Whatever your pace, give parkrun a go
There’s been a running boom during lockdown and the return of parkrun next month will provide many with the perfect way to celebrate the easing of Covid restrictions.
Parkrun started life in 2004 when 13 runners got together in Bushy Park, Middlesex. There are now more than 1,000 events around the world including here in Melton.
It’s popularity is based on the fact it still follows the same, basic principles – it’s weekly, free, 5km, for everyone and forever.
It is hoped parkrun will return for real from June 5 but until then you can take part in Melton’s virtual event which has gained the attention of the media and a host of celebrity parkrunners over the past 14 months.
If you’ve taken up running to get or stay fit, perhaps using one of the many Couch to 5k apps, parkrun is a great way to measure your progress and keep you motivated.
To get ready for June all you have to do is register once online at www.parkrun.org.uk/meltonmowbray and print off your barcode as this is how you’ll get your time. Then follow Melton Mowbray parkrun on Facebook for news of the restart.
The Melton event is a two lap course from the country park cafe at 9am every Saturday and you can run, jog or walk – it’s not a race. There is limited parking so cycle or walk to the start if you can. Melton junior parkrun, for children aged four-plus, has already returned on Sunday mornings with a 2K course around the playing fields at the southern end of the country park.
And much to the excitement of local parkrunners, it was recently announced that there will be a new parkrun in the borough soon with the launch of Belvoir Castle parkrun planned for late summer.
Melton Mowbray parkrun factfile
* First event – 10th January 2015
* Events before lockdown – 277
* Number of virtual parkruns – 62 and counting
* Average number of finishers – 147
* Record attendance – 274
* Total number of finishes – 40,756
* Men’s record – 16.14 (James McCrae)
* Women’s record – 18.24 (Chloe Richardson)
* Average finish time – 28.56
* Popular parkruns nearby – Rushcliffe, Rutland Water and Belton House