135,000 join special parkrun events to celebrate the NHS’s 70th

Dame Kelly Holmes with a crowd of people at parkrun

Over 135,000 runners, joggers and walkers from across the country celebrated the NHS’s 70th birthday at special parkrun events on Saturday (9 June).

362 local parkruns signed up to give their event an NHS-theme, in an initiative that was backed by double-Olympic gold medallist and former nursing assistant Dame Kelly Holmes.

Thousands of participants chose to attend in fancy dress or wore signs declaring why they are proud of, and thankful to, the NHS.

In total 135,318 walkers and runners completed a parkrun in the UK on Saturday, with 8,900 of those completing their first ever event. 11,188 people volunteered.

Some parkruns also had a record number of attendees.

Dame Kelly Holmes attended the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun, whilst model and athlete Nell McAndrew joined in at Bushy parkrun.

You can view some of the best pictures via the NHS England and parkrun UK  Twitter accounts.