Read more › News - 7th December 2016

A day in the life of… The finish token volunteer

A monthly segment on the various volunteer roles, we start with the volunteer(s) who diligently stands at the end of the run handing out the all-important finishing tokens.   The number token volunteer is one of the mandatory roles we need to stage an event.  This volunteer can’t both run and volunteer on the same…

Read more › News - 17th November 2016

Festive plans

Believe it or not, Christmas is a mere five weeks away.  I had to bring it up sooner or later so it may as well be now…sorry.   Fear not however, as Christmas and parkrun traditionally go very well together!  I’m not sure when it started as its been happening for as long as I’ve…

Read more › News - 17th November 2016

The parkrun coffee

parkrun is a community movement, and it just so happens that we are a running event.  Why a community movement?    Well we are a great social leveller, everybody is welcome regardless of social or economic standing.  There are no dues to pay, and we celebrate volunteering as much as we do taking part in…

Read more › News - 3rd November 2016

Will you be the one to bring parkrun to your town?

One of the things I get asked the most when it comes to parkrun Canada, is “when will you bring parkrun to my town!?” I love the enthusiasm and I’m hear to answer that very question!   Many Canadians have heard of parkrun.  They’ve either read about it in a magazine, have experienced it in…

Read more › News - 31st October 2016

Metro Vancouver Experiences it’s First parkrun

On Saturday I volunteered at a parkrun event for the first time in almost five years – largely due to the lack of parkruns being in Canada since I moved here but it’s not something I like to boast about.  Needless to say I was overjoyed to jump back in with the launch of Richmond Olympic…

Read more › News - 27th October 2016

Autumn Dazzles, and here we go Richmond

Here’s a quick round up of the latest happenings from parkrun Canada this week:   -       Nose Hill parkrun had some fantastic weather, a break from the winter-like weather they’ve had recently.  Once again the Rocky Mountains were in view making an absolute stunning course to run.   -       Nose Hill had a special visitor…

Read more › News - 26th October 2016

parkrun Tourism

With Richmond Olympic parkrun not launching until Saturday 29th October, not a single runner has set foot over the start line yet – but this week we have already welcomed our very first parkrun tourist!    Avid parkrun enthusiast Chris Visser is in Vancouver on business, and got in touch to tell me how devastated…

Read more › News - 20th October 2016

Excelling at Winter

One thing we do very well here in Canada is Winter.  We excel at it.   We regularly trade places with Russia as the coldest country on earth, with an average daily temperature of -5.6°C.  In Ottawa I love the fact that many people ice skate to work along the Rideau canal, and since 1998…

Read more › News - 20th October 2016

Richmond Dummy parkrun a Success!

Last Saturday saw our ‘practice’ run along the Dike in Richmond.  This was kept very low key as the practice events are treated as dress rehearsals with a full complement of volunteers, but only a few runners.   The purpose of a dummy run is for the local volunteers to test and get familiar with…

Read more › News - 13th October 2016

Fast Eddy checks out Okanagan parkrun

A man running across Canada and back again takes part in Okanagan parkrun and volunteers at the BMO Marathon.   I was very inspired to hear when Bill Justus, the Event Director at Okangan parkrun, told me that ‘Fast Eddy’ popped by Okanagan parkrun as part of his adventure of running across Canada and back….

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