Bid to launch Exmouth ‘parkruns’ but helpers needed

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 September 2015

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Runners of all standards could soon have their own weekly event in Exmouth to participate in, if organisers can find much-needed volunteers.

LED Leisure is hoping to set up a ‘parkrun’ in Phear Park, with events taking place every Saturday morning.

Currently, there are three other ‘parkruns’ organised in the county, with the closest taking place at Killerton.

Parkruns are free, weekly, five-kilometre timed runs and take place around the world. They are open to everyone - and are safe and easy to take part in.

The events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and people of every ability are encouraged to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience - all are welcome.

LED Leisure has organised a five-kilometre route around Phear Park and now just needs volunteers to help out. Lottie Edwards, LED outreach manager, said: “We’re really excited about the prospect of Exmouth’s parkrun. I think it will be extremely popular.”

LED is looking for an event director, who will have overall responsibility for the event, as well as three or four run directors who will be in charge of specific runs.

If the volunteers come forward, East Devon’s ‘parkruns’ will take place in Phear Park at 9am every Saturday, starting and finishing at the café.

● For more information, ring Lottie Edwards on 01395 255083 or email outreach@ledleisure.co.uk

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