Read more › News - 5th February 2019

No holding us back

It’s enough of a challenge to reach the milestone of completing 50 parkruns, but even more so when you achieve it while living with a musculoskeletal (MSK) condition.   Dr Kathy Miller and John Wilkinson both have axial spondyloarthritis (ankylosing spondylitis – AS) and completed that magic number 50 together, just a few weeks ago! Here’s…

MS takeover at Letchworth - blog - photo alternative 2
Read more › News - 28th December 2018

Multiple Sclerosis takeover at parkrun

The first parkrun ‘takeover’ organised by parkrun’s Outreach Ambassadors for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Mark Taylor and Katherine Goulder, and with help from the MS Trust.    Here Mark tells us how this celebration of all things parkrun unfolded on Saturday 8 December at Letchworth parkrun…   It’s often said about parkrun that it’s a run…

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,…

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…

Read more › News - 11th September 2018

parkrunning with Multiple Sclerosis

I remember looking through a running magazine just after I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2005. I cried when I saw an MS Society advert – I felt that in a moment I’d gone from being a runner to someone who people ran for.   I used to love running. I had run…

Read more › News - 21st May 2018

Running with dementia

My name is Jo and I have dementia. My parkrun journey began in 2012 in the cold snow at Bramhall parkrun. I first got into running through a chance meeting with the coach of a local running club. My husband, Don, had previously started running to lose weight, and I noticed how much he was…

deaf takeover day
Read more › News - 15th May 2018

Deaf and Hard of Hearing parkrun takeovers mark National Deaf Awareness Week

National Deaf Awareness Week runs from 14 to 20 May 2018. parkrun’s Outreach Ambassadors for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Victoria Knight-Phillips and Philippa Wynne, wanted to celebrate the beginning of National Deaf Awareness Week by doing something a little different. Victoria explains more:   Last year we arranged three parkrun takeovers which were…

Matthew Bennett asthma
Read more › News - 1st May 2018

parkrunning with asthma

My full name is Matthew William John Bennett. I am 66, I have asthma, and I have completed 231 parkruns. Today is World Asthma Day and this is my asthma/running story.   I was diagnosed as an asthma sufferer from an early age, and as a child recall that I suffered chronic asthma with extensive…

Read more › News - 29th April 2018

A patient recovery

Lola Jimenez was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes* 14 years ago when she was 21. Lola, from Southport parkrun, explains the challenges she faced being pregnant with diabetes, and reveals the positive impact regular physical activity and volunteering had on her during pregnancy and afterwards.   I remember completing my first ever race at the age…

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