Read more › News - 8th January 2017

Alzheimer’s at 30

Last week in the news you may have seen a story about Carla Bramall, a 39-year-old mum-of-two living with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Carla was just 30 when her symptoms started, and was diagnosed with the rare, inherited form of Alzheimer’s at the age of 36. She is now bedbound in a care home and unable to…

Read more › News - 7th January 2017

Something there for everyone

My son Ruaridh is 10 and has Asperger Syndrome.   When I started taking him to Andover parkrun in September 2014 it’s safe to say that he was a bit reluctant. 5k is, after all, a long way for a first-timer, let alone an eight-year-old as he was then. Add to that it being a…

Read more › News - 6th January 2017

We’ve only just begun

Late last month our founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE, wrote to every single parkrunner around the world offering his reflections on 2016 and a few thoughts for 2017. In particular, he said “our vision is to create a healthier and happier planet by continually breaking down barriers to participation and bringing people together from all walks…

Read more › News - 5th January 2017

Strength and Conditioning Habits of Distance Runners

Lifting weights and performing strength training exercises is considered by many runners as a poor use of training time, despite evidence showing these activities can enhance performance and lower injury risk.   Little is known about to the extent to which distance runners use strength training and conditioning exercises to support their training, therefore our…

Read more › News - 3rd January 2017

Have you set yourself a Half Marathon Challenge this year?

As a proud partner of parkrun, Vitality are offering parkrunners some extra motivation by giving away 15 free entries to the following events in the Vitality Run Series:   Vitality Brighton Half Marathon Vitality Bath Half Marathon Vitality North London Half Marathon Vitality Reading Half Marathon Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon   To reward you for…

Read more › News - 3rd January 2017

Start New Year off on the right foot with Intersport

Happy New Year everyone! New Year is a great time to try something new, plan some running goals and feel inspired about what lies ahead. One of our team has already started as she means to go on, by doing her very first parkrun after being motivated by the amazing stories of all you parkrunners….

Read more › News - 3rd January 2017

New year, new challenge

Happy New Year parkrunners! If you, like us, ate a few too many mince pies over the festive period and are looking to blow out the cobwebs with a new challenge in 2017 then we have the perfect solution for you, and it’s right here on the Alzheimer’s Research UK website.   Whether you’re a…

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Read more › News - 2nd January 2017

Calling all parkrunners! Tri something new in 2017

Fancy giving triathlon a go in 2017? Last summer saw Team GB triathletes made history in Rio, with the Brownlee Brothers helping to inspire the nation to get off the sofa and take on the three disciplines.   The Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds returns to the boy’s hometown for a second time this June,…

Read more › News - 2nd January 2017

Long may it continue

37-year-old Des Pratt from Daventry parkrun posted a ‘before and after’ photo on social media recently, revealing that he’d lost nine stone since discovering running and changing his lifestyle. It quickly became one of the most shared parkrun posts of all time.   In this highly personal and moving account of the story behind the…

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Read more › News - 1st January 2017

Privileged to be part of it

When I was 14 years old I had two dreams – to join the Army, and to be the 1500 metre Olympic champion.   I started running in secondary school and was really lucky to have a PE teacher who believed in me and encouraged me to concentrate on the one talent I had –…

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