Parkrun - Enjoy the Benefits.Wed 28th June 2023
Park Run is continuing to be very popular and benefits people both physically and mentally.
Beverley Westwood parkrun having started on 13th July 2019 is looking forward to its 4th Birthday this July. Since then over 5,500 participants have completed over 26,000 parkrun's covering a total distance of around 14100 km (8,870 miles) and 500 individuals have volunteered around 4,300 times.
The people that get involved will see improved fitness for participants, whether you run, walk or volunteer, regular participation brings a lot of pleasure, enjoyment and happiness, a sense of identity, connection with the community and enduring friendships.
The feelgood atmosphere at the start continues as participants run or walk the scenic course on Beverley Westwood cheered on by enthusiastic marshals and is especially evident at the finish when everyone feels a great sense of satisfaction at their achievement.
All of this brings significant benefits to physical and mental health. Local doctors recognise this and several GP practices have partnered with us as part of the parkrun practice initiative. They prescribe parkrun to their patients as a simple way to tackle a number of physical and mental health conditions. parkrun is also proving to be beneficial to cancer patients.
A group from 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer come to parkrun on the last Saturday of the month to support and encourage each other to stay active during and after treatment. Like everyone else they can choose to run or walk and get the family to join them.
It’s free, it's local, it’s inclusive, everyone takes part at their own pace and everyone benefits physically and mentally.