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Free Runners Roar Into Weymouth


8:39am 30th August 2012

A talented team of free runners will be making a special appearance on Weymouth Beach today.

Free running - or Parkour, is a sport which originated in France, where you get round obstacles in your path any physical way you can.

Team Roar will be giving two demonstrations on the Beach at 12 midday and at 2pm, ahead of their appearance at Dorset County Show over the weekend.

The Team, headed up by practitioner Jacob Peregrine-Wheller who is the only level 2 qualified Parkour coach in the south west (and there are only 39 in the world) is the only team in the region recognised by Parkour and free-running's governing body.  

Jacob explains the art of Parkour.  'Parkour is the art of movement, where the aim is to get from A to B in the quickest and most efficient way possible, using only the human body as the vehicle.  The sport, which originated in France, teaches participants to overcome any obstacle by executing a variety of techniques including vaulting, diving, sliding, climbing and jumping, but the movement must be combined with speed, grace and fluidity.  Many practitioners also add somersaults/flips, spins and tricks into their movement to aid creativity within their style, which work on one's balance, spatial awareness and co-ordination'.

'Parkour provides practitioners with an enjoyable way of developing strength, fitness and flexibility.   It is a great alternative for those who don't get on with mainstream team sport as it is completely non-competitive.  Participants train for themselves, their own enjoyment and the satisfaction it brings to them.'  

Team ROAR's performances at Weymouth will be followed by a 'Meet and Greet' session which provides the public with the opportunity to ask questions and gain a more in-depth understanding of the philosophy of the sport.  

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