A POPULAR running event is hoping to make big strides in Stratford.
Organisers of Parkrun have agreed to set up a free weekly 5K run in the town.
The event, which is open to all ages and all abilities, is designed to give people the chance to enjoy their natural surroundings while improving their health and fitness.
The first run will be held on Saturday (February 20) from 9am on the Recreation Ground.
The course is three laps and heads in a clockwise direction around the Recreation Ground past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre before finishing near the car park and the children’s play area.
It is mainly on tarmac paths so ordinary road shoes are recommended but trail shoes may be more appropriate in extreme weather conditions.
Participants can register online at www.parkrun.org.uk until the night before their first run.
They will then be given a barcode, which is printed out, brought to the race and produced at the end so each individual’s performance can be recorded.
Council spokesman, Mike Brain, said: “I am delighted Stratford is to host a parkrun as health and well-being is an important issue for all residents of the district.
“Running, jogging and walking are some of the simplest contributions to an active and healthy life, and I encourage people to make the most of this new weekly opportunity in such a beautiful location.
“Becoming involved with a parkrun as a participant or a volunteer is also a great way for people to enjoy safe, free exercise in a friendly community-based atmosphere.”
Organisers are also keen for people to sign up as volunteers and marshals.
Email [email protected] for further information.