Saturday 13th August will see the 100th parkrun take place at Tarmac-owned Panshanger Park. Since it began hosting parkruns back in October 2014, Panshanger has seen nearly 4000 runners take part in the popular sporting event.
The event was set up by Friends of Panshanger Park with support from Tarmac and the Herts Sports Partnership. It’s run by a committed team of volunteers who mark out and marshal the course and time the runners as they finish.
The 5km route at Panshanger Park takes runners along a beautiful course, which has attracted tourists from across the UK, as well as visitors from countries including Canada, Australia and Africa.
The weekly timed run has become something of a national phenomenon with runs taking place across the country, often seeing around 100,000 runners complete the run every Saturday. Back in May the popular sporting and social event celebrated its millionth runner.
Louise Smith, Co-Event Director, said: “Every week brand new runners take part for the first time and it is wonderful to see people enjoying the course and the friendly, inclusive atmosphere. The local running community are great supporters and organise beginners running groups who graduate by completing Panshanger parkrun – quite an achievement from a standing start 10 weeks before.”
Parkruns at Panshanger take place every Saturday at 9am. The race starts from the Thieves Lane entrance, located in Hertford SG14 2WN. It’s free to take part, but you’ll need to register first.