National Parkrun movement finally arrives in Moray

Parkrun comes to Moray this weekend
Parkrun comes to Moray this weekend

ONE OF THE fastest growing health and fitness events in the country is finally arriving in Moray this weekend with a weekly Parkrun kicking off in Elgin.

Parkrun is a series of 5k runs held each Saturday morning at any available open space around the UK – all are open to anyone of any age and ability, are free to take part in and conducted in conditions of the utmost safety and security.

Thousands have been taking part in the weekly events from Jersey in the Channel Islands and all points north – and while the idea has taken a little longer to catch on in more northerly parts of the country, it is now catching on fast!

The Elgin Parkrun will – so far – be the most northerly location for a weekly event when people gather at Cooper Park on Saturday at 9.30am for the inaugural event.

Cooper Park provides a course that is a mixture of tarmac and concrete paths – marshals will be in position all along the 5km route to ensure everyone is safe and well.

A spokesman said: “It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain.

“We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is free!

“Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever Parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once – then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!”

Full details on the event and how to register can be found on the Elgin Parkrun Website.