Croydon’s popular timed parkrun event in Lloyds Park has been extended to junior runners.
Sundays now see teams of enthusiastic volunteers managing the weekly 2km junior parkrun, which in it’s first couple of weeks has attracted over 60 young runners.
The event is open to 4-14 year-olds of any ability – with parents welcome to join in too.
Runs start at 9am and the meeting place is at the Pavilion near the Lloyd Park tram stop. There is ample parking, toilets and, from the end of November, a new café.
“This is a great addition to parkrun, it adds a really nice community offer to what our parks are all about. Parks are there to be used and enjoyed and we are of course delighted to be able to host events such as these.”
Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport
Chris Phelan, a parkrun activator, said:
“The council should be so proud that it has this event in its borough as it will grow and grow now and help youngsters and their families to follow a more active lifestyle. It will contribute to their well-being and hopefully lead towards the culture-shift of looking after their health more and also reduce the pressures on the public purse by increasing activity and the positive spins from that.
“To top that the volunteer team that turn for event are just great. Loads of enthusiastic volunteers doing it because of the love for parkrun and all that it contributes to the local community.
“It is beautiful to think of what we’ve created and it is all because you gave us the permission to run around your park. Thank you guys. I’m proud of Croydon Council and its community spirit.”
To find out more about this event visit the Parkrun website.
Keep a look out in 2017 for parkrun being set up in South Norwood Country Park.