A series of ‘parkruns’ across the north will host a special NHS birthday celebration next weekend.
The ‘parkrun for the NHS’ initiative aims to recognise the contribution of the NHS to the health of the nation and inspire people to take part in physical activity and volunteering.
Parkruns are free, weekly, timed 5k events that take place every Saturday morning at 9.30am. They are open to walkers and runners of all ages and abilities and are co-ordinated entirely by volunteers from the local community.
Participants must register in advance and take their unique barcode with them.
In Highland, parkruns take place each week in Alness, Aviemore, Fort William, Thurso and the Highland capital of Inverness.
On Saturday, June 9, participants are being encouraged to run in celebration of the 70th birthday of the NHS by wearing blue or appropriate NHS related clothing or accessories.
Inverness parkrun event director Paul Crowe said: “We would love to see as many NHS staff as possible on the day to walk, run or volunteer.
“Parkrun is a friendly, welcoming event that provides a perfect opportunity to get out in the fresh air to socialise and be physically active in a support environment.”
In Inverness, the parkrun will take place on Bught Park at 9.30am.
The ‘parkrun for the NHS’ initiative is being supported by Dame Kelly Holmes, a regular parkrunner who worked as a nursing assistant before going into the British Army and later a full-time athlete.
She said: “Increased levels of activity leads to improved mood, self-esteem and a wide range of health benefits.
“I know from first-hand experience how sociable and welcoming parkruns are, so it’s fantastic to see it join forces with the NHS in its 70th year to encourage even more people to get active.”
Registration is free on the parkrun website at here.