THE Christmas and New Year period (December 21st– January 5th) will see an action-packed programme of parkrun events across eleven West Wales locations.

Across the country, parkrun organise free, weekly, timed runs and they are open to everyone, free and are safe and easy to take part in. The 5K is held every Saturday during the year whilst the 2K for juniors aged 4-14 years old is on Sunday mornings.

These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and people of all abilities are encouraged to take part; from those taking their first steps in junior age group to those with more senior experience.

The parkrun events are all run by volunteers who ensure every week of the year, that the events can go ahead in a safe environment. In 2019, parkrun running events take place at the following locations across the West Wales region: Llyn Llech Owain (Gorslas), Carmarthen Park (Carmarthen), King George V Playing Fields (Llanelli), Gnoll Park (Neath), The Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen (Swansea Bay), Haverfordwest Racecourse (Haverfordwest), Plascrug Park (Aberystwyth), Llanerchaeron (Aberaeron), Colby Woodland Garden (Amroth), Brynaman Rugby Club (Brynaman) and Milford Waterfront (Milford Haven).

All the 5K parkruns on Saturdays go ahead as normal on the 21st December and 28th December and first weekend in January.

All the junior 2K parkruns on Sundays go ahead as normal on the 22nd December and 29th December and first weekend in January.

There are extra special events planned on Christmas Day morning at Llyn Llech Owain, Haverfordwest, Milford Waterfront and Aberystwyth, all starting at 9am.

On New Year’s Day, Swansea Bay will be one of four locations to host the traditional 2020 opener (10.30am). Aberystwyth (9am), Haverfordwest (9am) and Milford Waterfront (10.30am) will also begin the New Year in style with 1st of January events.

If you’re interested in signing up to run at a weekly parkrun event, visit the website www.parkrun.org to register beforehand where runners will be issued with a bar code to scan at the start and end of each event. They’ll also be able to check their progress and weekly performances online.

Latest stats as on 30th November: Number of events – 156,047; Number of locations – 684; Number of runners – 2,236,300; Number of clubs – 6,661; That just shows you how popular parkruns have become across the United Kingdom.

Christmas & New Year parkrun schedule in West Wales:

Saturday 21st December / Dydd Sadwrn 21ain Rhagfyr: Llyn Llech Owain parkrun (Gorslas) 9:00am

Saturday 21st December / Dydd Sadwrn 21ain Rhagfyr: Llanelli Coast 5K parkrun (Pwll) 9:00am

Saturday 21st December / Dydd Sadwrn 21ain Rhagfyr: Swansea Bay 5K parkrun (St Helens)

Saturday 21st December / Dydd Sadwrn 21ain Rhagfyr: Gnoll Park 5K parkrun (Neath) 9:00am

Saturday 21st December / Dydd Sadwrn 21ain Rhagfyr: Brynaman 5K parkrun (Rugby Club) 9:00am

Saturday 21st December / Dydd Sadwrn 21ain Rhagfyr: Haverfordwest 5K parkrun (Racecourse) 9:00am

Saturday 21st December / Dydd Sadwrn 21ain Rhagfyr: Milford Waterfront 5K parkrun (Milford Haven) 9:00am

Saturday 21st December / Dydd Sadwrn 21ain Rhagfyr: Colby 5K parkrun (Amroth) 9:00am

Saturday 21st December / Dydd Sadwrn 21ain Rhagfyr: Aberystwyth 5K parkrun (Plascrug) 9:00am

Saturday 21st December / Dydd Sadwrn 21ain Rhagfyr: Llanerchaeron 5K parkrun (Ciliau Aeron) 9:00am

Sunday 22nd December / Dydd Sul 22ain Rhagfyr: Carmarthen Junior 2K parkrun (Carmarthen Park) 9:00am

Sunday 22nd December / Dydd Sul 22ain Rhagfyr: Llanelli Coast Junior 2K parkrun (Pwll) 9:00am

Sunday 22nd December / Dydd Sul 22ain Rhagfyr: Gnoll Park Junior 2K parkrun (Neath) 9:00am

Sunday 22nd December / Dydd Sul 22ain Rhagfyr: Aberystwyth Junior 2K parkrun (Plascrug) 9:00am

Wednesday 25th December / Dydd Mercher 25ain Rhagfyr: Llyn Llech Owain Christmas Day 5K parkrun (Gorslas) 9:00am

Wednesday 25th December / Dydd Mercher 25ain Rhagfyr: Haverfordwest Christmas Day 5K parkrun (Racecourse) 9:00am

Wednesday 25th December / Dydd Mercher 25ain Rhagfyr: Milford Waterfront Christmas Day 5K parkrun (Milford Haven) 9:00am

