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Junior parkrun celebrates milestone

24 July 2019

100th event celebration at Queen's Park. Queen’s Park junior parkrun has celebrated its 100th event.

The group, which was started in June 2017, meets every Sunday at the fountain in Heywood’s Queen’s Park at 9am.

Junior parkrun is a 2k event for juniors (4-14-year-olds) with parents encouraged to join in.

The Queen’s Park event is 1 of 2 in the borough, with the other taking place at the same time in Milnrow Memorial Park.

Queen’s Park event director Su Page, is delighted with the event’s success: “We have an amazing event with an awesome group of children and brilliant parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles who volunteer willingly every week. The enthusiasm is just incredible and seeing the children grow in confidence over the weeks is just magical.

"I love my Sunday mornings in the park. We’ve had a fantastic 100 events, it’s flown by - but then time does fly when you’re having fun!”

"People are invested in getting our young people active"

Councillor Sara Rowbotham, our cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Congratulations to Queen’s Park junior parkrun on their anniversary. Parkrun events are only possible thanks to the dedication of volunteers and it’s brilliant to see that people in our borough are invested in getting our young people active outdoors.”

Rochelle, mum to the borough’s Healthy Heroes family, joined the group for their celebration and gave superhero goodies out to families.

The aim of parkrun is to have fun so anyone can go along whatever your pace. The Queen’s Park group stay for a post-run drink in the Queen’s Park café each week so feel free to join in.

Parkrun is always free, you just need to register online before your first visit and bring your printed barcode with you.