Henley’s parkrun will be celebrating it’s 150th run tomorrow (Saturday) which started in 2017. The 5km course starts in Henley College playing fields in Tilebarn Close and takes you around 40 Acre path starting at 9am each Saturday.
Parkrun was established in Bushy Park in 2004, the hugely popular runs are regulated entirely by volunteers now in thousands of locations in 22 different countries. The introduction of parkrun to Henley was a two year long labour of love, led predominantly by James Barr. After the first run in 2017 James commented, “We are delighted that Henley has its own parkrun now. The local community has been incredibly supportive. Particularly, the town council has given consistently enthusiastic support from the very beginning.”
There have been hundreds of runners over the last 4 years with the fastest female runner at Henley to date being Jessica Gibbon with a time of 17mins 57 secs and the fastest male runner has been Robert Corney with a time of 16:53.
Adrian Marsh, Co-Event Director of Henley parkrun comments, “parkrun is about much much more than some fast runners. We have plenty of those and they love it, but parkrun is all about being inclusive – in fact we have plenty of people who don’t run at all, they might walk the whole way, jog a bit and walk a bit, run one lap with their kids, or just walk one lap. Guess what – all of those people love it too! Because there are so many venues, plenty of people do parkrun tourism, Henley parkrun has welcomed visitors from all over the world, from South Africa, Australia, as well as visitors from different parts of the UK most weeks. Getting outside and being active is not just great for your physical health, it’s also great for your mental health too – two reasons why Parkrun is quite often “prescribed” by GP’s!”
So if anyone has put on a few pounds over lockdown, just wants a really fun way to meet a lot of very friendly new people, do some exercise and/or get involved with the volunteering side of parkrun (another really fun and rewarding aspect), then they can just turn up at on any Saturday morning at 9am and see what all the fuss is about. It would be great to see lots of people turning up tomorrow to mark the 150th run to thank James for this labour of love he started in 2017 for everyone to enjoy and perhaps someone will break the course record?