The first parkrun ‘takeover’ organised by parkrun’s Outreach Ambassadors for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Mark Taylor and Katherine Goulder, and with help from the MS Trust.
Here Mark tells us how this celebration of all things parkrun unfolded on Saturday 8 December at Letchworth parkrun…
It’s often said about parkrun that it’s a run not a race. But better still it’s a celebration. parkrun celebrates community, whether locally based or those bound by tourism challenges like the Wilson index, whether those who have only just decided to leave the couch, or those about to run a marathon.
That community includes those who volunteer for the joy of it, to cheer friends and stranger alike then catch up on local news and gossip over coffee and cake!
The MS Trust provides support and advice to those, like me and my fellow MS Ambassador Kat Goulder, who have this chronic long-term condition. They are based in Letchworth and were more than happy to send runners, volunteers, tutus and cake on a beautiful but bitingly cold morning.
Rob Carter from the MS Trust is a long time parkrunner and was keen to help to promote parkrun to the MS community. Evidence indicates that exercise helps modulate MS and the benefits to mental health are well known. parkrun can also have a part to play building MS community links.
Recent research shows that three out of five MSers (people with MS) suffer from loneliness. With parkrun you don’t have to run, jog or even walk. That act of volunteering can help with feelings of isolation.
So it is was heartening not just to see many MSer running but also volunteering at Letchworth. We shared a fabulous parkrun (complete with mud!) and many new friendships were made.
If you or a friend or family member have Multiple Sclerosis why not join parkrun’s online community for parkrunners with MS.
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