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Parkrun UK inspires nation to get active this month

This month National Ice Skating Association Operations Manager, Martin Hunt, joined thousands of other park runners for one of the biggest sporting events on the calendar.


Parkrun UK invited thousands to walk, jog and run to show support at their local parkrun for elite and community sport across the nation.


Funded athletes from all over the UK, and across a variety of sports, teamed up with the National Lottery to inspire the nation to celebrate sport and get active.


Olympic and Paralympic athletes including London 2017 Athletics World Championship gold medallist Adam Gemili, London 2012 Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford and Rio 2016 Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Robinson were amongst many to be tail walkers at parkruns on Saturday the 19th of August, ensuring that no one finished last.


Martin, who ran at the Long Eaton parkrun in Nottingham, said: “Parkrun is a fantastic concept, and it was a pleasure to join more than 420 participants who walked, jogged and ran their way to the finish.


“Participants were also fortunate to be visited by Isobel Pooley, 2014 Commonwealth Silver Medallist and 2nd on the all-time list of female British High Jumpers.


“Isobel was one of three volunteer barcode-scanners, and judging by the length of the queue, having her scan your barcode was certainly a very popular decision!

“As with so many of the country’s top athletes, she is able to dedicate her time to her sport thanks to funding through the National Lottery through UK Sport.


“Thanks to people playing the National Lottery, Great Britain has been able to develop so many talented athletes across such a broad spectrum of sports, including NISA’s own Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes, who made an amazing comeback from injury earlier this month.”



The event was one of the biggest on the sporting calendar, with communities getting out in force to complete their local parkrun.


Click here to learn more about regular parkruns near you.


Click here to see elated National Lottery funded athletes Nick and Penny following their comeback skate.