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Melton’s running revolution

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Wherever you go in Melton these days it’s never very long before you see a runner or a group, some big enough to stop the traffic!

It seems the people of Melton are reclaiming the streets and the running community is just growing and growing.

Yes, it’s true to say that more of us do hit the Tarmac or the treadmill at this time of year but this is no flash in the pan – it’s nothing less than a running revolution.

People new to running or those returning after a long break have been turning out in their droves at Melton Running Club’s Monday night sessions from Parkside (6.30pm) for months now.

And 262 runners (and 20 volunteers) braved driving rain as Melton Mowbray Parkrun took its bow at the country park this month.

Parkrun started back in 2004 when 13 runners got together in Bushy Park, Teddington, Middlesex. There are now more than 550 parkruns and in excess of one million registered runners in 10 countries around the world!

It’s popularity is based on the fact it still follows the same, basic principles – it’s weekly, free, 5km, for everyone and forever.

To take part all you have to do is register once online, turn up on Saturday at 9am and run, jog or walk 5km.

Melton’s Parkrun is a two lap course which sets off from the country park cafe. There is limited parking so those taking part are encouraged to walk or take advantage of additional parking available at John Ferneley College, a five minute walk away (ie please don’t park on the housing estate).

To take part simply register online at www.parkrun.org.uk/meltonmowbray/ then print off your barcode so you get your time and roll up. Fast or slow, give it a go!

You may also want to follow Melton Mowbray Parkrun on Facebook for the latest news. Volunteers are always wanted, too – please email meltonmowbrayhelpers@parkrun.com

For more about Melton Running Club go to www.facebook.com/MeltonRunningClub

If you really get the running bug you may want to join Stilton Striders. It’s a very friendly club which organises group runs from King Edward VII Sports Centre every Wednesday at 7pm, plus regular outruns, structured sessions and club events throughout the year. There’s also a junior club which runs training sessions twice a week.

For more visit www.stiltonstriders.co.uk or like the page www.facebook.com/StiltonStriders

Picture courtesy of the Melton Times

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