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Salisbury junior parkrun celebrates 1st birthday

Salisbury junior parkrun celebrates 1st birthday

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 1:30pm 5th January 2020. (Updated at 8:58am 6th January 2020)

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More than 80 children took part in the milestone run this morning in Churchill Gardens.

Over the past twelve months the free event has proved a hit with youngsters and parents, running, jogging and walking around the 2k route.

After soggy conditions lead to the previous two weekends being cancelled organisers were delighted to be able to hold the run to mark their one year anniversary.

Deputy Mayor of Salisbury, Caroline Corbin, attended with the children given special certificates to mark the event.

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Deputy Mayor of Salisbury Caroline Corbin with Emilia and Tommy Coulton

Along with the memento certificate cakes were provided by the team of volunteers who run the event.

Event director and local mum Victoria Thomas told Spire FM it's been a brilliant twelve months:

‘It’s been a delight to see so many children turning up each week to take part in junior parkrun. We look forward to welcoming many more children and their families throughout 2020"

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A number of children were also presented with special wristbands for clocking up the distance equivalent to a half or full marathon.

Full marathon bands, earned after taking part in 21 runs, were presented to Mabel Horrox, Oliver Ryan and Olivia Kearns whilst Phoebe Porter and Edward Puxley picked up half-marathon wrist bands for completing 11 runs.

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Wristbands - an incentive to keep running!


Every week the parkrun mascot 'Churchie' is given to one special runner, today it was the turn of 6 year old Alex Davies from Harnham.

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Alex Davies with volunteers Vasen Moodley and Jon Coulton


Salisbury's junior parkrun was first held on 6th January 2019, since then 989 children have taken part clocking up a staggering 12,008 kilometres between them in Churchill Gardens, that's 7461 miles!

A total of 57 children have earned a full marathon wristband whilst 110 have secured a half marathon band.

Behind the scene there's a team of 7 core volunteers which organise the weekly event.

More than 190 people have volunteered over the last year giving up their time on a Sunday morning.

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Happy Birthday junior parkrun!


The event couldn't go ahead without a team of volunteers taking part in a variety of roles including course marshall, tail walker (ensuring no child finishes last) to time-keeping or organising the finish funnel.

Alice Bosworth regularly volunteers alongside husband Matt, while son Freddie takes part.

"Junior park run is such a great event,I love seeing so many smiling faces on a Sunday morning. Everyone whether a volunteer or a runner seems to be having so much fun. If there were no volunteers the event wouldn’t go ahead each week!."

You can find out more about volunteering on the Churchill gardens junior parkrun website..


Salisbury junior parkrun takes place every Sunday morning in Churchill Gardens with the run starting at 9.00am.

The FREE 2k event is designed for children age 4-14 years.

You'll need to register beforehand and can find out more on the official website, you can also join the Facebook group. 

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Join the fun every Sunday morning in Churchill Gardens
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