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Published December 31st 2019
Shake off those post-Christmas excesses with new run group
Plans have been unveiled for a new Tamworth Park Run in 2020 which is set to be held in the picturesque setting of a medieval castle's grounds. Tamworth Borough Council is looking to set up a brand new Park Run for people of all ages and abilities in Tamworth Castle Grounds. It is appealing for help from volunteers to get it off the starting line by forming a group which will include representatives from local athletics clubs. The idea of a Park Run was one of the suggestions put forward as part of the Tamworth What's Next consultation that took place in the Staffordshire town earlier this year. Local people who expressed an interest in starting up a 5k Park Run in the Castle Grounds are now invited to join the project, which is being developed by the council's sports development team.
The free run would take place every Saturday morning from 9am in the Castle Grounds, following a route along the main paths. It would be aimed at all ages and anyone who wants to become more physically active in the New Year. Councillor John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Culture and Operational Services, said: "Park Runs have become incredibly popular in recent years and Tamworth's picturesque Castle Grounds lends itself perfectly to an event like this; with its beautiful setting, well laid out paths and central location. It will also help bring people together for a regular fitness activity, and encourage more people into the town centre, which is a big focus for us at the moment."
Tamworth Castle Grounds will be the setting for the Saturday 5k runs
He added: "Introducing a Park Run was something that came up during our Tamworth What's Next consultation and it's a great idea which we are now hoping to take forward. However, it will be a big undertaking and we are looking to join up with local running groups and volunteers to get this off the ground." Anyone wishing to get involved with a working group of individuals and sporting clubs, including Tamworth Athletics Club and Peel Road Runners, is asked to get in touch now to discuss a group meeting date later in January. They should contact Karen Moss, Tamworth Borough Council's Community Sports Officer, by emailing Karen-Moss@tamworth.gov.uk.