A weekly run for Whitehill & Bordon’s youngsters has got off to a flying start.
Junior parkrun, held every Sunday morning at Hogmoor Inclosure, set off at the beginning of May and has been an instant hit.
An adult version of the run launched in Whitehill & Bordon last year with more than 170 participants.
In setting up the junior parkrun, Event Director George Longland did not expect it to take off so quickly.
She said: “We were told to expect around a quarter of the numbers of the main run. We thought we’d start with 15-20 and work our way up to 40 or 50.
“On the day it launched we had more than 90 and it hasn’t tailed off since then!”
“The children love it. They get to bomb around beautiful Hogmoor Inclosure with 90 other kids and lots of volunteers and marshals cheering them on and, even though it is not a race, they are timed and it is a great feeling to beat their own best time.
“Once they have completed 11 parkruns they have run the equivalent of a half-marathon, so they get a special wristband for that. They get another after 21 runs, for completing the marathon distance, and then, after 50 parkruns, they get the ultra-marathon wristband.”
The 2km run is aimed at children between four and 14 years old to keep them fit and active and give them a sense of achievement and companionship.
It was set up using a £3,000 grant from East Hampshire District Council’s Healthy New Towns programme.
Cllr Ferris Cowper, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “The aim of our Healthy New Towns programme is to show how towns can be designed to encourage people to live healthy, active and independent lifestyles.
“Helping to launch a regular run for the young people of Whitehill & Bordon is a perfect example of that objective in action.
“I am delighted it has proved so popular already and it is a tribute to the hard work of the volunteers behind it that it has been so successful.”
The run is held every Sunday morning at 9am at Hogmoor Inclosure. For more information go to www.parkrun.org.uk/hogmoorinclosure-juniors.