Rain failed to dampen the spirits of the hundreds of runners, joggers and walkers, who turned out for Cirencester parkrun.

Supported by NHS volunteers from Cirencester Hospital, the event, in the beautiful grounds of Royal Agricultural University (RAU), saw 276 complete the course on Saturday, July 27.

As well as helping to organise the event, members of the NHS volunteer team took part in the run - three of them as pacers and one as a tail runner - and the Cirencester Hospital Physiotherapy team had a stand on site to help promote fitness and wellbeing, as well as offer support and advice.

Linda Edwards, Matron at Cirencester Hospital, who acted as run director, said: “Despite a bit of a soggy start to the day the event was a great success.

"We have had a lovely morning promoting health and wellbeing within our community.

"The NHS is not just about treating ill people, it's about encouraging people to live healthier and more active lifestyles.”

Cirencester Hospital was fortunate to have very good support from regular volunteers from Cirencester parkrun, in addition to Gloucestershire Care Services’ Senior Physiotherapist, James Smith, who was instrumental in organising the physiotherapy support.

Cirencester parkrun is a free 5km timed run which takes place every Saturday at RAU.

It is free and open to people of all ages - everybody is welcome, whether they run, jog or walk.

To find out more about Cirencester parkrun visit