Date: 19 June 2018
On 9 June, staff working for NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group put on their running shoes for a 5k parkrun as part of the NHS’ 70th birthday celebrations.
Launched by double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, over 360 NHS 70th parkruns took place across the country to celebrate the contribution of the NHS to the nation, whilst encouraging people to get more active.
The regular 5k parkrun route may seem challenging enough, but some CCG staff are planning to push themselves even further and take on the Beckenham Half Marathon in September.
Bromley CCG Director of Organisational Development Paulette Coogan said: ‘We are delighted that staff are not only celebrating the history and achievements of the NHS, but are doing so by taking part in activities that are close to their communities, and good for their health and wellbeing. I am hopeful that the NHS 70th birthday parkrun will become an annual event, and provide us with an ideal opportunity to celebrate the work of local health staff and services The magnitude of the 70th birthday celebrations also encouraged first-time runners to take part.
One Bromley CCG staff member who took part explained: ‘We heard about the NHS 70 parkrun at work. It sounded like a great way to get fit and help celebrate the NHS. I live in east London so took part in the run at Mile End. There were lots of other NHS staff present, with one of the local hospital’s Senior Nurses directing the event. Taking part has made me want to do more throughout the year to try and improve my personal best!’
Parkruns are free, 5k events that take place in hundreds of locations across the UK every Saturday morning. They are coordinated entirely by volunteers and are open to walkers and runners of all ages and abilities.
We are delighted that staff are not only celebrating the history and achievements of the NHS, but are doing so by taking part in activities that are good for their health and wellbeing