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Read more › News - 16th January 2018

Running to escape

My name is Dame Dibaba and I am a refugee from the Oromia region of Ethiopia. I have run the fastest time at Beckenham Place parkrun in London (15:58), but at parkrun I am just running for fun. It’s not like the running I did to escape from jail in my home country and travel…

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Read more › News - 10th January 2018

Summer Vibes in Fingal Bay

Fingal Bay parkrun is located in Port Stephens, NSW. It’s a popular spot for holidaymakers because the area features beautiful white sandy beaches, national parks and endless water sports and activities. The close proximity to Sydney and the peaceful coastal region attracts many visitors to the area. And the small town of Fingal Bay sees…

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Read more › News - 10th January 2018

It was never really about the run

When Paul Sinton-Hewitt created parkrun back in 2004 he thought he was developing a running time-trial that would enable keen runners to measure their ‘progress’ and get faster. In reality, he was building a stunningly-effective yet wonderfully-simple health-and-happiness intervention, with himself as the first targeted recipient.   For a few years Bushy parkrun rolled along…

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Read more › News - 3rd January 2018

The 2017 parkrun Australia year in review

2017 was another exceptional 12 months for the parkrun community in Australia. Statistically we continued to grow significantly across every key measure whilst continuing to deliver an incredibly high standard of free, weekly, timed 5km events in all corners of the country.   We saw parkrun launch in 66 new locations, including Koonwarra  and Timboon,…