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Read more › News, Press - 13th August 2019

To fight or flight – using parkrun to help with anxiety

Ballarat parkrun stalwart and Event Ambassador Bruce Purdie was at the launch of Nhill parkrun, surrounded by more than 25 parkrun newcomers, when his chest tightened.   Knowing about “fight or flight” mode from experiences with a family member, Bruce slipped in to fight mode and got on with his Run Director duties. But his hands…

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Read more › News, Press - 6th August 2019

Making a happy comeback via parkrun

Madeline Hills is no stranger to the elite running scene, having competed in world class events such as World Championships, the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. However, Madeline is feeling just at home running with mates at parkrun. And more recently, she has enjoyed the support of the parkrun community as she recovers from surgery….

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Read more › News, Press - 1st August 2019

GP ‘takeover’ at Brimbank parkrun

Doctors, nurses and administration staff from a medical centre in Caroline Springs in Victoria took over the volunteer roles at Brimbank parkrun on Saturday, to encourage more local residents to lead happier and healthier lives.   To promote ‘social prescribing’, where GPs recommend parkrun to patients for physical and social benefits, GP Dr Jennifer Maxwell said it…

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Read more › News, Press - 24th July 2019

New Australian Female parkrun record

Last Saturday at Maribyrnong parkrun, Australian Olympian Lisa Weightman, ran the fastest time ever by a female at parkrun in Australia., coming across the line in 15.54 minutes. Sinead Diver, another talented Australian distance runner, previously held the course record at Maribyrnong.   “I came out for a run and thought the record was in the…

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Read more › News, Press - 23rd July 2019

A committed team at Hopkins

“Welcome to Hopkins parkrun, I don’t think anyone really wants to be doing a parkrun in here but let’s make the best of it.”   And that is how the third Aussie prison-based parkrun was launched. No press releases and no fanfare,  just a committed team with the full intention of getting it right.  …

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Read more › News, Press - 17th July 2019

Australia to launch world’s first parkrun for women in custody

Inmates at the Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison in Perth will become the first women in custody anywhere in the world to take part in weekly parkrun events when Wandoo parkrun launches this Saturday 20th July.   Wandoo became Western Australia’s first dedicated alcohol and drug rehabilitation prison for women in custody when it opened in August 2018. The…

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Read more › News, Press - 10th July 2019

Home is where the parkrun Heart Is

Wadda Moolie everyone. Proud Juru woman, Leanne Paul, would like to yarn you something that is close to her heart – Community.   Once again, NAIDOC Week is here, and like previous years it prompts Leanne to reflect on the significance of community and how she is contributing to hers. Of course what comes to mind…

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Read more › Awards, Feedback, News, Press - 10th July 2019

Record-breaking parkrun for the Octogenarians!

It was the third annual Octogenarian get-together at Bushy parkrun in the UK on Saturday 6 July, with a record number of 48 men and women aged over 80 taking part!   parkrunning Octogenarian Richard Pitcairn-Knowles was one of them, completing his 350th parkrun, and he tells us more about the special day.   With…

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Read more › News, Press - 3rd July 2019

Continuing a Transgender Experience

We first met Ada Macey via the newsletter about a year ago, soon after she came out as transgender and had begun the process of transitioning. Ada was keen to share her experience at parkrun, in particular, to tell her story about the inclusive and accepting community at Chermside parkrun. We thought we’d catch up…

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Read more › News, Press - 26th June 2019

Joey’s Spirit

If there’s one young life to have seen more than a multitude of adults, it’s Joseph Oosterhoff from Quinns Rocks.   Looking at his youthful physique whenever he attends parkrun, one would be hesitant to think the 15-year-old has undergone numerous procedures for health conditions which have plagued him since birth – certainly none of…

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