One­sies on and ready to run!

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

DRAG­GING your­self out of bed ev­ery Sun­day morn­ing to run 2k takes some ded­i­ca­tion – es­pe­cially for teenagers.

And ded­i­cated as they are, the kids who run the Hem­ling­ton Ju­nior Parkrun each week nor­mally put on their finest run­ning clob­ber for the oc­ca­sion.

But this week, you would be for­given for think­ing ev­ery­one had set their alarms too late, as scores of nip­pers ran around Hem­ling­ton Lake in their py­ja­mas.

Since Au­gust, the Hem­ling­ton Ju­nior Park Run has been held ev­ery Sun­day at 9am.

The free, timed, 2k run around Hem­ling­ton Lake, for kids aged 4-14, is get­ting more pop­u­lar by the week and has seen a steady in­crease in peo­ple tak­ing part.

This week, for a bit of a change, the run’s or­gan­is­ers en­cour­aged vol­un­teers and run­ners to wear their py­ja­mas or a one­sie for the fun event.

Build­ing on the suc­cess of parkruns – open to both adults and chil­dren – at Ste­wart Park and Al­bert Park, last year Mid­dles­brough Coun­cil al­lo­cated £3,000 from its pub­lic health bud­get to fund the Hem­ling­ton event.

Speak­ing at the time, a coun­cil spokesman said: “Mid­dles­brough al­ready hosts two very pop­u­lar parkruns at Al­bert Park and Ste­wart Park, which are well at­tended by peo­ple of all ages and all run­ning abil­i­ties.

“The Hem­ling­ton Ju­nior Parkrun aims to be a fun way of promoting a healthy and ac­tive life­style from a young age and so we are pleased that any­one aged 4-14 will be able to take part free of charge.

“We hope that in time it will be as pop­u­lar as the other weekly run­ning events in town and in­spires Mid­dles­brough’s younger gen­er­a­tion to­wards a healthy life­style.”

Par­ents are able to ac­com­pany their chil­dren on the route if nec­es­sary, and re­wards are of­fered as an in­cen­tive for achiev­ing land­marks in the num­ber of events they take part in.

If you’re in­ter­ested in tak­ing part, or would like more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.face­­ling­ton­lake­ju­niors/

All set for the Hem­ling­ton Lake ju­nior park run

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