THREE of Winchester’s doctors’ surgeries joined forces last Saturday to take on the task of marshalling a parkrun.

Doctors, staff and patients from Friarsgate, St Clements and St Paul’s practices wanted to help promote the benefits of participating in local parkrun events as a way of improving both physical and mental well-being.

Despite the mud and far from ideal conditions, 346 people turned for Winchester’s 335th parkrun.

These 5km events are open to everyone; they are free, safe and easy to take part in.

The organisers are keen to emphasise that these are not ‘races’ - they are ‘runs’! Participants do like to set their personal targets, though. Walkers, and those wanting to participate with pushchairs and dogs (on leads), are also welcome. Just as important are the volunteer roles, and not all volunteers are runners - they simply like the opportunity to become involved and to socialise with others in a local community event.

There are more than 500 parkruns spread throughout the UK. They take place every Saturday morning at 9am. The Winchester course is at the River Park (North Walls) Recreation ground.