Youngsters Set the Pace at Castle Park Runs

Published Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Weekly 2km runs for youngsters at Clitheroe Castle are out of the blocks for another year.

The timed runs have been attracting up to 76 youngsters aged four to 14 on Sunday mornings since last October.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee heard that, as well as proving a hit with local youngsters, the runs had attracted ‘park run tourists’ from as far afield as Northern Ireland and Warwickshire.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s sports development officer, Peter Fletcher, said: “There has been a real surge in running across the UK in recent years and the Clitheroe Castle junior park runs have been a great success.

“The runs offer a free, safe opportunity for young people to take part in sport, and are an ideal way for Clitheroe Castle to be utilised by the community.

“I would like to thank the organisers and volunteers, who give up their time every week to ensure the runs take place.”

The committee gave the go-ahead for the runs to take place at Clitheroe Castle for a minimum of a further 12 months.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has also given the thumbs-up for adult park runs at Clitheroe Castle.

The 5km runs have been taking place at the castle at 9am on Saturdays since the summer and early indications are that they have been a great success.

The runs are organised by Ribble Valley Runners and further details on taking part or stewarding are available at parkrun.org.uk.

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