The GP parkrun practice initiative started last year on the NHS’ 70th birthday and saw over 80,000 people take part in parkrun to celebrate. This year parkrun and Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have again teamed up to organise a national GP parkrun Pledge Day, with at least 15 GP practices in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough taking part.
Keen runner, parkrun Ambassador and local GP in Buckden, Dr David Irwin, said, “Our GP practice is a keen participant of parkrun with many staff and patients regularly taking part. As a runner and a GP, I know how much regular exercise like parkrun can have on all our physical and mental health.
“Running is brilliant for your health, it can lower your risk of developing many long-term (chronic) conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. And it can help with your mental health too boosting self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease. For anyone taking their first steps into running parkrun is a great, supportive environment to get started. I will be Run Directing at Huntingdon parkrun so do come and join me.”
parkrun are volunteer-led free 5k events that take place each Saturday morning at 9 am across the UK and are open to walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers of all ages and abilities. There are now seven parkruns in Cambridge and Peterborough CCG area to choose from. GP parkrun pledge day will encourage general practice staff and patients across the UK to pledge, in advance, to join other thousands of walkers, runners and volunteers at parkrun events on Saturday 1 June.
All the information about the day, including the pledge form, can be found here.