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Happy 1st Birthday to Burnham parkrun

Published on Wednesday, 18th July 2018

Saturday 21st July will see Burnham-on-Crouch parkrun celebrate its first Birthday and 52nd parkrun.

What started out as some wishful thinking and an informal chat between the Dengie 100 running club and Maldon District Council has within a year developed into an amazing, sustainable and well attended community parkrun.  During the first year there have been some amazing success stories from participants, some of whom were inactive prior to attending the weekly event at Riverside Park. Successes have included weight loss, improved health and wellbeing, improved physical and mental health and of course the feeling of belonging to a great social event that is extremely friendly and hospitable.

Each week there has been a great mix of all abilities, from seasoned runners to walkers enjoying the more social side. So far over 1100 people have taken part in the Burnham parkrun with a weekly average of 94 people per event.

The parkrun route is a total distance of 5km and consists of 2 marked laps around the picturesque Millfields and Riverside Park. All participants who complete the course receive their individual official time and many choose Parkrun as part of their weekly health & fitness routine; challenging themselves to better their times.

As well as the weekly participants a huge well done and thank you must go to the volunteers who ensure that the events are brilliantly delivered and enjoyed by all. Without the dedication, passion and commitment of the core team then the parkrun simply would not go ahead each week.

The Burnham parkrun is held every Saturday morning at 9am and is on all year round. If you wish to participate as an entrant or volunteer please visit www.parkrun.org.uk/burnhamoncrouch

Maldon District Council is delighted to support parkrun within the District and hopes the success will continue to increase.

Councillor Mrs Brenda Harker, Vice-Chairman of the Council’s Community Services Committee said “It is great to see the community embrace and engage in this form of outdoor exercise and we are delighted to see the support that Burnham parkrun has received.”

David Burnham from the Maldon District Council Leisure and Sports Development Team said “It is brilliant that the participation has been so strong in the first year, it is a great credit to the organisers and volunteers. It is also very pleasing to see so many people being active and social within the community”.