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Dawn Watson and Savannah running at Livingstone parkrun
Read more › News - 25th September 2016

Savanna’s story

Trying to get my youngest daughter involved in any type of sport has always been a big challenge.   Savanna suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and has OCD tendencies, which makes her very anxious and causes her to over-analyse almost everything. For several years eating out as a family wasn’t possible because she was…

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Read more › News - 22nd September 2016

A huge step

21-year-old Adam Sefton recently took part in a 5k race without anyone from his family running alongside him. Without knowing Adam you could be forgiven for wondering why this was such an enormous achievement, so we asked his mum Fiona to explain.   My son Adam has a learning disability. This means he doesn’t have…

Sheffield Hallam
Read more › News, Press - 14th September 2016

parkrun announced as major partner of Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University

parkrun has teamed up with sports scientists, engineers, psychologists and public health experts from Sheffield Hallam University to develop ways to improve the health and wellbeing of the UK population.   The new partnership, which was launched at Sheffield Hallam parkrun on Saturday 10 September, will enable academics at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC)…

David Mushet
Read more › News - 5th September 2016

A new lease of life

Leading up to Greenock parkrun’s second anniversary, parkrunners were invited to note down in a book their reasons for participating. David Mushet wrote the following:    “I started parkrun after Richard Cooper suggested that the flat paved course would be ideal training for representing Great Britain in the World Transplant Games. Everyone was supportive and…

DarrenFawke
Read more › News - 1st September 2016

Being part of something

Darren Fawke joined parkrun for the same reason many people do. He had never exercised regularly but was motivated to become fitter and healthier. In this highly personal blog, Darren reveals the part that parkrun played in introducing him to a whole new family. As he calls it, his ‘running family’.   Having special needs,…

womensports
Read more › News, Press - 13th May 2016

parkrun voted ‘National Inspiring Initiative’ at Women’s Sport Awards

We are thrilled to announce that parkrun UK has been voted the winner of the ‘National Inspiring Initiative’ category at the 2016 Women’s Sport Trust Awards.   The award, decided by a public vote, recognises a high profile national initiative that is having a significant impact on progressing sport for women and girls across the…

one million
Read more › News, Press - 13th May 2016

parkrun celebrates its one millionth UK participant

From humble beginnings in 2004, with 13 runners and a handful of volunteers, parkrun has developed into the UK’s largest provider of free physical activity. Such has been our success that last weekend we saw the one millionth unique parkrunner complete one of our 491 UK events – numbers which are growing every weekend.  …

BT sports awards
Read more › Awards, News, Press - 28th April 2016

parkrun UK wins Participation Event of the Year at Sport Industry Awards

parkrun UK has been awarded ‘Participation Event of the Year’ at the 2016 BT Sport Industry Awards in London.   The award recognises the significant growth of parkrun across the country over the past year, which has seen a substantial increase in the number of both 5k and 2k events, overall female registration passing 50%…

Running Awards
Read more › Awards, News, Press - 22nd April 2016

parkrun voted Best Event Series at 2016 Running Awards

This evening we attended the 2016 Running Awards at the O2 in London. We were delighted to pick up the gold award in the two categories parkrun was nominated in: Best Book (Debra Bourne’s Much More than Just a Run the Park) and Best Event Series.   It was a superb evening, with the who’s who of running in…

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Read more › News, Press - 14th March 2016

Government funding to help parkrun boost health of people with disabilities and long-term health conditions

parkrun UK has been awarded government funding to embark on a three-year project, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of disabled and excluded groups by increasing physical activity and social engagement.   The project will be funded through the Department of Health’s Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) Fund. It will initially focus…

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