Upcoming event: Leamington pink ‘not’ parkrun 20th June 2020

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Pink parkrun has become a highly anticipated event at Leamington parkrun.  It started back in 2012 so this year would have been our 9th.During that time the wonderful Leamington community have raised £7237.62 for Breast Cancer Now, a charity that funds innovative and life- saving research into breast cancer. It began in memory of a dear friend of mine who died of breast cancer leaving a husband and three young children. I promised her I would run the Great North Run so in preparation I proposed running four laps of our 5k course, roughly the half marathon distance.

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We started at 7am and in the first year about 20 people turned up to join me. More people joined in on subsequent laps until a large crowd had formed for the usual 9am parkrun. This format has remained the same over the years, but numbers haven’t. In 2019 almost 60 were there at the start and many did all four laps. Most have learnt that you won’t be out of place in an outrageous pink outfit but a simple pair of pink socks or ribbon in the hair will also do. Running, walking, pushing the children in a buggy, bringing the dog. Everyone has always been welcome.

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I have included some of my favourite shots over the last couple of years. This year it won’t be possible to organise our usual event but we would still love to see you dress up for the occasion, even just in the garden! Please send in your Pink parkrun pictures so that we can keep the event alive. Hopefully it will be bigger and better next year!

Post your photos on our Facebook page or email them to leamington@parkrun.com

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