Oswestry Town Mayor, Councillor Olly Rose, has named Oswestry’s Park Run Team as the Council’s final Community Champions of the Civic Year.

Henley Wood Park Run is a free 5k community event for runners, joggers, walkers, and spectators that takes place every Saturday at 9am in Henley Wood, off Cabin Lane, Oswestry.  The first Henley Wood park run began on Saturday 10th October 2018 with 168 runners and 27 volunteers. Since that first run, the event has welcomed over 4862 runners and 575 volunteers – 8 of those original volunteers are still involved today.

The event is run by Co-Event Directors Ray Pickett and Ellen Harrison and Co-Volunteer Coordinator Mary Thornton and there are ten people who regularly give their time each week.

Ray comments. “We have always had a broad range of abilities taking part and our ‘Park Walk’ was launched in October 2022 to emphasise the inclusiveness of the event. Our youngest runner has been just four and our oldest in their early 80’s, so it is open to everyone, and we love to see family groups taking part together. We don’t report fastest times, however on average the run takes about 31 minutes with finish times ranging from 16 to 75 minutes.”

“The event has always been fun and friendly, and we’ve hosted several local school pupils completing the Duke of Edinburgh award, two of whom undertook every role available including Run Director. We couldn’t run the event without our fantastic volunteers, so we’re delighted to accept this award on behalf of the team and thank everyone that continues to support us.”

Oswestry Mayor Olly Rose comments, “ Exercising outside in nature has a positive impact on both physical and mental health and doing this in such a welcoming atmosphere created by the parkrun team also helps  alleviate social isolation. It’s also tremendous fun. Oswestry Town Council would like to thank Ray and the team for their hard work and dedication in putting on this great event every week in all weathers. They are an inspiration to us all, true Community Champions!”

Oswestry Parkrun Volunteers receive the Mayors Community Champion Award.