The fabulous people at the MS Trust want to help raise awareness of parkrun for people with MS. This is part of the wider “#Run 4 MS” campaign across health trusts that Prof G blogs and tweets about.
Volunteers from the MS Trust are teaming up with parkrun to “takeover” Letchworth parkrun on 8 December 2018.
Whilst I know this type of event doesn’t appeal to everybody, it is free and open to anyone that wants to participate - of all abilities so I thought I would mention the event here (even though it is MS Trust not MSS (shh!)) in case anyone wants to pop along and say hello!
For info, parkrun is a free, weekly 5km timed event which takes place at over 1,600 locations in 20 countries. Every Saturday morning friends come together to organise, walk, jog or run their own local parkrun. Together, parkrunners have walked, jogged or ran over 100 million miles at these free-to-enter events. More than 5 million people have registered.
There are 570 events in the UK alone. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and are run by volunteers. They have a really lovely community feel and are open to people of all abilities. Whilst the events are timed, they are a “run not a race” – there are no winners and no-one comes last (as a volunteer “tail walker” has the honour of being back marker, to make sure every one gets of the course safely and to offer encouragement to anyone who wants it at the back). Through its “PROVE” project parkrun wants to encourage more people with long term health conditions and disabilities to participate in parkrun. There are already nearly 900 UK parkrunners who have stated they have MS in their registration details which is amazing.
If you would like to find out more, please visit our FB group.