On Saturday 19 August, UK Sport, the National Lottery and parkrun UK invite the nation to take their first steps towards a healthy lifestyle at #teamparkrun. As an added incentive, Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes have volunteered their services on the day.
GB Athletes Joining #teamparkrun
The #teamparkrun initiative has a joint purpose. Firstly, to encourage people who have never taken part in a parkrun (or any form of activity) and secondly, to thank the UK population for supporting Britain’s elite athletes over 21 years via the National Lottery. The National Lottery funds their careers enabling them to reach the highest levels in their chosen sport.
As part of this initiative, National Lottery-funded athletes will volunteer as Tail Walkers, helping people to complete their first parkrun and in a friendly, accepting environment. The initiative aims to attract hard-to-reach groups and those who lack the confidence to try a new activity, fearing they would be the last to finish.
The parkrun ethos is about inclusivity. It is open to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds who can walk or run (or push a buggy around) 5k in the company of others. In a drive to appeal to newcomers, the Tail Runner role was renamed to Tail Walker for the benefit of anyone who is unable to run 5k but can walk the distance instead. At #teamparkrun an Olympian or Paralympian will accompany them. Chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger, says: “Our athletes will be there on 19 August to make any newcomers feel extra welcome.”
For more information about #teamparkrun, visit the event website.
Photo courtesy Rosliston parkrun