Charlton Parkrun is coming very soon – if you want to take part, now’s the time to sign up.
Parkrun is a simple idea – you simply sign up, print off a barcode, then turn up at 9am on a Saturday morning to run or walk 5k around an open space with others in your local community.
Each event is volunteer-run – and the Charlton team have been steadily building up a list of volunteers. More volunteers are always needed – it’s a great way to meet people and doesn’t take up more than about 90 minutes of your time.
If you want to take part and you’re not already signed up with Parkrun, the website is now live at www.parkrun.org.uk/charlton – that’s where you can sign up and find out when the first run is.
Already signed up with Parkrun and registered elsewhere? You can sign in on the website to change your preferences so you can keep up to date with the Charlton run.
Parkrun began as a time trial for runners in Bushy Park. southwest London, in 2004, and there are now about 700 events across the UK, all taking place at 9am on Saturday mornings. A new run began in Sutcliffe Park, Eltham earlier this month.
In Charlton, the run will start and finish next to the skate park, and will comprise three laps of the park.
While Parkrun is a favourite with fast runners, plenty of people come to take it more slowly with the aim of improving their fitness and wellbeing. At last weekend’s event in Sutcliffe Park, 240 people finished the 5k course in times ranging from 16 to 64 minutes – with a tail walker in place to ensure nobody finishes last.
The event’s start-up costs have been funded by Greenwich Council and Charlton Triangle Homes.
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