Hundreds celebrate NHS's 75th birthday with special 'Parkrun for the NHS' event

HUNDREDS of participants “scrubbed up well” to take part in a special running event to celebrate the NHS’s 75th birthday.

More than 270 runners, joggers and walkers of all ages wore blue with pride to participate in the celebratory “parkrun for the NHS” at Clifton Park.

There were 27 new participants, including staff from Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, with some wearing their iconic blue scrubs.

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Rachael Dawes, head of fundraising at the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, said: “It was amazing and quite humbling to see people wear blue for the special parkrun.

“Friends, families and colleagues cheered each other on, creating an atmosphere of encouragement and camaraderie that epitomized the spirit of the NHS.

“It made us all feel incredibly proud to work for the NHS.

“Thank you to everyone who took part.”

In Rotherham the event was organised by a team of 21 volunteers who decorated the route with blue balloons, guided people to the start line and helped everyone time their 5K run.

Andy Payne, event director for parkrun, said: “It was great that so many people came along to celebrate the NHS’s birthday and it was clear there were a lot of enthusiastic new runners from the NHS.

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“It’s always a brilliant event but the regular runners really raised their game to make it extra special.

“We know that parkrun can introduce people to a more active lifestyle, help boost their confidence and improve mental health so we hope those new sign-ups come back and join us every Saturday.”