Will you be joining the parkrun craze in 2022? Every Saturday at 9 am, thousands of runners, of all ages and abilities, gather at hundreds of venues across the country for the 5k runs that boost your fitness, get you out and about and help you make new friends..

11 of the best parkruns in and around Mansfield and Ashfield to try in 2022

Keeping fit and making new friends are probably two of the most popular items on the New Year’s resolutions lists of many people in Mansfield and Ashfield.

By Richard Silverwood
Tuesday, 4th January 2022, 11:17 am

Killing both birds with one stone is the parkrun, the modern-day phenomenon that has swept the nation and now occupies the weekly diary of hundreds of thousands of us.

It all started in 2004 when a group of 13 mates met to have a jog round their local park in Teddington, Greater London.

It ballooned into Parkrun, the collective name for more than 5,000 events that now take place every Saturday morning in 730 locations around the country.

Organised by local volunteers, all the runs are 5km in length, although they have different degrees of difficulty, and many routes follow picturesque surroundings.

The events are free and for everyone, whether you want to run, jog or walk. You can even take your dog (on a lead) and, at some venues, junior versions are set up for children, although under-11s must be accompanied by an adult.

If you fancy joining the parkrun craze in 2022, we’ve highlighted 11 of the best in and around the Mansfield and Ashfield area.

Please check the individual websites of each parkrun before you go along because some might have Covid-19 regulations in place.

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It ballooned into Parkrun, the collective name for more than 5,000 events that now take place every Saturday morning in 730 locations around the country.

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