Children are being encouraged to start 2017 with a bang by taking part in a popular weekly run for young people. The Wednesfield Junior Parkrun, launched 18 months ago, gives four to 14-year-olds the chance to run, jog or walk a 2km circuit around Wednesfield Park every Sunday morning. Parents can also join in if they wish. Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "The Junior Parkrun is a fantastic way for children and young people to get exercise, enjoy some fresh air and make new friends.

“It’s suitable for all abilities, is great fun and best of all it’s free, and I’d encourage parents to see if their children are up for the challenge – particularly if they have been spending a lot of time indoors during the festive period.”

Wednesfield Junior Parkrun was launched last summer thanks to support from the council's Public Health Team and a dedicated group of volunteers from Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club and the local community. 

The weekly event returns after its Christmas break on Sunday (8 January, 2017). Please meet by the play area at 8.45am. For more details, and to register to take part or volunteer to help out, please visit, or