George Webster volunteering
Read more › News - 12th November 2016

Just ask George

I want to tell you about my son George.   George is 16 and is without doubt one of the most popular people I know. Walking onto Woodhouse Moor in Leeds for parkrun each Saturday is an experience punctuated by people saying “Hello George”, high-fiving him or giving him a wave. He knows almost everyone’s…

Simon Tobin
Read more › News - 10th November 2016

A win-win situation

I have been a GP at the same practice in Southport for 23 years. My interest is cardiovascular disease, diet, exercise and diabetes, and over the past few years I have become increasingly passionate about the benefits of ‘lifestyle medicine’. In other words, what people can do to help themselves before resorting to lifelong medication….

Nadia Winborn2
Read more › News - 10th November 2016

The new me

When I turned 50 I was so unfit I struggled to walk up stairs. The last time I had taken part in regular exercise was in my late teens, because when I left school I began working full time and didn’t have the time to commit to sporting activities.   I registered with parkrun because I…

Debbie Cox FFTF
Read more › News - 9th November 2016

Feedback from the Field

My lovely friend Paul reached his 25th volunteer role on Saturday by stepping in at the last minute to volunteer at Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun. Love that you meet so many lovely people at parkrun – here we are enjoying a coffee, cake and a catch up post-run. Debbie Cox   Kenneth Bingley ran 111 times…

Read more › News - 7th November 2016

parkrunners – we need your help!

Alzheimer’s Research UK is in with a fantastic chance of being able to hold a bucket collection at Chelsea FC’s home game against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday 11 December.   The football club is giving away the collection spots at Stamford Bridge over the course of the season on four matchdays. Alzheimer’s Research UK…

Amager Faelled parkrun
Read more › News - 7th November 2016

parkrun around the world

Last week we loved hearing about your parkrun tourism, so we thought we’d venture overseas to try out a new parkrun for ourselves too! Saturday saw a team from Intersport take part in Amager Fælled parkrun in Denmark and it was great to run a new (and very flat) route, meet runners and volunteers from another part…

Annette Howard
Read more › News - 3rd November 2016

Catching the running bug

I knew I needed to do something or my health would be at risk. I had been yo-yo dieting for years but things were starting to get critical.   After toying with the idea of joining yet another slimming group and starting another diet, I discovered an advert for a competition weight loss and fitness…

Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies collecting her finish token at Finsbury parkrun
Read more › News - 1st November 2016

Spread the word!

Physical activity has almost endless benefits for physical and mental health and wellbeing.   Those who achieve the UK Chief Medical Officer’s recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week, are less likely to suffer from coronary heart disease, type-2 diabetes (and those with diabetes are better able to manage their blood sugar), cancer and…

Read more › News - 1st November 2016

Feedback from the Field

On Saturday my nephew Lucas ran his 10th parkrun (at Moors Valley parkrun due to Poole’s cancellation) on his eighth birthday. Rewind 10 weeks and he was on the start line at Poole parkrun ready to run his first. Lucas gets extremely anxious in large groups and with a record attendance that day it all…

Read more › News - 1st November 2016

Research into anti-inflammatory medicines used by runners

Do you use anti-inflammatory medicines?   Researchers at the University of Birmingham and Queen Mary University are investigating how anti-inflammatory medicines (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs – NSAIDs) are used by runners. Although it is known that these painkillers and anti-inflammatories are used by runners, it is not known how they are used during training and events….

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