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Young runners are on track to good health

Hounslow Council’s aim to provide residents with the tools to be active and healthy, have been strengthened further with the introduction of junior parkruns.

With parkruns across the borough proving to be popular amongst adults, the weekly session for children has been launched to fit the needs of those aged between four and 14.

Funded by Hounslow Council’s Public Health team and free to take part in, the activity has already attracted youngsters keen to add running to the array of sports they enjoy.

The first junior parkrun, which sees children running at their own pace for 2km [just over one mile] – was launched by former European Indoor champion and retired GB sprinter, Adeoye Mafe in Hanworth Park.

Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “We’re aiming to provide as many opportunities as possible for all ages to enjoy different sports, exercise and activities.

“There’s already been great enthusiasm from the younger members of our community to these junior parkruns which is fantastic.

“We hope that by providing activities like this, it will further enhance wellbeing and a good quality of life for our residents to enjoy.”

The junior parkrun is organised by experienced volunteers and take place every Sunday from 9am in Hanworth Park, TW13 5EG. All levels of fitness are welcome.

Carol Moran, one of the local volunteers leading the junior parkruns, said: “I’m a huge fan of parkruns and my young son also loves them.

“I was so keen to get these started and pleased we can now provide them in Hounslow.”

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