Parkruns are a great way to get outside and stay fit, the free-entry 5-kilometre events take part every Saturday at 9:00 am across a large number of cities, towns and villages in the UK. With competitors ranging from first-time runners to serious athletes, everyone is welcome, some events even let you run with your dog!
With thousands of people taking part across the UK and organised coffee meetups afterwards we couldn’t think of a better way of starting your weekend! In no specific order, here is a rundown of some of our favourite parkruns.
1. Hove Promenade – Brighton and Hove
Brighton can easily make a case for being the UK home of running, as any local will tell you the number of running clubs and marathons in the city is just astonishing. A popular event in the Brighton and Hove area is the promenade run, the event loops up and down the scenic Hove Lawns just metres from the sea.
The course is incredibly flat but can be hit by the weather, especially if there is a Southerly breeze, so dress accordingly. You can park along the seafront or in one of the cities local car parks. Be sure to bring plenty of change though as Brighton has some of the most expensive parking in Europe!
All the details you need are located here – http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hovepromenade/
2. Fell Foot Park – Lake District National Park
Perhaps, one of the most scenic locations in England, the Lake District National Park is home to many fantastic trails and tourists hotspots. And, every Saturday it is also home to its own parkrun, with a good mix of terrain and views across the neighbouring Lake Windemere it has to be one of the most spectacular parkruns going!
With free entry, parking and a well-organised timing system, there really is no excuse to take part. You can find out all the details on the event here – http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fellfoot/
3. Riverfront Run – Newport
Starting at the Riverfront Theatre, this event follows the River Usk through the city past the Newport City Footbridge and George Street Bridge, with numerous sculptures along the way this may be the ideal run for art connoisseurs. The race finishes back at the starting point making the event incredibly convenient as well!
With nearby parking and plenty to do after the