parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE also founded inclusive sportswear brand CONTRA, where profit from all sales is used to directly support parkrun. With the CONTRA summer sale in full swing, there’s never been a better time to bag a bargain, and help protect the future of parkrun at the same time.
Paul tells us more.
When I started a weekly time trial with friends in Bushy Park, back in 2004, I couldn’t have ever imagined it would develop into the parkrun we know and love today. Neither could I have realised how this free, weekly, timed event could mean so much to so many different people.
The great news is that, after a long wait, parkrun has already returned in several countries around the world, and has been given the green light to come back in many more places soon. I, for one, am well and truly ready for that exciting day to arrive.
Looking back over parkrun’s journey to date, one of the things I am most proud of is its inclusive nature. Everyone is welcome and supported to enjoy the shared outdoor social experience, whether they walk, jog, run or volunteer. New friendships are made, we share good times and experience the encouragement of others which culminates in strengthening the bonds across our communities from which we all ultimately benefit.
I believe that making sure parkrun is free to access, for everyone, forever is vital in maintaining its accessibility to all. However, maintaining more than 2,000 events and starting in new communities does take a lot of work behind the scenes. Each event requires support and equipment, there are ongoing IT and insurance costs and so on. Our valued sponsors help us cover many of these on-going costs, as do sales of parkrun merchandise. This is also where the sportswear brand CONTRA makes a difference, with all its profits channelled directly into supporting parkrun.
CONTRA was born out of the desire to encourage anyone who wants to become more active, to feel comfortable and look great in their sportswear no matter their shape or size. The brand lives up to this aim by providing well designed, high quality kit at great prices in an extensive range of sizes for men and women.
As parkrun begins to return, CONTRA is on board with a huge summer sale offering up to 40% discount across the entire range. If you are looking to freshen up your kit, ready for the parkrun restart, whether you need a simple pair of shorts or a bright, new t-shirt, then I encourage you to check out CONTRA’s offers whilst they last. Not only will you be investing in some top quality sports gear, you will also be directly helping to keep parkrun free, for everyone, forever.
That first parkrun back is going to be quite a day. Enjoy it! I know I will.
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