THE weekly Minehead parkrun is approaching a milestone - its first anniversary.
The five-kilometre run takes place every Saturday morning at 9am – as do other hundreds of parkruns across the country.
It is free to enter and attracts all levels of runners, walkers and buggy pushers.
Many of the Minehead park runners started as complete novices and have found the gradual improvement they make each week a motivation to a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Some start by walking the course and slowly build up to running, while some take their youngsters along and enjoy a family run together.
Minehead parkrun also attracts “parkrun tourists” - visitors to the town – many of whom have their photos taken at sculpture which marks the start of the South West Coast Path and is the turning point for the parkrun course.
One parkrun regular, Steve Pearson, said: “A friend asked if I would join in on a new event that was coming to Minehead called parkrun.
“Being a helpful chap I agreed, put on a pair of shorts and hauled myself along Minehead seafront.
“I’m not quite sure why I agreed to get involved as I hadn’t run since leaving school, which for a 51 year old was some time ago.
“Since starting the parkrun nearly a year ago I have seen my fitness, times and general well being improve dramatically, whilst the waistline has diminished.
“I have even competed in the Paris half marathon and many 10k events since my first parkrun.
“I would recommend to anyone to give the parkrun a go. If I can do it I’m sure many others can.”
The Minehead parkrun starts at the clock tower on the sea front opposite the Beach Hotel, where those who want to can meet for a coffee afterwards.
The parkrun was set up by SASP (Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership and is open to anyone.
It relies on a team of volunteers to run the event each week, and anyone who would like to help can go along on a Saturday morning or contact event director Graham Collins by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org , on 01643 709778 or by calling in to see him at the fitness suite, where they can find out about other get active opportunities on offer for all ages.