Pool Academy representatives at Heartlands first ever parkrun

CREDIT: Heartlands parkrun

CREDIT: Heartlands parkrun

Pool Academy staff and students were praised after taking part and supporting the first ever parkrun held at Heartlands.

The free event is organised by volunteers for members of the community to take part in a timed 5km run.

Thousands take place across the globe and on April 14 at 9am runners arrived at Heartlands for the first time to take part in the inaugural event.

Runners included a number of past and present Pool Academy students, Pool Academy teacher Dave Buzza as well as another staff member volunteering.

Mr Buzza said: “Parkrun is such a wonderful event and a great way to meet with and help the local community.

“It was great to see so many students, past and present taking part in the new free event. It was also encouraging to see staff from Pool Academy taking part too.”

Mr Buzza said it was great to see people being active and that the only competition at parkrun is the competition against yourself.

He said: “Each week runners get their barcodes scanned at the finish line. This records their time and so the next week they come back they can try and beat their time and get a Personal Best.

“The great thing about parkrun is that it is for all ages and abilities and you can run, walk or jog it.

“It would be wonderful to see more students from Pool Academy taking part and discovering the joy of running in the community.”

Parkrun is free to enter but those taking part will still need to sign up on the website and print of a barcode.

Visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/heartlands/