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Read more › News - 19th June 2018

parkrun profile: Drumchapel

A tranquil woodland with majestic ancient oak trees, hawthorn hedges, an abundance of bluebells and wonderful views has been growing on a hillside on the edge of Glasgow for hundreds of years.   Since the summer of 2016 these beautiful woods have also played host to Drumchapel parkrun, which averages just 35 runners and walkers…

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Read more › News - 18th June 2018

Why I trekked for dementia research – and why you should too

Taking on an international trek might seem like a big task, but it’s also an amazing way to get fit, support charity and see incredible places across the world.     Elaine Barrett, a parkrunner at Braunstone in Leicester, heard about Alzheimer’s Research UK’s first ever overseas trek to Guatemala last year in the parkrun…

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Read more › News, Press - 15th June 2018

parkrun/NHS celebration day proves to be a hit

More than 146,000 people got involved in parkrun events around the UK on Saturday 9 June as parkrun and the NHS joined forces to celebrate 70 years of the health service.   135,318 walkers and runners completed a parkrun, 8,942 of those were completing their first-ever parkrun, thanks to the support of 11,188 volunteers.  …

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Read more › News - 13th June 2018

parkrun profile: Gadebridge

Gadebridge parkrun in Hemel Hempstead, in the county of Hertfordshire, joined the parkrun family in May 2015.   Event Director Carol Skates tells us more about this hidden gem of a parkrun…     We decided to launch a parkrun in Hemel Hempstead because the park is the perfect setting for a Saturday morning run, jog…

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Read more › News - 12th June 2018

Where’s your parkrun on the Running Down Dementia leaderboards?

Question: Who’s gone up Mount Everest 15,000 times, around the world three times and completed more than 3,000 marathons?   Answer: All of you taking on Running Down Dementia!   We’re nearly halfway through the campaign and you’ve already clocked up more than 140,000 kilometres. The distance to the top of Everest is ‘only’ 8,850m,…

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Read more › News - 12th June 2018

Vitality Volunteer of the Month

Our friends at Vitality have been celebrating the volunteers that you can’t live without through their Volunteer of the Month programme. We take a look at some of the most recent winners. And it’s not too late, if you know someone at your local parkrun who you feel is deserving of Vitality’s Volunteer of the Month, please…

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Read more › News - 12th June 2018

Hats off (and laces tied) for the NHS!

Here at Intersport we are incredibly proud to be involved with parkrun and helping to keep it free forever – especially when we see brilliant initiatives such as ‘parkrun for the NHS’ last Saturday. Lots of us at Intersport were out to support our local parkrun and it was fantastic to see so many people,…

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Read more › News - 12th June 2018

A high five for a hero

This is our little boy Louis, who has Down’s Syndrome, volunteering at Peterborough parkrun and giving one of the runners a ‘high five’. For us however, the photo has great poignancy as the woman is not just any runner – her name is Dr Yong and several years ago she saved Louis’ life.   Louis…

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Read more › News - 12th June 2018

Forestry Commission parkruns

It only takes about ten minutes for a forest to work its magic by reducing stress levels and re-connecting you with nature. So this week we’re visiting ten classic forest parkruns, all hosted on Forestry Commission sites, to whet the appetite of even the most ardent city slickers!   1. Bedgebury Pinetum parkrun, Kent  Launched: 19 March…

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Read more › News - 12th June 2018

parkrun Pacers: Steve Way

Each week we invite international athletes, Olympians and experienced coaches to share their top tips and advice on training and improving your running, whether you’re looking to complete the course without stopping, break 45 minutes, go sub-20 for the first time, or just bag that new PB.   This week it’s the turn of Steve…

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