Junior parkruns are free, weekly, timed 2k events for children aged between four and 14. Everyone can join in. There are more than 200 junior parkruns, and they take place every Sunday morning at 9.00am in England and Wales, and at 9.30am in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Dukeries junior parkrun takes place on the Dukeries Leisure Centre sports field in New Ollerton. This event started in 2019 and after a brief pause during the pandemic has since seen over 150 events.
Junior parkrun is not a race. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to get around. It is ok for you to walk if you don’t want to run the whole way. You can take part on your own or with an adult.
If you want to have your runs recorded, you need to register online, and you only have to do this once. It is very simple. Once you have registered, you need to print out your barcode. Your barcode can be used at any junior parkrun, anywhere in the world.
Once you have completed 11 junior parkruns you will get a wristband. Then you will get another one after 21, 50 and 100 to celebrate your milestones.
Each junior parkrun is organised by a group of volunteers from the local community who give lots of encouragement, as well as keep participants safe. Volunteers would be most welcome; if you would like to help, please get in touch via the website below.
Everyone is welcome at junior parkrun. It does not matter how fast or slow you walk, jog or run; the main thing is to be active and have fun.
To register and find out more visit www.parkrun.org.uk/dukeries-juniors.