Clacton seafront parkrun gets set to celebrate its first birthday at the weekend – and is looking to expand to be able to include younger participants.
So far more than 1,400 people have completed a distance of 28,000km over the past 12 months as the weekly event has gone from strength to strength.
The highest number taking part on any one day is 156 and organisers are hoping to break that record on Saturday (14th).
There is an average of 110 runners joining in the timed five kilometre course along the seafront.
The event is free to take part in and the aim is to promote healthier lifestyles and wellbeing amongst residents.
For many it is not a race – and some even walk – with a volunteer tail walker so that even the last participant has someone to complete the course with.
Individuals need to register online before their first event to get a unique ID barcode and then just turn up on the day.
Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet Member for Health and Education, said she has been pleased with the success of parkruns at both Clacton and Harwich.
“It is good for families or individuals and not everyone wants to go at the same pace,” she said.
“The idea is to go along and get some exercise appropriate to you and it can also be very social and a chance to meet other people who enjoy exercise.”
Cllr McWilliams praised the efforts of the core team of six volunteers who put on the event each week along with those who act as marshals and timekeepers.
“It is a real community event and TDC is now looking to support a junior parkrun in both Clacton and Harwich over a shorter course of two kilometres aimed at those from four to 14,” she added.
“The nearest junior parkrun is currently in Colchester and it would be great to have two in Tendring.”
Clacton Seafront parkrun will take place this Saturday (14th) meeting at the Beach Diner at 9am.
For more information or to register and get your ID barcode go to www.parkrun.org.uk/clactonseafront/
Anyone wanting to help establish a junior parkrun in Clacton or Harwich should email Cassie Barrett, TDC’s Public Health Improvement Co-ordinator at email@example.com or call her on 01255 686141.
Around five people are required for each core team at Clacton and Harwich and they will be supported by Cassie.