On Your Parks….GET SET…GO!
November 23rd – Marathon Kids in parks events have officially been given the green light to restart following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement regarding the easing of Covid-19 restrictions after December 2nd.
Currently, organised sport and group exercise activity outside school time is essentially not permitted due to the Coronavirus but from December 3rd this will no longer be the case and Marathon Kids in parks will get going again across the country, providing much-needed exercise opportunities for thousands of children in the UK.
Marathon Kids CEO and founder Martine Verweij was one of many grassroots sport leaders, along with a wide range of elite athletes and celebrities, who spoke out against the current restrictions and wrote to her local MP as the organisation tried to keep children active.
‘It has been a profoundly difficult year for many, many people and children have certainly been impacted too, and we are grateful to teachers who have been operating our Marathon Kids in schools programmes events for keeping children as active as possible,’ she said.
‘The first lockdown prevented thousands of kids and their families from exercising, and fuelled a rise in inactivity that in turn led to ever worsening physical health and mental wellbeing. Exercise and sport have provided people with an important escape in 2020, and we are delighted that we can restart our running programme in the parks, led by our incredibly dedicated army of race directors and volunteers,’ she added.
Before the cessation of events at the start of November, the Marathon Kids in parks programme was flying, with new events in Chorley and Southampton regularly attracting more than 50 kids per session, and established events in the likes of Alcester and Pershore continuing to get communities running together.
‘The children who regularly come to the event in Pershore have been really looking forward to running again in the park on a Saturday morning, and I have to say that from a parental perspective it is so important for our kids to burn off some energy at the start of the weekend. I’m thrilled that we’ll be back soon,’ said Lisa Cope, race director in Pershore.
INFORMATION: Fancy getting involved in a parks event? Check out where your nearest one is here: https://www.marathonkids.co.uk/parks/