The Crichton parkrun was launched at The Crichton in January 2018 and to celebrate the success of the first six months, a celebration event will be held on Saturday 23rd June.
Whether you are a regular or occasional participant or whether you would like to come along for the first time, you are encouraged to come along on Saturday 23rd June and to bring a friend with you. To celebrate, Neuro’s Bar, Restaurant and Spa is offering a free cup of tea or coffee to all participants who purchase a breakfast roll or scone after parkrun.
Park run is organised by a dedicated group of volunteers led by volunteer Emma Eden and with support from The Crichton Trust, NHS Dumfries & Galloway and Dumfries & Galloway Council.
Parkrun is a free, timed 5K event for people of all ages to enjoy whether they walk or run. There are also lots of opportunities for people to volunteer at each event. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult and all participants and volunteers must register prior to the event, which starts promptly at 9.30am from The Crichton Memorial Church every Saturday morning.
Since January to the end of May, The Crichton parkrun has attracted over 900 registrations with 1,196 participants doing 3,561 runs around The Crichton, so this is certainly something to celebrate.
Emma Eden, parkrun Director believes that physical exercise helps both physical and mental wellbeing which is why she was keen to bring parkrun to Dumfries. Emma said: “What we have achieved in the first few months has been fantastic. Even in a cold January morning we attracted 365 parkrun participants to the first ever Crichton parkrun, and although numbers vary every week, we have over 900 registered park runners who participate when they can and a core group of 100 volunteers who make this happen every week. It has been extremely well supported and I hope it continues to attract more and more interest.”
Gwilym Gibbons Chief Executive of The Crichton Trust added: “This is exactly the sort of event we want to bring to The Crichton. We have beautiful grounds and gardens which are free and accessible to everyone all year round, and The Crichton parkrun has certainly attracted new visitors, locals and tourists, to The Crichton. I would like to thank Emma, the other volunteers and my colleagues from The Crichton Trust who help with parkrun and I hope that everyone will continue to support it. It has also been wonderful to read the positive comments that have been posted on social media about the route and I can only hope that this will also encourage more people to visit.”
Anyone interested in registering to participate or volunteer can do so online at www.parkrun.org.uk/register.