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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,…

SarahStoker1
Read more › News - 19th June 2016

A life saving donation

Saturday 19 May was a momentous day for me – my first parkrun since I donated my right kidney to a friend. I can’t tell you how good it felt!   My friend Kirsty suffers from a condition called Polycystic Kidney Disease, which is hereditary and passed on by her mother. Her youngest daughter also…

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…

DofH
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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Read more › News - 11th March 2016

parkrun profile: Bury St Edmunds juniors

Bury St Edmunds junior parkrun in west Suffolk, East Anglia is one of over 200 junior parkruns across the UK.   Event Directors Steve Neumann and Hannah Jewers tell us more…     Back in March 2016, due to our frequent running at the Bury St Edmunds 5k parkrun event, we became aware of the possibility…

House (1)
Read more › News - 9th March 2016

parkrun Profile: Yeovil Montacute

Martin Chaffey, Co-Event Director at Yeovil Montacute parkrun, situated at the National Trust Property Montacute House in Somerset, introduces us to the undulating course, ‘Air Day’ and famous landmarks that parkrunners experience week in week out.     For a number of years, I (Martin) was the secretary of the Yeovil Town Road Running Club…

Tony Barclay and Hannah Cochrane
Read more › News - 3rd March 2016

Seize the opportunity

My name is Hannah and I love running.   My first parkrun was in Armagh in Northern Ireland a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed it. parkrun is an enjoyable 5k timed run, is relaxed, I can go at my own pace, and the people I meet are really nice and kind to…

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