Camperdown parkrun to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS

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Camperdown parkrun plans to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS by holding a celebration event on Saturday, 9 June.

The parkrun at Camperdown Park, Dundee, will be one of hundreds of parkruns around the UK to host a special NHS birthday celebration event.

The initiative, known as ‘parkrun for the NHS,’ aims to recognise the contribution of the NHS to the health of the nation and inspire people to take part in physical activity and volunteering.

Camperdown parkrun is a free 5k event that takes place every Saturday morning at 9.30am. It is open to walkers and runners of all ages and abilities, and is coordinated entirely by volunteers from the local community.

Although fancy dress is not compulsory at the event on the 9 June, participants at Camperdown parkrun are being encouraged to come along dressed as healthcare providers – doctors, nurses, physios, porters, surgeons, dentists, podiatrists and more!

Tayside Health Fund, the charity which supports NHS Tayside hospitals and services, provided £3000 start-up funding for Camperdown parkrun in 2012. The Fund supported the initiative as it promoted access to a healthy lifestyle and also supported the local community.

Camperdown parkrun has now been up and running for six years and 315 parkruns later, the group is still going strong.

Camperdown parkrun run director and NHS Tayside consultant, Dr Tom Fardon, said, “We would love to see members of the public coming along and take part. We’d also love to see as many NHS staff as possible on the day to walk, run, volunteer or simply receive a well earned round of applause for the incredible contribution they make to our community.

“Many of the regular, and not so regular, participants at the Camperdown parkrun work for, or with, the NHS locally. I know that the parkrun community really appreciates all the work they do to improve the health of Tayside, and this will be a great opportunity to give our thanks to each and every one of them.

“Camperdown parkrun is a friendly, welcoming event that provides a perfect opportunity to get out in the fresh air to socialise and be physically active in a supportive environment.”

Local GP Dr Emma Fardon, who will be the run director on the day, said, “I’m really looking forward to welcoming as many of my NHS colleagues as possible to Camperdown parkrun on 9 June. First timers, second timers, and 100th timers are all welcome! Remember that we go to the wildlife cafe after the run for coffee and cake!”

If you would like to take part in the NHS70 Camperdown parkrun, visit the website www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ and sign up for free. You can also visit the Camperdown parkrun website at www.parkrun.org.uk/camperdown

For further information about taking part in the celebration, email Tom Fardon on tom.fardon@parkrun.com

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