The internationally-renowned Parkrun event is being launched here in the Derbyshire Dales, with the first of the free 5km/3 mile run/jog/walk sessions taking place at 9am on Saturday 30 December at Hassop Station. There will be a Parkrun every Saturday at 9am from then onwards.
Derbyshire Dales District Council’s sports development team was delighted to be involved with the initial working group meetings for the start-up of the event, which has now been taken on by volunteers.
Parkruns have been established across the globe, with over 98,000 events regularly taking place. The Parkrun events are timed activities and those taking part get a barcode that links to their personal details, which can be used at any other Parkrun event.
Karen Weir, an ambassador for Parkrun, said: “As a resident of the beautiful Peak District, I am very excited that we are finally getting a Parkrun here in the National Park.
“After almost 12 months of fundraising, planning, recruiting and developing a volunteer team we are ready to go live with Bakewell Parkrun. Not only are we filling a geographical gap in Parkrun coverage, but, more importantly, we are meeting the request of the local community who initiated and supported the creation of Bakewell Parkrun.
“It’s not just about running, however, and we hope to encourage walkers and volunteers to come along and get involved. The success of Bakewell Parkrun is dependent on volunteers, so anyone who would like to get involved on an ad-hoc or regular basis please contact the team.”
To contact the local Parkrun team send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more iformation about Parkrun, visit their WEBSITE.