Wednesday 25th December / Dydd Mercher 25ain Rhagfyr: Aberystwyth Christmas Day 5K parkrun (Plascrug)

Saturday 28th December / Dydd Sadwrn 28ain Rhagfyr: Llyn Llech Owain parkrun (Gorslas) 9:00am

Saturday 28th December / Dydd Sadwrn 28ain Rhagfyr: Llanelli Coast 5K parkrun (Pwll) 9:00am

Saturday 28th December / Dydd Sadwrn 28ain Rhagfyr: Swansea Bay 5K parkrun (St Helens)

Saturday 28th December / Dydd Sadwrn 28ain Rhagfyr: Gnoll Park 5K parkrun (Neath) 9:00am

Saturday 28th December / Dydd Sadwrn 28ain Rhagfyr: Brynaman 5K parkrun (Rugby Club) 9:00am

Saturday 28th December / Dydd Sadwrn 28ain Rhagfyr: Haverfordwest 5K parkrun (Racecourse) 9:00am

Saturday 28th December / Dydd Sadwrn 28ain Rhagfyr: Milford Waterfront 5K parkrun (Milford Haven) 9:00am

Saturday 28th December / Dydd Sadwrn 28ain Rhagfyr: Colby 5K parkrun (Amroth) 9:00am

Saturday 28th December / Dydd Sadwrn 28ain Rhagfyr: Aberystwyth 5K parkrun (Plascrug) 9:00am

Saturday 28th December / Dydd Sadwrn 28ain Rhagfyr: Llanerchaeron 5K parkrun (Ciliau Aeron) 9:00am

Sunday 29th December / Dydd Sul 29ain Rhagfyr: Carmarthen Junior 2K parkrun (Carmarthen Park) 9:00am

Sunday 29th December / Dydd Sul 29ain Rhagfyr: Llanelli Coast Junior 2K parkrun (Pwll) 9:00am

Sunday 29th December / Dydd Sul 29ain Rhagfyr: Gnoll Park Junior 2K parkrun (Neath) 9:00am

Sunday 29th December / Dydd Sul 29ain Rhagfyr: Aberystwyth Junior 2K parkrun (Plascrug) 9:00am

Wednesday 1st January / Dydd Mercher 1af Ionawr: Haverfordwest New Years Day 5K parkrun (Racecourse) 9:00am

Wednesday 1st January / Dydd Mercher 1af Ionawr: Aberystwyth New Years Day 5K parkrun (Plascrug) 9:00am

Wednesday 1st January / Dydd Mercher 1af Ionawr: Swansea Bay New Years Day 5K parkrun (St Helens) 10:30am

Wednesday 1st January / Dydd Mercher 1af Ionawr: Milford Waterfront New Years Day 5K parkrun (Milford Haven) 10:30am

Saturday 4th January / Dydd Sadwrn 4ydd Ionawr: Llyn Llech Owain parkrun (Gorslas) 9:00am

Saturday 4th January / Dydd Sadwrn 4ydd Ionawr: Llanelli Coast 5K parkrun (Pwll) 9:00am

Saturday 4th January / Dydd Sadwrn 4ydd Ionawr: Swansea Bay 5K parkrun (St Helens)

Saturday 4th January / Dydd Sadwrn 4ydd Ionawr: Gnoll Park 5K parkrun (Neath) 9:00am

Saturday 4th January / Dydd Sadwrn 4ydd Ionawr: Brynaman 5K parkrun (Rugby Club) 9:00am

Saturday 4th January / Dydd Sadwrn 4ydd Ionawr: Haverfordwest 5K parkrun (Racecourse) 9:00am

Saturday 4th January / Dydd Sadwrn 4ydd Ionawr: Milford Waterfront 5K parkrun (Milford Haven) 9:00am

Saturday 4th January / Dydd Sadwrn 4ydd Ionawr: Colby 5K parkrun (Amroth) 9:00am

Saturday 4th January / Dydd Sadwrn 4ydd Ionawr: Aberystwyth 5K parkrun (Plascrug) 9:00am

Saturday 4th January / Dydd Sadwrn 4ydd Ionawr: Llanerchaeron 5K parkrun (Ciliau Aeron) 9:00am

Sunday 5th January / Dydd Sul 5ed Ionawr: Carmarthen Junior 2K parkrun (Carmarthen Park) 9:00am

Sunday 5th January / Dydd Sul 5ed Ionawr: Llanelli Coast Junior 2K parkrun (Pwll) 9:00am

Sunday 5th January / Dydd Sul 5ed Ionawr: Gnoll Park Junior 2K parkrun (Neath) 9:00am

Sunday 5th January / Dydd Sul 5ed Ionawr: Aberystwyth Junior 2K parkrun (Plascrug) 9:00am

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