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Elderpark run and Hallowe’en fun

The occasion was a trial run for what is hoped will be a regular park run for local children starting next spring.

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Elderpark Housing delivered a double dose of fun for local youngsters this week.

The association supported a 2K junior park run in Elder Park, Govan, for kids aged four and over.

The occasion was a trial run for what is hoped will be a regular park run for local children starting next spring.

Elderpark said it is grateful to the mums and dads who brought their children along to take part. The children who completed the circuit had their time logged and were then rewarded with an energy-boosting banana.

Junior park runs are a series of runs for children held in areas of open space around the world. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. The courses are marshalled, so that juniors are in sight of at least one marshal at all times.

After his run Daniel Chen, 6, said: “It was great. I could have kept on running, but I wanted my banana.”

The junior park run was the culmination of a week of activity run by Glasgow Life that saw sports clubs and organisation across Govan getting together to help people become more active.

Elderpark Housing Office Lynn Reid, a keen runner herself, said: “It is hoped that the junior park run will come to Govan in the spring. It already takes place in Victoria Park, in Whiteinch, so it would be good to have it here, too. We’re confident it will get support from local families.”

Meanwhile, less than a mile away in Ibrox, a Hallowe’en fun event, featuring face painting, a smoothie-bike, free food and music, brought families together at the Ibrox Community Garden. Like the junior park run, it was supported financially by Elderpark Housing.

Elderpark Estates Management Inspector Jim Fraser, who helped organise it, said: “Elderpark Housing has been a strong supporter of the Community Garden for some time. It is an important community asset, much-valued by local residents.

The kids at the Hallowe’en event had a great time which is what it’s all about.”

Pictured: The runners limber up, including Daniel (third left).