From next weekend runners in and around Daventry have a brand new challenge on their doorstep as a new parkrun launches on Saturday, 8th November at Daventry Country Park.
Parkrun is a free, weekly 5km run which is open to everyone, and is safe and easy to take part in. Parkruns start at 9am each week allowing runners, joggers and walkers to get their weekends’ exercise in before 10am. People of all abilities and fitness levels are encouraged to have a go; from those taking their first steps in running, to long service runners; from juniors to those with more experience; everybody is welcome.
Local sponsors of the event Crest Nicholson, housing developers of the Monksmoor Park development in Daventry were very keen to get involved and see the initiative progress.
Joanna Sztejer, development manager of the new development said: “We are delighted to be supporting this great initiative and we hope the local community will really embrace the programme. With the proposed growth and more people moving into the Daventry this parkrun will provide local people with a free, weekly and sociable way of getting their weekly exercise, whilst making the most of the valuable open space at the Country Park.”
The parkrun will start on the disused railway, behind the iCon Centre, off the Welton Road, and will consist of a one lap course of the Country Park finishing on Eastern Way field.
Participants are advised to use the facilities at Daventry Leisure Centre e.g.: car parking, changing and cafe, as it is conveniently close to the start and finish.
Northamptonshire Sport, who have been the leading force in developing the parkrun’s in the county are working closely with a crew of thirty keen volunteers to get the event off the ground.
Jackie Brown of Northamptonshire Sport said: “Daventry parkrun will be the third parkrun to be established in the county over the past two years; Northampton and Corby being the host for the other two which have proved to be hugely successful and see upwards of 400 runners participating each week.”
Daventry District Council’s community, culture and leisure portfolio holder, Cllr Alan Hills said: “This new initiative will be marvellous for Daventry and I am sure it will compliment the provision of sport and recreational opportunities already provided by Everyone Active.
“We hope Daventry parkrun will be just as successful here as it is in all the other locations across the country.”
Parkruns started in 2004 and are community events run by local volunteers, who set up the event, time the runs and marshal the course. There are over 294 parkrun events taking place on a weekly basis across the UK and overseas. Whether you’re pulling on your trainers for the first time, or love to conquer marathons, parkrun offers something for everybody.
For more information and to register visit www.parkrun.org.uk/daventry