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Wyre Forest District Council, the Forestry Commission and Cleobury Mortimer Fun Runners Club have worked together to bring the popular, free, weekly parkrun event to the Wyre Forest. Every Saturday people can now come and take part in the 5km timed run from 9am – they just need to register at www.parkrun.org.uk to receive their unique runner bar code.
Having secured funding from the Sports Partnership Hereford & Worcestershire and the NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissional Group the local authority approached the Forestry Commission about using Wyre Forest as the perfect venue for the run.
The first couple of runs have proved really popular with over 200 runners taking part. Volunteers help make the event fun and safe. Usually the volunteers are runners taking a week off, family and friends of the runners or those who prefer the fun of helping out and cheering the runners along.
Dale Evans from Wyre Forest District Council says:
"We are delighted to have been able to bring the popular parkrun to the local area and work with the Forestry Commission to host it in this great forest venue. I would like to say a big thank you to Andrea Ford our Event Director and Richard Ralphs from the Worcester parkrun for all his help."
Chris Mansell/Richard Boles from the Forestry Commission says:
"We are really pleased that parkrun has come to Wyre Forest. The Forestry Commission are always looking at ways to encourage people to get out and active in our forests and parkrun is a great way to do this. We look forward to welcoming lots more people to the forest to enjoy the event. Those who want to make it a regular session could buy one of our Discovery Passes. These cost £40 and give free parking for a whole year at Wyre as well as a range of other benefits."
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