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Get Out, Get Active with Boston Parkrun

Don't get the post-Christmas blues about how much you ate and drank and sat about gorging on chocolates and TV. Get Out, Get Active with Boston parkrun and burn some of those excess calories away.

Parkrun has become a global fitness initiative and came to Boston two years ago, since when it has gone from strength to strength.

It's completely free - just turn up in Witham Way Country Park any Saturday morning at 8.45am - and be part of the 5K running phenomena taking place all around the world, you don't have to run, you can walk or jog the course.

They are open to everyone from the age of four, free, safe and easy to take part in.

Parkruns usually take place in pleasant parkland surroundings all over the country and people of every ability are encouraged to take part - from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians, from juniors, to those with more experience - All are welcome. Registering once at www.parkrun.org.uk grants entry to any parkrun across the UK, and indeed the globe.

Parkrun has its heart in the community and is inclusive to all ages and abilities, including volunteers or even those just popping down to the park for a chat. 

Bob Bailey, Event Director, said: "Our efforts at Boston parkrun extend beyond running, as many people have made new friendships. We have also raised money for new kit and an AED (automated external defibrillator)

"It's not an exaggeration to say that parkrun has changed people's lives. We have also helped keep the park clean with litter picks, helped youngsters achieve their Duke of Edinburgh awards, trained people in basic life support with input from St John Ambulance and trained volunteers to use the AED.

Please do contact us if you require any further information. Email bostonoffice@parkrun.com  or find us on facebook by searching for Boston parkrun.

Barry and Janet Norton come all the way from Ingoldmells to attend Boston parkrun and said: "The ability to do parkrun has completely given us a whole new outlook on life.

"Initially we decided to take part to allow our granddaughter, aged seven at the time, a means of regular exercise outside of school. But then, after our very first parkrun, we were hooked.

"The friendliness and overwhelming feeling of bonhomie that the volunteers and fellow runners showed towards us was amazing. We were so impressed that we encouraged our children and other grandchildren to participate, and, to date we have accumulated approximately 1,500 runs between the nine family members, with our youngest granddaughter leading the way with a total of 214 runs.

"There are many groups and sub groups within Parkrun UK, so the opportunity to run parkrun venues alphabetically, by region, by county, by country, etc. is endless, and we as a family can say that the meaningful welcome received at each and every parkrun that we have all been to, is worth millions.

"Boston parkrun has developed in strength and excellence, and long may it continue. It cannot be overstated how important it is for us 'ordinary people' to meet and enjoy our Saturday mornings in a lovely park, with like-minded friends.

"We would say that at our ages of 71 and 68 it is wonderful to be seen as equals, not old. parkrun has totally inspired us, so much so that this year alone we have completed 14 ten kilometre runs as well as every Saturday five kilometre."

Another parkrunner is Mick Tozer, of Woodall Spa, who said: "I've both run and volunteered regularly and I can honestly say parkrun has become a part of my life. I was never a runner, so was way out of my comfort zone at the beginning, not to mention unfit, but the atmosphere at Boston and other parkruns I've been to is friendly and inclusive. Genuinely, everyone is welcome. and I soon made lots of friends.

"It is a great entry level, non-scary way to improve your fitness. It be can tough, but that's your call, you can make it a brisk walk in the park if that's what you want. parkrun is a genius idea that brings together aspirational fitness, inclusivity... you can run with your dog for Pete's sake!...and community. I blinking love it!" 

Find out more about Boston parkrun at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/boston/ and view all our pictures at https://www.flickr.com/groups/boston-parkrun/pool/

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The Norton Boston parkrun family: From left, Sarah-Jane Eggleton, Emmajean Hearn, Matthew Eggleton,  Sophie-Jane Hearn, Janet Norton,  Abigail Eggleton, Barry M. Norton, Jimmy Hearn and Richard Eggleton in red.