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Read more › News - 1st November 2017

Fall for autumn

We all remember the joy of autumn as a kid.  The vivid red and gold of the leaves, crunching underfoot as you chased each other through the park, the happiness of throwing fallen leaves at each other.  An autumnal parkrun is the grownup version as the crisp air calls you out for a run to…

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Read more › News - 1st November 2017

Time to celebrate the early morning run!

It’s that time of year where the clocks have changed and it’s dark before we’ve even finished work…making it hard to find the time or the inclination to get out there for a run. Fear not, lovely runners! Evening runs may be less appealing, but morning runs have just got a whole lot better! We…

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Read more › News - 1st November 2017

Put your pedal power to the test

If you’re sad that Running Down Dementia has come to an end and can’t wait for next year’s challenge to begin, don’t worry, we’ve got a great way to fill the void.   Swap running strides for bike rides and take part in Cycling Down Dementia!    Our new cycling initiative challenges participants to ride…

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Read more › News - 31st October 2017

The best things in life are free

This is Katerina Bragin and her six children at Maidstone parkrun. We asked Katerina to explain the impact that both running and volunteering at parkrun has had on her family, and to share her advice on fitting parkrun into busy family life.   I recently reached a special milestone – 20 years since I moved…

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Read more › News - 30th October 2017

Better than any drug

In May this year my son Reece (11 at the time) decided to run and raise money for a defibrillator for our local parkrun in Sittingbourne, Kent.   Reece was diagnosed with high functioning autism (Asperger’s syndrome), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and developmental co-ordination problems when he was nine, after many years struggling at…

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Read more › News - 29th October 2017

A genuine transformation

Ruth Hardy has had asthma since childhood, and a combination of the right medication and running each week has helped her to manage the condition.   Ruth, who was instrumental in setting up a Facebook group for parkrunners living with asthma, tells us her story and explains the benefits of belonging to a support group that has…

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Read more › News - 28th October 2017

Study into the motivation, well-being and performance of parkrunners

parkrunners are being invited to participate in a study being conducted by the School of Psychology, Social and Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University. The purpose of the study is to investigate motivational factors that influence the quality of experiences in the build-up to a parkrun event.   By taking part in this study you may…

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Read more › News - 27th October 2017

As easy as that

My parkrun experience didn’t get off to the sunniest of starts. I remember my first time, clutching my mum’s hand while trying to stay upright on the slippery grass of the Brockenhurst course, being lashed with rain which stung my face. By the third of four laps, I was shivering with cold, but – despite…

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Read more › News - 25th October 2017

Women in Sport: Live the dream. Join a team

If you’re a woman who already belongs to a sports team, you’ll know it’s a lot like having a second family, with all the ups, downs and unforgettable moments along the way.     For those of you who’ve never been lucky enough to enjoy that feeling, it’s about so much more than sport. It’s…

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Read more › News - 24th October 2017

Happy Halloween to all parkrunners this weekend!

It’s the last weekend in October and that can only mean one thing…it’s time for Halloween parkrun! Halloween is a fantastic excuse to dress up and have fun, and in previous years parkrunners have turned up to their weekly 5k in all manner of outfits and make-up! We’re looking forward to seeing plenty of ghoulish…

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