Olympic and Paralympic heroes ready to inspire communities across the UK with #teamparkrun once again

Published 17 August 2018

Greg Rutherford at teamparkrun

The UK's National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic athletes are once again teaming up with parkrun to encourage the nation to get active with #teamparkrun.

Launching tomorrow, #teamparkrun will take place across four consecutive weekends from Saturday 18 August to Sunday 9 September and see over 250 elite athletes interact with local communities.

The 5k parkrun events will take place in parks across the UK every Saturday starting between 9am – 10am, offering a free and easy way to take your first steps into becoming more active. Walk, jog, run or volunteer - everybody is welcome!

This year, junior parkruns are also joining the fun. Junior parkruns are 2km routes which take place on Sunday mornings around the UK.

To thank the public for all their support over the years, and for being right behind them every step of the way, the UK's top National Lottery funded athletes will be right behind you on #teamparkrun, acting as tail walkers at parkruns across the country. No one finishes last at a parkrun.

Olympic long jump champion and #teamparkrun ambassador Greg Rutherford said: “I was fortunate to be involved in this campaign last year and I am delighted to be back. #teamparkrun is a fantastic opportunity for National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic athletes to go out into local communities across the UK to say thank you to National Lottery players for supporting us every step of the way.

I would urge everyone out there to go along to their local parkrun and whether you walk, jog, run or volunteer, I know you will have a great time. It’s so important for people to get outdoors and get active and parkrun provides an ideal opportunity to do this.”

For more information visit: www.teamparkrun.com


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