Youngsters are being encouraged to put on their running shoes and join in a fun new event to keep them healthy.
South Tyneside Council is now hosting a weekly junior parkrun at North Marine Park in South Shields for children and young people aged four to 14 and their families. The inaugural event took place yesterday with 61 runners and 31 volunteers.
The free, fun 2k event will be held every Sunday at 9am and will help the Council achieve its ambition of keeping people well and healthy throughout their lives.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Tracey Dixon, said: “It is no secret that running – and walking – is good for your physical and mental health but running outdoors is also a fantastic way to connect with nature.
“We’re excited and delighted to be hosting a new junior parkrun in our beautifully restored North Marine Park after many months of planning. It’s a first for South Tyneside and is sure to be a huge hit with local children and young people.
“We know that parkruns are also social occasions and are a great way to meet other people. I hope people take advantage of this event and have fun while keeping themselves healthy and making new friends.”
Chairman Geoff Thompson said: “We are extremely proud to support the junior parkrun and look forward to seeing it flourish.
“Along with our charitable foundation, we are committed to doing everything we can to support health and well-being in South Tyneside. This initiative promises to drive increased physical activity among young people in our area, which will be so vital to their long-term health.
“We congratulate all those involved in the junior parkrun and wish the event every success for the future.”
North Marine junior parkrun Event Director, Sally Foreman-Baggaley said: “We are extremely fortunate in South Tyneside to have such an amazing community looking to help promote health and fitness in children. I am overwhelmed by the support I have received in getting this event started, thank you to everyone involved. I look forward to meeting the young parkrunners, their grown-ups and any members of the community who wish to volunteer.”