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There are plans for a new parkrun event in the centre of Cambridge

A new parkrun event could be arriving on Coldham's Common in Cambridge.

City residents are bei..

By admin , in Cambridge , at May 6, 2018

A new parkrun event could be arriving on Coldham's Common in Cambridge.

City residents are being asked for their views on proposals to start the new regular event.

Parkruns are free, weekly 5km timed events open to all people at hundreds of locations around the world.

Currently, the only courses around Cambridge are held at 9am on Saturdays at Milton Country Park and on the Wimpole Estate.

An event on Coldham's Common, near to the Beehive Centre, Cambridge Retail Park and Abbey Stadium would bring parkrun closer to the city centre.

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Cambridge City Council has launched a consultation to canvas local residents and runners views on a possible new event.

The suggested route of the new parkrun on Coldham's Common (Image: Cambridge City Council)

The suggested two lap route would start on the sports field and head northwest, looping around the edge of the grass sports field before entering the common land at the Barnwell Road end, before switching back around onto the sports field to finish.

The consultation says that organisers would cancel runs if conditions are poor and unsafe and if it clashed with local events, such as the Folk Festival.

Coldham's Common (Image: Warren Gunn)

Questions also cover the need for a mobile cafe on the common and whether runners should make a voluntary contribution to cover wear and tear.

Cllr Richard Johnson, executive councillor for communities, said: "Parkrun has proved hugely popular with thousands of people across the country and around the world.

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"It is a community event that provides people of all ages and experience with the opportunity to be more active on a regular basis in a really supportive environment.

"Support for inclusive, community-led, free events like Parkrun are a key way in which the council aims to make sport and fitness activities easily accessible by anyone, as part of our work to reduce inequality of opportunity in Cambridge.

“I would encourage people to take part in the councils consultation in order to let us know what they think about this proposal to bring a regular Parkrun to the city for the first time, in one of our popular open spaces."

A runner on the Wimpole Estate parkrun (Image: Warren Gunn)

The council says new regular parkrun event will encourage healthy activity among residents and complement the other running programmes it supports.

These include the NHS Couch to 5km beginners running scheme, with regular sessions at the Meadows Community Centre, the Abbey Leisure Complex and Arbury Community Centre and the 3-2-1 marked running and walking routes of various lengths at Jesus Green, Coldhams Common and Cherry Hinton Hall parks.

The public consultation runs until June 2. To submit comments visit: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/coldhamsparkrun.

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