One third of the cost of establishing an Uckfield parkrun has been pledged by the town council.
Councillors welcomed the idea from Duke of Edinburgh Award candidates at Uckfield College when they met on Monday (December 3).
They awarded the project a grant of £1,000 towards the total of £3,000 needed.
Members heard from town clerk Holly Goring that she had attended a meeting with the group, and others including representatives of Uckfield Rugby Club, Uckfield Runners and Buxted Park.
She reported that £3,000 was the sum required to get the scheme off the ground – an amount mandated by the national organisation.
Other organisations are being asked for financial help, including the Tesco in-store token scheme.
Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central Ward, said the parkrun was a good thing. “It gets a lot of people out doing exercise, gets them fitter and hopefully a longer life.”
Cllr Jeremy Beesley, Independent, Ridgewood, said the weekly event would put Uckfield on the map because people travelled to take part in different runs.
What is parkrun?
From the organisation’s website: “They are weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
“These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience.”
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