Runfree is coming!

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.

 

Press release – 26 May 2011

Families in the running for a great prize!

Organisers of a weekly sporting fixture in Leicester are inviting families and beginners to join them at one of their biggest events of the year.

Braunstone parkrun is the free, timed 5k race that takes place every Saturday morning at Braunstone Park. It is hoped that scores of families and non-runners will join the regulars on 4 June to mark the annual Runfree day, a day celebrated by more than 70 parkruns around the UK, Denmark and Australia on which newcomers can experience how fun and family-friendly the races are.

Organisers of the Braunstone event hope that the event will introduce more people to parkrun, give the day a real carnival feel and to put it in line for a money-can't-buy prize.

Those turning up for the 34th Braunstone race are urged to wear fancy dress and to bring cakes and enjoy a picnic afterwards with other families. Free sports drinks will be on offer to every participant that pre-registers beforehand online and a £150 voucher will be awarded to the best fancy dress on the day at any of the parkruns.

Meanwhile the parkrun that best captures the spirit of the day will be awarded with a parkrun Plus in which Olympian Liz Yelling will attend a future parkrun at the winning venue, where there will be medals for all runners, a bag drop, refreshments, photographer and pacers.

A Braunstone parkrun spokesperson explained:

"Braunstone parkrun is non-competitive and really is an event for all ages and abilities, from beginners upwards. Our runners so far have included a 4-year old and a gentlemen in his late 70s but there really are no barriers to taking part.

"Runfree is a fantastic opportunity for newcomers to get a taste of Braunstone parkrun and to hopefully like it and want to come back."

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 and the spokesperson said:

"We already have lots of families taking part, even babies in pushchairs, which demonstrates the nature of our events, and we're hoping that even more family groups will join us."

Runfree will take place on 4th June while the next Braunstone parkrun will take place on Saturday (28 May). Both start at 9am in front of the old stable block.

The weekly events - including Runfree - are free to enter but those wishing to take part are asked to sign up online prior to their first race by visiting the parkrun website at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone.

 

A date for your diary …

Something exciting will be happening at Braunstone parkrun on the 4th of June.

Keep swinging by here, or join our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/braunstone.parkrun, for more news!

 

Braunstone parkrun does Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day raises cash to transform the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa. 

Projects range from restoring the sight of children in Africa to giving isolated older people in the UK the support they need to enjoy their lives.

Red Nose Day is on Friday 18th March and, for us, this marks the start of a Red Nose day Challenge - a 4-week period ending on Saturday 16th April - in which anyone attending Braunstone parkrun may set themselves a challenge to raise money to help the charity's vital work.

There'll be more news about this Saturday and we'll also be posting details here as well as on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/braunstone.parkrun.

Watch this space!

 

parkrun Launch! This Saturday!

Good morning parkrunners!

Just another reminder that we are having a Halloween parkrun Launch this Saturday (30th) to celebrate the fantastic start parkrun has made in Braunstone. We are having a fancy dress run (optional) and collecting for wishes for kids, so remember to bring along some loose change!!

To helps us celebrate we will have some very special guests coming along to see us!

One of our main sponsors Lucozade will be attending with a van packed full of hints, tips and samples, we will also have local councillors and the Lord Mayor of Leicester attending! And to add to the excitement Leicester City Legend Steve Walsh will also be attending as an ambassador for wishes for kids.

Local press will be in attendance to take pictures and take part in the race as well! So remember to look your best! We will also have information stands from local leisure providers and the 3x30 pledge team, so dont forget to sign up for a healthier and more active lifestyle!

So please, tell all of your friends and family and those who have signed up with parkrun but have yet to turn up to dig out those old holloween outfits and get down to Braunstone Park.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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