Junior parkrun launches in Richmond

The Station junior parkrun is now taking place every Sunday morning in Richmond.

The free 2km timed run is currently open to all children aged four to ten.

When Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed and the 5km events open up, the permitted age range will be four to 14.

There is also discretion to allow SEN/disabled runners to take part over the age of 14.

The event starts from the grassed area behind The Station at around 8.50am with a short pre-run briefing and then a fun warm up.

The route takes the children along the old railway line to the bridge over the River Swale and back.

Three runs have taken place so far.

The first week was a soft launch and still attracted more than 30 runners.

Last week, 74 runners, 31 of which were first timers to parkrun, took part.

Rob Dashwood, who helps organise the event, said: “It’s a lovely, supportive atmosphere and whilst some kids are out to beat their friends and get personal bests, most kids are just happy to be out and getting some exercise and freedom and don’t really care about their time.

“The marshals are all really encouraging and cheer the runners on — everyone is made to feel welcome and part of the event.”

It is not mandatory for a parent/guardian to participate in junior parkruns, but children under the age of 11 must be accompanied to/from the event by a responsible adult, and the responsible adult must remain in attendance for the duration of the event.

The event was made possible by donations from the public, Richmond Town Council, Richmond Meet, Richmond Duck Club, Richmond and Dales Soroptomists, North Yorkshire County Council and Catterick Parkrun.

To run, children need to pre-register with parkrun website here and print off their own personal barcode.

This is scanned at the event to allow individuals to get the own time.

Organisers need ten marshals along the course and then six or seven helpers at the finish each week.

For more information on The Station parkrun and to contact organisers about volunteering, click here.