What is it?
Moors Valley parkrun is a times, 5km (3.1miles) run around Moors Valley. It takes place at 9am every Saturday throughout the year. The course is a mixture of tarmac paths and firm gravel woodland trail paths.
Do I have to run?
No. Many people do but parkrun welcome walkers and those who want to do a mixture of walking and jogging too. If you can’t run or walk, why not join the parkrun as a volunteer? Everyone is welcome and we the parkrun team work hard to be as inclusive as possible.
Does it cost anything?
No. parkrun is free and is a not for profit organisation.
How do I get involved?
You get involved by registering online. It is a very straightforward process and is very quick. Just go to: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register or Google “Moors Valley parkrun”. Once registered, you need to print off a barcode (this is explained when you register). This barcode is used to record your time when you cross the finish line and you can select whether you want to receive your results by email and /or text message.
What happens on the day?
Arriving - Make sure you bring your barcode with you on the day. We meet by the visitors centre in Moors Valley. It is best to get there a little early at about 8:45 as parking can be busy.
Briefing - There is a briefing which takes place at around 8:50, which is important for people who have never attended before.
The route - The route is very well marked and volunteer marshals will be at various points on the route to direct you. The marshals are all in contact with each other by radio so if you need assistance or there is a medical emergency they will be able to contact the coordinating team.
The finish – The finish line is by the lake just by the train station. You will be handed another barcode as you cross the finish line which shows your overall position and then directed further round the path where both bar codes are scanned and you are finished.
Post Run - Afterwards, many people will stop for a chat and purchase a post parkrun tea / coffee in the Seasons Restaurant.
What if I can’t run or walk that distance?
There are many other ways to get involved. Parkrun is entirely organised by volunteers so are always on the lookout for people to help out each week.
Who will be there?
Moors Valley parkrun is a particular scenic route and attracts many people from the local area and further away. There is regularly over 400 attendees, some will be walkers, some will be pushing children in buggies, some will be accompanied by dogs and others will be trying to better their time from previous weeks.
The benefits are numerous they obviously start with the physical fitness boost you'll get. Think about what could happen if you participated every weekend at a parkrun event. Feeling better, breathing easier, and having a fitter body all comes from staying active. Participating in a weekly parkrun can provide the structure many need to stay on track. There are social and mental wellness benefits to think about as well. Parkrun events are excellent to meet people. Meanwhile, you are spending time outdoors in nature. The best part is that it is free.
For beginners, parkrun events can be an excellent way to challenge yourself and measure your progress