A running group for hundreds of women to get active has been recognized for the difference it makes in the community. Prestwich Plodders were announced as the winners of the Rick Bennett Community Recognition Award at Heaton parkrun, an honor named after the event’s founder.
Duncan Shuttleworth, co-event director, said: “The Rick Bennett Community Recognition Award recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Heaton parkrun community. The Prestwich Plodders have been great supporters of parkrun through their generous volunteering and their introduction of so many new people to our community. The infectious enthusiasm and positivity they bring to Saturday mornings is a joy, and we are delighted to honor them with this award.”
Prestwich Plodders was set up in 2017 and now has more than 1,500 members. It is open to women of all ages and abilities who wish to get active with other women in a fun, relaxed setting. Qualified run leaders offer 5km and 7km runs, as well as a run/walk session and a walk, every Wednesday evening, starting at Heaton Park in the summer and St Mary’s Park in the winter. It is free to attend and has benefited from funding from Bury Council.
Clare Reynolds, one of the group’s run leaders, said: “All of our run leaders were overwhelmed to be recognized with this award. We offer our time voluntarily, so to be noticed is just amazing.”
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