A FREE, weekly junior parkrun has been launched in Uppermill.
Open to youngsters from four to 14, the event from Saddleworth Pool and Leisure Centre has been organised by a group of parents led by Saddleworth Runners’ James Sheard.
The first race, following a successful trial in April, took place on a 2km timed out and back course attracting 50 children. Some of the younger competitors ran with a parent.
Now, race director James is asking for volunteers to come and help with the safe running of future events.
The junior parkrun is a shorter version of the popular Saturday 5km parkrun events which take place all over the world.
For 30 of the children it was their first junior parkrun event, and were evenly split between boys and girls.
Times ranged from eight and half to 21 minutes but the emphasis is on participation, fun and competing against yourself.
James said: “I was delighted with our first event.
“The children really went for it, and the enthusiasm of our volunteers was particularly impressive, with high-fives and encouraging comments from our marshals all along the course.
“We are running the event every Sunday at 9am, with a short warm-up at 8.55am.
“We encourage all children to register with parkrun through our website:
“To run the events safely we need at least 20 volunteers every week. It’s just 45 minutes while your child is enjoying a 2km run.
“As part of the parkrun ethos many of the volunteers and runners meet up at the Reclamation Rooms Café in nearby Lee Street, Uppermill for a post-run coffee and chat.”
The set-up costs of the Uppermill event have been funded by Oldham Council, Oldham Community Leisure and parkrun.
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υυ A REVAMPED Oldham 10k takes place on Sunday, June 10 with a new course that has a start and finish at Alexandra Park.
Muir’s Miles has taken over the running from Oldham Community Leisure with race director Tony Muir hoping for 150 entrants – there are just shy of 100 at present.
Tony is also reviving the Saddleworth 6 that becomes the Saddleworth 6.2 following a “couple of tweaks”.
That event on Sunday, August 12 will start and finish at Tame Valley Squash and Tennis Club.
Tony still hopes to re-introduce the Tameside 10k, subject to approval from Tameside Council. It has a provisional date of Sunday, September 23.
To enter the Oldham 10k and Saddleworth 6.2 go online to: www.muirs-miles.co.uk