Read more › News - 10th January 2017

The other side of the scanner

By taking on the role of tail runner at Pontefract parkrun at the weekend, Yvonne Edwards was volunteering for the 250th time and also completing her first ever parkrun.   We asked Yvonne to tell us about her parkrun journey, and to impart some words of wisdom for those taking their first parkrun steps or…

Robin Swindell
Read more › News - 9th January 2017

The silver lining

Robin Swindell was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (T2D) in May 2013, and manages the condition with diet, exercise and oral medication. He is a keen runner, occasional cyclist and can usually be found at Oak Hill parkrun at 9am on Saturdays.   My parkrun story came very close to never happening; like many people…

Read more › News - 8th January 2017

January running with Intersport whatever the weather!

After the excitement of Christmas and the dawn of a new year it’s easy to feel the ‘January blues’, with the days short and the cold weather firmly upon us. But we hardly need to tell you parkrunners that one of the best ways to feel great, no matter what the weather’s doing, is to…

Read more › News - 8th January 2017

Alzheimer’s at 30

Last week in the news you may have seen a story about Carla Bramall, a 39-year-old mum-of-two living with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Carla was just 30 when her symptoms started, and was diagnosed with the rare, inherited form of Alzheimer’s at the age of 36. She is now bedbound in a care home and unable to…

Read more › News - 7th January 2017

Something there for everyone

My son Ruaridh is 10 and has Asperger Syndrome.   When I started taking him to Andover parkrun in September 2014 it’s safe to say that he was a bit reluctant. 5k is, after all, a long way for a first-timer, let alone an eight-year-old as he was then. Add to that it being a…

Read more › News - 6th January 2017

We’ve only just begun

Late last month our founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE, wrote to every single parkrunner around the world offering his reflections on 2016 and a few thoughts for 2017. In particular, he said “our vision is to create a healthier and happier planet by continually breaking down barriers to participation and bringing people together from all walks…

Read more › News - 5th January 2017

Strength and Conditioning Habits of Distance Runners

Lifting weights and performing strength training exercises is considered by many runners as a poor use of training time, despite evidence showing these activities can enhance performance and lower injury risk.   Little is known about to the extent to which distance runners use strength training and conditioning exercises to support their training, therefore our…

Read more › News - 3rd January 2017

Have you set yourself a Half Marathon Challenge this year?

As a proud partner of parkrun, Vitality are offering parkrunners some extra motivation by giving away 15 free entries to the following events in the Vitality Run Series:   Vitality Brighton Half Marathon Vitality Bath Half Marathon Vitality North London Half Marathon Vitality Reading Half Marathon Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon   To reward you for…

Read more › News - 3rd January 2017

Start New Year off on the right foot with Intersport

Happy New Year everyone! New Year is a great time to try something new, plan some running goals and feel inspired about what lies ahead. One of our team has already started as she means to go on, by doing her very first parkrun after being motivated by the amazing stories of all you parkrunners….

Read more › News - 3rd January 2017

New year, new challenge

Happy New Year parkrunners! If you, like us, ate a few too many mince pies over the festive period and are looking to blow out the cobwebs with a new challenge in 2017 then we have the perfect solution for you, and it’s right here on the Alzheimer’s Research UK website.   Whether you’re a…

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