Read more › News - 12th May 2020

Play, creativity and tackling boredom

Educational Psychologist Dr Dan O’Hare talks to us about promoting children’s wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic.   Dan talks to us about the importance of play and creativity, and tackling boredom in lockdown.   It’s a time of uncertainty right now with children and families experiencing higher levels of stress, while other children may be feeling…

Read more › News - 11th May 2020

Spotlight on: Denmark

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 Denmark, and we speak to those involved back in the noughties who brought parkrun to Scandinavia…   The very first parkrun took place on Saturday 2 October 2004…

Read more › News - 7th May 2020

Simon’s fighting spirit

Feeling overweight, uncomfortable and unable to take a breath while tying his shoelace, Simon Whitley made a life-changing decision to leave the fast food café where he stood in 2017 – and go for a walk.   Fast forward to today and Simon is celebrating having completed more than 90 parkruns across 14 different locations,…

Read more › News - 6th May 2020

Spotlight on: New Zealand

Looking at the world map on the parkrun website with more than 2000 green pins it, each representing an event, is surprisingly like watching TV on New Year’s Eve to see where the major fireworks displays will be taking place. And just like seeing in a new year, it’s New Zealand that has the privilege…

Read more › News - 5th May 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 5 May

Thanks again to all the event teams and ambassadors who have generously given us their time over the last few weeks, and shared the challenges they are facing at local level around the world.   We have now spoken directly to over 700 of those volunteers and continue to gain valuable insight.   Based on…

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Read more › News - 28th April 2020

Spotlight on: Canada

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 Canada, and Euan Bowman, North America Manager, tells us how parkrun has been embraced across the country.   parkrun in Canada launched in August 2016, but the journey started…

Read more › News - 28th April 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 April

Following on from last week’s update I’m pleased to let you know that our staff have already conducted one-to-one conversations with over 500 event teams and ambassadors around the world.   It’s been an incredibly moving experience for all of us, but also really uplifting. Thank you to everyone who’s given us some of their…

Read more › News - 26th April 2020

Tears of pride at the ANZAC spirit

71-year-old parkrunner Bomber Hutchinson (right) served with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam from February 1971 until March 1972 driving an Armoured Personal Carrier. Bomber explains why this year’s improvised ANZAC Day commemorations had a profound impact on him, and why he believes driveway services could become a permanent fixture for many Australians in the…

Read more › News - 22nd April 2020

Spotlight on: Sweden

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 Sweden, and Country Manager Deri Thomas tells us all about the history of parkrun Sweden.   parkrun in Sweden began in August 2016 with the first event,…

Read more › News - 21st April 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 April

As suggested in last week’s update, we are now confirming that all parkrun events across the world will be suspended throughout the month of May.   We continue to monitor the situation in all the countries in which we operate, with a particular focus on social distancing requirements. Whilst some countries are beginning to slowly…

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