Little Stoke Junior Parkrun – A Step Closer to Reality

Peter Mountain and Keith Brackstone attended the first meeting of the Little Stoke Junior parkrun Planning Group last night at the Parish Community Centre in Little Stoke Park. A lot of emails have already passed backwards and forwards and Dave Skeet from Little Stoke parkrun has put in a lot of effort to get the project to the point where he is waiting on a decision from a local source as to whether they will fund the £3,000 necessary to get the event running. He is confident of a positive outcome when the decision is reached on Tuesday 25th February 2014. Once funding is in place it is hoped to get the Junior parkrun up and running within 6 weeks.

So what is a Junior parkrun? Like parkrun for adults it is a weekly free run. Junior parkruns will take place on Sunday mornings at 9.00 a.m. and are for children aged 4 to 14 and will be run over a 2 kilometre course. Parents will be encouraged to run with their children (particularly the younger ones). There will be a series of recognitions with bronze, silver and gold wrist bands for 10k (5 runs), half-marathon (11 runs) and marathon (22 runs) plus PB certificates.

The aim of the Group is to get Little Stoke Junior  parkrun up and running first and then – hopefully – move on and establish a second junior parkrun in Bristol at a later date.

If you would like to help organise junior parkruns then please contact Keith Brackstone at keithatrvp@blueyonder.co.uk . The Planning Group are looking for 4 or 5 Race Directors to run the events on a rota basis plus a team of volunteers to help.

Once the junior parkrun is up and running Keith Brackstone will start WISE Juniors at 6.15 p.m. on a Wednesday night at Kip Keino Athletic Stadium Stoke Gifford to encourage athletes between the ages of 8 and 14 to train mid-week between the junior parkruns: again volunteers to help with ths would be welcome.