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After two trial runs, the first official Bressay 'parkrun' takes place this Saturday. Photo: John Bateson.
Bressay parkrun. Photo: John Bateson

LERWICK Health Centre is set to become an official ‘parkrun GP practice’.

It will join more than 800 other practices across in the UK in having a link to a parkrun event.

Parkruns are free weekly 5km timed runs which are held around the world, with one taking place every Saturday in Bressay.

Lerwick Health Centre practice manager Adam Czarnobay and Shetland Islands Council’s Kate Wills, who runs the Bressay event, are encouraging staff from the two organisations to take part in the local parkrun event this Saturday (July 27).

Through becoming a parkrun GP practice, Lerwick Health Centre staff will be actively encouraged to promote and prescribe parkrun as a health treatment for patients.

Saturday’s event starts at 9.30am with runners crossing on the 9am ferry. Participants can walk as well as run.

DIALECT group Shetland Fir Words is reminding people that they have until the end of next month to submit entries to this year’s Rhoda Bulter award.

The competition this year is for a Christmas card design with a dialect verse included.

The dialect writing can be from 40 to 80 words, and the only constraint on the visual appearance of the card is that it should be A4 folded.

The serpentine and silver trophy, made by Rosalyn Thomson, is presented every year by the family of the late Rhoda Bulter who was one of Shetland’s most significant dialect writers in both poetry and prose.

For further information, details about competition rules, and entry forms please contact info@shetlanddialect.org.uk or ring Mary Blance on 01595 694104.

THE THIRD annual cycling sportive event in Sandwick is being held next month.

The event is due to take place on Sunday 18 August.

The sportive encourages people to take part in cycling routes of 50 and 25 miles, with a four-mile cycle for bairns introduced last year.

The Carnegie Hall will also be open for food and refreshments for both cyclists and the public.

People are encouraged to register to take part online, although registration is taking place on the day at 9am too.

THE UK’s most northerly bikers’ rally is getting under way.

Da Nort Rock Rally in Unst is taking place over the next few days, with some bikers heading up from the UK mainland to part.

The rally, now based at the Balta Light pub in Baltasound, first started in 2015.