Read more › News - 28th January 2020

Once you start parkrun you won’t look back

Diane Sinclair was unhappy in her job when she discovered on social media that Seacliff Esplanade parkrun in South Australia was about to launch. As someone who works every Saturday, Diane saw an opportunity to enjoy being active outside for a short while before her six hour shift in a retail shop.   My name…

Jill Marsh
Read more › News - 28th January 2020

If only my high school PE teacher could see me now!

54-year-old Jill Marsh from Auckland is, by her own admission, certainly not a runner or a morning person. But since a colleague convinced her to come along to Millwater parkrun five years ago she hasn’t looked back.    I am not a runner, not a morning person, I hated running at school and was quite unfit…

Read more › News - 27th January 2020

From ‘baby haze’ to three generations of female parkrunners: Vanessa’s story

34-year-old Queenslander Vanessa Gibson describes herself as being in a ‘baby haze’ for quite a while after the birth of her second child. Having heard about the concept of parkrun and thinking it would be some fantastic ‘me time’ she was disappointed to discover there were no parkruns in her neighbourhood. Vanessa’s reaction was simple:…

Read more › News, Press - 25th January 2020

World’s first parkrun in a remand centre launches in Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre

In a world first for a remand centre, 47 officers and prisoners at Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre (BWCC) took part in the inaugural Wacol parkrun today.   BWCC has become the 33rd correctional site in the world to host a parkrun, the ninth in Australia and the first in Queensland.   Queensland Corrective Services Deputy Commissioner…

Read more › News - 21st January 2020

Five mental tricks for your next parkrun

Five kilometres. 5,000 metres. 500,000 centimetres. 5,000,000 millimetres. 3.1 miles. However you think of it, parkrun is the same distance every week.   However, some weeks it can feel a lot, lot longer!   Here are five mental tricks you can use to make your weekly parkrun feel like a walk, jog or run in…

Kedron parkrun 6
Read more › News - 21st January 2020

Exercising in the heat

We’re in the midst of another Australian summer and in the warmer weather, you need to ensure you don’t overheat whilst walking, jogging and running.   In order to optimise our health it is important we maintain appropriate hydration, ideally through consumption of drinks free from sugar or artificial sweeteners. We also believe that water,…

Read more › News - 21st January 2020

One Year On

15th December 2018 was a unique day for Paul Bovington (Bov) who was using his local Carisbrooke parkrun event as part of his training towards his goal to run a marathon.   He was running with his brother-in-law and training buddy, Craig Hicks. Running side by side, they turned at the halfway point and were pushing…

Read more › News - 20th January 2020

Connection is the opposite of addiction

In July 2019, Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison in Western Australia became the first female prison in the world to host a parkrun.   In another world first, Wandoo developed a pioneering initiative to encourage the women in their care and their friends and family to participate in parkrun.   In a 12-week period, if a Wandoo…

Read more › News - 13th January 2020

parkrun profile: Westerfolds juniors

Westerfolds junior parkrun, launched in May 2018 as part of a trial of junior parkrun in Australia, is held at Westerfolds Park in Melbourne, the same location as the 5k event.   While the “big kids” version of parkrun on a Saturday takes in a full, five kilometre loop of the picturesque park, junior parkrun…

Read more › News - 13th January 2020

Never Say Never

‘parkrun is our church … it’s a place of belonging … it is as welcoming and inclusive as it is diverse’: Teresa and Peter Colhoun   2019 was a big year for Teresa and Peter Colhoun.   In November, Teresa crossed the finish line of the world’s toughest half marathon; Hobart’s 21.1km Point to Pinnacle…

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