We are pleased to announce that The Orchard Medical Centre has become a Parkrun Practice. We have teamed up with Pomphrey Hill Parkrun in order to promote Parkrun to our patients and staff in a scheme certified by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
What is Parkrun?
Parkrun organise 5km (3.1 miles) timed runs throughout the UK that take place every Saturday morning. They are open to everyone; they are free and are safe and easy to take part in. They take place at 9:00 every Saturday throughout the year.
The events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and encourage people of all abilities to take part, from those taking their first steps in running to more experienced runners. You can walk, jog, run or even volunteer to help at the events, everyone is welcome. There is no age limit but under 11s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more information, visit the Parkrun website.
The aim of becoming a Parkrun Practice is to help improve the health and wellbeing of both our patients and staff by promoting participation in these fantastic, free weekly events.
Pomphrey Hill Parkrun takes place in Pomphrey Hill Playing fields in Mangotsfield (Pomphrey Hill Parkrun website.
A medical practice in Sheffield has made a short video on how patients and staff have benefitted from Parkrun, highlighting the many health and wellbeing benefits of parkrun participation, especially to patients and the health sector and can be found here.
Frequently asked questions
Do I have to run?
Many people do but Parkrun welcomes walkers and those who want to do a mixture of walking and jogging too. If you can’t run or walk, why not join the Parkrun as a volunteer? Everyone is welcome and we, the Parkrun team, work hard to be as inclusive as possible.
What is the course like at Pomphrey Hill?
Pomphrey Hill Parkrun is run around Pomphrey Hill Playing fields. The course is a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths, grass and compacted bark-chipped earth. It’s largely flat but there is one short uphill section.
Does it cost anything?
No. Parkrun is completely free and is a not for profit organisation.
How do I get involved?
You can just turn up and participate, but it’s great to register as then you get your time recorded and you can track your achievements. After 50 runs you get a free T-shirt!
You can register online; it’s a very quick and straightforward process. Just go to: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register. Once registered, you need to print off a barcode (this is explained when you register). This barcode is used to record your time when you cross the finish line and you can select whether you want to receive your results by email and/or text message .
What happens on the day?
Arriving – Make sure you bring your barcode with you on the day. It is best to get there a little early at about 8:45 as parking can be busy.
Briefing – There is a briefing which takes place just before 9:00 (which will be important for people who have never attended before).
The route – The route is very well marked and volunteer marshals will be at various points on the route to direct you. The marshals are all in contact with each other by radio so if you need assistance or there is a medical emergency they will be able to contact the coordinating team.
The finish – At the finish line, outside Pomphrey Hill Pavilion, you will be handed another barcode, which shows your overall position and then directed further round the path where both bar codes are scanned and you are finished.
Post Run – Afterwards, many people will stop for a chat and a tea/coffee in the Pavilion.
What if I can’t run or walk that distance?
Parkrun is entirely organised by volunteers so are always on the lookout for people to help out each week. You can arrange to volunteer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who will be there?
Pomphrey Hill Playing Fields is a great Parkrun venue and attracts many people from the local area and further away. There is regularly over 300 attendees, some will be walkers, some will be pushing children in buggies, some will be accompanied by dogs and others will be trying to better their time from previous weeks.
There are numerous physical and mental benefits to regular walking, jogging or running. Think about what could happen if you participated every weekend at a Parkrun event. Feeling better, breathing easier, and having a fitter body all comes from staying active. Participating in a weekly Parkrun can provide the structure many need to stay on track.
Parkrun events are excellent places to meet new people and for spending time outdoors in nature and excellent for your social and mental wellness. The best part is that it is free!
For beginners, Parkrun events can be an excellent way to challenge yourself and measure your progress in a hugely supportive environment.