Free runners target dedicated training park

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ENTHUSIASTS of parkour are hoping to raise £100,000 for a new outdoor training park.

The sport, also known as free running, involves running and jumping over steps, walls, railings and buildings.

Sheffield Parkour Movement, which represents about 100 people who regularly participate, is behind plans for the park and is now in discussions with Sheffield Council about where it could be built.

A location for the scheme has not yet been decided.

But Ahmed Saricicek, SPM vice-chairman, said: “At the moment we’ve got hundreds of people just in Sheffield alone who want to use it. It will bring so many people into parkour.

“It’ll be a ground-breaking thing if we get this park built.”

Currently, parkour is practised in parks and public places, but some participants have been moved on by security guards.

Paul Billington, Sheffield Council director of culture and environment, said: ““The project is still at a very early stage and, like all projects in parks, it will be subject to on-going consultation with park users and local people, and all parties will have to be sure in advance that all the funding, including on-going maintenance, is in place.”