Henley Parkrun Launches Sat 1 July

Henley parkrun will be launching on Saturday 1 July.  This fun, FREE, 5km run will take place every Saturday at 9am starting at 40 Acre Path, Tilebarn Close.

Parkruns are completely run by volunteers and take place in hundreds of parks around the country.  James Barr has been working with Henley Town Council over the last year to launch the Henley parkrun.

James said, “We very much  expect that the residents of Henley will enjoy their own parkrun. Especially since it’s in a beautiful piece of scenic countryside. parkrun is open to all, free of charge, wholly inclusive to walkers, joggers and runners, and open to all ages from 4 years to over 100! It’s the social and inclusive culture of parkrun, over an achievable distance that now attracts over 90,000 participants every Saturday at 450 parks throughout the UK and also in other countries. Our thanks go to the enthusiastic support that we’ve received from Henley Town Council’s Recreation and Amenities, and Finance Committees. Also to South Oxfordshire District Council and the Sue Ryder Foundation. We look forward very soon to welcoming the residents of Henley for a bit of fun exercise on Saturday mornings!”

Councillor Samantha Evans, former Chair of the Henley Town Council Recreations and Amenities who has been working with James to launch the Henley parkrun said, “We are very excited that the Henley parkrun is launching at the beginning of July. It is hugely popular across the country and, based on the number of people in Henley who have consistently asked about it, I think it will be equally well attended here. We have been very lucky to work with James Barr, who has dedicated huge time and effort to make it happen. From meetings with him poring over maps of Henley and the surrounding areas to find the best location for the parkrun, through to generating the detailed risk assessments, it has been a long but ultimately successful process.

The appeal of parkrun is enormous, as age, fitness levels, or running experience are all irrelevant to participation. It is designed to attract families and individuals and those who want to run and those who want to walk, making it very sociable too.

One of my aims when chairing the Recreation and Amenities Committee was to create more opportunities like this for the whole community. We now have the wonderful canoe hire facility in Mill Meadows that is hugely popular with families and groups of friends alike, and we are following the theme with the introduction of the parkrun. We hope that the new administration will continue our plans for sensible placement of the outdoor gym, development of the community orchards and the refurbishment of Makins Recreation Ground and Freemans Meadows.”

If you are new to parkrun, you will need to register before your first race at www.parkrun.org.uk/register/form/ otherwise bring your parkrun barcode.

For full information and course details go to www.parkrun.org.uk/henleyonthames/

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