I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday morning Parkrun phenomena, where volunteers and runners gather every Saturday in local parks for a run, totally free of charge.
It’s not competitive – except against your own personal best – it’s properly marshalled and you have to register, but it’s a free, friendly thing that’s hugely popular and a stunning demonstration of community in action.
This week’s event is particularly special as it’s a ‘Bring a Bag’ Parkrun – participants are encouraged to bring with them items for the local food banks which will be collected at the event.
Gary Jenkins, one of the event organisers, posted:
BRING A BAG PARKRUN
We are delighted to be joined by Melissa from The Lamp Foodbank on Saturday.
Click here for lists of the sort of items that would be ideal and will make a huge difference to people in our community.
Please do what you can.
Having run for years now at Walsall Arboretum and Cannock Chase, we now have a 5km Parkrun at Chasewater that happens every Saturday (events in the park permitting) – and has been attracting over 300 runners already!
It’s on this Saturday (11th January 2020) at 9:00am and the organisers have this to say:
What is Chasewater parkrun?
It is a 5km run – it’s you against the clock.
When is it?
Every Saturday at 9:00am.
Where is it?
The event takes place at Chasewater Country Park, Pool Rd, Burntwood, Brownhills, WS8 7NL. See Course page for more details.
What does it cost to join in?
Nothing – it’s free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won’t get a time.
How fast do I have to be?
We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!
Chasewater parkrun needs you!
It is entirely organised by volunteers – email firstname.lastname@example.org to help.
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the South Shore café – please come and join us!
Please, if you go for a run this Saturday, drop me a line and let me know how you get on – this is a fascinating thing and it’s growth is really wonderful. Comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.