Launch of Millom Parkrun

People living in Millom have a fun new way to get fit thanks to the launch of Parkrun with support from the local community. 

Comedian, author and keen runner, Shappi Khorsandi, led the first Millom Parkrun in December where around 60 people turned up to walk, run or volunteer. 

Parkrun is a free, weekly run open to all and organised around the world. It encourages people to get active, get outdoors and socialise and as the course is just 5km long, it is suitable for all abilities. Joanne Garnett, Millom Community Nurse and Parkrun volunteer, explained:

“Parkrun is a fantastic way to exercise for all - the whole family can get involved. Running can help you lose weight, reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, but the benefits are not just physical; it can have a big effect on mental health too. It’s a real social event with the chance to meet new people each week.” 

The Millom Network Centre has volunteered the building to use and open their café for socialising post run. Parkrun has seen the community come together, as the events are organised entirely by volunteers. Pauline Preston, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) Business Manager and Parkrun volunteer added: 

“We’re committed toworking with local communities to enable them to be as healthy as possible. We used CPFT charitable funds to cover the initial set up costs but the initiative is now fully run by volunteers. 

“Its great fun and I’d encourage anyone who’s interested to come along and get involved – either as a runner or a volunteer.” 

Millom Parkrun takes place at 9am every Saturday at the Millom Network Centre. More details on how to get involved are available on the Parkrun website: www.parkrun.org.uk/millom