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Runners encouraged to take part in Parkrun scheme
12:01pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 in News
A WEEKLY running scheme that aims to help people of all abilities take part in exercise in gaining pace as more people sign up.
The Parkrun initiative, which was introduced in 2004, is held in Darlington’s South Park each Saturday morning at 9am, starting at the Clock Tower.
The Darlington Harriers, who are running the scheme with the support of Darlington Borough Council and health bosses, have invited people of all running abilities to take part in the free 5km (three mile) runs.
Runners can have their efforts timed to check their progress. Anyone can take part, although children under the age of 11 must run with an adult.
Ian Barnes, chairman of Darlington Harriers, said: “The Parkrun has been going for a number of years in other parts of the country and we felt it was right that Darlington residents were given the same opportunity each week to get fit and enjoy themselves in the lovely surroundings of South Park.
"We welcome runners of all abilities from club athletes to the occasional jogger."
Andy Scott, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and partnerships, said: “It is important that we all take responsibility for our own health and fitness and the Parkruns are a fun way to get out into the fresh air to exercise with friends and like-minded people.
“The runs are open to people of all abilities, so make the effort, dust off your trainers and join in.”
For more information visit parkrun.org.uk.