This is a free event featuring three interactive sessions between 10am and 12.45pm on Saturday, 4th November 2023. It aims to promote the vital role 'running' has in supporting our mental and physical wellbeing. The event will be held in the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in Cannon Hill Park. You will have the opportunity to participate in 'Cannon Hill parkrun' prior to the event should you wish to do so or simply watch parkrunners running past the MAC before the first session of the event.
You are welcome to attend any, or all, of the 3 sessions!
Are you interested in running but don’t know where to start? Are you a runner who sometimes lacks motivation to run? Are you keen to find out how running might contribute to wellbeing?
Join this event to explore what runners talk about and how they talk about it. Let their stories motivate and inspire you.
This in-person event will be held in the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in Cannon Hill Park. You will have the opportunity to participate in 'Cannon Hill parkrun' prior to the event should you wish to do so or simply watch parkrunners running past the MAC before you arrive at the first session of the event which will start at 10:00.
There will be three sessions. The first session will feature a short talk and a discussion focusing on how runners' stories can be motivational and inspiring and how they can help us understand the ways in which running can contribute to mental and physical wellbeing. The second session will involve some interactive activities on ‘parkrun’, the internationally-known free running event which takes place every Saturday morning in a multitude of venues in over 20 countries, and in more than 1,200 venues in the UK alone. Whether you are a parkrunner or not, it will be your opportunity to find out how impactful parkrun can be on our wellbeing. The final session of the event will feature a round table discussion with a panel of guest speakers discussing how running outdoors can support mental and physical wellbeing.
The event will be led by Dr Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton who is an applied linguist at Aston University researching running communities. She is an avid runner and participates in long distance running events including ultras.
The third session of the event will feature guest speakers as follows:
Adults interested in running