Hall hosts new weekly run

Sewerby Hall
Sewerby Hall

SEWERBY Hall and Gardens has become the latest venue to sign up to become part of a new running revolution.

Each week, it will hold a Parkrun event, where people aged over eight and of any ability can compete in a free 5km run against the clock.

Although it is not a race, runners follow a scenic course along the clifftops and around the hall’s picturesque grounds, and can get an official time for their efforts.

The run will take place every Saturday at 9am, and the first event attracted more than 30 participants earlier this month.

From the start, at the steps to the main entrance to Sewerby Hall, runners head down the land train path to the Coastguard Station, returning to the hall along the clifftops, around Sewerby cricket ground, re-entering the hall grounds, running past the zoo, taking the woodland trail and through the gardens, back to the hall.

It has been set up with the support of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s sport, play and arts service amd is completely free.

Parkrun began in Bushy Park, London, back in 2004, where just 13 people ran a lap timed by founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt.

Now there are more than 100 events that run every single Saturday, where 190,000 registered runners take part across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Australia and even at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

The aim is to create a free, feel-good community event which everyone is invited to.

The project will enable a running community to be created that brings all types of individuals and families together, with people getting fitter and faster along the way and being able to talk about it with like-minded people.

It is open to anyone aged eight and above, for club runners, occasional athletes and total beginners looking to get fit.

The first race, on November 5, saw times ranging from 17 minutes to 34 minutes.

Tom Williams, north area co-ordinator for Parkrun, said: “Every one of our events has thrived, and we’re taking around 3,000 new registrations per week.

“Our success is growing an inclusive and welcoming community, now close to 200,000 people.

“Seeing families coming together on a Saturday morning to take part in physical activity is something that we will never get bored of.

“There are thousands of fantastic people out there, spread all around the country, and our major challenge is bringing them together and then giving them the support and encouragement to develop their own local event.

“Without volunteers Parkrun would not exist, but with 5,000 different people giving us 25,000 hours of time in 2010 alone, we are able to deliver inclusive, accessible and social running to thousands of people around the world every single week.”

Volunteers will be important in Parkrun succeeding at Sewerby, with people required to help marshal and time the event each Saturday.

There are already a handful of volunteers in place, but with an event taking place 52 weeks of the year, more are needed to avoid it being the same faces dedicating their time each week.

Runners who want to have their run timed can go online and print out a barcode from www.parkrun.com/runner/getbarcodelink/uk up to 6pm on the Friday before their first event.

This will be scanned at the start and finish of the run.

People interested in being a marshal can email sewerbyhelpers@parkrun.com. Runners are also encouraged to take a break one week and offer a helping hand and give something back when they can.

For more details about Parkrun, email paul.silvester@eastriding.gov.uk or phone 01482 392531 or 07881 803464.