‘PARKRUN is an important part of everyday life’ says one organiser of Bromsgrove’s Junior Parkrun.

This comes as the renowned event cancels its running clubs in Wales due to Covid restrictions.

In a statement posted on its website, Parkrun said: “The Welsh Government has announced a gathering limit of 50 people.

“It does mean that we have no choice but to suspend all our 5k events from 1 January onwards.”

Health Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid hit out at the decision and said he “cannot see how restricting outdoor exercise is justified or proportionate”.

Oliver Crouch, run director of Bromsgrove’s Junior Parkrun agrees with Mr Javid and said there are so many benefits to the event.

“It is good for people’s mental health and an important part of everyday life,” said Mr Crouch.

“It’s so important for children – getting them to see the benefits and exercise to become a part of their life.

“It is a good decision to maintain Parkrun in England as they offer a bit of normality.

“Parkrun is an outside activity – we spread the start line out, so people aren’t close to each other.”

Bromsgrove Advertiser: Run director, Sian Smith with son Torben.Run director, Sian Smith with son Torben.

The Bromsgrove Junior Parkrun meets at 9am every Sunday at Sanders Park to complete a 2km course.

The event is for children aged 4 to 14 and parents can run the route too.

Participants must register on the Parkrun website to gain a barcode to run.

Oliver added: “We have a reduction in numbers since we restarted after lockdown last year – maybe people are cautious to come back.

“However, it was good to see a good amount of people turn up to our Parkrun after the new year and to see some new faces.

“We are also always looking for volunteers to come help out!”

To register for Parkrun or to volunteer visit parkrun.org.uk/bromsgrove-juniors/.