More than 182,000 people took part in #GPparkrun Pledge Day on Saturday 1 June to celebrate the first year of the groundbreaking parkrun practice initiative.
Launched in 2018 in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the
parkrun practice initiative sees GP practices joining forces with their local parkrun event to form a link that encourages physical activity and volunteering to be used in improving the health and wellbeing of patients and staff. It is invaluable to have a free, weekly, accessible,
community-based local event to recommend to patients.
One year into the initiative, there are now more than 1,200 parkrun practices
across the UK, representing more than 10% of all GP practices and Skerne
Medical Group is one of these affiliated practices.
To celebrate the anniversary, GP practices were encouraged to pledge their support for #GPparkrunPledge Day, with staff, doctors and patients all taking part together. More than 5,000 general practice doctors, staff and patients pledged their support in advance, and the day itself saw nearly 10,000 additional walkers, joggers and runners participating nationally.
Anyone interested in starting parkrun can register for free at www.parkrun.org.uk. Remember if you don’t want to run you are most welcome to walk or