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Read more › News - 22nd July 2021

My parkrun journey

With the Tokyo Olympics starting this week, we revisit Sarah Barnes’ story of discovering parkrun in the UK and how that guided her to bring parkrun to her new home at Miyazaki.   I remember my mum telling me about parkrun back in December 2014. She’d heard about it on Radio 4. Neither of us were…

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Read more › News - 20th July 2021

From Olympian to parkrunner

As the gaze of the sporting world falls onto the Tokyo Olympics, regular parkrunner Judy Pollock will be taking a keener interest than most.   At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Judy won a bronze medal in the 400 metres, the first of her three Olympic Games. Between 1965 and 1967, she set world…

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Read more › News - 19th July 2021

How does your menstrual cycle or hormonal contraceptive affect your exercise performance?

Researchers from Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences are currently recruiting healthy female endurance athletes aged 18-40 years to take part in a large online study that investigates the impact of the female menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptives on gastrointestinal and sleep outcomes, which can affect exercise performance.   But why is this…

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Read more › News - 19th July 2021

Help researchers understand how breast size impacts women’s health

The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery unit at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, South Australia is conducting research into the impact of breast size on women’s exercise habits. Dr Claire Baxter, the Head Researcher, explains more about the study and invites women aged over 18 (with no history of breast cancer) to complete a short survey….

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Read more › News - 15th July 2021

Donating a kidney to her twin got Jennie Parker tying her laces again

 Jennie Parker says she was a runner before having her children, but she’d got out of the habit due to “life’s busyness”.   It was when she gave the ultimate gift of life to her twin sister Sue in the UK that she thought of running again.   “It was going to be a way…

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Read more › News - 1st July 2021

parkrun returns in Northern Ireland

Saturday 26 June saw the welcome return of 5k events across Northern Ireland. We caught up with parkrunners, volunteers and event teams to hear all about the special weekend.   The Saturday morning buzz was well and truly back across Northern Ireland this weekend as 29 5km events welcomed more than 4,000 walkers, joggers and runners,…

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Read more › News - 1st July 2021

Celebrating Sue

Clare Valley parkrun stalwart Sue recently celebrated a double milestone. Not only did Sue complete her 100th parkrun, it was her 100th time as a volunteer, too.   Every parkrun needs a Sue – someone who is always ready and willing to volunteer at the last minute, someone whose name is on the roster multiple…

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Read more › News - 30th June 2021

Extending our support network

My husband Jeremy and I are both full-time officers in the Royal Australian Air Force, myself having served for 15 years and Jeremy 23 years. We have a four-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter.   We first heard of parkrun when we were posted to Canberra in 2017 when our son was just eight months…

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Read more › News - 29th June 2021

A place for everyone

Hi, I’m Miriam from Phillip Island parkrun in Victoria. I come from a military family – during World War II my father trained with paratroopers and my uncle was a ‘Rat of Tobruk’. They never spoke about their service, and I remember talking to people my father trained with who were still traumatised by their…

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Read more › News, Press - 24th June 2021

Jude Thomas sets new Australian parkrun record

When Jude Thomas took off at Kedron parkrun last Saturday, he had the Australian parkrun record in his sights. When he crossed the line though, he wasn’t sure if he got it.   Running too quick to glance down at his watch, Jude crossed the line in fourteen minutes and two seconds – a staggering…

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