STAFF from GP practices in Stroud took part in a community running event in a bid to promote exercise and well-being.

Doctors and surgery teams from Locking Hill, Price’s Mill and the Stroud Valleys Family Practice came together at the Stonehouse parkrun, as part of a national campaign called the ‘parkrun practices’.

GP practices are being encouraged to develop closer links with their local parkrun to become certified 'parkrun practices', with healthcare practitioners signposting patients and carers to the events, particularly those who are the least active and have long-term health conditions.

The initiative also aims to further increase awareness among GPs, and all practice staff, of parkrun and the positive impact physical activity can have on health and well-being.

The free parkrun events, run by volunteers, see thousands of runners complete 5km courses in parks on Saturday mornings across the country.