Thanks to the hard work of race organiser Phil Cook and a team of volunteers over the 10 years, 531 events have taken place at 9am every Saturday morning in Cardiff, and even extra Christmas Day and New Year’s Day events have attracted big numbers in recent years. The popularity of parkrun highlights the growth in running being seen across communities in Wales.
Chris Davies, parkrun lead ambassador for Wales, said "In 10 years, parkrun has enabled over 90,000 people of all ages in Wales to participate in a free, timed, weekly event, transforming the way in which all communities can engage with physical activity and volunteering. Even more remarkable is that this has been achieved purely through the efforts of volunteers which number almost 10,000 across 39 different parkrun events over the principality. The resulting benefits to physical & mental wellbeing are only just being realised and represent a major opportunity to improve the health of our nation. We thank Welsh Athletics and Sport Wales for their amazing support."
Cardiff was the first parkrun in Wales and helped blaze a trail for what has now become a global phenomenon. With the support of Welsh Athletics’ social running programme – Run Wales – parkrun, and junior parkrun, have spread across Wales with 28 senior events and 9 junior events now taking place every weekend which have seen 68,558 different people take part a combined total of 720,789 times.
“Congratulations to Phil Cook and his team for what they’ve achieved with Cardiff parkrun. Running, especially social running, is all about having fun being active, building friendships and feeling supported, and Cardiff parkrun showcases this fantastically. I’m proud that through our Run Wales programme we’ve been able to help the spread of parkrun by funding 23 new parkrun events across Wales over the last three years. We hope to see close to 60 events across Wales by 2019" said James Williams, Head of Operations at Welsh Athletics
Huw Thomas, leader of Cardiff Council, said: “Everyone involved with parkrun deserves huge congratulations and thanks on reaching this terrific milestone. Not only is parkrun a great way to get fit, and lose weight on a Saturday morning, it's also testament to what can be achieved when a group of volunteers, working with the Council, come together to make the city a better place to live."