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10 parkruns to herald in Hertfordshire’s Year of Physical Activity 2018!

Hardy souls from across the county will welcome in the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity when they take part in one of the county’s 10 parkruns scheduled for New Year’s Day.

Parkruns take place at 9am on a Saturday morning, but additional events are permitted on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day at the discretion of local organising teams.

The growth of parkrun in Hertfordshire over the past two years has been phenomenal, with over 3,000 runners and volunteers involved on a weekly basis. The popular programme will see local events welcome a mixture of serious runners, fun runners and well-intentioned New Year resolutionists to some of Hertfordshire’s best loved and most picturesque parks and open spaces on January 1st.

And YOPA the Stag – campaign mascot for the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity 2018 – will be making a guest appearance at a couple of the venues.

No doubt, some participants will be looking to shake off the excesses of the previous night and some will be looking to start their 2018 fitness regimes with a bang, but no matter what size, shape, level of fitness or previous experience people have, they will all be very welcome to join in as part of the launch of the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity 2018.

Herts Sports Partnership, Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire’s District and Borough councils are leading on the yearlong programme, which aims to make Hertfordshire the most active county.

In welcoming the New Year’s Day parkrun programme HSP Director, John O’Callaghan said:

 “Given the huge growth of parkrun across Hertfordshire over the past couple of years, it is perhaps fitting that parkrun will kick off Hertfordshire’s Year of Physical Activity .What better way to start 2018 than by getting some fresh air and exercise whilst enjoying the beautiful outdoors that Hertfordshire has to offer?

This time last year, we welcomed parkrun novices who 16 months later will be running the London Marathon, but parkrun is for everybody – irrespective of whether you wish to walk, jog or run. If you are going to make one New Year’s resolution for 2018 let it be a commitment to joining the Hertfordshire parkrun family. I promise that it is a decision that you will not regret!”

Times of parkruns on New Year’s Day vary and you should check for these on http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

New Year’s Day parkruns across Hertfordshire will be held at the following venues:

  • Cassiobury Park – Watford
  • Panshanger Country Park – near Hertford
  • Ellenbrook Fields – Hatfield
  • Fairlands Valley Park – Stevenage
  • Barclay Park – Hoddesdon
  • Gadebridge Park – Hemel Hempstead
  • Tring
  • Aquadrome – Rickmansworth
  • Verulamium Park – St Albans
  • Castle Park – Bishops Stortford

Last edited by Published by Active St Albans on January 3, 2018

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