A new service for parkrunners visiting the Lake District has been launched this week.
The Running Concierge team, led by Wayne Singleton, is offering a tailor-made package for runners to experience the best of the Lakes in just one weekend.
Visitors will be met at Oxenholme station and carried by Mountain Goat bus to their hotel on a Friday evening.
On Saturday morning the bus will take them to do a parkrun at Fell Foot, Rothay (Ambleside), Keswick or Whinlatter, followed by a sightseeing tour on a lake steamer. And on Sunday the group will be taken on a guided trail or fell run, before returning by Mountain Goat to the train station at Oxenholme.
Wayne, who is a qualified Athletics Coach, set up the Running Concierge service for busy runners who wanted to test the fells and trails in the Lakes but didn’t know where to start – and didn’t have the time to plan an ideal itinerary.
This service has now been extended to create a series of bespoke weekends for parkrunners. “We know that parkrun tourism is hugely popular, with people travelling around the country – and the world – to run in different events. We decided to arrange it all for them, and at the same time, give them a taste of the Lake District with all our local knowledge and expertise.
“They save so much time, especially if they’ve not visited the Lakes before. And it makes for a much more relaxing weekend, to have all the stress of driving and organising handed over to someone else.”
Hotel accommodation will be in or near Bowness and Windermere, including the scheme’s flagship hotel the Burn How Garden House.
The parkrun service was launched at the National Running Show at the NEC in Birmingham where the Running Concierge stand had a busy weekend.
“People are desperate to start doing things again, and wanting to take part in events with others,” said Wayne, who was a member of the relay team that launched a book about parkrun last year. “We absolutely love parkrun. When I met the founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, and told him about our plans, he thought it was a great idea. And we absolutely love the Lake District, and want to show it off to visitors in our own special way.”
The first parkrun weekend will be April 8-10, and further details and bookings can be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Whatsapp 07793 532830. Follow the Running Concierge on Facebook for updates.