Lord Mayor to give runners a boost

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor will give runners a boost at the weekly Princes Park 5k run this weekend.

On Saturday 1 November Lord Mayor Councillor Erica Kemp will be at the starting line of the 189th run since it first began in 2011, and she will be giving runners an encouraging pep talk before they set off on their journey around the park.

Councillor Kemp, said: “The weekly 5k run at Princes Park is a great way for everyone, from beginners to dedicated runners, to get involved in keeping fit both mentally and physically.

“The volunteers who run this event do a fantastic job of organising the run every week, without their time and dedication this great community event, which attracts over 200 runners each week, would not take place.

“I hope that we can encourage more and more people to come along and take part in the run.”

The run is a voluntary event which takes place every Saturday at Princes Park. Anyone wanting to get involved in the next run must register first at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/princes/ and bring along their unique runners ‘barcode’ to the event.

The very first Parkrun began 10 years ago with a free, weekly, timed 5k run in Bushy Park in London , organised entirely by volunteers. The model proved highly successful, and has since expanded to around 300 Parkruns in the UK, with more overseas..

In Liverpool, Princes Parkrun was established in 2011 by a group of local running enthusiasts. The event currently attracts over 200 runners per week, and has approximately 5500 people registered to take part.