Pictured: Volunteers and keen runners at the Llanelli coast junior parkrun trial
Running is one of the simplest forms of exercise which is free and you can do it anywhere.
The good thing about running is you can do it as little or as often as you like, meaning you can fit it in around your busy schedule. So, there is no excuse to start running! To get you started why not try a parkrun?
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km (senior) and 2k (junior) timed runs around the world.
The great thing about them is that they are;
- Open to everyone
- Free, and
- Safe and easy to take part in
They are designed to allow everyone from the age of 4, from all abilities the opportunity to run or walk. So, it’s great from those taking their first steps in running to the more experienced runners.
Parkruns are very popular with families with many parents running with their kids and for those who have not yet have turned 4 are seen to be pushed along in buggies by keen mums and dads.
How can I take part?
Around the world senior park runs are held at 9am every Saturday morning and juniors at 9am every Sunday morning. Junior park runs are open to anyone aged between 4 and 14.
There are now 24 senior park runs in Wales and 10 junior park runs.
Carmarthenshire have 4 park runs of its own: 2 Senior 5K runs in Llyn Llech Owain and Llanelli Coast, and 2 Junior 2K runs in Carmarthen and Llanelli Coast. That’s quite an achievement for a small county!
Start parkrunning this weekend!
If you’re interested in signing up to run at an existing parkrun event, simply log on to www.parkrun.org.uk, register your details, print your personal barcodes and turn up to run in any park run across the world.