RUNNERS raced around a Sheffield park in the chilly morning air during a new regular event organised to help people keep fit.
The first Graves Park run attracted 140 participants of all ages, who completed a two-lap, 5km course as part of a drive to improve fitness in the Olympics year.
Dr Ollie Hart, a GP at the Sloan Medical Practice in Heeley, which helped set up the run, said the event went ‘really well’ and that he hoped future runs will prove just as successful.
First past the post was Dave Schorah, from the Sheffield Hallam University Athletics Club, with a time of just under 18 minutes, while the youngest runner was four-year-old Rosabelle Sadiq, who managed to complete the whole 5km.
The run will now be taking place every Saturday at 9am in Graves Park. “It was a beautiful, sunny morning, and there were a lot of parents out with their kids,” said Dr Hart. “There were probably around 50 people volunteering to help run it for us - we had someone doing the timing, someone handing out finishing tickets, marshals round the course and so on. It went really well.”
The run was set up following a joint funding bid from the Sloan Practice and the council’s Activity Sheffield department. Similar runs also operate at Endcliffe Park and Concord Park.
“There’s a big drive this year to create a culture of physical activity in Sheffield,” Dr Hart said. “The most important thing you can do for your health is to be physically active. It saves more lives and reduces depression, heart attacks and strokes. Our big drive as doctors is to get people doing physical activities they enjoy.”
n Participants meet in the Graves Park Animal Farm car park. Entry is free, but people need to register at www.parkrun.org.uk to get a free, personal barcode to identify themselves. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help out as a volunteer.