Every Saturday at 9.00 am in Derby’s Marketon Park and Long Eaton’s West Park there is a free running 5km event to enter called Parkrun.

It is free to enter but you will initially need to register before your first run which can be done on line and please take along on the morning a printed copy of your bar code.

Many runners complete the run most Saturday’s and make good friends and also benefit from the early morning challenge. Some start off slowly and over time make great strides and every week there are several runners who achieve personal bests.

The times vary according to experience and age with some finishing well under 20 minutes and others are delighted when they get the PBs down from 35 minutes to just under 30 minutes. But if you finish over 35 minutes you can be assure of applause when finishing.

All the runners, whatever their finishing times, are encouraged to run for enjoyment and each week there are several visitors from all over the UK and first-time participants.

The events are run by volunteers throughout from the start, on the course and at the finish. All who finish can be assure of their exact finishing time within a few minutes passing the line.

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