Published June 8, 2018 at 8:43
On Saturday 9 June 2018 more than 85,000 across the country are expected to take part in a special parkrun event to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday.
Staff from all parts of the NHS, from doctors to domestics and paramedics to porters, will join runners, walkers and volunteers at more than 300 local parkruns across the country to mark the contribution the NHS has made to the nation.
Parkruns are volunteer-led 5k events that take place each Saturday morning in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and are open to walkers and runners of all ages and abilities. On 9 June, participants are encouraged to don NHS-themed attire, with NHS staff being encouraged to attend a local parkrun.
As well as recognising the NHS’s birthday, it is hoped that parkrun for the NHS will encourage new participants, including NHS staff, to get more involved in physical activity and volunteering. Inactivity is a key cause of obesity, which it is estimated is responsible for more than 30,000 deaths each year.
There are a number of parkruns taking place across Pennine Lancashire this Saturday 9 June 2018