Get Out, Get Active parkrun success

The Get Out, Get Active team were up bright and early this Saturday morning volunteering at the Woodhouse Moor parkrun, encouraging students and staff to get moving this January.

parkrun have taken over Saturday mornings across the UK by organising free, weekly, 5km timed runs. They are inclusive to all, whether you’re a keen runner or just looking for a way get active, everyone is welcome.

The University was involved with the creation of the Woodhouse Moor parkrun back in 2007, and has since worked together to offer volunteering opportunities to Gryphon leadership students and more recently allowed all students and staff to get involved with the record breaking Leeds Varsity parkrun.

Our Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) team organised a ‘parkrun takeover’ this January to get more students and staff involved with this fantastic movement. The event proved to be a huge success with 436 runners taking part in the event despite the wet weather. Volunteers helped the event run smoothly by assisting with setting up the course as well as baking cakes for all participants as a tasty reward for finishing the run. George the Gryphon, our trusty mascot, enjoyed his first ever parkrun which proved to be a hit with the runners.

GOGA running activator, Heather Goodacre said:

“We had a great day interacting with the local community and it was fantastic to see so many people getting out and active so early on a Saturday morning whether that be walking, jogging or running.”

A huge thank you to parkrun for allowing us get involved. parkrun takes place every Saturday morning at 9am and anyone can take part, find out more and sign up here.