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Read more › News - 29th August 2017

parkrun is coming to Germany!

Exciting news: parkrun is launching soon in Germany!   And as part of our plans to get parkrun up and running (pun intended), parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt and Global Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams will be touring German cities next week to talk all things parkrun.   They will be visiting the following cities:  …

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Read more › News - 29th August 2017

Not only for walkers and runners

More than 22,000 people who have volunteered at parkrun have never passed through the finish funnel, which represents eight percent of volunteers. As well as making a significant contribution to their local community, the impact of volunteering on the health, wellbeing and life prospects of individuals can be profound.   Over in South Africa, regular volunteer…

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Read more › News - 29th August 2017

Positive life choices

On Saturday 26 August I was lucky enough to take 13 young people from the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Get on Track programme to Swindon parkrun for a parkrun takeover. I’m a former Olympic swimmer but now work as an athlete mentor for the Trust, working with young people facing disadvantage.   Dame Kelly Holmes Trust…

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Read more › News - 23rd August 2017

Sweaty Selfies

In May 2012, at 34 years of age, I suffered a cardiac arrest at work. I was lucky to survive. Initially the doctors assumed it was a heart attack due to my size, but it turned out that I had suffered a cardiac arrest. I was eventually diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which…

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Read more › News - 23rd August 2017

Stories that back up the science

There will be more health care workers at Roundhay parkrun than usual on Saturday 2 September. Dr Mike Mansfield, a regular at Roundhay parkrun and a diabetes consultant, explains why:   On Saturday 2 September, many of my colleagues from the diabetes team in Leeds will be joining me to do a ‘mob run’ at Roundhay…

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Read more › News - 22nd August 2017

John’s parkrun challenge in memory of his wife

After John Hirst’s wife was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia, he found taking part in his local parkrun to be an excellent way to clear his head as well as providing a great support network.   Following the death of his wife Pat last month from frontotemporal dementia (FTD) aged just 66, John…

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Read more › News - 21st August 2017

Star struck at Cannon Hill parkrun

There are many keen parkrunners at Intersport as you would expect, and we all headed to our local parkrun last weekend with a double mission – complete our weekly 5k and meet some of the athletes whose performances we are in complete awe of as part of #teamparkrun.   We were very excited to meet…

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Read more › News - 15th August 2017

Sweaty Selfie competition

You’ve just completed a run and are a tired and sweaty mess – what better time to take a picture of yourself!   To reward our relentless Running Down Dementia runners for clocking up 100k in the rain, wind and, of course, occasional spells of sunshine, Alzheimer’s Research UK is offering them the chance to…

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Read more › News - 15th August 2017

Join #teamparkrun this weekend!

After visiting Llanelli Coast parkrun two weeks ago, we’re excited to say that we at Intersport will be getting out to a few parkruns this weekend! It will be a brilliant day of mass participation running across the country to mark the end of the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London.    We think the…

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Read more › News - 14th August 2017

Overcoming health hurdles to happiness

Five years ago I was very fortunate to be nominated by Diabetes UK to carry the Olympic Torch for services to volunteering. I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 16 years and for 13 of which I’ve also done athletics. Therefore, I was honoured to be able to show, whilst carrying the torch that having diabetes…

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