An energetic group of teenagers from Carlisle are holding an event next month aimed at educating the public on free running.
With the help of Fixers, Christian Thompson (18) and his team have created a leaflet which will be handed out on the day, explaining the benefits of free running.
Originally starting in France, the non-competitive physical discipline – also known as parkour – has grown in popularity and involves ‘people moving freely over and through any terrain, using only the abilities of their body’.
This can include running, jumping, and climbing, and requires strength, fitness, balance and coordination, amongst other skills.
The group feel that they’re often seen as being ‘up to no good’ and hope their event will help break down barriers among older generations.
They insist free running is a far cry from the public's perception of it being troublesome and unsociable.
‘Working with Fixers has been amazing and I hope we’ve done something towards changing misconceptions around the sport we love,’ says Christian.
They will be showcasing their free running moves to the public and handing out the information leaflets at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle in July.
‘The leaflet gives an introduction into what free running is and the possible health benefits we think it brings,’ explains Christian.
The event, which is free of charge and open to anybody, will also focus on demonstrating the skills required to become a good free runner as well as showing how accessible it is for beginners.
‘Free running gives me the freedom to go anywhere. It’s like an adventure and we want to share the experience with others,’ says Christian.
‘It’s a great feeling when you’re out in the open - it’s like the world is your playground.’
For more information about the free running event, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for a preview of the group's information leaflet about free running: