Freerunning comes to town

Opening of new freerunning play equipment at Wenny Road recreation ground, Chatteris. Cllr Peter Murphy cuts the ribbon. Parks and open spaces manager Bob Ollier (far right).
Opening of new freerunning play equipment at Wenny Road recreation ground, Chatteris. Cllr Peter Murphy cuts the ribbon. Parks and open spaces manager Bob Ollier (far right).
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Freerunning has arrived in Chatteris with the official opening of a new play area.

The £42,000 play area at Wenny Road recreation ground was officially opened on Friday when trainers were on hand to show youngsters how to use the equipment.

The site, which has been funded by Fenland District Council, is the first of its kind in Fenland.

Freerunning is seen as perfect exercise for those who may not be interested in conventional competitive sports. Its aim is to travel from one point to another, negotiating obstacles along the route as efficiently and nimbly as possible.

The equipment is designed to encourage young people to develop a wide range of skills such as vaulting, balancing, under-bar and over-bar movements and cat leaps.

Some of the moves are often seen in action films such as the opening sequence in the recent James Bond film Casino Royale.

They have been copied by people jumping from one obstacle to another – something that has given freerunning a bad name.

The equipment at Wenny Road allows users to practise similar moves in a much safer environment.

For more information, including tutorials on how to use the equipment, search ‘Lappset Parkour Solutions’ on YouTube and Facebook.