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Michelle - MSK blog
Read more › News - 11th October 2018

parkrunning with Arthritis / MSK Conditions

My name is Michelle Rivett, and I have a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). My condition is progressive and can be difficult to treat, it is regarded as a rare disease. Clinicians would categorise EDS as a type of musculoskeletal (MSK) condition of which there are many different types such as osteoarthritis,…

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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.   …

Rory and Jenny
Read more › News - 28th September 2018

Autism and learning disabilities: the power of information

parkrun has been working hard over the past two years to reach out to people with disabilities and long term health conditions through a network of volunteer parkrun Outreach Ambassadors.   Jenny Mayne, one of parkrun’s Outreach Ambassadors for autism and / or learning disabilities, tells us her own story, explaining what has inspired her…

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Read more › News - 2nd March 2018

Battling endometriosis with parkrun

My name is Pippa and I suffer from Endometriosis (“Endo”). Endo has been part of my life since I was 13 years old but I was not officially diagnosed until I was 26. I was relieved when I finally knew why I had been suffering from excruciating pain for so long but on the flip…

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Read more › News - 30th November 2017

Endometriosis, volunteering and why I love not being able to run!

Catherine Ward, one of parkrun’s Champions for Endometriosis, explains how her recent recovery from surgery has helped her fall in love with volunteering.   On a sunny Saturday in August I visited Rothwell parkrun for a spot of tourism and a good run and a catch up with my parkrun friends. It’s always fun going…

Southport parkrun - Susan Cooper
Read more › News - 30th November 2017

parkrunning with a heart condition

Southport parkrun regular Sue Cooper tells us how parkrun helped her reconnect with running following a cardiac arrest, and then became so much more.   I’ve always loved running. When I was little, I used to pester my sister to race me back home from school and I’d never dream of walking anywhere if I…

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Read more › News - 12th October 2017

Building communities for parkrunners with disabilities and long term health conditions

parkrun launched its PROVE project just over a year ago with the goal of encouraging more people with disabilities and long term health conditions to participate at parkrun and it’s already delivering on that goal using social media. Frank Jones, parkrun’s PROVE project manager explains more:   We wanted to create a safe and supportive…

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Read more › News - 2nd October 2017

A safe place to learn

For people with Type 1 diabetes and those using insulin, hypos (or low blood glucose levels) are part of life. This week is Hypo Awareness Week and Fiona Pugh, one of the parkrun PROVE project Champions for Diabetes, tells us how she found that parkrun was a safe place to learn how to manage exercise…

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Read more › News - 18th May 2017

Deaf and Hard of Hearing parkrunners

Reece and Kane     Reece is 11 years old and Kane is nine years old. They are both Deaf and wear hearing aids.   Their Mum, Jayne, was told about the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Takeover Event at Huddersfield junior parkrun and persuaded them to come along and give it a go.  …

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Read more › News - 18th May 2017

Sharing my passion

I started parkrun around three years ago and only did two runs with the intentions of keeping fit and losing weight but hated the attempts as I found running with hearing aids difficult. I would get all sweaty and the hearing aids would conk out and would need drying out (several days!). I was also…

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