New ath­let­ics event is off and run­ning

The Oban Times - - News -

OBAN’S first free weekly 5km Parkrun started on Satur­day morn­ing, with 90 run­ners from as far as Fife run­ning from Gana­van Sands to Dun­beg.

Parkrun, an in­ter­na­tional ini­tia­tive, de­liv­ers park­land runs at around 800 lo­ca­tions in 11 coun­tries ev­ery week­end, with more than two mil­lion reg­is­tered run­ners world­wide. The run’s aim is to im­prove health, fit­ness and well-be­ing, and are co­or­di­nated by lo­cal vol­un­teers, for run­ners, jog­gers and walk­ers of all abil­i­ties. The Gana­van Sands Parkrun will start at 9.30am ev­ery Satur­day, and be timed so run­ners can view their re­sults.

Par­tic­i­pants can reg­is­ter on­line on the Parkrun web­site, via the Gana­van Sands Parkrun page, and will be is­sued with a bar­code, which they will need to bring with them to be timed on the day.

The Gana­van Sands Parkrun’s event di­rec­tor, Doreen Hen­der­son, said: ‘It’s a run and not a race, and it is to­tally in­clu­sive. The Parkruns have been really suc­cess­ful in other ar­eas of the UK and we are really ex­cited about start­ing this in Oban. Al­ready 50 peo­ple have signed up to take part in the weekly runs, which is great news, and this cash from Scot­tish Sea Farms is help­ing to make it all pos­si­ble.

‘We were de­lighted to have 90 run­ners at the first run on Satur­day Au­gust 20. A cou­ple had driven from Fife to run, a cou­ple from Dundee came to Oban for their an­niver­sary be­cause of the run, and two fam­i­lies spent the week­end camp­ing in or­der to run. We were amazed.’

Ms Hen­der­son thanked spon­sors for fund­ing the £ 3,000 start-up costs, in- clud­ing the char­ity Ar­gyll Beats Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Dis­ease (ABCD), Oban Com­mon Good Fund, West High­land Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and Scot­tish Sea Farms, as well as Dun­staffnage Es­tate for let­ting run­ners use the path on its land.

Some of the many run­ners who took part in Oban’s first Parkrun.

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