Maesteg parkrun – an incredible success!!
Date published: 27/07/2017
BAVO has been working closely with key members of the community, Bridgend County Borough Council, HALO Leisure, Yr Hen Blwyth Running Club and parkrun to secure Llynfi Valley’s very own parkrun
Thanks to funding received through the Llynfi Valley 20 Project and Bridgend County Borough Council, over 170 runners came to experience the wonderful Maesteg Welfare Park (many for the first time), where under the command of Event Director Emma Marshall, Huw Irranca Davies AM and Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help Cllr Phil White, Llynfi Valley’s parkrun was officially launched on Saturday 22 July 2017.
BAVO’s Chief Executive Officer Heidi Bennett commented: “parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free and are safe and easy to take part in. We are extremely proud to have our very own one in Maesteg.
“The Llynfi Valley has a 20 year less healthy life expectancy than any other ward in the county borough, so this hopefully will help community members to be more aware about what they could do to help improve their own situations.”
BAVO co-ordinated a local response which has seen a core group of volunteers develop a small committee which is essential for any parkrun to happen.
Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies said: “A huge effort went into making it a great success with over 170 people from Maesteg (and visitors from further afield) taking part in the run and loads of smiling volunteers. It showed Maesteg Park at its very best (well done as always to Friends of Maesteg Park for their constant work) but also the friendliness and great organisation of the local organisers.
“Well done everyone and delighted to come along and support. It's a regular thing now on Saturday mornings and all welcome, to catch-up visit the @maestegparkrun Facebook page.”
For further details contact Stuart at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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