News - 17th January 2019

It’s “Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day” (but we think we can help!)

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Did you know that today is considered “Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day”? Yes, really – Jan 17 is popularly thought to be the day when a large number of people abandon their resolutions for the new year and revert to old ways.


Does this ring any bells? Perhaps you’ve eaten 5 portions of fruit and veg every day since Jan 1, laid off the wine or made visiting the gym your new daily ritual. But…it’s nearly the weekend, and it’s dark and cold outside and, well, wouldn’t it be nice to just curl up in front of Netflix and forget about that walk you were planning?


New Year’s Resolutions are difficult to stick to when they don’t become habits that are part of your daily or weekly routine. While our free weekly 5km events might not be the solution to everyone’s motivational issues, don’t give up on your ambitions to be more active in 2019 just yet because we think parkrun can help!


Reasons to try a parkrun:


- Firstly, parkrun is free. So unlike signing up for an annual gym membership, you don’t have to worry that your commitment to be more active is costing you lots of money!


- parkrun happens every week at 9am on Saturday morning, so it can help you to make a regular commitment to exercise. Checking off a 5km before lunchtime (or even brunchtime) is a great feeling!


- It’s not a race, so you’ll be sure of an encouraging atmosphere at parkrun, whatever your goal. We have a Tail Walker, whose job it is to keep the walkers company and make sure that no-one has to worry about finishing last!


- It’s all about the taking part, not about finishing first. You can walk, jog or run your 5km; you can bring your dog, you bring your kids. And if you would rather not run, then you can always volunteer!


- We’re a friendly, welcoming community, and many of us go for coffee together afterwards. Everyone’s welcome, and it’s a great way to meet people from all walks of life


- You only have to register online once to receive your unique barcode. Bring this along and we’ll record a time for your 5km, which will help you track your progress throughout the year


- You get rewarded for the more parkruns you complete. Take part in 50 parkruns and you’ll get a red ’50’ milestone technical t-shirt, or volunteer 25 times to receive the coveted Volunteer milestone shirt


Ready to keep up the momentum, or inspired to try a parkrun? We can’t wait for you to join us! More details and registration at

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