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Nordic walkers now welcome at parkrun events !

parkrun is a not-for-profit organisation which delivers two types of running events: 5k parkruns and 2k junior parkruns. In England, the 5k runs take place weekly at 9am on a Saturday. Participants are welcome to walk the route if they want to.

Chrissie Wellington, Head of Participation at parkrun UK, has issued an invitation to the Nordic walking community to join parkrun – a superb project that has attracted over 700,000 members. She retired from professional sport in 2012 and remains passionate about maximising opportunities to increase physical activity for all. “I have also recently started Nordic Walking and realise the amazing and varied benefits it can bring. We at parkrun are really keen to welcome as many Nordic walkers as possible to our events.”

As of July 2015, there are 346 5k adult and 51 junior parkrun events across the UK with approximately 75,000 weekly participants supported by around 7000 volunteers. Currently 1.1 million people are registered with parkrun in the UK alone.

”parkrun events are definitely not races, but aim to get people – regardless of ability, age or background – being more active together in the outdoors on a regular basis. You definitely don’t have to be super-speedy or uber-fit to take part and the best thing of all is that parkruns are completely FREE to take part in.”

Events are always held in areas of open space, such as parks, National Trust sites, sports grounds and recreation fields. Participants register online before their first event. This provides them with a unique barcode that is scanned at the finish line where they are also given a finish token. Finishers get sent their result via text or email later the same day.

To take part in a parkrun as a Nordic walker, all you need to do is register on www.parkrun.org.uk and head down to one of the local events held in:

  • Hove Park, Hove
  • Hove Lawns, Brighton & Hove
  • Preston Park, Brighton
  • Shinewater Park, Eastbourne
  • Clair Park, Haywards Heath.


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