A NEW parkrun event is on course to come to Tenbury Wells.

Councillor Andrew Willmott has confirmed that the fundraising target has been met to bring the popular event to the town, with junior events kicking it off. 

"There are regular park runs in Worcester so I opened it up to the people of Tenbury to see if they were keen to have one here," said Cllr Willmott.

"We have one in Wyre Forest and Ludlow but nothing in and around here.

"I got support on Facebook and have been working with the parkrun team.

"There will be a junior event in Tenbury. We've got permission to use Palmers Meadow from the Town Council.

"We've been looking at fundraising and have met the target. It's a one-off payment to parkrun to sort out things like kit, training and police checks for volunteers."

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Cllr Willmott is being helped by Will Lloyd, who is the parkrun ambassador.

"We need more volunteers," said Cllr Willmott.

"It’s not too late to join in as a volunteer, you don’t have to come to every weekly event – please let me know if you would like to be part of this.

"As soon as Will has the organisation in place, we can move on to training etc, then setting up the first run. It has been suggested that we make the first one extra special for the youngsters with cakes and drinks."

Parkrun is a free, community event where you can walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate. The route is 5km and take place every Saturday morning. 

However, the junior parkruns are a shorter 2km and is for four to 14-year-olds. Those events are on Sunday mornings. 

There are currently 1,245 parkrun events that take place around the country every weekend. 

Once registered, you can take part in any of the parkrun events on the day. 

Meanwhile, there are rewards for anyone who volunteers on 10, 25, 50, 100, 250 or 500 different occasions at any of the events. Those who reach the milestones can claim a volunteer t-shirt.