Durham parkrun can be found every Saturday morning in Durham City, in the north east of England.
Clare Clish from Durham parkrun takes us inside her home event…
My friend Andrew Hopkins kept nagging me to go along to parkrun and so eventually I caved in and went along to see what it was all about. I’d never really run much with other people before and so was a bit nervous but I absolutely loved it, I couldn’t believe it was on every week and was totally free!
I soon made lots of new running friends and love volunteering here at Durham as it’s a really friendly and welcoming place to come and walk, jog, run or volunteer. Five years on from my first run and I now co-event direct with my husband Antony.
Our course takes you from the Durham University’s sports centre along the riverside paths to the bandstand by the racecourse cricket ground.
It’s pretty picturesque as you run along the river paths, past the rowers and is fairly flat with no significant hills!
We think the best part of our course is the amazing views you get of Durham Cathedral. Built in 1093, it is a world heritage site and we might be biased but we think it is one of the most beautiful buildings in the country!
We welcome lots of tourists at Durham parkrun, from those visiting our city to those dropping off their offspring at the University and they nearly always comment on how lovely the route is.
For our post-parkrun coffee, after you reach the bandstand we take a short walk back to the university sports centre, where the cafe is open for coffee and breakfast.
Although we have many regular and long-standing parkrunners, we continue to welcome new walkers, joggers and runners, and some of our regulars have now become run leaders and lead couch to 5k courses which help people new to running to become parkrunners.
We have regular takeover events by local running clubs and promote charitable ventures whenever possible.
Amongst our many local legends and hi-vis heroes, we’re lucky to have Colin Everson (former volunteer of the month winner!) and Mike Elliot on our core team who were part of the original core team when the event was set up seven years ago.
They’ve volunteered literally hundreds of times and Colin even has his own marshal spot – Colin’s corner!
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