Case Study: Hoblingwell Junior Parkrun

The national parkrun organisation offers free, weekly, timed running and walking events within local communities, with the aim of increasing participation in healthy physical activities.

These events are based on principles of being inclusive, supportive and fun, encouraging all people of all backgrounds, abilities, and health conditions to take part. Targeting youngsters between the ages of 4 – 14, the Hoblingwell junior parkrun provides regular, meaningful, activity and aims to instil a sense of community identity and wellbeing that they will carry forward into their adult lives. Parents or other family members often join in and they also take their first steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

This event is also supported by a local GP surgery, referring some of their adult patients to this Hoblingwell parkrun events, with the aim of improving their wellbeing, reducing sickness and reducing the need for further healthcare intervention.

A local GP at the Broomwood Health Centre commented:

We take pride in prescribing parkrun for an enormous range of conditions including anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, fertility issues – the list goes on. We have not only seen quantifiable changes in the physical health of those recruited but we have also seen this initiative having a broader effect on their wellbeing. We are delighted to see our patients joining in, socialising as a community and smashing their personal bests’ week-on-week. This is a fantastic way to get the kids on our community moving for a happier healthier future”.

Since the Hoblingwell junior parkrun was launched over 300 children take part in the regular weekly 2km.


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