Peterborough parkrun will celebrate NHS 70th birthday with celebration event on 9 June

Peterborough parkrun will be celebrating the NHS 70th birthday this weekend with a fancy dress (optional but encourage) themed event on 9th June!

If any regular parkrunners that are NHS staff members would like to volunteer this week it would be amazing, please email in to

We'd love to recognise our parkrunners that are part of the NHS. If you are NHS staff, when you arrive on Saturday morning, please find the paper by the volunteer co-ordinator and feel free to write down your name and what you do so we can mention in the run report!

If anyone would like to bring along cakes to share with the parkrunners and volunteers this week - many of which will be NHS staff members - I'm sure they'd be much is a birthday party after all.

Fancy dress as always is optional but it would be good fun to see lots of people dress in 'NHS themed' fancy dress...we are thinking doctors, nurses, paramedics, red crosses, blue and white, patients with bandages and slings, or anything more creative you can think of!

Looking forward to seeing everyone Saturday morning

The ‘parkrun for the NHS’ initiative is being supported by Dame Kelly Holmes, a regular parkrunner who worked as a nursing assistant before going into the British Army and later becoming a full-time athlete, said: “Increased levels of activity leads to improved mood, self-esteem and a wide range of health benefits. I know from first-hand experience how sociable and welcoming parkruns are, so it’s fantastic to see it join forces with the NHS in its 70th year to encourage even more people to get active in this special year.”

The growing levels of obesity in adults and children is a major health issue for the NHS, as it can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, some types of cancer and stroke. Obesity can also affect quality of life and lead to psychological problems.

The cost to the NHS of treating diabetes alone is around £10 billion every year – nearly 10% of the NHS budget. It is estimated that obesity is responsible for more than 30,000 deaths each year and that obesity could overtake tobacco smoking as the biggest cause of preventable death.

In August 2017, parkrun conducted a UK-wide survey of almost 2,000 healthcare professionals. Over three in every five (63%) responding revealed that they prescribe parkrun in some form, while almost nine in ten (88%) said they would consider referring users to parkrun.