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Read more › News - 8th October 2019

parkrun profile: Charleys Creek

Chinchilla might be the watermelon capital of Australia but it is also the home of Charleys Creek parkrun.     The vibrant country town is on the edge of the Darling Downs in Barunggam country, about 280km west of Brisbane. It is also the home of the “the big melon”, which sits next to the…

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Read more › News - 2nd October 2019

A look back at 15 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.     15 years later, more than four million different people around the world…

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Read more › News - 1st October 2019

From the UK to NZ and the path to 500

When Brit Steve Darby started parkrunning, he could have run all the parkruns in the world in a single month.   Then 42, now 53 – Steve will notch up 500 parkruns this Saturday and will be the first person outside the UK to do so. To date, only 70 people in the world have reached the…

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Read more › News, Press - 1st October 2019

parkrun offers wholehearted welcome to walkers

parkrun Australia and Heart Foundation Walking have teamed up to mark Active Ageing Week by encouraging more walkers to join in at their free local parkrun event.    Active Ageing Week, which runs from 1-7 October, aims to give as many older adults as possible the means to experience wellness activities in a safe and…

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Read more › News, Press - 30th September 2019

Survey reveals health professionals prescribing parkrun to boost Australia’s health

A survey of almost 3,000 Australian-based health professionals has revealed the extent to which patients are being signposted to parkrun events around the country, as an alternative to more ‘traditional’ medication or to complement existing treatment.   Almost 2,000 of those surveyed (69%) revealed they currently prescribe parkrun in a professional capacity, with 87% of…

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Read more › News - 24th September 2019

parkrun profile: Sandon Point

At the right time of year, whales are a big attraction at Sandon Point parkrun.   Sandon Point is about 13km north of Wollongong in New South Wales. It is a place of significant Aboriginal importance, with evidence of it having been a meeting, ceremonial and burial place as long as 6000 years ago.  …

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Read more › News - 24th September 2019

How to avoid and manage injuries

As your parkrun journey progresses, it’s possible that may pick up an injury along the way. But there are some simple steps that you can take to reduce the likelihood of you being stopped in your tracks.   That’s why we’ve enlisted the help of Noel Thatcher! As well as being a serial parkrun volunteer,…

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Read more › News - 24th September 2019

An Aussie in Finland

Feeling at home in another country can be really tricky, but for Kerryn Saarinen, parkrun has helped her to settle into a foreign country.   Finland is known as the land of the thousand lakes and is made up of 70% forest. Sounds quite serene but its also a country that has more saunas than…

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Read more › News, Press - 23rd September 2019

parkrun Netherlands launching in 2020

Exciting news: parkrun is coming to the Netherlands!   In 2020, parkrun will be launching in the Netherlands, becoming the 22nd country in the parkrun family.   We are in the process of confirming start dates and locations, but there has been an overwhelming amount of interest from all over the country. Plans are currently…

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Read more › News - 18th September 2019

Rites of Passage of parkrun

The 622 strong peloton at Newy parkrun last Saturday experienced two rites of passage before they had even run a step.   As parkrunnners arrived on a perfect spring morning a wedding was taking place just across Throsby Creek from the start on Mt Carrington. Louise Adderley and Wil Gardner met through running and could…

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