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Read more › News, Press - 10th October 2018

Research reveals benefit of parkrun on mental health

The impact of parkrun on mental health extends far beyond physical activity and has the potential to support people outside of traditional mental health services, according to new research conducted by Staffordshire University. The research coincides with the launch of an online community aimed at encouraging more people with mental health difficulties to participate at parkrun.   …

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Read more › News, Press - 21st June 2018

parkrun UK teams up with Royal College of General Practitioners to prescribe active lifestyles to patients and practice staff

parkrun UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners are set to launch a groundbreaking initiative that could see thousands of patients being ‘prescribed’ outdoor physical activity rather than medication.   The initiative aims to improve the health and wellbeing of health care staff, patients and carers, reducing the need for lifelong medication. In 2017,…

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Read more › News, Press - 15th June 2018

parkrun/NHS celebration day proves to be a hit

More than 146,000 people got involved in parkrun events around the UK on Saturday 9 June as parkrun and the NHS joined forces to celebrate 70 years of the health service.   135,318 walkers and runners completed a parkrun, 8,942 of those were completing their first-ever parkrun, thanks to the support of 11,188 volunteers.  …

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Read more › Press - 2nd June 2018

parkrun veteran (77) calls it a full house at Magilligan Prison

Retired teacher and veteran runner, Tommy Fee, had a milestone moment on Saturday 2 June as he crossed the finish line at Lower Drummans parkrun at Magilligan Prison.   The weekly 5k event is held within the grounds of Magilligan Prison, and was the last of the 26 parkruns across Northern Ireland which Tommy aimed…

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Read more › Press - 1st June 2018

85,000 to join special parkrun to celebrate NHS’s 70th birthday

More than 85,000 people are expected to take part in a special parkrun UK event on Saturday 9 June 2018 to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday.   Backed by double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, parkrun for the NHS is the first event of its type.   Staff from all parts of the NHS,…

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Read more › Press - 17th May 2018

parkrun in Wales set to welcome 100,000th finisher on 19 May

parkrun in Wales will see the 100,000th different person cross the finishing line on Saturday 19 May, 10 years after the first Welsh parkrun started in Cardiff with just 56 finishers and 11 volunteers.   Almost 6,000 of the 100,000 people to take part in parkruns in Wales identified themselves as ‘inactive’ when they registered…

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Read more › Press - 12th May 2018

Dame Kelly Holmes backs parkrun for the NHS’s 70 birthday on 9 June to get the nation active

Double Olympic gold medallist and former nursing assistant Dame Kelly Holmes is urging the nation to get active in the year the NHS turns 70. ‘parkrun for the NHS‘ aims to encourage new participants, including NHS staff and volunteers, to come along to their local parkrun – to recognise the contribution of the NHS to the health…

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Read more › Press - 4th December 2017

Survey reveals healthcare professionals prescribing parkrun to boost the nation’s health

A survey of almost 2,000 healthcare professionals has revealed the significant extent to which parkrun is being prescribed to patients in the UK.   parkruns are free 5k events that take place in around 500 parks and open spaces around the UK every Saturday throughout the year, coordinated entirely by local volunteers. They are open…

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Read more › Press - 31st October 2017

First prison based parkrun set to launch

Prisoners are set to participate in weekly parkrun events for the first time from this Saturday (4 November), thanks to a pioneering initiative between parkrun UK and HMP Haverigg, a Category C prison in Cumbria that has 286 prisoners.   parkrun UK, a non-profit organisation that supports more than 700 communities across the country to…

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Read more › News, Press - 8th September 2017

Co-op become local convenience retail supporter of parkrun

We are delighted to announce that as of today, Co-op will become the first local convenience retail supporter of parkrun. Just like parkrun, Co-op has a deep connection with the local community and have over 2,500 stores serving at the heart of 1,500 communities.   Dedicated to improving the lives of those within the community,…

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