Next month, England Athletics, Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Sport will host a forum to look at the ways to make running more inclusive across the city, with specific focus on encouraging more people to take up running in disadvantaged areas.
The event, scheduled for Tuesday 16 February, will take place at Leeds University and be attended by guest speaker, Tom Williams, managing director of parkrun UK. The open forum is seeking participants from anyone interesting in discussing the ways in which this idea could be developed. This could include, local run leaders, community running clubs or groups, teachers or parents.
Discussion during the evening will likely centre upon two topics, as outlined by Run England: to get a better understanding of the current landscape as to what people are doing around inactive to active and recreational running in Leeds; to look at future opportunities and how we can try to harness some specific working groups where there are some key themes and groups established on the back of the meeting.
Tom Williams will be on hand to give us an insight into his philosophy on running and will talk about the continued success of parkrun. In addition to Tom, a second, locally based run leader will share their running experiences and how they have managed to set up a series of groups across the area.
Anyone interested in attending is asked to fill out this registration form.