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Read more › News - 23rd September 2021

Three years of CONTRA

This week we celebrate our third birthday and what a three years it’s been!   CONTRA was founded in 2018 by Paul Sinton-Hewitt, born out of the desire to encourage anyone who wants to become more active to feel comfortable and look great in their sportswear no matter their shape or size.   All of…

Lidia Knox Shellh
Read more › News - 23rd September 2021

Enjoy parkrun your own way

Lidia Setiawan is one of a growing number of people from the Deaf community who regularly take part in parkrun.   I am 47 and I began my parkrun journey in 2016. I was inspired to go along by my friends posting about their weekly parkrun activity on social media and my husband, Ian, encouraged…

Read more › News - 16th September 2021

The ultimate experience

As a Senior Lecturer in tourism and events at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Aaron Tkaczynski has used examples of parkrun events in his classes as an ultimate leisure and sporting experience for tourists, residents and volunteers.   I have just crossed the line and feel euphoric. The nerves from the start of the race are…

Read more › News - 16th September 2021

How parkrun can positively impact running clubs and kids

Saturday mornings used to mean long marathon training runs for Peta Shanahan. When she heard about parkrun, she could not understand why someone would want to run 5km in the same place each week.   Six years, 234 runs and 273 times as a volunteer later, she’s happy to have been proven wrong.   The…

Read more › News - 9th September 2021

Australia update – 10 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 will emerge from lockdown at 12:01am Saturday 11 September, the NSW Government have announced…

Read more › News - 9th September 2021

I’m a new person

Leanne Hall has lived most of her life experiencing up to 10 seizures a day. After her fourth brain surgery, she is now getting used to living seizure free.   Leanne credits parkrun for playing a huge part in her recovery.   I was diagnosed with a dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial (DNET) brain tumour the size of a…

Read more › News - 7th September 2021

parkrun profile: Rockhampton

Rockhampton in central Queensland is the state’s fourth largest city and is home to a beautiful parkrun running through their botanic gardens.     With a population of about 80,000 people, Rockhamptom is a busy industrial and agriculture hub and is also recognised as the beef capital of Australia with a thriving livestock industry.  …

Read more › News - 2nd September 2021

Wagi Bridge Troll Adventure

Trolls are well known for isolating themselves away from humans, usually hiding in caves or under bridges. They are typically grumpy characters who make lives hard for us humans.   When parkrun was starting at Wagi Bridge the Event Director, Ian Shaw discovered under the bridge there was such a troll.   During the trial…

Mobilong Prison relaunch
Read more › News - 2nd September 2021

Being part of something larger than yourself

In April 2019, Mobilong Prison in South Australia became the second prison in Australia to introduce parkrun. After a 15-month pause, the event recently returned to further strengthen the sense of belonging with the prison community.   It accommodates up to 470 male medium and low-security prisoners who, as well as being engaged with services…

Read more › News - 2nd September 2021

Not just a run in the park

Independent survey commissioned by UK-based charity parkrun gets more than 60,000 responses and shows that volunteering has a bigger impact on health and wellbeing than just running or walking.   parkrun UK have released results from an independent survey, proving that participation in parkrun really does make people healthier and happier, and not just from…

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