Regulars at a weekly sporting event in Leicester are urging families and newcomers to join them at the weekend and be in line for a special prize.
Braunstone parkrun is a free, timed, 5k race that takes place at Braunstone Park every Saturday. This week (4 June) marks the national Runfree event, a day celebrated by around 70 parkruns across the UK which aims to introduce more families and beginners to the weekly race in a friendly and informal setting.
Many regular runners and debutants, plus their friends and families, have already vowed to wear fancy dress for the annual day of festivities.
Participants are also invited to stick around after the running is finished to socialise and to share picnic foods with other families.
Organisers of the Braunstone parkrun, which is staged entirely by a small band of volunteers, are hoping that their event has a carnival feel to it and encourages new runners to sign up for future races which are suitable for all ages and abilities.
They will also be hoping to be in line for a great, money-can’t-buy prize. The parkrun that best embraces the spirit of the day will be chosen to host a one-off parkrun Plus, a race started by Olympian Liz Yelling that will include medals for all runners, official photographers, pacers, and refreshments amongst other things. Furthermore, the best fancy dress of the day will win the wearer vouchers to the value of £150.
Saturday’s parkrun will be the 34th run in the series and organisers are hoping that the added fun will give the day a carnival feel.
A Braunstone parkrun spokesperson explained:
"Runfree is a fantastic opportunity for newcomers to get a taste of Braunstone parkrun and to hopefully like it and want to come back. We already have over 1000 people registered but there's plenty of room for more!"
The Runfree event at Braunstone coincides with National Family Week (30 May – 5 June 2011) – the biggest annual celebration of family life in the UK.
Saturday's parkrun starts at 9am in front of the old stable block. Like all parkruns, it is free to enter but those wishing to take part are asked to sign up online beforehand by visiting the parkrun website at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone.