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Parkrun launched in Tonbridge for young people aged four to 14 years

PUBLISHED: 14:38 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:38 26 July 2017

The first group gathered before the run last Sunday

The first group gathered before the run last Sunday

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It covers a 2km distance and takes place every Sunday

A line of junior parkruns have been launched in the Tonbridge and Malling area.

Over 50 young people aged four to 14 ran their dedicated junior parkrun at Tonbridge Farm Sportsground, next to the Angels Football Ground for the first time on Sunday, July 23.

The Tonbridge junior parkrun is the fourth parkrun in the borough, the second junior parkrun and the first dedicated to junior runners in the area. It is a weekly timed run but, unlike the 5km parkrun, which is held on Saturdays, the junior parkrun involves a 2km distance and is held on Sundays at 9am.

It is free to take part and the route has been designed with safety in mind. For juniors that want to take part they first need to register with parkrun at www.parkrun.org.uk where they will get their own unique barcode, which they need in order to get their times sent to them via email.

Amanda Miller, event director of the Tonbridge junior parkrun, said: “I would like to thank Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and Kent County Council, for providing funding to cover the one-off set-up costs.

“The enthusiasm of the youngsters taking part today has been inspiring and early signs indicate that the junior parkrun will be as big a success as the other Tonbridge and the Malling parkruns.”

Maria Heslop, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council’s cabinet member for community services, said: “Following the enormous success of the three parkruns already in the borough, this is a great chance for young people to explore the world of running with a dedicated event of their own.

“It is no small feat to secure funding for these events and set them up, and I’m sure that everyone would like to offer their thanks to parkrun UK, to the volunteers, and of course, the runners for making the latest event a great success.”

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