This Saturday (29 March 2014) sees the first anniversary of the Cross Flatts parkrun in Beeston.
Over the past 12 months, over 600 people – of all ages, backgrounds and abilities – have taken part in Cross Flatts parkrun. The free, 5 km, timed run (or walk) takes place every Saturday morning at 9am. People come for all kinds of reasons: to get fit, to keep fit, to help them recover from illness, to make new friends, to challenge themselves, to find community, to run, to walk.
The event is organised by volunteers – over 30 have helped this year. They set out the course markers, marshal the runners and record everyone’s times. parkrun started in the UK in 2004 and Cross Flatts is now one of 248 parkruns taking place across the globe.
Organisers are encouraging more people to come and run or walk, or to watch and to join them celebrating with tea and cake in the café afterwards.
“We regularly attract 90 runners and it would be great to break the 100 mark on our first anniversary” said organiser Mark Hodgkinson.
Hunslet Hawks have been great supporters of the Cross Flatts parkrun throughout the year and Harry The Hawk will be on hand on Saturday to offer encouragement. The Hawks will also be distributing 2 for 1 tickets to all runners for their match on Sunday against the London Skolars.
parkrun is free, but to ensure you get a measured time, register online at www.parkrun.org.uk/crossflatts. Meet near the Watsonian Pavilion at the top of the Cross Flatts Park ready for a 9am start.