Parkour participant Cole Barnett practises his skills over water to reduce injury.
Parkour participant Cole Barnett practises his skills over water to reduce injury.

Parkour, free-running taking off

PARKOUR and free-running are two growing alternative hobbies entertaining adventurers on the Tweed.

Parkour is a non-competitive discipline originating in France where participants manoeuvre around obstacles as efficiently and quickly as possible.

Free-running is a form of urban acrobatics where people perform tricks, flips and street stunts in city settings.

Both disciplines can be seen in the opening scenes of the James Bond Casino Royale movie and on YouTube where one video reached 23,005,074 hits.

Tweed resident Cole Barnett, 20, began Parkour in 2005 after he saw the extreme activity on a television show.

Mr Barnett said 10 to 15 other people in the Tweed area participate in the activities.

“It would be great to see more people doing it on the Tweed,” he said.

“Anyone can basically do it, but to be good you have to be strong and practise.

“Tweed has a lot of good training areas.”

Mr Barnett and a group of other Parkour enthusiasts began meeting up at Polly’s playground in the Tweed.

After learning all the basic skills, the group now practises tricks into water to avoid injuring themselves during dangerous moves.

Participants don’t have to be young to learn, al- though the majority of people practising the activity are under 18.

“I just spoke to someone online who is 35 and looking to practise Parkour in Tweed,” Mr Barnett said.

Parkour and free-running activities are organised online, and Mr Barnett hopes to organise a large group to meet up in Tweed later this year.



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