Not heard of parkrun? Then you’re missing out. Not only that but so is your family and I mean everyone from your baby to your Granny and oh yes, I even mean the dog too! Really, I hear you say? Yes – parkrun is the weekly 5k Saturday 9.00am run happening at locations up and down the country and we have two right on our door step at Kings Park, Bournemouth and Moors Valley Country Park. And the best bit is it’s free. No cost at all. Ever.
Umm you’re thinking – that sounds competitive. Well it is but only against yourself – parkrun isn’t a race but a time-trial and your only competitor is yourself and the clock. Get yourself registered on the website, take along your printed out barcode and your time will be pinged to you later that day. Trust me, it’ll give you a motivational boost as it’s really quite fun trying to improve upon your time. Whether your personal best (PB) is 20 minutes or 60 minutes, whether you choose to walk, jog, run, or a little bit of all of them - it doesn’t matter. You’ll be cheered on by the supportive team of volunteer marshals and feel pretty good when you cross the finish line.
200 plus regularly attend our local parkruns each week and this is an all-inclusive event – buggies are welcomed (best if it’s one that can handle a little bit of off-road terrain) and well-behaved dogs are certainly welcome on their leads. Once your child is 4 years old they can even bring along their own barcode if they would like to know their time. Up to the age of 11 children need to run alongside an adult who can be responsible for them. From 11 onwards they can go off on their own (no doubt leaving you in their wake!).
parkrun prides itself on being a sociable event; friendships are made, coffee is always drunk together at the end for those who want to and many regulars soon want to get involved by volunteering. There are plenty of ‘job’s on the rota needing a volunteer and some still allow you the opportunity to run that week like being the tail runner or weekly reporter.
So fancy a healthier start to your weekends and one that includes the whole family? Then best find those trainers and become a much welcomed member of the parkrun community.
Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity
the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity (DVLCC) has been supporting families since 2001.
Tim Peake - Out of this World
Tim is one of 3 astronauts on the Principia mission-find out more about the man behind the spacesuit
Disney launches its 24 Hour Challenge
Challenge to inspire families to get active this summer with the chance to raise money for Unicef UK
Have a Bucket Load of Family Fun this Summer
In support of Cornwall Air Ambulance, Konfidence are running a sand castle building competition
Naughty but nice Puddings!
Check out our delicious puddings, my favourite is the limoncello trifle, not suitable for the kids, but there are some other scrummy recipes that the whole family can enjoy! Take a look in our pudding section for recipes to make summer BBQ's and eating alfresco all the more tasty! My girls LOVE the chocolate pizza - making it, but mostly eating it!
Over the weekends and holidays there are always times when your children need some chill out time, or to fill an hour or so, or they say the dreaded 5 letter word - BORED! Well, our KidsZone is here to rescue you and them from these moments. Full of puzzles, colouring in sheets and activities from films and programmes there is lots to keep busy!