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Read more › News - 5th October 2021

17 years of parkrun

On Saturday 2 October 2004, 13 runners and five volunteers turned up to Bushy Park in Teddington, London, for a free, timed, 5k run, known then as the Bushy Park Time Trial. Little did they know what they had started.   Paul and Joanne Sinton-Hewitt, Duncan Gaskell, Simon Hedger and Robin Drummond made up the…

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Read more › News - 5th October 2021

The parkrun Ambassador Programme

Volunteer ambassadors play a massive role in helping support parkrun’s mission to create a healthier and happier planet.   We sat down with Jaz Bangerh, Head of HR and Volunteer Management, to find out more about the parkrun Ambassador Programme.    What is the Ambassador Programme?   The parkrun Ambassador Programme was originally created in the…

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Read more › News - 5th October 2021

Letting insight be our guide

Over the past 17 years we’ve placed a high priority on listening to the parkrun community and gathering insight to help support our decision making.    It’s really important for us to keep on top of how the parkrun community is feeling and, over the past few years, we have focused our efforts on gathering…

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Read more › News - 30th September 2021

An opportunity for everyone – The roster can never be full

Anyone and everyone is welcome to volunteer at parkrun, a course can never have too many marshals, and more tail walkers equals more fun!   Volunteering is super easy, and there’s no training or experience required – it’ll also make you feel great. But don’t take our word for it.   Read on to find…

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Read more › News, Press - 29th September 2021

Part of who I am

I have always been open about my depression because it’s part of who I am. In the same way people learn to manage diabetes or high blood pressure, mental health is something you deal with. There’s no shame in it.   Looking back, I certainly had periods of depression as a teenager and during my…

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Read more › News - 29th September 2021

We are recruiting Event Ambassadors!

parkrun Australia is looking for extraordinary volunteers who can bring their excitement and enthusiasm to represent parkrun behind the scenes as parkrun Ambassadors.   We are looking for parkrunners who believe passionately in the power of parkrun to create and support healthier and happier communities. Ambassadors are volunteers who advocate and trust parkrun’s mission as…

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Read more › News - 29th September 2021

Celebrating 17 years – The evolution of volunteering at parkrun

It’s parkrun’s 17th anniversary this coming weekend and, to mark the occasion, we’re celebrating everything volunteering.    We’ve learnt a lot over the years, and here, for the first time, we’re telling the story of what we once thought about volunteering, how that’s changed, and what it might look like in the future.   Volunteering…

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Read more › News - 27th September 2021

Striking gold

Accompanied by guide dog Poppy, Neil Skene took on the Run Director role at Ury Riverside parkrun in the UK.   Inspired by the paralympics, Neil wanted to showcase people with disabilities, and the inclusive nature of parkrun provided the perfect opportunity for him to do just that.   After participating in all previous twenty-two…

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Read more › News - 23rd September 2021

Australia update – 24 September

As we move through the changing landscape of state-based lockdowns and restrictions, we’re publishing an AU-specific update to keep ambassadors, event teams, parkrun communities, and landowners informed on our progress.   ***   New South Wales Whilst some areas of NSW have emerged from lockdown, the NSW Government have announced that these areas will continue…

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Read more › News - 23rd September 2021

How to volunteer at parkrun

parkruns are community events delivered every weekend by volunteers. Anyone and everyone can be a volunteer. You need no prior experience and you can volunteer regularly, or just once in a while.   All the roles are explained to you on the day, it’s super easy, fun and rewarding. Plus you get to feel a part…

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