RUNNING enthusiasts have launched an urgent appeal for volunteers to help keep the latest athletics phenomenon ‘parkrun’ alive and kicking in Solihull.
The initiative only arrived in Solihull last month but it has been sweeping certain parts of the country for quite a while and organisers are anxious to keep the event going locally.
Parkrun provides a free weekly 5km timed run around Brueton Park every Saturday morning starting at 9am.
The event has been running for the past five weeks and relies on volunteers to stage the event.
At present the weekly run has been organised by volunteers from Birmingham with support from Solihull’s Leisure Services team.
At similar scheme gets underway in Cannon Hill Park on August 28, which will require the Birmingham contingent’s help.
Acting Solihull race director Phil Innamorati admitted: “There’s a real danger we could lose the Brueton Park run after this Saturday if volunteers don’t come forward. That would be a shame because Brueton Park is a lovely run.
“Officially it’s a timed run and the goals are whatever people set themselves”.
Parkrun has already proved popular in Solihull with over 130 people registered and has the seal of approval from some top quality runners including former British international Sheila Carey, who competes in the Women’s 60 to 64 category these days, but still managed to complete the course in 21mins 41secs.
It also has the backing of Nike UK, Lucozade Sport, Sweatshop and the London Marathon, who cover setting up new events and central operational costs.
Such is the interest, that Nike are planning to put a promotion on at Brueton Park for August 28, providing this week’s run receives sufficient support.
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