Tamar Trails parkrun – a free run for everyone!

On your marks…parkrun comes to the Tamar Trails

The global, free-to-all running phenomenon, parkrun has launched at the Tamar Trails near Gulworthy.

Since its launch in 2004 in Bushy Park in Teddington, parkrun has grown to encompass thousands of events around the world. Each weekly 5km ‘fun run’, organised by volunteers, is free and open to everyone.

The Tamar Trails parkrun launched on 29 October and takes place every Saturday at 9am. Runners of all abilities are welcome, and are timed for their own personal development, the ethos being “it’s you against the clock”. There is no cost to take part, but participants have to register with parkrun (a one off, free registration). People new to running, or new to parkrun are supported by the local volunteers at the event each week.

The course is run entirely on trail paths, through the woodlands of the Tamar Trails, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. Heading north with a flat start, the path takes in some of the old mine buildings before winding downhill towards the Tamar River, followed by a steep climb and a flat section finishing close to the Trail Centre car park.

It offers an opportunity for the whole community to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful area and get physically active into the bargain. It’s an opportunity to socialise too, with runners invited to grab a post parkrun coffee in the Beach Tree Café.

For more information see http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tamartrails/.

The weekly team of Tamar Trails parkrun volunteers is led by a small group of running enthusiasts, headed by event director, Stuart Queen. They are always keen to hear from new volunteers, email tamartrailshelpers@parkrun.com.

The weekly parkrun sessions come in addition to the recent launch of the Tamar Trail Runners and the opening of a running hub retail outlet at the Tamar Trails. Organised by local runner Colin Kirk-Potter, the running club meets on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings. See www.runventureonline.com.

“We’re delighted to welcome parkrun to the Tamar Trails” says Director Kate Blake. “It’s a perfect natural fit for the beautiful setting of the trails and a great way to get out and enjoy the landscape. Coming hot on the heels of the launch of the Tamar Trail Runners and shop this reinforces our position as an integral running hub in the heart of Devon and Cornwall.”

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