Runners get to the heart of the matter

Runners and volunteers taking part in the weekend's Braunstone parkrun are being asked to wear red to promote a series of fundraising sporting activities taking place the following week for the British Heart Foundation.

The 69th weekly, timed, 5k race at Braunstone Park takes place on Saturday morning (18 February), one week before a number of led 'Wear it Red' Day runs, bike rides and walks are being organised around the city for the charity that helps tackle heart disease.

Braunstone parkrunners have agreed to lend their support by wearing red for their regular Saturday morning run to promote the day of activities. A provisional photocall for all those sporting red is expected to take place before the start of the race at approximately 8.55am.

The weekend's 'Wear it Red' run is the latest fancy dress parkrun that organisers have planned and follows very successful and well supported recent races that marked Christmas and Halloween as well as a hugely popular "orange" themed day last summer that smashed Braunstone parkrun's attendance record, a record that still stands to this day.

All parkruns and associated events are organised by a local team of volunteers.

All parkruns, including Saturday's themed day, are free to enter but runners must register in advance of their first race online at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone. All races start at 9am in front of the old stable block on the park.

Meanwhile the two bike rides, four walks and run that take place for 'Wear it Red' Day on 25 February from 1.30pm are being organised by Leicester City Council. It is the second year running the event has been held. Last year participants raised £2,200 for the British Heart Foundation. Five of Leicester's leisure centres will be acting as starting points for the activities, while Humberstone Gate in the city will be the finishing destination.

Places for the Wear it Red event are limited, so to book a place, contact April Alcott, exercise referral officer at Leicester City Council, on (0116) 299 5585 or by email at april.alcott@leicester.gov.uk.

Anne Newbery, Braunstone parkrun volunteer

 

CANCELLATION!

Unfortunately, a combination of a closure to a small section of our parkrun course being fenced off and ice elsewhere on the course, we have made the decision to cancel the Braunstone parkrun scheduled to take place tomorrow, 11 February. 

Please await any further announcements during the week regarding the parkrun due to take place next week. 

If you were thinking of travelling further afield to get your parkrun fix this week, please note that Conkers has now also been cancelled. Check the websites of other parkruns for news of whether or not their events are going ahead this week.

Thanks to our Director of Number Crunching, Phil Caswell, for walking round the course this evening for us.

The Braunstone parkrun team

 

Runners to enjoy a lark at the park in the dark!

Visitors to Braunstone on Thursday evening (22 December) might be surprised to see a line of torchlights bobbing around the park in the dark.
 
Regulars of the Braunstone parkrun - the weekly, timed, 5k race at the city park - will be celebrating the winter solstice with the second of their torchlit, night-time "darkruns".
 
The inaugural darkrun took place in October to mark Halloween and was a resounding success. Around 60 runners of all ages and abilities completed the themed run around the regular parkrun course in fancy dress and organisers are expecting a similar number for this week's festive event.
 
A spokesperson for the Winter Solstice darkrun said:
 
"Many Braunstone parkrun participants have wholeheartedly entered into the spirit of the themed fancy dress runs we've staged in the past, not only those that coincide with the regular parkruns taking place on Saturday mornings but the midweek one we hosted recently for Halloween.
 
"We are expecting a large turn-out again for Thursday's run and most have vowed to come dressed as Santa or wear other festive outfits.
 
"It should be a lot of fun and a great way of getting the party season started!"
 
The winter solstice is the day in which the angle of the sun in the northern hemisphere is at its southern-most position and marks the shortest day of the year. Although the actual moment of the solstice this year takes place at 5.30 on Thursday morning, organisers have arranged for the race to take place in the evening to make it accessible to more.
 
Runners, walkers and volunteers of Leicester's weekly race - one of more than 100 that takes place every Saturday around the UK and further afield - will also have a chance to celebrate Christmas at the weekend (24 December) when the second Santa Canter parkun takes place in Braunstone. This will be a normal parkrun but participants are urged to enter into the festive spirit by dressing up accordingly. The first Santa Canter took place last Saturday with many of the 117-strong field, plus the event's volunteers, sporting fancy dress.
 
All parkruns and "darkruns" are free to enter but, in the case of the former, runners must register in advance of their first race online at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone. Thursday's "darkrun" starts at 7pm from the old stable block, while the Santa Canter, as indeed do all parkruns, starts at 9am at the same place.
 
Anne Newbery, Braunstone parkrun volunteer
 

Racers to celebrate run-up to Christmas

Runners, volunteers and spectators of a weekly race in Leicester are getting into the festive spirit with a series of Christmas themed events.
 
