On Saturday, 7th March, our parkrun will be joining in with others around the world to celebrate International Women’s Day.
As you all know, parkrun is for everyone, what people don’t know is that the figures for participation are a little unbalanced. Research shows that across the world women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun – and that’s despite females making up 54% of registrations!
That’s why we’re celebrating International Women’s Day and the This Girl Can initiative to encourage more women to come along and discover what it is to be a part of parkrun.
Do you know a woman who’s nervous of coming last? Doesn’t want to be seen in public in lycra? Thinks the hills will be horrendous? Invite her along so she can meet the tail walker, realise lycra is Definitely Not Mandatory, or see how much we support each other up the park’s gentle slopes.
Or maybe she’d like to be involved but five kilometers really isn’t her thing? An introduction to our volunteering team could be the perfect start to a new Saturday morning hobby.
We’ve all been there and know the first visit to parkrun can be a tough one to build up to, then you arrive and wonder why you were ever worried.
So please, invite your sister, mother, daughter, grandmother, neighbour, work mate, mother-in-law, or any other ladies in your life to join us on 7th March – taking part together can make that first step so much more reassuring.
Also, you won’t be singled out, you’ll simply be helping us to balance out the equality of our 100% inclusive event.