As part of our busy Carers Week programme in 2019, we’re going to be joining the Horsham Parkrun on Saturday 15th June.  Pat has been doing the run for while and told us more about it and how you can get involved.

“There are not many times that I have been applauded in my late sixties, but as I stumble around my local park on a Saturday morning, this is what actually happens during a Parkrun. The movement was started in 2004 by a group of friends and although it has grown into a worldwide movement in 22 countries, it is still free, run by volunteers and open to everyone.

All Parkruns happen on Saturday mornings, they are 5km in length and in the UK they start at 9.00 am. Participants can run, jog, or walk the course at their own pace, being encouraged all the way by volunteers and friends. Children, dogs on leads and baby buggies are welcomed, because it doesn’t matter how fast you go, what you wear, or how seriously you treat it. What matters is taking part.

Those who are interested in finding out more about Parkrun can register here:

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

However, this is not necessary if you just want to turn up and join in.

The main benefits of Parkrun are

  • A sense of achievement through joining in the run, which leads to improved mood and self-confidence.

  • Connecting with others. There is a strong sense of community and shared experience.

  • Parkrun is inclusive and genuinely welcoming in a safe and familiar local environment.”