PARKRUNS were celebrated at 10 Downing Street recently.

More than 100 members of the UK community, including the race director from Cosmeston Lakes, Lyn Evans, attended the function held on April 22.

The gathering recognised Parkrun's tremendous contribution to public health and happiness over the past 20 years.

Representatives from each of the four home nations were present.

These communities have been pivotal in fostering Parkrun's values of outdoor social activity, making the celebration all the more significant.

Parkrun's founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, said: "It’s been a fantastic 20 years of parkrun – from a group of people running around Bushy Park in London to more than 2,400 weekly events across 22 countries."

His vision has empowered millions of people worldwide to be active and social outdoors, benefitting both adults and children.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who hosted the celebrations along with the secretary of state for culture, media and sport Lucy Frazer MP, said: "I would like to congratulate parkrun on its 20th anniversary and commend all the volunteer organisers and marshals whose weekly dedication has made it all possible."

To continue promoting health and wellbeing in our society, Parkruns are held every weekend across different locations, and they encourage potential members to get involved with the local activities.

If you want to get involved in parkrun in the Vale, two to visit include Cosmeston Lakes and Barry Island parkrun. Go to their Facebook pages to find out how to participate and volunteer.