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Havering runners sprint into an active New Year

PUBLISHED: 16:48 05 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:53 05 January 2016

The Harrow Lodge Park Runners celebrating their 3rd anniversary by going on a 5km run

The Harrow Lodge Park Runners celebrating their 3rd anniversary by going on a 5km run

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Every Saturday, more than 80,000 people have left their beds, put on the running leggings and found their way to their nearest park, all before 9am.

They are all taking park in “parkrun”, a volunteer-run club which organises free, weekly, 5 kilometre timed runs all over the world.

In Harrow Lodge park, more than thirty people can be found every Saturday, ready to run, jog or walk 5 kilometres.

The club is celebrating its third anniversary on January 9, and now has two runs - a full 5k on Saturday mornings for adults, and a shorter 2k run on Sunday’s for juniors.

Parkrun is free, there is no pressure to attend every week and attendees say there is less pressure to compete than at a traditional running club.

Event director Dave Keeley said the club is an excellent way of achieving any New Year Resolution’s to get fit.

He said: “Harrow Lodge parkrun is an excellent way to get fit, meet new friends and start the weekend on a positive note.

“We welcome all standards, but if you’re just starting out, you can join up with one of your local running clubs such as Havering ‘90 Joggers or Harold Wood Running Club, who organise free sessions for beginners.

“Harrow Lodge parkrun is free and takes place over 5K every Saturday at 9am.

“If you want to run with your children, then Harrow Lodge junior parkrun on Sundays at 9am over 2K is just for you.”

If you are interested in running but don’t know where to begin, a project in Havering has just launched.

Aimed at beginners, Up and Running offers adult’s support and advice to take up running/jogging.

Participants are asked to register with the project (from 4th January at www.havering.gov.uk/run) and they will then receive information about FREE running groups, learn to run programmes and a Couch to 5K running app etc. Ongoing emails/texts will offer support and motivation over the coming weeks. The project culminates with participants taking part in a free Havering 5K parkrun on 9th April.

Visit www.parkrun.org.uk for details.

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