14 June 2018

The NHS 70 Parkrun took place on Saturday 9 June. This is the first every NHS parkrun and it is to be continued next year.

Over 300 parkruns took part. The sunny weather brought out over 80,000 people to take part. It has been a great NHS initiative to introduce exercise to counter the serious obesity issue facing the country.

Newham's John Gan joined friends in the Bexley Parkrun. John is a fan of Parkruns. He said, "Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around park in the UK, on Saturday morning at 9am. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe, easy to take part in. 

It is for all abilities, from Olympian e.g. Dame Kelly Homes (who supported the NHS 70) and a not very fit person like myself! We have “Parkrunners” who run with their children, dogs or some not so fit, who can walk the distance or even half the distance. But there is always a volunteer who will be walking/running at the back of the pack.

If you register at the Parkrun website, print out your own barcode and get it scanned at the end of the run/walk. You will receive a text or email regarding your  run time for that week. Parkrun is all inclusive and is for absolutely everyone – walk, jog, or run. And if people can’t do that, then they would be really welcomed to come and help out as a volunteer.

Do give it a try, I believe once you tried it, you will get hooked. Not only you will improve your physical health but also  your mental health.

Parkrun website: www.parkrun.org.uk or just google 'Parkrun' and where you live to find the nearest parkrun."