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Parkrun phenomenon arrives in Stroud!

Where: Stratford Park, Stroud

When: Every Saturday at 9am

The global running phenomenon parkrun has come to Stroud.

Stroud District Council has brought the weekly 5km timed runs to Stroud's Stratford Park.

Parkruns will take place every Saturday at 9am and it's free of charge and open to all

All ages and abilities are welcome to the runs, including walkers, dogs on leads, babies in buggies (although only all-terrain buggies are suitable at Stratford Park) and children.

At the first Stroud Parkrun on August 31, more than 130 participants tested the course, including Stroud District Council chief executive Kathy O'Leary, an experienced parkrunner.

"I'm delighted that Stroud District Council has supported the opening of a parkrun for Stroud as part of our commitment to supporting healthy lifestyles," she said. "It's a challenging course, but great fun, and I hope it will encourage more people to enjoy the benefits of regular exercise."

Since the movement started in 2004, more than six million people have taken part in parkruns across the world which are managed by a team of local volunteers.

The Stroud parkrun is free-of-charge to enter, but participants must register online and bring a printed barcode to the event.

Council leader Doina Cornell said: "Promoting the health and wellbeing of our communities is one of our five key visions for the council and parkrun is a great way to get active.

"Stroud District Council owns and maintains Stratford Park for all and it makes a great venue for parkrun. I know some fellow councillors ran the first parkrun and having taken part in a couch to 5k course myself, I plan to soon, injury allowing."

At the end of the event, runners and volunteers can enjoy breakfast in Stratford Park Leisure Centre's café which is offering a 40% discount to those taking part.

For more information and to register, or find out how to volunteer for future Stroud parkruns visit the parkrun UK website.

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