Two more junior parkruns joined the #parkrunfamily on Sunday as Basingstoke and Salford junior parkruns took their very first steps.
Just like the 121 junior parkrun events that have launched before them, both events got off to a brilliant start and between them welcomed 172 juniors and provided the opportunity for 43 people to slip into the hi-vis and volunteer!
Over the course of the weekend, 9,940 people took part in a junior parkrun at 111 events all over the UK (the other 12 events had other things happening in their parks) and 2,083 people were given the chance to volunteer.
Rewind 12 months and on the same weekend in September 2015 and 5,381 juniors crossed a finish line, which was only the third time we’d ever had over 5,000 juniors on a Sunday morning! 57 events took place and 1,065 volunteers helped out.
Over the last 12 months we have been working hard to make sure that junior parkrun is accessible for all children and families, regardless of where they live or their social background. Our fun, free, weekly events in parks and public spaces are perfectly placed to be of benefit to those in greatest need of the opportunity to do more physical activity in a safe environment.
Whilst everyone will always be welcome to join us at junior parkrun, and we continue to help any community that wants to start a new event, we are also proactively reaching out to those who perhaps hadn’t previously considered taking part or thought about starting an event in their own community.
With the help of Warburtons, who are helping us to expand junior parkrun by donating £300,000 over three years, we will continue to help some of the communities who will benefit most from the opportunity to get involved.
In the first 12 months of the partnership alone, we have launched 23 new junior parkruns in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.
123 junior parkrun events and nearly 10,000 participants per week are certainly pleasing milestones, I wonder how many people will be enjoying junior parkrun come September 2017…
(Photos courtesy of Peter Chiverton)
P.S. A word from Mike Graney, A41158, and Head of Analysis:
"Through September we are running an online survey of junior parkrun participants. This will include questions for both parents/carers and the young participants themselves. The goal is to help build an understanding of your experience of junior parkrun and the impacts it has on the young people who take part, their families and the communities we are part of. If you receive an email invitation to complete the survey, please do the best you can to take five minutes or so to complete it so we can get the best quality data we can. Many thanks, Mike."