The Parkrun in Stafford has proved a huge success in its opening months.
Nearly 2,500 runners have lined up since the event was launched in December.
An average of around 260 men, women and youngsters have turned out for the 5K run which takes place on the town’s Isabel Trail with the runs going ahead every Saturday from 9am.
Runners of all abilities are welcome and are timed for their own personal development. There is no cost to take part although participants need to register with Parkrun.
Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure, at Stafford Borough Council, has taken part in the run. He said “Parkrun offers an opportunity for the whole community to come together on a regular basis to enjoy the Isabel Trail and keep physically active as well as taking the opportunity to socialise.
“I’m really pleased to see so many people taking part especially in some very tricky weather conditions.”
A number of organisations have come together to help plan, fund and facilitate the run including the Borough Council, County Council and Freedom Leisure, Stafford Harriers, Rising Brook Runners and Stafford Triathlon Club.
His cabinet colleague, Councillor Jeremy Pert, who helped fund the event, said: “This event is organised on a weekly basis by a team of twenty or so dedicated volunteers who make sure it is safe and fun for everyone taking part from first timer through to seasoned pro. Everyone coming together has made this event, alongside the numbers of people entering, a huge success, as well as bringing new people – from as far afield as Cornwall and Kent – into our town for the first time. This event can only grow in its success.”
Press Release No 5504