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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…

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…

juniorsmiling
Read more › junior parkrun, News, Press - 18th February 2016

Warburtons donation to help grow junior parkrun

We are delighted to welcome Warburtons as the latest member of the parkrun community. In a three-year partnership, Britain’s largest bakery brand will donate £300,000 to help the expansion of junior parkrun.   Together we want to engage more than 60,000 new young parkrunners with our events, introducing even more families to the benefits of…

parkrun pioneers
Read more › News - 18th February 2016

Travelling from A to B

How much do you remember about your first morning at parkrun?   My memory is that it was fairly unremarkable if I’m honest, or at least it seemed so at the time. It was a dry, mild day in October and I hadn’t been running for all that long. I’d never done a timed 5k,…

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Read more › News - 21st January 2016

The future of barcodes

Recently there’s been significant interest from the parkrun community around the concept of digital barcodes, for example on smart phones or watches. Our Chief Operating Officer, Tom Williams, explains exactly where we are right now.   The short version is that, although we were founded by technologists and continue to be inspired by technology every day,…

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Read more › News - 16th January 2016

How do you start a parkrun?

There are now more than 1,300 parkruns and junior parkruns around the world, and over 600 in the UK alone, and in 2018 we expect to launch 500 new parkruns across the globe.   Whilst it may seem like parkruns quietly pop-up at random in new locations and are instantly successful, this does not tell…

Tring
Read more › News, Press - 17th December 2015

parkrun responds to Government’s ‘Strategy for Sport’

Responding to the government’s unveiling of its new sports strategy, parkrun UK Managing Director Tom Williams said: “We are delighted to see volunteers being placed at the heart of the government’s new sports strategy. Volunteers are the cornerstone of parkrun and are fundamental to the long-term success of all grassroots activities – acknowledging their contribution…

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