Every Saturday morning, at 9 am, more than 50,000 runners set off to run 5km around their local park.
姣忓懆鍏笂鍗堜節鐐癸紝浜斾竾澶氬悕璺戞鑰呭湪浠栦滑闄勮繎鐨勫叕鍥窇浜斿叕閲屻€?br />The Parkrun phenomenon began with a dozen friends and has inspired 400 events in the UK and more abroad.
鈥淧arkrun鈥濊繖涓€鐜拌薄鏈€鍒濈敱鍗佸嚑涓湅鍙嬪彂璧凤紝濡備粖鍦ㄨ嫳鍥藉嵈宸插紩鍙戝洓鐧句釜绫讳技娲诲姩锛屽湪鍥藉灏辨洿澶氫簡銆?br />Events are free, staffed by thousands of volunteers.
娲诲姩鏄厤璐圭殑锛岃繕鎷涘嫙浜嗗ぇ閲忕殑鑷効鑰呫€?br />Runners range from four years old to grandparents;
their times range from Andrew Baddeley's world record 13 minutes 48 seconds up to an hour.
浠栦滑鐨勭敤鏃跺尯闂翠粠瀹夊痉椴伮峰反寰峰埄鍒涢€犵殑涓栫晫璁板綍13鍒嗛挓48绉掑埌涓€涓皬鏃朵笉绛夈€?br />Parkrun is succeeding where London's Olympic "legacy" is failing.
鈥淧arkrun鈥濆湪浼︽暒濂ヨ繍浼氣€滈仐浜р€濆け璐ヤ箣澶勫彇寰椾簡鎴愭晥銆?br />Ten years ago on Monday, it was announced that the Games of the 30th Olympiad would be in London.
鍗佸勾鍓嶇殑涓€涓懆涓€瀹ｅ竷锛岀涓夊崄灞婂ゥ鏋楀尮鍏嬭繍鍔ㄤ細灏嗗湪浼︽暒涓捐銆?br />Planning documents pledged that the great legacy of the Games would be to level a nation of sport lovers away from their couches.
璁″垝鏂囦欢鎵胯銆佸ゥ杩愪細鐨勪紵澶ч仐浜у皢浼氳涓€涓浗瀹剁殑浣撹偛鐖卞ソ鑰呯寮€浠栦滑鐨勬矙鍙戙€?br />The population would be fitter, healthier and produce more winners. It has not happened.
浜轰滑灏嗚韩鏉愭洿濂姐€佹洿閿悍锛屽苟灏嗕骇鐢熻秺鏉ヨ秺澶氱殑鍐犲啗锛屼絾鏄繖浜涘苟鏈彂鐢熴€?br />The number of adults doing weekly sport did rise, by nearly 2 million in the run鈥攗p to 2012鈥攂ut the general population was growing faster.
姣忓懆閿荤偧韬綋鐨勬垚骞翠汉鏁伴噺鐨勭‘鍦?012骞村墠澧炲姞浜嗗皢杩戜袱鐧句竾锛屼絾鎬讳汉鍙ｅ闀块€熷害鏇村揩銆?br />Worse, the numbers are now falling at an accelerating rate.
鏇存Ы绯曠殑鏄紝杩欎釜鏁板瓧鐜板湪姝ｅ湪鍔犻€熶笅闄嶃€?br />The opposition claims primary school pupils doing at least two hours of sport a week have nearly halved.
鍙嶅鑰呭０绉帮紝姣忓懆鑷冲皯杩涜涓ゅ皬鏃朵綋鑲茶繍鍔ㄧ殑灏忓鐢熷噺灏戜簡杩戜竴鍗娿€?br />Obesity has risen among adults and children.
鑲ヨ儢鐨勬垚浜哄拰鍎跨浜烘暟鍦ㄥ鍔犮€?br />Official retrospections continue as to why London 2012 failed to "inspire a generation."
瀹樻柟浠嶅湪鍙嶆€濅负浠€涔?012骞翠鸡鏁﹀ゥ杩愪細鏈兘鈥滄縺鍔变竴浠ｄ汉鈥濄€?br />The success of Parkrun offers answers.
鈥淧arkrun鈥濈殑鎴愬姛缁欏嚭浜嗙瓟妗堛€?br />Parkrun is not a race but a time trial: Your only competitor is the clock.
鈥淧arkrun鈥濅笉鏄珵璧涖€佽€屾槸璁℃椂璧涳細浣犲敮涓€鐨勭珵浜夊鎵嬫槸鏃堕棿銆?br />The ethos welcomes anybody.
鍏剁簿绁炲湪浜庢杩庝换浣曚汉銆?br />There is as much joy over a puffed-out first-timer being clapped over the line as there is about top talent shining.
姘斿枠鍚佸悂鐨勫垵娆″弬涓庤€呭湪鍐茬嚎鏃朵細寰楀埌浜轰滑鐨勬帉澹板枬褰╋紝鐢辨浜х敓鐨勫揩涔愬牚姣旀渶鏈夊ぉ璧嬬殑鏂版槦鐨勮〃鐜般€?br />The Olympic bidders, by contrast, wanted to get more people doing sports and to produce more elite athletes.
The dual aim was mixed up: The stress on success over taking part was intimidating for newcomers.
鍙岄噸鐩爣娣蜂负涓€璋堬細鎴愬姛鑰屽苟闈炲弬涓庣殑鍘嬪姏浼氳鍒濇鍙備笌鑰呮湜鑰岀敓鐣忋€?br />Indeed, there is something a little absurd in the state getting involved in the planning of such a fundamentally "grassroots", concept as community sports associations.
瀹為檯涓婏紝鍥藉鎶婅繖鏍蜂竴涓熀鏈殑鈥滆崏鏍光€濇蹇典綔涓虹ぞ鍖轰綋鑲插崗浼氭潵鍙備笌瑙勫垝鏄湁浜涜崚鍞愮殑銆?br />If there is a role for government, it should really be getting involved in providing common goods:
making sure there is space for playing fields and the money to pave tennis and netball courts, and encouraging the provision of all these activities in schools.
纭繚鏈夎繍鍔ㄥ満鍦扮殑绌洪棿锛屾湁璧勯噾鐢ㄤ簬寤鸿缃戠悆鍜岀缃戠悆鍦哄湴锛屽苟鏀寔瀛︽牎寮€灞曟墍鏈夎繖浜涗綋鑲叉椿鍔ㄣ€?br />But successive governments have presided over selling green spaces,
squeezing money from local authorities and declining attention on sport in education.
浠庡湴鏂规斂搴滃帇姒ㄨ祫閲戝苟涓嶆柇鍑忓皯瀵逛綋鑲叉暀鑲茬殑鍏虫敞銆?br />Instead of wordy, worthy strategies, future governments need to do more to provide the conditions for sport to thrive.
闄や簡鍙ｅご鍜岀浉搴旂殑鎴樼暐鍐呭锛屾湭鏉ユ斂搴滈渶瑕佷綔鍑烘洿澶氱殑琛屽姩鏉ュ垱閫犳潯浠讹紝浣垮緱浣撹偛杩愬姩钃媰鍙戝睍銆?br />Or at least not make them worse.