Young­sters get a kick out of fun run around park

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS - BY NICK HUMPHREYS

Young­sters have been get­ting on their marks for a brand new run­ning event in Aberdeen which is the first of its kind in the city.

The Ju­nior Parkrun at Duthie Park, for chil­dren aged be­tween four and 14, has been hailed a suc­cess af­ter more than 100 chil­dren took part in each of the first few weeks.

In­stead of a 5km course, chil­dren run, jog or walk 2km and the event is run at Duthie Park ev­ery Sun­day morn­ing at 9.30am. There are two adult runs in Aberdeen which take place each Satur­day at the Beach Es­planade and Ha­zle­head Park. And or­gan­is­ers of the ju­nior event thought that start­ing up a chil­dren’s event would be a good way of keep­ing fam­i­lies fit in a fun en­vi­ron­ment.

Katie Greig, event di­rec­tor, said: “It’s gone re­ally well. We didn’t know what to ex­pect – whether we might have just 20 or so chil­dren.

“We had 132 in the first week, 118 in the sec­ond week and in the third week we had 151 come along.

“Ac­tive Schools (Sport Aberdeen’s youth sport or­gan­is­ing arm) have been re­ally help­ful in get­ting the word out there. A lot of our vol­un­teers are teach­ers.”

She added: “The chil­dren are lov­ing it. Some of them walk, some do a bit of walk­ing and a bit of jog­ging. We have a wheel­chair user as well so it’s nice that it’s in­clu­sive of ev­ery­one. Most par­ents are up at that time in the morn­ing on a Sun­day any­way so they might as well get out of the house and meet some new peo­ple. So far there’s been a re­ally good com­mu­nity feel to it.”

It is free to take part in the weekly runs.

FAST TRACK: Chil­dren aged four to 14 have been tak­ing part in the Ju­nior Parkrun at Duthie Park on Sun­days

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