Pendle ‘parkrun’ plans gather pace


Pendle’s plans to bring a “parkrun” to Colne are gathering pace now more local people have come together to help make it happen.

Pendle Council is working with Lancashire County Council and local volunteers to bring a regular weekly, organised run to Alkincoats Park and Holt House playing fields.

“parkrun” is an international movement that organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world.

It is aimed at people of all ability levels – from those taking their first steps in running to budding Olympians.

Coun. Nadeem Ahmed, who represents parks and recreation in Pendle, said: “Throughout the UK, there are over 200 parkrun events every Saturday morning. It would be wonderful for Colne to host one of them.

“A group of really enthusiastic people came along to our first meeting late last year.

“Some of them have run in other parkrun events in the North and have experience of volunteering at parkruns.

“They’ve already shown that they are committed to helping us set up the Alkincoats event.

“We’re hopeful we can get everything in place to launch Pendle’s parkrun in the spring.”

The council’s Parks and Recreation team have arranged a second meeting to which anyone is invited – if you’ve got an interest in running or experience of volunteering at similar sporting events, then please come along.

Steve Darby, parkrun UK’s co-ordinator for the North West, will be attending the meeting at Colne and Nelson Rugby Club at 7pm on Tuesday.

Kieron Roberts, Service Development Officer in Parks and Recreation at the council, said: “At the meeting we’ll get guidance from Steve Darby on our next steps to set up the Alkincoats parkrun.

“If you’d like to get involved at this early stage of the project and help bring parkrun to Pendle, then please come along if you can.”

For more information about Pendle’s parkrun plans ahead of the meeting, call Kieron on 661587 or