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KEEP PARKRUN FREE
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Helping to keep parkrun free

Our commercial partners provide around 60% of our funding, which helps ensure we can safely and successfully support our existing events and develop parkruns in new communities. We have always fought to balance the financial requirements of the organisation and the impact sponsors have on the parkrun experience, and we’re proud that we work with…

keeping parkrun safe
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A safe environment for all

parkrun works tirelessly to protect the parkrun experience, for walkers, runners, and volunteers, always aiming to remain as close as possible to the original Bushy parkrun spirit of a simple event in the park with your mates. The changes we have made have been largely related to providing a safe environment for our participants and supporting…

collaborationiskey
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Collaboration is key

parkrun’s Chief Executive Nick Pearson asks why, outside of parkrun, there is no large-scale movement in the UK that has the potential to be a major part of improving the nation’s health?   Earlier this year we saw the publication of the latest Active Lives Survey, which measures the number of people taking part in physical activity….

OUR IMPACT2
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A healthier and happier planet

Our work is guided by the philosophy, increasingly supported by research, that participation in parkrun contributes to improved health and wellbeing. This is now reflected in our mission statement “a healthier and happier planet”, as parkrun’s Health and Wellbeing Lead Chrissie Wellington explains.   The benefits of physical activity are only the tip of the iceberg…

JOY OF VOLUNTEERING2
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The joy of volunteering

In our 2016 annual ‘Run Report’ we featured a number of parkrunners who highlighted the benefits of volunteering, and we looked at the financial value that volunteers contributed in terms of the number of hours they gave to parkrun that year. Since then we have significantly developed our understanding of what volunteering is about, as…

PARKRUNNING AROUND THE WORLD
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parkrun around the world in 2017

At the start of 2017 there were just over 1,000 parkrun events across the world, with 44% of those spread across 15 countries outside of the UK. Over the following twelve months we launched in another 300 locations, with the majority of those outside of the UK, and saw the share of non-UK parkrun events…

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A Dementia Revolution is coming to the 2019 London Marathon

Want to be part of a movement everyone’s going to be talking about? Did you run this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon and want to do it all over again? Or did you miss your chance this year and want to take it on in 2019? Well we have some amazing news for you!  …

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parkrun Pacers: Gemma Steel

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 Gemma Steel!  …

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Read more › News - 24th April 2018

parkrun UK: 2017 Run Report

We’ve booted up the laptops, uploaded the stopwatches and the scanners, and are delighted to publish the results of parkrun UK’s second annual Run Report!   This 56-page report provides a detailed overview of the impact parkrun is having, the challenges we face, and our financial situation. We have also taken the opportunity to celebrate…

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TomTom Bandit competition winners announced!

Last month we ran a fantastic competition to win the latest TomTom Bandit Action camera, in conjunction with ASICS and Susie Chan, and we’re delighted to announce the winners!   We asked you to share your favourite place to run by posting a photo or a video on Instagram or Twitter, and we received some…

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