New weekly parkrun coming to Letchworth – but volunteers needed

PUBLISHED: 07:01 27 November 2017

A weekly park run is coming to Letchworth in the new year. Picture: NHDC

A weekly park run is coming to Letchworth in the new year. Picture: NHDC

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Volunteers are being asked to put their best foot forward and volunteer for a new weekly parkrun launching in Letchworth in the new year.

Funding for the event has been provided by North Hertfordshire District Council, Public Health England and the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.

The new 5km running route, which will start at the Grange Recreation Ground in Letchworth, will take place every Saturday morning from 9am. It is free to take part and people of all ages and abilities are welcome.

In advance of the runs starting next year, parkrun is now looking to fill a number of volunteer posts, including run director and event director roles. Full training and support will be provided.

Each volunteer will hold a variety of responsibilities including working closely with parkrun in preparation for the launch of the new running route, helping to raise awareness of the events, as well as briefing and supervising other volunteers on the day, to ensure the events run smoothly.

A not-for-profit organisation, parkrun encourages people across the world to meet up, put their running shoes on, get outside to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle.

Parkrun has hosted more than 96,000 running races worldwide, with nearly 1.5 million people participating.

Councillor Jane Gray, NHDC’s executive member for leisure, said: “We urge volunteers to get involved to help to make it a success.

“The importance of health and fitness can never be underestimated and the new Letchworth parkrun will offer an opportunity for people to not only get fit, but also to meet other runners and have fun.”

Email louise.smith@parkrun.com to find out more.

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