PLANK PR SUPPORTS PARKRUN

The Plank PR team is supporting Lou Plank, in her 100th parkrun on 2nd December at Gunnersbury parkrun.

As part of Lou’s 100th parkrun celebration at Gunnersbury parkrun (W3 8LQ) at 9am, Plank PR is calling for friends to join The Plank Ton – their mission to get 100 new people to try out Gunnersbury parkrun.

For those unfamiliar with parkrun, it’s a free, 5K event which you can run, jog, walk or a mixture of all! It’s not a race, so there’s no pressure to run in a particular time and it is a friendly community event.

Lou said: “I would love to get as many people as possible to help celebrate my 100th parkrun with me. I think I pretty much tell anyone who will listen how much I love parkrun – and I encourage as many people as I can to try it.

“It was a result of running Gunnersbury parkrun, that I started volunteering, joined the Ealing Eagles and ended up running and volunteering at the Ealing Half Marathon. It’s introduced me to some incredible friends who inspire adults and children to run – community is a word often used to describe parkrun but it truly is.”

It was whilst running with colleague Victoria Hartley-Wilson that The Plank Ton idea evolved.

For every person who attends Gunnersbury parkrun on December 2nd as part of The Plank Ton, Plank PR will be donating £10 to Gunnersbury parkrun funds and to Pitshanger Junior parkrun to raise money for their defibrillator. In addition, Lou's friend, Chris Wheelwright, will be matching the total amount raised, for the benefit of Cancer Research UK.

For those who can’t make the run but would like to donate then Lou is asking if donations can be made to the Chris Hornby Fund. Chris was one of her best friends who died three years ago and parkrun helped her through what was a very difficult time.

Chris was a performer, a choreographer and a director and one of his special passions was helping nurture and influence future generations. As an ArtsEd alumnus the Chris Hornby Fund exists to provide exceptional Arts Educational School students with crucial bursary support.  https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/artseducational-school/chrishornbyfund

Lou continued: “It’s really easy to register for parkrun but you do need to in order for your attendance to be counted as part of The Plank Ton and to contribute to the charity donations.

“Register at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ to be just 5K away from raising £20 for good causes.

“Please remember to print out your barcode and bring it with you as, without it, your run won’t register.”

There is car parking in Gunnersbury Park (entrance is on Popes Lane) and the park is easily reached by tube (a ten-minute walk from Acton Town). Gunnersbury Park, W3 8LQ - Nearest Tube – Acton Town.

As part of the celebrations, Kate Jenkins at Gower Cottage Brownies is donating her delicious brownies for everyone to enjoy post parkrun.

Lou concluded: “I am already blown away by people’s support and the enthusiasm of friends and family registering to run. I’d be delighted if you can all join me in the Actonians Café afterwards (a 5-minute walk away at W5 4LL) for a cup of tea and a very special celebratory Gower Cottage Brownie.”

The Plank PR team said: “None of us can think of anything worse than running round a park on a cold December morning! But in all seriousness we are running for some very special causes and we hope you can join us in celebrating Lou's 100th parkrun, which is an incredible achievement."

For more information please contact Plank PR on 020 8995 3936 or Victoria@plankpr.com