Following the conclusion of the highly successful London 2017 World Athletics Championships, 100 of UK Sport's National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic athletes are teaming up with parkrun UK to encourage the nation to get active with #teamparkrun. Olympic and Paralympic heroes will be right behind participants of #teamparkrun tomorrow (Saturday 19 August), acting as tail walkers at parkruns across the country.
Amongst those taking part are London 2017 Athletics World Championship gold medallist Adam Gemili, London 2012 Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford and Rio 2016 Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Robinson who will all be acting as tail walkers, ensuring that no one finishes last except them.
Scottish curler, Eve Muirhead also took to the pathways of Callendar Park at the beginning of August for her first parkrun, to help encourage locals to get involved in #teamparkrun.
“It’s just to say a thank you from us athletes to those who go out and play the National Lottery, and for us to have their back when they’re doing the parkrun, after they’ve had ours,” she said.
“It’s absolutely great for us to be able to do this. It allows us to get our UK Sport funding; without people playing we wouldn’t have the same level of support. It’s great for them to support us, and now it’s even better to show our thanks and to support them when it comes to physical activity and staying fit – at events like parkrun.”
You can find out more about #teamparkrun by visiting their website.