Team GB’s Lewis Richardson joins junior parkrun


Team GB Boxer Lewis Richardson is set to attend Colchester junior parkrun on Sunday 2nd September.

Junior parkrun is a free community event that covers a 2km course and takes place every Sunday at the Old Recreation Ground and is open to 4-14 year-olds and their families.

Lewis Richardson will be one of around 250 National Lottery funded athletes who will be attending a parkrun event between 18 August and 9 September as part of #teamparkrun, an initiative that invites Britain’s top athletes to volunteer as Tail Walkers at parkruns and junior parkruns across the country.

Each of parkrun’s 800 events across the UK have volunteer Tail Walkers who provide support and encouragement for people who choose to walk the event, as well as ensuring that nobody finishes last at a parkrun.

#teamparkrun is backed by Sport England, Sport Scotland, Sport Wales, Sport Northern Ireland, the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association, along with a number of national governing bodies.


Karrianne Marking, Event Director at Colchester junior parkrun said: “The most common reason by far for someone registering with parkrun and not participating is that they don’t feel capable of running 5k (or 2k for juniors), so #teamparkrun provides a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how inclusive parkruns are and how warmly we welcome walkers.

“I would encourage anyone to come along to our event and see for themselves – the children can walk, jog, run, skip, volunteer or simply watch. Parkrun and junior parkrun are socially-focused events that are all about encouraging the local community to get out in the fresh air and to enjoy our open spaces.”

Parkrun registration is free at www.parkrun.org.uk/register

Colchester junior parkrun takes place every Sunday, arrive for the run brief and warm up at 08:50am, the run starts at 09:00am.  Meet by the GO4 cafe at the Old Recreation Ground, Recreation Road CO1 2JF.