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News from our partners: Learning disability parkrun special in Oswestry on 20 July

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News from our partners 35007.co.uk (social care management consultant)

After the fantastic weekend of sport we have just enjoyed, this Saturday (20 July 2019) provides the third and final opportunity to take part in a learning disability-focused parkrun in Shropshire.

Please join us as a runner, walker, volunteer or spectator at Henley Wood in Oswestry when people with a learning disability will be made particularly welcome.

We had a fantastic turnout of about 60 people for the first event in Shrewsbury but very few at the Telford event.

Please encourage anybody with a learning disability or autism to join us for a healthy and social start to their weekend.  I would particularly like to encourage people who may not see themselves as a runner but will enjoy cheering, supporting other runners and/or pointing the way.

Henley Wood parkrun is through woodland so not suitable for wheelchair participants but there are volunteering roles suitable for people with limited mobilty.  The run starts at 9am and I suggest you arrive 15 minutes or more before then.  The postcode for your satnav is SY11 2LQ.

There is limited parking available at Cabin Lane Church, Whole Life Christian Centre, and Eastern Oswestry Community Centre and on-street parking in the area.  Please contact me on running@35007.co.uk or 07963 379879 if you are concerned about parking and I will liaise with Ray and his team of organisers.  Similarly, please let me know if I can help in any other way to prepare people for taking part such as registering with parkrun.

Keen to know more? Go to www.parkrun.org.uk/henleywood/www.35007.co.uk/parkrun or tune into BBC1 this evening from 7.30pm-8pm when Dame Kelly Homes is presenting a programme on the power and mental health benefits of parkrun.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.  Please come and say hello – I am sure that I won’t be the only person wearing an apricot-colored parkrun top, but mine has “Milton Keynes” under the logo.



Finally, I am delighted that Walsall Arboretum parkrun are putting on a similar event on 21 September.  Further details at www.35007.co.uk/parkrun.