Youngsters plan fundraising drive to launch junior parkrun in Richmond

The run would take place along the old railway line in Richmond.

A group of young people are planning a fundraising drive to help launch a junior parkrun in Richmond.

Volunteers have already received £2,300 from organisations including Richmond Meet, Richmond Duck Club, Richmond Soroptomists, Richmond Town Council and the county council’s Inspire Fund to start the weekly event.

However, a further £700 is needed to get the initiative off the ground.

A group of children are setting themselves the target of raising the money by collectively completing 700km by running, walking, skipping, hopping, biking or scooting in one week from Sunday, May 11.

The children will be following social distancing rules and using their daily exercise to contribute to the group’s total.

Jeanette Kendall, who is coordinating efforts to launch the parkrun, said: “Any amount you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

“The event will be not for profit and run each week entirely by volunteers.

“This event would be a great boost to the local community and to the children themselves who thoroughly deserve it having been cooped up for so long.”

The run would take place every Sunday morning at 9am along the old railway line near The Station, across the River Swale and back — a distance of 2km.

Volunteers are receiving help from the people Catterick parkrun to launch the event.

To sponsor the youngsters click here. [kofi]