Scores of those taking part in the weekend's Braunstone parkrun - the weekly, timed, 5k race at Braunstone Park - will be donning festive fancy dress, amongst which will be dozens of Santas, reindeer, fairies and tinsel-clad joggers.
 
The regular race, now into its 61st week, will be starting its festivities on Saturday (17 December) with the first of two Santa Canter parkruns and many of its regulars have vowed to dress up. The second Santa Canter takes place the following weeknd (24 December) when it is hoped that even more will get into the party mood by sporting Christmas costumes.
 
The group will also be celebrating the winter solstice in the evening of 22 December (7pm start) when it hosts a torchlit, fancy dress, night-time run around the parkrun course. This will be the second themed "darkruns" that the Braunstone parkrun team has organised in as many months and follows the successful and well-attended one held on Halloween evening.
 
A spokesperson for the Santa Canter races and Winter Solstice "darkrun" said:
 
"Many of our parkrunners have enjoyed the various fancy dress races we've hosted throughout the year, including the orange themed one in May which smashed Braunstone parkrun's record attendance (223), a record that still stands to this day.
 
"Lots of our regulars, young and old, have already agreed to dress up for one or more of our festive runs and we're also expecting some newcomers to make their parkrun debuts wearing Christmas attire."
 
"What a great way of getting the festive period started!" she added.
 
Braunstone parkrun is one of more than 100 parkruns that takes place around the UK and other locations every Saturday morning. The Leicester event celebrated its first birthday in September and, since its inception in 2010, has welcomed in almost 1,500 runners, aged between around 4 and 79, to 60 weekly races.
 
Saturday's race, as indeed does all other parkruns, starts at 9am near the old stable block at Braunstone Park. It is free to enter but first-time runners must register beforehand online at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone. Meanwhile, the "darkrun" begins at the same place at 7pm next Thursday when all runners are urged to wear headtorches or carry lights and run in groups.
 

Runners flash a ‘tache to raise some cash – then dash!

Runners and spectators of a weekly race in Leicester will be sporting various facial adornments this weekend (26 November) in support of a major, month-long fundraiser.
 
Scores of those taking part in Saturday's Braunstone parkrun - the weekly, timed, 5k race at Braunstone Park - will be displaying moustaches and beards as a show of support to fellow participants, friends and family members taking part in Movember, a global fundraising campaign that raises money for and awareness of men's health issues through the growing of facial hair.
 
Braunstone parkrun's inaugural 'Flash a 'Tache' day will help to promote the appeal's aims and offer support to its members who have signed up for November's challenge, as well as enabling others to get behind the fundraisers by donning facial hair - real or otherwise - for the day.
 
It will be the first time that Braunstone parkrun has backed Movember, the aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
 
A spokesperson for the Flash a 'Tache day said of Saturday's event:
 
"We are very much looking forward to seeing all the different moustaches on display on Saturday and showing our support for the men raising sponsorship throughout Movember. 
 
"For some it will be a culmination of a month's growing and trimming. For others it will be a trip down to their local joke shop to find a suitable fake 'mo'."
 
She added: "Lots of people have vowed to mark the day accordingly and, although Saturday's event will be a bit of fun, it obviously has a very serious message. 
 
"Braunstone parkrun is very proud to get behind such a worthy cause."
 
Braunstone parkrun is one of more than 100 parkruns that takes place around the UK and other locations every Saturday morning. The Leicester event celebrated its first birthday two months ago and, since its inception last September, has welcomed in excess of 1300 runners, aged between around 4 and 79, to more than 50 weekly races.
 
Saturday's race, the 58th in the series, starts at 9am near the old stable block at Braunstone Park. It is free to enter but first-time runners must register beforehand online at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone. 
 

Braunstone parkrun Halloween “darkrun”

Wow! What an amazing turnout this evening! There were some fabulous costumes on show. Well done everyone.

If you took part, don't forget to enter your times for tonight's Halloween "darkrun" on the Freedom Run website at http://www.parkrun.com/results/freedom. Follow the "Manage my profile" link found on the weekly parkrun newsletter that is emailed to you. I'm not sure if there is currently a record for the Biggest Freedom Run but I reckon we could be contenders!

Watch this space for news of future group Freedom Runs.

Well done again everyone, you did Braunstone parkrun proud.

Anne

 

Braunstone parkrunners are running scared!

 

Around 50 runners in spooky attire will be descending on Braunstone Park later today (31 October) to take part in the first ever Braunstone "darkrun".

