Read more › News - 12th June 2019

A lucky escape

There are times in your life that you reflect on what lies in the past. For me, I had such a moment last year at Christmas when I looked back on a moment that changed my perspective of life forever. I learned an important health lesson which I would like to share with you. But…

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Read more › News - 12th June 2019

Sport plays key role in helping prisoners rehabilitate

The following article appeared in The Age and the Pursuit this week:   The number of people in Victoria’s prisons is soaring. In the past 10 years the state’s prison population has jumped by 80 per cent to 7666, and in the coming year the government will spend $1.8 billion on its prison system.  …

Read more › News - 5th June 2019

A Big Milestone for Little Louie

Last weekend saw the first Australian junior parkrunner, six-year-old Louie Mathieson, reach the milestone of 50 junior parkruns. Or, in junior parkrun terms, become ‘an ultramarathoner’!     Louie calls Southport junior parkrun his home event, and has has been running at Southport since the trial in March 2018. Louie has only missed a couple…

Read more › News - 4th June 2019

parkrun profile: Panania

Panania is a beautiful aboriginal word meaning sun rising in the east and shining on the hills. The course starts at the ‘Field of Dreams Reserve’, so already from its name, Panania parkrun is setting expectations high. And it doesn’t disappoint.   Panania is located in Sydney’s South West, in the Canterbury-Bankstown area. Like many suburbs…

Read more › News - 4th June 2019

Do you love parkrun?

Since the very first parkrun in Bushy Park on Saturday 2 October 2004, more than 3.7 million people have had their barcodes scanned at parkrun events around the world.   For some people, parkrun is something they might do every now and then, maybe at Christmas time with family, or when catching up with an…

Read more › News - 4th June 2019

If you can’t beat them, join them

Gerry Lovett used to regularly walk the popular Diamond Creek parkrun trail on a Saturday morning and get a bit grumpy when the hundreds of runners started coming towards him.   He mentioned this to a friend, who happened to be a regular Diamond Creek parkrunner, who told Gerry to stop whinging, and join in….

Read more › News - 28th May 2019

Top tips for cold weather parkrunning

The days of parkrunning with the warm summer sun on our backs are fading!   Now that the leaves have fallen from the trees, temperatures have dropped and everything just looks a little bit grey, for many parkrunners it can be tricky to know how to best prepare for Saturday mornings throughout the winter months….

Read more › News - 28th May 2019

parkrun profile: Parkville

Parkville parkrun takes place in Princes Park, just 3.5km north of Melbourne’s CBD. A short tram ride from the Melbourne CBD or potentially walkable if you’re feeling enthusiastic, so it’s super easy for visitors to get to.     Princes Park dates back to 1873 when it was reserved as parkland to be kept “for…

Read more › News, Press - 28th May 2019


With more than 50,000 people enjoying one of 360 parkruns around Australia EVERY Saturday morning, and almost 800,000 runners and walkers registered, parkrun has become, without question the largest, most significant and game-changing running event in Australia. And it’s happening each and every Saturday.   However, with this huge growth comes the associated growing pains,…

Read more › News - 28th May 2019

A Positive Attitude and Extra Patience

Jess McDowell’s parkrun journey started in a similar way to many others; she spotted people walking and running around a green space local to her home one Saturday morning in July 2016 and she asked someone what was going on. The next week she showed up to participate and quickly became a regular at Maryborough…

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