EIGHT parkruns in one day is the target for 35 regulars who tackle the Arrow Valley course every Saturday – in a fund raising drive for Acorns Childrens Hospice.
The group are part of more than 300 runners who complete the 5k Redditch run at 9am once a week, but now they’ve set themselves the challenge of covering 40km and seeing a bit of the West Midlands in the process.
“The aim is to attempt to run eight parkrun courses in one day and raise vital funds for the hospice at the same time,” said Rachel Gould, one of the co-ordinators of the event.
Acorns offers a network of specialist care and support for babies, children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and support for their families across the West Midlands.
“A number of our members have had experience of dealing with the hospice and we though it was time to do something for this vital cause,” added Rachel, who works as a nurse at Birmingham Childrens Hospital.
It means that next Saturday, September 5, the 35 will be tackling the parkrun at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham at 7.30am, Brueton Park in Solihull at 9am, Perry Hall in Sutton Coldfield at 10:30am, Walsall Arboretum at 12noon, Kingsbury Water Park at 2pm, Coventry at 3.30pm and Leamington at 5pm before finishing at their home parkrun at Arrow Valley Lake Redditch at 7pm.
“It means they’ll be running 25 miles, just under a marathon, so it’s quite a challenge for them,” said Rachel, who’ll be supply drinks and cakes to help the runners along.
To sponsor the event visit www.justgiving.com/AV88/ . For more on the parkrun movement visit www.parkrun.org.uk .