In 2019, Carlisle Healthcare became the first Parkrun Practice in North Cumbria. Health care practitioners at Carlisle Healthcare reguarly ‘prescribe’ parkrun to our patients with an aim to encourage our patient population to get involved! Many of our team members take part in the weekly runs and advocate the initiative far and wide.
What is Parkrun & where?
Parkrun is a free, 5k event that takes place every Saturday morning 9am, year-round (even Christmas Day!) across the globe. There are now parkrun events each Saturday and Sunday in 20 countries all around the world.
Local Parkrun's are at Chances Park, Morton, Carlisle, CA2 6JP and at Talkin Tarn, Brampton, CA8 1HN.
Each parkrun is coordinated entirely by local volunteers and they are accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
There is also a 2k junior parkrun for 4-14 year-olds and their families on Sunday mornings.
What’s so great about it?
There is no need to run at parkrun and junior parkrun, each participant is encouraged to stick to a pace they feel comfortable at. Thousands of people walk the event with a companion, jog along with a dog or even join in as volunteers and spectators. Whether it is to be part of a supportive, welcoming community, gain fitness, make friends, learn new skills, try something new or simply be active in the fresh air, everyone has their own reason to attend a parkrun. It is also a great way to help clear your head, build up your confidence and mindset.
Why is CHC promoting it?
The initiative aims to improve the health and wellbeing of health care staff, patients and carers, reducing the need for lifelong medication. In 2017, the 1.11 billion prescriptions dispensed in communities across the UK cost £9.17bn. Health care practitioners at Carlisle Healthcare will be ‘prescribing’ parkrun to our patients with an aim to encourage our patient population to get involved!
If you like the sound of it already, you can sign up by clicking the link here
www.parkrun.org.uk but make sure you print off your personal barcode and take it with you to each parkrun or you won’t be timed!
If you are in two minds, please do not hesitate to contact the surgery.
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