair to say that Keswick, in the beautiful Lake District, gets its fair share of tourists, but we have a great team of volunteers and have a good group of enthusiastic local junior parkrunners.
Every Sunday morning after junior parkrun we head to Café West. The café situated at the base of the Keswick Museum is run by West House, a charity who helps people with learning difficulties get out into the community. This seems a perfect fit with the parkrun ethos.
Duncan Booth is our lead bike rider. He leads the runners round the first lap of the course on his specially adapted electric bike. Duncan has MS and never fails to be there at 8:50am on a Sunday morning.
He and his wife, Yvonne, have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for MS research. He is an inspiration to all.
A former primary school teacher and rock climber, Dunc, is effusive in his praise of all the children running, with his catch phrase, “you’re awesome” often to be heard.
Having only started in November 2017, our event made it through the worst the Cumbrian weather could throw at us until the beast from the east deposited 10cm of snow and ice, therefore cancelling our 4th March event. We have built up a lovely little community, and our core team is ever expanding, now with five Run Directors!
We have people regularly travelling from Kendal, Ambleside, Cockermouth and Penrith, between 13 and 30 miles away, just to junior parkrun with us each week!
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