Parkrun comes to Charlton Park next month – can you help put it on?

Parkrun will be taking place here every Saturday morning

Parkrun will be coming to Charlton Park next month, its organisers have revealed – giving locals the chance to gather and run, walk or wheel 5k every Saturday morning.

The event was given funding by Greenwich Council in April after the Community Voting Day event, staged by the town hall’s public health department to help ideas to boost community wellbeing in the wake of the pandemic. Charlton Triangle Homes also helped fund the start-up costs.

Now organisers have confirmed that they have the go-ahead to start in October. The exact date is under wraps at present to prevent it being swamped on its first day – some more dedicated Parkrun fans have been known to travel far and wide to inaugural events.

Nearly 200 runners and walkers took part in the first Sutcliffe parkrun in Eltham last Saturday (see photos) and the event is long-established at Hilly Fields in Brockley, Avery Hill Park in Eltham, Mountsfield Park in Catford and Southwark Park. Closest of all to Charlton is across the river at Victoria Dock.

All runners and walkers need to do is register on the Parkrun website and print off a barcode, and then turn up for 9am.

However, the team are still looking for volunteers to help put the first events on – if you can stand in the park and marshal, help time the event, scan barcodes or tail walk to make sure nobody gets left behind. If you can help, email charlton[at]parkrun.com.

Updated on Friday to include new email address and to mention Charlton Triangle Homes.


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Charlton Park festival: Benjamin Zephaniah and Dua Lipa tribute to play Greenwich Together ’21

Benjamin Zephaniah is coming to Charlton (photo: David Morris via Creative Commons)

Dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah is one of the headliners at Greenwich Council’s new free festival in Charlton Park, to be held later this month.

The Birmingham-born artist will take the to main stage of the Greenwich Together ’21 event alongside his band The Revolutionary Minds on Saturday 21 August.

Tribute act The Ultimate Dua Lipa will also play, alongside the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Fat Brass Singalong, a “turbo-charged hip-hop jazztronica band”.

There will also be a dance stage and a community stage, featuring sets from The Kimberleys and Daisy Veacock. A “lawn of tranquility”, sports and healthy living zone and global festivals field are also planned, along with free School of Skate lessons for anyone inspired by the Olympics.

The event is a continuation of the council’s annual Great Get Together event, which was held at Barrack Field on Woolwich Common before moving to Woolwich town centre in 2019.

Adel Khaireh, the council’s cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “Greenwich has an amazing mix of cultures, communities and people, and we’ve all got so much to learn from and share with each other.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing so many of our residents together again, and our talented community organisations, artists and traders back in action. We’ve got a brilliant day of entertainment, for everyone to enjoy.”

The £165,000 festival will be held six months after The Charlton Champion revealed that the council had declined to install new lighting in the park to make it safe to use in the winter months.

More details and a full line-up are on the Greenwich Council website.


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Find out more about a new cricket pitch and discover bats in Charlton Park

Charlton Park
Charlton Park is due to get an all-weather cricket pitch

Charlton Park is getting a new cricket pitch, and you’ll be able to find out more about the plans at the Friends of Charlton Park’s regular Zoom meeting this Tuesday.

Stephanie Turner from Greenwich Council will be outlining plans for the non-turf pitch at the western end of the park and answering any questions from users. To find out how to join, visit the Friends of Charlton Park website.

There are also limited places for a bat walk in Charlton Park at 8pm on Friday night led by bat expert Les Clark. More details are on the Friends website.


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