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Read more › News - 17th March 2017

Bacteria: the good, the bad and the ugly

Gut health is a hot topic at the moment and here at Healthspan we have been discussing the ins and outs of ‘gut bacteria’ like never before.   This is a world that, little known to most, goes far beyond that of the brands Yakult and Activia. It is representative not of the kind of…

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Read more › News - 16th March 2017

A story to tell

On 6 October 2007 we became the first parkrun to start outside of London. We’re proud of this fact, we say it at our new runners’ welcome each Saturday morning, and we mean it. It’s our little piece of parkrun history.   At the weekend we celebrated our 500th event, and we wanted to celebrate with…

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Read more › junior parkrun, News - 16th March 2017

Social Media Safeguarding Guide

If you’re reading this and you’re one of our younger parkrunners – walkers, joggers or volunteers – then online safety will be as familiar to you as the The Green Cross Code and Stranger Danger.   You’ll understand that social media is a brilliant way for events to interact with parkrunners, make announcements and share…

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Read more › News - 15th March 2017

parkrun Dementia Champions

Poolsbrook parkrunner Andy Morris, who fought his way to the top of the Running Down Dementia leaderboard after raising more than £3,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK last year, has taken on a new role as a volunteer parkrun dementia champion, aimed at encouraging carers and people living with dementia to become more involved with parkrun….

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Read more › News - 14th March 2017

Get ready for race season with parkrun and Intersport

Spring is in the air and race season is definitely upon us! There were lots of big races at the weekend and we’d like to say a massive well done to everyone who took part – there were some amazing achievements, plenty of PBs and lots of inspiring stories of runners of all ages and…

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Read more › News - 14th March 2017

Marshal arts

When I was in my teens, and loping along the pavements of Loughton on my way into the leafy embrace of Epping Forest, a runner in the streets was a pretty rare sight. I came out of my front door braced to receive a pelting of Essex wit, invariably expressed as the (best-ignored) advice “Get…

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Read more › News - 13th March 2017

Feedback from the Field

On Saturday my 12-year-old son Ben ran his first Hull parkrun. I ran alongside him being the very proud father, making sure he felt like he could complete it and that he would want to participate again.   This was important to me because, at my first parkrun in 2012, I weighed 21 stone. Following…

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Read more › News - 12th March 2017

Research into a UK sports sponsorship scheme

We are a group of students from Northumbria University. We are carrying out research into the feasibility of implementing a sports sponsorship scheme across the UK, which would aim to secure further funding for promising, future athletes. The results could potentially lead to new sponsorship models being implemented in order to benefit local sports participants.    Your response…

Carl Finsbury Park
Read more › News - 10th March 2017

Thoughts from an ageing marshal

When I was in my teens, and loping along the pavements of Loughton on my way into the leafy embrace of Epping Forest, a runner in the streets was a pretty rare sight. I came out of my front door braced to receive a pelting of Essex wit, invariably expressed as the (best-ignored) advice “Get…

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Read more › junior parkrun, News - 9th March 2017

Always a joy

The parkrun UK staff love to get out and about to spend quality time with the volunteer teams and last weekend we were visiting our parkrun family in the North East of England.   As is always the case when we are on tour we look around for a nearby junior parkrun event to volunteer…

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