Get a spring in your step with the Doncaster parkrun

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Doncaster residents are being invited to celebrate the start of spring by putting their best foot forward and taking part in Doncaster parkrun.

The free weekly run, which takes place in Sandall Park, is being re-launched later this month and is supported by Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, Active Doncaster and Public Health Doncaster.

Mark Hudson, organiser of Doncaster parkrun said: “We started these 5k runs last year and have been attracting up to 100 each week to come and take part.

“These are runs, not races so it is not about who is the fastest or best runner. Running is a great activity to take part in and these events are local and they are free!

“We’ve had some great stories to tell from participants who’ve never run before but now push themselves each week to beat their personal best, to those who walk the course but take part because they feel part of the community and want to exercise.

“We are delighted to be getting support from Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, Doncaster Council through Active Doncaster and Public Health Doncaster and are looking forward to welcoming people along to the first run of spring on Sports Relief weekend (March 22).”

The weekly 5km timed run starts at 9am and is open to everyone including runners with pushchairs and dogs.

Jon Whiteley, head of leisure for Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust said: “Doncaster parkrun is a great event for us to get involved in. As a community minded organisation we work with partners to ensure that people from all walks of life and of all abilities have access to health and fitness programmes.

“This is a free weekly event and now that the weather is getting slightly warmer and the days are getting longer it is a great time to be outdoors and getting fit with others.”

Doncaster parkrun is free, and anyone interested in taking part should register before their first run atare asked to register before their first run visit www.parkrun.org.uk/doncaster