The long-awaited Pinner Village Gardens junior parkrun has now begun 5 years after it was first discussed at a meeting of the Friends of Pinner Village Gardens committee. At last! It took extensive planning, several meetings, fundraising and a major pandemic interruption but here we are.
As a reminder, the event takes place every Sunday morning at 9 am, it’s a 2km course for children between the ages of 4 and 14 though accompanying adults can take part but will not have a time recorded. So far (as of 28th February), three official events have taken place with growing numbers of children and adults taking part. The small organising team of local community members have been working hard at getting the event ready for our children to enjoy in a safe environment and each week spend several hours in preparation.
The organising team recognise the event has also been made possible due to the effort and generosity of so many people, particularly that of the committee and members of the Friends of Pinner Village Gardens, local community groups and businesses.
It was the Friends of Pinner Village Gardens who went about raising the majority of the £4,000 needed to establish the event. A huge thanks go out to Antonia Saviddes and Jaykishan Vala for their amazing fundraising efforts. Major donations came from the Friends of Pinner Village Gardens, Pinner Association, Shanly Foundation, Cheeky Chums, PMC Pinner, Carters Chemists, Ideal Fish Bar, Paige and Petrook, Smart Guys, Anana Health and Beauty, Happy Day Hallmark and Diamond Hair Design as well as several individuals who made vital contributions.
As the event continues to attract new participants, it has become clear the junior parkrun is becoming a true community and social gathering as well as providing fun and health benefits for our children. So please do come along and join in, bring your children or just come along for the fun, perhaps help out by volunteering!
The Pinner Village Gardens junior parkrun website link is below. Check it out for further information, results and volunteering opportunities: .https://www.parkrun.org.uk/pinnervillagegardens-juniors/
Also the Facebook page for regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/Pinner-Village-Gardens-junior-parkrun-108549525081564