Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Patricia Logue, was the guest of honour as the Derry City junior parkrun celebrated the milestone of its 200th event at St Columb’s Park on Sunday morning.
The junior parkrun takes place every Sunday and is a free, safe and fun way for children to take part in a 2k run (jog or walk).
It is open to any child over four years old and they can take part until the day before their 15th birthday.
The course is marshalled so that juniors will be in sight of at least one marshal at all times.
Mayor Logue started Sunday’s event where 85 young runners completed the course on the St Columb’s Park greenway.
“I was privileged to be able to attend the Derry City junior parkrun on their 200th outing on Sunday morning,” she said.
“Junior parkrun is a great introduction to running and physical exercise for the young people who take part and while some of them may go on to pursue further goals in running, all of them will reap the social, physical and mental benefits it brings.
“The event would not be possible without the dedicated network of volunteers who host it each Sunday and I would like to thank them for the positive impact they have had on so many young people’s lives over the last 200 events.
“I would encourage all the youngsters in our City and District to consider trying out the junior parkrun, what better way to start your Sunday morning than by getting up, outdoors and active.
“Here’s to the next 200…!”
The junior parkrun assembles each Sunday on the St Columb’s Park greenway beside the Foyle Arena Carpark and starts at 9.30 am and registration is free.
Details are available on the parkrun website at: www.parkrun.org.uk/derrycity-juniors/