Parkrun started back in 2004 when 13 runners got together on a blustery day in Bushy Park, Teddington, UK. Local resident Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE is the founder of an organisation which pre-Covid had weekly parkruns in over 700 locations around the world, based on the simple, basic principles formed from the start: weekly, free, for everyone, forever. Paul is working hard to re-start parkrun after the pandemic though took time out to offer his support.
"I have closely followed the story of Udney Park in Teddington, in an area with a population engaged in community sport there is a deficit of space for outdoor recreation, especially pitch sports. parkrun is keen to expand "junior parkrun", our 2 km events where children run independently. Udney Park is a perfect location for a "junior parkrun", as the Park has a secure boundary of around 1km. An Udney Park "junior parkrun" will be a great addition to the community and the first step in ensuring that our younger generation in Teddington starts out life with a healthy attitude to sociable physical activity. I am delighted to endorse the bid by Udney Park Community Fields Trust to acquire the Park and protect it forever, we have never needed locations for volunteer-led amateur sport as much as we do in 2021. "