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Stretford parkrun is a big part of my life

I’d never thought about setting up anything in the community until I went to South Manchester parkrun.

Last updated: 29 February, 2020

Jamie Barry in Longford Park

I was part of Chorlton Runners, a running club that attended the event regularly. When a few of the parkrun ambassadors asked if anyone was interested in starting one in Stretford, I jumped at the chance to get involved. I lived in Stretford right next to the park, and others who lived there saw it as an opportunity to do something good. 

It wasn’t anything I’d thought about until that moment, but being an event director has been one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. 

It wasn’t anything I’d thought about until that moment, but being an event director has been one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.  

Jamie Barry
Co-event Director, parkrun Stretford

Often you want to help out where you live. I was always interested in things going on in Stretford but didn’t feel I wanted to get involved. parkrun presented that opportunity to me and it’s led to other things.  

It’s opened my eyes to what’s going on in Stretford

Being involved in parkrun has widened what I know about Stretford. Before I was someone who went along and took part. Now I can help out a bit more.

It’s made me aware of other community groups like Friends of Longford Park, Friends of Victoria Park and Friends of Stretford Public Hall. It was definitely a catalyst for me to get more involved in other things.

The difference it’s made to the community

parkrun is about bridging this divide of generations we often talk about. People not coming together socially or to do activities. But every Saturday we come together as a community.

We’re old, we’re young, inexperienced and experienced runners. We’re walkers, joggers or volunteers. We can be whatever we want to be.

It’s given people an opportunity to be part of something that’s ours. It doesn’t belong to me, it doesn’t belong to the runners, it doesn’t belong to the volunteers. It belongs to everyone.

Jamie Barry

Co-event Director, parkrun Stretford