This Saturday, 2nd October, Parkrun is 12 years old. The first run organised by the volunteer-led organisation was held in 2004 in Bushy Park, Teddington.
Since then Parkrun has expanded massively, offering 5km free runs to thousands of people across the UK. In our area there are organised runs at East Park, Peter Pan Park in West Hull and at the Humber Bridge.
Councillor Claire Thomas, who will be visiting the Parkrun at Peter Pan Park on Saturday, said, "It’s great to see hundreds of people from our area gather together to get more fit and healthy. I'm looking forward to visiting the Park Run to cheer on the runners and meet all the fantastic volunteers. So many people work really hard to keep the park run going so everyone has the opportunity to get fit in a supportive atmosphere.
"Unfortunately, in recent months some councils, such as Hull, threatened to charge Parkrun to use local parks.
Residents and oppositions councillors fought against the proposals and I’m glad to say the Council has changed its mind for now. Hopefully things will stay that way and Parkrun will continue to help hundreds of local people stay fit and healthy for years to come."