Doctors to launch weekly park runs

New weekly run setting up at Graves Park, Sheffield.
New weekly run setting up at Graves Park, Sheffield.
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WIZARDS, ballerinas and even a banana dashed through a Sheffield park – raising eyebrows and fundraising cash.

The fancy dress event at Graves Park was to help promote a new weekly 5km running, jogging and walking session.

The launch was organised by Sloan Medical Centre, Little London Road, Heeley, which is hoping to set up the weekly runs every Saturday, at 9.30am, in the London 2012 Olympics year.

Similar initiatives already operate in both Endcliffe Park and Shiregreen’s Concord Park in the city.

GP and partner Dr Ollie Hart said: “We are encouraging as many of our patients as possible to come along each Saturday morning, to run or walk and have a cuppa with us in the cafe.

“We hope many of the other GP practices in areas around the park will do the same – we might even try to start a little friendly rivalry.”

The first free run, supported by Sheffield Council and run by volunteers, is planned to take place on Saturday, April 14.

And staff at the medical centre have started running to join in the scheme.

Dr Marion Sloan said: “It’s wonderful to see our staff pulling together for a great cause and to see some who have never really run before pulling on their trainers and join in.”