With New Year’s resolutions still fresh in many minds, Storthes Hall Park is delighted to be marking the first anniversary of its parkrun initiative – a free 5km run organised by volunteers.

Held as part of a national push to encourage grass roots fitness, hundreds of events are held up and down the country every Saturday morning. Starting at 9am, the Storthes Hall parkrun has no age limits and is attracting around 100 runners each week, ranging from 6 to 79.

January 18 marks the first anniversary for the Storthes Hall parkrun which offer a scenic off-road course through its 44-acre park and woodlands. Since its launch the event has attracted more than 2,100 runners.

Collectively, the athletes have achieved 828 Personal Bests and run a total of 21,900km between them. The average run time is 31.31minutes but the fastest time clocked was an impressive 17.04 minutes. The eldest participant is sprightly Dorothy Jackson who is registered in the 75-79 age category.

Jon Burdon, one of the Storthes Hall parkrun’s event directors said: “Parkrun is probably one of the biggest movements in the UK for encouraging long-term life changing health benefits. It seems to have found a niche that wasn’t filled by gyms or athletics clubs where people just wanted to run, and it appeals to all ages.

Parkrun is free for anyone who wants to join in and is organised each week by a dedicated band of volunteers. Storthes Hall Park business development manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith said: “We were delighted to be approached last year to become a host venue for parkrun and it has really taken off. There is another parkrun in Huddersfield that’s a road run but Storthes Hall’s parkrun is all off-road, so it offers something very different for the runner whether they are looking for a PB or just taking part for fun or personal fitness .”

The event is also very much a social gathering with many runners relaxing in The Venue at Storthes Hall Park for a post-parkrun drink and catchup afterwards.

The runs are held in all weathers apart from very high winds as parts of the Storthes Hall Park course go through woodlands where flying or falling branches could be a hazard.

Anyone interested in trying our the Storthes Hall parkrun can find more details at: www.parkrun.org.uk/stortheshall/ or email stortheshall@parkrun.com. A first timers briefing is held each week at 8:45am ahead of the regular start time at 9am.

Storthes Hall Park is situated near Kirkburton, ten minutes from the centre of Huddersfield and easily accessible from the M62 and M1. There is also free parking on-site.