Council asks residents for views on regular new Parkrun event at Coldham's Common

News release from 4 May 2018, 12:47pm

CAMBRIDGE residents are being asked to give their views on a proposal to host a regular ‘Parkrun’ event at Coldham’s Common.

Parkrun is a free, weekly 5km timed run held at locations around the world, including at more than 500 venues in the UK, which is open to runners, joggers and walkers alike.

In partnership with Parkrun Cambridge City Council has identified Coldham’s Common as a potential site to host a new weekly event in the city.

A public consultation on the proposed new Parkrun is now taking place until 2 June, giving local residents, runners and other interested parties the chance to comment on the proposal.

People can complete an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/coldhamsparkrun or hard copies can be requested from the Customer Service Centre at Mandela House, Regent Street.

A new regular parkrun event would form part of the council’s wider work to give more residents the opportunity to live healthy and active lifestyles. The council already supports formal and informal running programmes including:

  • The NHS ‘Couch to 5km’ beginners’ running scheme, with regular sessions at the Meadows Community Centre, the Abbey Leisure Complex and Arbury Community Centre
  • ‘3-2-1’ marked running and walking routes of various lengths at Jesus Green, Coldham’s Common and Cherry Hinton Hall parks.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “Parkrun has proved hugely popular with thousands of people across the country and around the world.

“It is a community event that provides people of all ages and experience with the opportunity to be more active on a regular basis in a really supportive environment.

“Support for inclusive, community-led, free events like Parkrun are a key way in which the council aims to make sport and fitness activities easily accessible by anyone, as part of our work to reduce inequality of opportunity in Cambridge.

“I would encourage people to take part in the council’s consultation in order to let us know what they think about this proposal to bring a regular Parkrun to the city for the first time, in one of our popular open spaces.”

For more details about parkrun UK visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/