'Top Ten' parkrun in the World Celebrates First Anniversary

Over 300 participants eagerly lined up on Saturday 16 March 2019 to join what is rated as one of the 'top ten' parkruns in the world to mark the first anniversary of the popular Mole Valley route -- in the beautiful surroundings of Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking.

Since Mole Valley's inaugural parkrun took place on 17 March 2018, participants have run, jogged and walked the winding and picturesque course a total of 55 times. Mole Valley's parkrun recently received a glowing endorsement in The Guardian newspaper*, as one of the top ten parkrun routes in the world - alongside sites in the UK and as further afield as Crissy Field in California, Swakopmund in Namibia, and Kangaroo Island off Australia.

You can register for the Mole Valley, or any other parkrun, which are all totally free, at www.parkrun.org.uk. They are open to all abilities, from experienced athletes to first-timers, and are held every Saturday morning at 9am.

Councillor David Hawksworth CBE, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, who joined Saturday's event, said: "It seems an age ago since we ended our two-year search for a suitable site to host a parkrun in Mole Valley. We have been delighted with the increasing popularity and level of participation of the parkrun since it was established at the Dorking vineyard, following Denbies Wine Estate coming forward to end our search. A huge range of people participate from youngsters to octogenarians, and this is a great social event. We are also pleased to announce that the Leatherhead Leisure Centre is set to host junior parkrun** later this year. Further information will be confirmed soon. Other wellbeing activities on offer in Mole Valley can be found by visiting www.molevalley.gov.uk/keepfit."

*www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/feb/07/10-most-scenic-parkruns-in-uk-worldwide-running-routes

** www.parkrun.org.uk/events/juniorevents

Last Updated: 21/03/2019




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