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Read more › News - 20th August 2018

Don’t let anything stop you

Elizabeth has always battled with her weight, and Ulcerative Colitis – a chronic health condition that causes inflammation of the large intestine and bowel. When she started a Couch to 5k programme she ran in secluded areas after dark to avoid being seen.   Since being persuaded by her sister in 2015 to walk/run Heaton…

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Read more › News - 16th August 2018

parkrun Profile: Thurso

Thurso in Caithness, Scotland is the northernmost town on the British mainland, and since April 2018 has been home to Thurso parkrun!   Donna Stewart, Event Director of Thurso parkrun, tells us more about her home event…     I have known about parkrun for a number of years since being introduced to it by my…

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Read more › News - 14th August 2018

parkrun profile: Homewood

Beautiful Homewood parkrun can be found in Ottershaw in Surrey, to the south west of London. Steve Dye tells us more…     Initially a friend of mine graduated from a couch to 5k program at a parkrun, and I was hooked on the concept of a free weekly walk, jog or run open to all….

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Read more › News - 14th August 2018

Honour for Poolsbrook Event Director

We’re delighted to announce that Poolsbrook parkrun Event Director Andy Morris has been made a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK.   Every year we select a group of people to receive this accolade to thank them for their outstanding efforts to help us in the fightback against dementia. Andy was chosen for his exceptional fundraising…

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Read more › News - 14th August 2018

parkrun Pacers: Adam Kirk-Smith

Amongst the parkrun family there are numerous international athletes, Olympians and experienced coaches.    Each week we invite one of them to share their top tips and advice on training and improving your running, whether you’re looking to complete the course without stopping, break 45 minutes, go sub-20 for the first time, or just bag that…

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Read more › News - 13th August 2018

A parkrunning recovery

My first parkrun was in May 2017. A friend invited me to go along to Cassiobury parkrun in Watford. I had been struggling a bit with my breath, so it was a good idea to get me running!   In July 2016, I visited the doctor because every time I went out for a run…

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Read more › News - 11th August 2018

50 parkruns at five!

My five-year-old son Jacob has only ever known parkrun. I was pregnant with him when I was part of the core team that set up Stewart parkrun in Middlesborough, which launched on 7 July 2012, and Jacob made his appearance in the world almost eight weeks later on the night of 31 August.   As…

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Read more › News - 9th August 2018

parkrun profile: Heslington

Heslington parkrun in York launched in January 2018. Rob Hunt, Co-Event Director at Heslington, gives us the low-down   A few regulars at York parkrun, including two Run Directors (RDs), were keen to set up another course as York parkrun attendance numbers merited more than one parkrun in the city.   As a regular parkrunner…

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Read more › News - 7th August 2018

Springhill parkrun: The world’s first in an open prison

Springhill parkrun in Buckinghamshire became the third prison parkrun in the world, and the first to take place in an open prison, when it launched in June 2018. Amanda Burnham, Head of Security at HMP Springhill, tells us how the idea for a prison parkrun came about, and the impact it is already having after…

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Read more › News - 7th August 2018

Becca’s escape

My name is Becca. I started parkrun in 2016 to deal with grief and stress and give myself a bit of an escape from what was proving a rough time in my life. parkrun really kickstarted a journey of running for me and I owe so much to it – it is amazing how much…

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