Nick Thomas-Symonds has joined local runners to celebrate the 12th anniversary of Cwmbran Parkrun on Saturday.

Parkrun organise free, weekly 5km timed runs all around the world. They are open to everyone and are easy to take part in. Their events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and encourage people of every ability to join in.

Parkrun organises 5km runs every Saturday and 2km runs for juniors every Sunday. The emphasis is on taking part rather than speed and aims to foster a sense of inclusiveness and wellbeing in local communities. Nick Thomas-Symonds also attended the Junior Event in Pontypool on Sunday.

Parkrun started in 2004 when 13 runners got together in London for their morning run. It is now an international family of over half a million runners and counting. There are now Parkrun events in countries all over the world and each event is based in a unique location like a park, beach or promenade. All events are run by a group of dedicated volunteers.

Mr Thomas-Symonds said, ‘I am so pleased to be celebrating the 12th anniversary of Parkrun in Cwmbran this morning. Well done to all the runners and thank you to the amazing volunteers at both Parkruns! I have promised to run the course myself in a few months- time to get training!’

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