Sophie sprinting
Read more › News - 25th December 2016

All I want for Christmas is a parkrun

I didn’t ask for anything this Christmas – except to be allowed to run my 100th parkrun on Christmas day. So spare a thought for my poor children because this morning, while all their friends were no doubt knee deep in wrapping paper, I dragged them away from their stockings and into the park at…

Read more › News - 24th December 2016

Maintaining the momentum

I started a 0 to 5k plan (Get Running) a couple of months before my 65th birthday. I had become aware that I didn’t do any form of exercise that increased my heart rate and my mother had suffered major stroke, so I knew it was important to improve my heart health. It seemed a bit…

Read more › News - 22nd December 2016

Morning Pages – the lighter side of parkrun

Simon Evans is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, as well as being a veteran of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. And of course he’s a parkrunner!   We asked Simon for an off-the-wall view of parkrun to put a smile on our face over the…

Read more › News - 22nd December 2016

Discovering what my body can do

I have cerebral palsy and was always incredibly self-conscious of how I walked, let alone ran, due to the way my muscles move.   Cerebral palsy is caused by a problem in the parts of the brain responsible for controlling muscles. In my case, my leg muscles are very tight and they move in such…

ClaireW FFTF
Read more › News - 21st December 2016

Feedback from the Field

In February 2014 after having started volunteering in May 2013, I finally persuaded my mum Alison to give parkrun a try. Unsure at first, she finally became addicted. On Saturday she completed her 100th run at Newcastle parkrun and I couldn’t be more proud. To mark the occasion and also for the Christmas themed parkrun I was…

Nell and her grandad
Read more › News - 20th December 2016

Nell McAndrew – a Christmas gift

Mum, model and passionate runner Nell McAndrew tells us how you could be taking part in Donate Your Time this Christmas to support Alzheimer’s Research UK.   “As a regular parkrunner, and someone who has lost two grandparents to dementia, I was touched to see parkrun and Alzheimer’s Research UK together, taking on one of…

Read more › News - 19th December 2016

You asked. We answered.

Thanks so much to every parkrunner who posted a question to our health and nutrition experts. Because of the fantastic response, we’ve grouped the answers into these four clickable categories:   Running and mental wellbeing   Running technique   Nutrition   Injury recovery   We hope they help. And remember, with our unique health cover…

Read more › News - 18th December 2016

Have yourself a sporty little Christmas at Intersport

With just a couple of sleeps to go, we’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Intersport! We hope that your stockings are filled with lots of lovely running gear and that you find time for a few runs and some fresh air over the festive…

Waterworks parkrun briefing
Read more › News - 17th December 2016

A metaphor for life

On a spring morning in 1985 I did what around 500 people now do every Saturday. I wandered from my home in Coventry to the Memorial Park, and I went for a run.   It was a far cry from three years earlier in a packed Bislett Stadium in Oslo when I had one of…

Read more › News - 15th December 2016

Stop the world!

Richard Pitcairn-Knowles from Lullingstone parkrun recently became the oldest person in parkrun history to join the 250 Club.    In this amusing and insightful column, 83-year-old Richard reflects on his running journey and explains how the parkrun milestone clubs have provided new motivation.     —- Groucho Marx once said he would never join a…

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