Park Run jogs into town

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 June 2014

Galina Barskaya

PARK Run could soon be coming to Burnham thanks to the enthusiasm of a town athletics group.

The brainchild of volunteers at Burnham Harriers running club, it is hoped to launch the project in Apex Park before the winter season.

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council have already pledged £2,000 towards the project, pending permission from The Friends of Apex to use the park, which would see the nationally syndicated five-kilometre weekly run come to the town.

Reg Huxtable, who has led the project for Burnham Harriers, said: “As a club our whole ethos is obviously to promote running. Right now, Park Run has about 270 locations across the UK but people locally are having to go to Bristol, Taunton or Yeovil just to run 5km.

“We have looked at the whole process and think it is viable. The process takes about six months to put in place. We are doing a bit of homework within the club at the moment.

“Once we have got the money we can really press ahead and maybe get going even quicker. What we want to do is encourage as many organisations as possible to get involved and make it a real community thing, not just for the Harriers.”

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