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Kids-only parkrun set to launch in Huddersfield

Children-only run to start in Ravensknowle Park

It seems we want to keep on running in Huddersfield.

A third parkrun is to be launched in the town, following the success of two already taking place in Greenhead Park.

The new run, which will launch on April 17, will be for youngsters aged between 4 and 14 and will be staged every week over a 2km course through Ravensknowle Park.

Event director Louise Galvin hopes it will be a big success and has urged chidlren to give it a go.

The increasingly popular parkrun is now a national phenomenon.

Organisers and young runners gather to promote the Tolson parkrun

The adult version over a 5km course now attracts over 900,000 registered runners across the country each week.

The Greenhead Park run is stunningly successful and often boasts more than 600 runners, making it the seond largest in the UK after one in London.

A junior parkrun in Greenhead Park will now be followed by what has been billed as the Tolson run.

And the best bit? Taking part is free although runners must be registered beforehand.

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Louise said: “The Tolson Junior parkrun has been introduced thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle. It joins already established junior parkruns at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield and Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury, and at nearly 90 other venues nationwide. Nearly 54,000 junior runners are registered with the parkrun organisation.

“We had a pilot run last weekend and it went down very well. We have a twisting course through the park and after a warm-up, the runners will set off together.

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“Children can run with or without parents as the course will be fully marshalled. Times are recorded and notified to runners by text or email and there are rewards for completing 11 (half-marathon), 21 (marathon) and 50 (Ultra-marathon) runs.”

The weekly runs will get under way at 9am each Sunday.

To register, youngsters should go to www.parkrun.ork.uk/register

Anyone interested in being a volunteer marshal should also register with parkrun and join the Facebook group, www.facebook.com/groups/Tolsonjuniors .



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