Parkour course set for Bulwell

FREE-RUNNING -- a teenager shows his parkour skills at a course in Sheffield.

FREE-RUNNING -- a teenager shows his parkour skills at a course in Sheffield.

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THRILL-seekers who practise the sport of free-running may soon have a purpose-built venue — in Bulwell.

The eneregtic pastime, otherwise known as parkour, involves finding athletic and often gymnastic ways of getting from one place to another while vaulting, leaping and somersaulting over everyday obstacles, such as walls.

Now plans have been announced to build a free-running course at the Bulwell Forest Recreation Ground.

The design of the course and its exact position is to be decided by young people in the town. Funding is likely to come from Nottingham City Council.

An open meeting about the scheme was held at the recreation ground last Saturday. But backing has already come from Eugene Minogue, chief executive of Parkour UK, the governing body responsible for promoting the sport in this country.

The idea of the course came after a campaign run by Bulwell Forest Action Group for better attractions at the site.

Bill Blackamore, secretary of the action group, says the initiative would improve health and fitness among young people in Bulwell, while giving them an activity to keep them off the streets.

A demonstration of free-running will be held in Bulwell in September.