Charlton Parkrun is here – 331 people take part in first event

More than 300 people ran and walked around Charlton Park this morning

Parkrun made its debut in Charlton Park this morning – with 331 people running or walking for five kilometres around the open space.

Runners taking part in tomorrow’s London Marathon helped lift numbers for the inaugural event, with Charlton now the closest run to the start line at Greenwich Park.

Charlton parkrun
Event director Linda Boscic rallies the crowd

But 35 people who had never taken part in a parkrun before also joined in for the first time, along with regulars from other nearby events.

Parkrun will now take place every Saturday – all abilities are welcome, just sign up and print off a barcode, and be by the table tennis tables at 9am. Today’s finish times ranged from 16 minutes to 57 minutes.

Charlton parkrun
It’s a squeeze: the gate to the cricket field needs widening

One small issue with the course is the narrow gate to the cricket field – hopefully with the millions in the kitty from developers for one-off local improvements, and a leader who is competing in the London Marathon tomorrow after doing the Berlin race last week, Greenwich Council will be able to fix this sooner rather than later. This website will be watching.

Parkrun won’t be able to take place without volunteers – so if you can spare 90 minutes on a Saturday morning to help out, get in touch at charlton[at]parkrun.com.


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