PARKLIFE

Want to get fitter? parkrun is a growing worldwide movement that aims to get people healthier while having fun at the same time

In total there are over 1.5 million people signed up to parkrun all around the world – in 490 different locations to be exact. The first event took place in London in 2004, and that race, like every one since, was a five kilometre Time Trail around a park. The Shepton Mallet parkrun began April 2017, in Collett Park and was the only one within a 20-mile radius until Street set one up last year.

The whole ethos behind parkrun is to get people out and get them fitter. It’s very much a social occasion too, as many in the group stop off afterwards in the Collett Park Café for a coffee or hot chocolate!

Edric Hobbs, one of the organisers, was a recent Believe in Somerset award winner, which is a fitting tribute to someone who puts so much effort into making the parkrun event such a success.

“I think we won because parkrun is a free, inclusive event that has changed the physical and mental wellbeing of many people,” says Edric.

“It has helped build a community spirit in Shepton Mallet, and also helped people make new friends in the town.”

Shepton Mallet’s parkrun takes place every Saturday morning at 9am at Collett Park. Anyone is welcome to join in, but they do ask that you register first – that way, you can have your time recorded to monitor your progress.

For more information, head to the parkrun website here.