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Read more › News - 21st April 2020

Walking the talk: The history of Tail Walkers

In June 2017, parkrun changed the name of the volunteer Tail Runner to Tail Walker.   Global Head of Health and Wellbeing Chrissie Wellington talks us through the decision making process and parkrun’s commitment to inclusivity.   Coming last. Feeling excluded. Being ridiculed. These are very real fears for many people taking part in a sporting event,…

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Read more › News - 20th April 2020

Supporting our Veteran community on ANZAC Day

Rachel Kerrigan from Lake Mac parkrun served in the RAAF until 2007 and saw active service as part of Operation Slipper. Following her discharge, Rachel was diagnosed with PTSD and chronic depressive order, her weight ballooned to 119kg and at just 33 was told she would never work again.   Thanks largely to the power…

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Read more › News - 20th April 2020

Mateship on ANZAC Day is a lifeline for us all

Saturday 25 April 2020 would have marked the first time that parkruns in Australia and New Zealand took place on ANZAC Day. Instead, it will see parkrunners and the Veteran community alike devising positive and innovative ways of marking this special day.   Bek Milne from Queanbeyan parkrun, who is fifth generation military with more…

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Read more › News - 14th April 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 April

In last week’s update we explained that parkrun staff would be directly contacting all parkrun event teams and volunteer ambassadors. I’m pleased to let you know that that process has begun, although with around 2,500 conversations to schedule it will likely take several weeks to complete.   Whilst no country in the world has yet…

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Read more › News - 14th April 2020

Spotlight on: South Africa

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s South Africa, and Country Manager Bruce Fordyce tells us all about the history of parkrun South Africa.   In April 2011 I was in London to run…

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Read more › News - 7th April 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 April

It’s been four weeks since we first closed parkrun events due to COVID-19, and we’d like to take this opportunity to explain a little about our organisational structure and how we will be approaching the challenge of supporting our communities whilst their events are suspended.   parkrun Global is a UK-based charity with ultimate responsibility…

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Read more › News - 6th April 2020

Spotlight on: The Republic of Ireland

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s the Republic of Ireland (ROI), and Country Manager Matt Shields tells us all about the history of parkrun Ireland.   parkrun first came to the island of…

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Read more › News - 5th April 2020

Celebrating 10 years of junior parkrun

It is often said that children are great imitators, so it’s important to give them something great to imitate.    But what happens when the activity being imitated is not an enjoyable one, leaving a profound and long-lasting negative association?   One doesn’t need to look any further than the parkrun blog to read scores…

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Read more › News - 1st April 2020

Six ways to recreate parkrun at home

After 15 years of parkrun taking place every single week, like us, you’re probably missing your Saturday morning routine   We’ve come up with six ways you can recreate the parkrun experience whilst staying safe in the comforts of your own home…   1. Put on your kit and represent   We’re all spending the vast majority of our…

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Read more › News - 29th March 2020

The School of parkrun

parkrun may be out for the time being, but the School of parkrun is here!   We’re super happy to say that from Monday 30 March, we will be setting daily parkrun-themed tasks for children of all ages and the whole family to try together.   We’ll be covering five subjects: English Science Geography Maths…

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