Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


Our dream is to start up a new parkrun in Alvaston Park, Derby that we hope will bring joy and lots of different benefits to our local community for years to come.

A ‘parkrun’ is a free, weekly, 5km community sporting event organised by volunteers that takes place in parks all over the UK at 9am on Saturdays. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join in because despite being called “parkrun” everyone is welcome to run, jog, walk or to come just to cheer on others! It is however about much more than just physical activity: the events provide opportunities for people to meet new people and to find fulfilment and build skills through volunteering. It also strongly contributes to helping build local communities, for example providing a goal for couch to 5k groups, bringing business to park cafés and working with the NHS via partnering local GP practices.

Parkrun's annual report contains some amazing statistics highlighting the impact that parkrun events bring (numbers in brackets are the change relative to 2016):

o 409,775 people did a parkrun in 2017 for the first time (+28%)
o 50,793 people participating were previously physically inactive (+34%)
o 213,748 first timers were female (+24%)
o 2,806 people taking part were visually impaired (+58%)
o 73,366 finishers who completed a parkrun were over the age of 55 (+36%)
o 87,516 participants were from the most deprived economic quartile (+28%)
o 64,888 people took more than 50 minutes (i.e. walked) to complete a parkrun (+88%)

These statistics show that parkrun is having an impact in populations that are traditionally hard to engage in sport and wellbeing.

Parkrun is also hugely popular with the UK public (parkrun in October had it's 5 millionth registration) and has been growing in popularity in Derby: our existing parkrun in Markeaton park is now regularly seeing weekly attendances of 400 - 500 runners and over 10,000 different people have come to it since it was launched. We really need a new parkrun in Derby City to meet the growing demand and prevent our park getting damaged from large attendances. As a result, a group of us set out just over a year ago to try start a new parkrun in Derby.

The last year has been quite a journey with a lot of challenges to overcome. Some such as finding volunteers have been relatively easy, others such as finding a viable park have taken literally months to solve. But the exciting thing is that over the last two months everything we need has been falling into place: paths in the park have been widened, we've been offered a car park, we've gained support from Derby City Council and the park café, and we've managed to find a way to make a route that fits in with other groups wanting to use the park e.g. for football training.

We are now currently short of only two things to make this happen: a Derby City Council Event License (we've already applied for it and no problems are anticipated) and £4300 of funding. The funding is needed to pay the Parkrun start up fee of £3000 (which is then match funded by parkrun sponsors to meet the £6000 total cost of starting a new event) which covers:
- all the equipment e.g. signs, volunteer hi-vis jackets, timers, barcodes scanners, finish line, laptop and results processing software
- public liability insurance which is legally required
- the setup of a website, social media pages and parkrun email accounts
- training events and volunteer support from parkrun HQ
We also need £1300 to buy a wall mounted defibrillator for the park as this is an insurance requirement and our park doesn't already have one.

People should vote for our project because:
- Parkrun is for everyone and anyone, it embraces diversity
- It will go on indefinitely
- Parkruns have a proven high benefit to cost ratio
- The defibrillator will benefit other park users
- Active Derbyshire already want to work with us to get new people into exercise
- We are so nearly there!!!

Project Video


Moment of Pride

The best thing about parkrun is the joy it brings people. It's the look on someone's face when they cross the finish when they weren't sure they could do it. It's the jubilation of a volunteer afraid of public speaking who just gave the run brief to 400 people. It's the cheering friends and family.

Location: Alvaston Park, Derby, UK