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Read more › News - 13th July 2020

Spotlight on: Finland

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s Finland, and Country Manager Deri Thomas tells us all about the history of parkrun Finland.     The fact that parkrun is in Finland is largely thanks…

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Read more › News - 7th July 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 July

Saturday saw the long-awaited return of parkrun New Zealand, the first parkrun events back after an extended global lockdown, and a return, in that part of the world at least, to pre-Coronavirus routines. Since the earliest days of this challenge we had prioritised the work required to ensure a smooth return to action when the…

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Read more › News - 7th July 2020

Spotlight on: USA

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s the US! Having recently celebrated eight years since the first event took place, here is the story of parkrun USA…   The parkrun culture is communal, supportive,…

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Read more › News - 7th July 2020

Improving your mind and parkrun finish time with meditation

With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, the ability to reduce stress and build resilience has never been more relevant or important.   Dr Carolyn Ee is a GP, researcher, health and wellbeing advocate and runner. Dr Ee tells us more about meditation…   What is meditation?   Over the past few decades…

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Read more › News - 2nd July 2020

We all miss parkrun!

While seasoned parkrunners around the world are missing their Saturday fix, Parkville parkrunner John Stone is bucking the trend as a complete newbie who can’t wait for parkrun to return.   John, 64, has always been a runner, but only took up parkrunning in January. After having emergency surgery in 2017 to remove a brain…

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Read more › News - 30th June 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 30 June

With just a few days left until the reopening of parkrun New Zealand it feels like we really are making excellent progress and, after fifteen Saturdays without a single parkrun anywhere in the world, this weekend we can all celebrate a great step forward.   Everyone has worked hard and waited patiently, and we can all be…

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Read more › News - 29th June 2020

Spotlight on: Singapore

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s Singapore! Event Ambassador Dominic Watkins gives us the low-down…   When Carol Cunningham, founding Event Director of Albert Melbourne parkrun in Australia, was offered a job transfer…

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Read more › News - 29th June 2020

Stretching for strength and mobility

Physiotherapist Laura Penhaul talks us through some more advanced strength and mobility exercises, all of which can be done without the need for expensive equipment.   Calf raises   Start off by doing your calf raises with both feet on the floor and do them slowly – each calf raise should take 6 seconds. Once you’ve mastered that,…

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Read more › News - 23rd June 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 23 June

Over the last few months we’ve attempted to keep things as simple as possible, to focus on the critical tasks required, and to provide clarity around our decisions.   This week we’d like to take the opportunity to revisit part of our strategy for reopening parkrun.   As countries relax their respective lockdown restrictions we…

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Read more › News - 22nd June 2020

Four tips for beginning to walk, jog or run on your own

With parkrun paused around the world, many are now faced with the new prospect of walking, jogging or running on their own.   We’ve put together four simple tips to help you along the way.   1. Start small and be kind to yourself.   If you’ve never done the 5k distance on your own,…