The group is made up of regulars of the Braunstone parkrun, the weekly, timed 5k race that takes place at the city park every Saturday morning, and tonight for the first time will be meeting up in Halloween costume to complete the course in pitch black.

The event, the first of its kind over the Braunstone parkrun course, was the brainchild of event regular and volunteer, Anne Newbery, who said:

"What started out as a run with just a small group of friends that I've met through parkrun has really taken off. Lots of runners have vowed to run in costume and it should be a lot of fun."

"Braunstone parkrun is now more than just a weekly race. It's become a great little community with many very close friendships formed. The Halloween event will hopefully be the first of many social activities for the group".

Braunstone parkrun is one of more than 100 parkruns that takes place around the UK and other locations every Saturday morning. The Leicester event celebrated its first birthday five weeks ago and, since its inception last September, has welcomed in excess of 1300 runners, aged between around 4 and 79, to more than 50 weekly races.

Monday's "darkrun" starts at 6.30pm near the old stable block at Braunstone Park and is free to enter. Although the run will not be officially timed in the usual way, nor results published online afterwards, runners are invited to record their own times on the parkrun Freedom Run website at http://www.parkrun.com/results/freedom.

Meanwhile, the 55th parkrun of the series takes place next Saturday (5 November), starting at 9am at the same place. Although there is no cost to take part, first-time runners must register beforehand online at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone.

 

Press release – 26 October 2011

 

They can run but they can't hide

Witches, skeletons and other scary creatures will be descending on Braunstone Park in the city on Monday night (31 October) but visitors to the park need not be afraid.

The spooky characters are just a group of friends in fancy dress taking part in a halloween themed run to celebrate the annual holiday.

The runners are all regulars of Braunstone parkrun - the weekly, timed, 5k race that takes place in the park every Saturday morning - but, for this week only, the 40-strong group has arranged to meet outside of the normal time to complete what has been dubbed "the Braunstone darkrun".

The event, the first of its kind over the Braunstone parkrun course, was the brainchild of event regular and volunteer, Anne Newbery, who said:

"What started out as a run with just a small group of friends that I've met through parkrun has really taken off. Lots of runners have vowed to run in costume and it should be a lot of fun".

All runners have been asked to wear head lanterns or carry hand torches and ladies and youngsters are being urged to run in groups, while all children must be accompanied at all times by responsible adults.

The weekly Braunstone race is one of more than 100 parkruns that takes place around the UK and other locations every Saturday morning. The Leicester event recently celebrated its first birthday and, since its inception last September, has welcomed in excess of 1300 runners, aged between around 4 and 79, to more than 50 weekly races.

Monday's "darkrun", starting at 6.30pm, is free to enter - as indeed are all parkruns - and further details may be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/braunstone.parkrun or on the official website at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone. Although the run will not be officially timed in the usual way, nor results published online afterwards, runners are invited to record their own times on the parkrun Freedom Run website at http://www.parkrun.com/results/freedom.

Meanwhile, the 54th parkrun of the series takes place next Saturday (29 October), starting at 9am in front of the old stable block at Braunstone Park. Although there is no cost to take part, first-time runners must register beforehand online at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone.

Anne Newbery, Braunstone parkrun volunteer

 

Braunstone parkrun – CANCELLED – 2 July

Hi all,

Just a reminder that Braunstone parkrun will NOT be taking place this weekend (2 July) because of the Carnival taking place on the park at the same time. Apologies for any disappointment this has caused. Normal service will resume next week (9 July).

For those of you needing your parkrun fix this weekend, why not use the opportunity to support our friends at Conkers parkrun (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/conkers/course)? If you are planning on visiting, please arrive via the Waterside entrance on Bath Yard opposite the local camp site.

Why not use treat the family to a lovely day out at Conkers (http://www.visitconkers.com/) after you've all raced together.

Keep on running!

The Braunstone parkrun team

 

Braunstone parkrun – CANCELLED – 2 July 2011

Hi all,

Just a reminder that Braunstone parkrun will NOT be taking place this week, 2 July, due to the Carnival taking place on the park at the same time. Sorry for any disappointment caused. Normal service will resume on the 9th.

If you need your parkrun fix, why not support our friends at Conkers instead (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/conkers/course)? If you're planning to visit, please arrive via the Waterside entrance on Bath Yard opposite the local camp site. And why not use the opportunity to treat the entire family to a lovely day out (http://www.visitconkers.com/) after you've all run together?

The Braunstone parkrun team

 

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