SLIDESHOW: Sheffield Castle Park Run

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And they’re off! Runners, walkers and even parents with pushchairs pounded the route of the first ever Sheffield Castle park run in Manor Fields Park.

They got on their marks to launch a new programme which encourages people to take part in exercise on their doorsteps – without the need for expensive gym memberships.

Kate, Max, Wendy and Bernie

Kate, Max, Wendy and Bernie

The Move More, Do Something initiative also aims to improve the city’s health.

Dr Rob Copeland, project manager, said: “The first run was great. We had around 90 people come along and they were a wide range of people and abilities.

“A lot of people said they were excited to be part of the first one taking place in the Manor and it was a great thing to be involved in.

“Move More is about creating physical exercise opportunities in communities that are easy for people to access.

Fran, Helen, Pat and Marion ready to run

Fran, Helen, Pat and Marion ready to run

“It’s not about running – a lot of people were walking in parts of the route and some had pushchairs. It is about creating opportunities for exercise.”

Park runs take place nationally, and in Endcliffe Park, Concord Park and Graves Park in Sheffield every Saturday.

The 5K event will now become a regular feature at Manor Fields Park each Saturday thanks to a bank of volunteers. Move More, Do Something was sparked after Sheffield was awarded an Olympic Legacy programme with the National Centre of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Runners make their way through the Manor Fields Park at the start of the 5k run

Runners make their way through the Manor Fields Park at the start of the 5k run

Runners make their way through the Manor Fields Park at the start of the 5k run

Runners make their way through the Manor Fields Park at the start of the 5k run