Hundreds of runners pound the parks every weekend and new runs are springing up all the time.

The parkrun phenomenon is growing across Kirklees and Calderdale.

With runs in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield, Ravensknowle Park in Moldgreen and Crow Nest Park in Dewsbury, Parkrun is hugely popular.

Halifax Parkrun was launched in Shroggs Park 12 months ago and now there are plans afoot for new runs in Brighouse and Todmorden.

Here's everything you need to know about parkrun in Huddersfield:

What is it?

Parkrun is a fun way to enjoy keeping fit with like-minded people. It’s not a competition but the 5km “leisure run” is timed so runners can work on their personal best.

Runs generally take place on a Saturday morning but people can take part as often as they want, and at their own pace. Parkruns are done at 9am so participants have the rest of their day for themselves.

Where can I join a run?

There are six parkruns in Kirklees — three for all ages, and three for juniors.

The 5K all-age parkruns take place on Saturdays, with 2K junior park runs on a Sunday

Here are the parkruns in and around Huddersfield:

  • Huddersfield (Greenhead Park)
  • Dewsbury (Crow Nest Park)
  • Oakwell Hall
  • Greenhead Park Junior
  • Tolson Juniors (Ravensknowl Park)
  • Dewsbury Junior (Crow Nest Park)
  • Halifax (Shroggs Park)

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Does it cost anything?

Events are free to attend.

How do I join?

To sign up, visit parkrun.org.uk Simply register online in advance and print out a barcode.

If you present your barcode on the day of the run you will be able to find out your running time.

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Could you be a parkrun director?

There are plans afoot for new runs in Brighouse and Todmorden.

Calderdale Council is now getting behind the runs and has launched an appeal to find Parkrun directors for the new venues.

Halifax event director Sue Jones said: “Saturday has become my favourite day of the week because of Parkrun.

“Although it took a bit of effort to get it going, the support from Parkrun and the local Parkrun ambassador made it easy. We’ve now got a great core group of volunteers who share the responsibilities each week.

“It’s fantastic to be part of something so positive and see a welcoming and supportive community build up around you. As much as I’ve put into Parkrun, I’ve received more back from a personal point of view.”

The Tolson inaugural junior parkrun at Ravensknowle Park.

What are the benefits of parkrun?

Paul Butcher, Calderdale Council’s director of public health, said: “Parkrun is a fantastic, free, sociable way to get moving more. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t done any exercise for a while. It’s a friendly environment and everyone is welcome.

“We’re excited to bring Parkrun to more areas to help even more people get involved. It’s part of our aim to inspire and enable people to make simple lifestyle changes to live more active, healthier, happier and longer lives.”

For more information on becoming a Parkrun director contact Tim Robinson on 01422 392169 or e-mail tim.robinson@calderdale.gov.uk.