take part in first national 'Parkrun' at Highbridge's Apex Park
140 people took part in the first of a series of new weekly community
running events at Apex Park in Highbridge on Saturday (June 20th),
which are being funded by local councils to promote good health.
and Highbridge's Mayor Michael Clarke and Sedgemoor District Council's
Chairman Ian Dyer started the new event, which was won by Daryl
Milford from South Devon.
Harriers running club is overseeing the 5km runs, which sees competitiors
jog 5km around Apex Park's lakes, the River Brue footpath and
then along Burnham seafront and back.
free races are being held every Saturday at 9am as part of a nationwide
'Parkrun' initiative to promote health.
Reg Huxtable told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The first event went
so well - we had 144 runners finishing which is great for our
first race. Of these 59 were running their first ever Parkrun!
Others had come from miles away, others from down the road. It
was great to see young and old taking part - the oldest runner
was over 80."
had lots of positive feedback about the scenic course and organisation,
and a special thank you goes to all the volunteers for helping
to get this event off the ground."
Mayor said: "It's great to see these events underway in Highbridge
and I hope that it will grow over time. It was great to see lots
enjoying taking part in the first event."
runs are intended to not be competitive, but instead held to help
people improve their health and fitness.
have been given to the project by Burnham & Highbridge Town
Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset County Council,
who in total have provided £3,700 to achieve the costs for
runners need to register here
to get a free unique barcode via the national website, then they'll
be able to record their times after each run and continuously
improve their fitness and health.
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.
first winner was Daryl Milford from South Devon, pictured here.