pledged by councils to new Burnham-On-Sea health project
new community project to encourage healthy lifestyles in Burnham-On-Sea
has been given a funding boost this week.
series of free weekly community running events at Apex Park are
being introduced as part of a nationwide initiative to promote
Harriers running club has secured £3,700 of council funding
towards the project, which will see 5km runs held every Saturday
morning from early in the new year.
Town Council has earmarked £2,000 to the project, Sedgemoor
District Council has given £1,200 and Somerset County Council
has this week handed over £500.
Huxtable from Burnham Harriers Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The runs
are being launched as part of the nationwide 'Parkrun' initiative.
All runners will need to register to get a free unique barcode
via a national website, then they'll be able to record their times
after each run and continuously improve their fitness and health."
runs will be free and are not competitive - they will be held
to help people improve their health and fitness. They will be
open to everyone, including those who wouldn't usually get involved
added: "We are very grateful to the local councils for their
funding, which is needed to properly organise the runs in the
nationwide scheme. We will be buying timers, laptop scanners and
other equipment to ensure the runs are properly held."
oversees many weekly, 5km timed runs across the UK. "These
events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage
people of every ability to take part; from those taking their
first steps in running, to Olympians; from juniors to those with
more experience; we welcome you all," said a spokesman.
County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton, who presented £500
to the project this week from the council's health and wellbeing
fund, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'm happy to be supporting
this project, which will promote fun and health in Burnham and
Highbridge and hope that it is well supported."
will have further details about the date and time of the runs