Announcing the Glasgow parkrun

I’m delighted to finally be able to announce the launch date of the Glasgow parkrun: A free, weekly timed 5k around Pollok Park. This joins the 10 other parkrun events that take place around the UK, and is the first parkrun event in Scotland. 

The provisional start date we’ve agreed with Pollok park management is Saturday, 6th December at 9.30am, outside the Burrell museum. The all important sociable coffee and chat follows in the Burrell cafe. The parkrun occurs every week at the same time. Plenty more at: 

http://www.parkrun.com/glasgow_home.aspx 

If you want to take part in this, or any of the other parkrun events, you just need to register with parkrun before your first event: http://register.parkrun.com/ – It’s a one-off process. No need to repeat each week. 

parkrun’s are run entirely by volunteers, so please get in touch if you’d like to help. You might be racing later in the day, want to give something back to the running community, or be recovering from injury and want to stay in touch with running friends. 

We’re particularly keen to get names down for the first few weeks as the event establishes itself. See the Volunteer tab, drop me an e-mail, post a comment, or speak to me in person. 

A bit more on the parkrun idea follows below.

Regards, 

Richard Leyton and Iain Brown, Event Directors 

Glasgow parkrun is a free weekly timed 5K around the award winning Pollok Park. The run is not a race, however it is there as an event that can be used as the individual needs. Some runners come to try their hand at their first 5K and discover their pace; others come to better their previous performance; but others may use this as part of their training regime and enjoy the social aspect. 

The most important thing to remember is the run welcomes runners of all abilities, and all are encouraged to come and complete the course. 

The event was established and is organised by volunteers who have an interest in health, fitness and running. Come rain or shine these volunteers turn up every Saturday morning to mark the way round the course and time the runners. We would like to thank all the volunteers who have given up their time to make this event possible. 

We’re very grateful to the management team at Pollok Park, Glasgow City Council, and Scottish Athletics, Chris and Paul at parkrun, and local event sponsors Sweatshop for their help in getting us this far, and we look forward to making Glasgow, and Scotland, a successful part of the parkrun community.

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