Read more › News, Press - 10th October 2021

Human connection can be this simple

My name is Belinda, I’m 42 and I live in Canberra with my wife, Emily, and my Jack Russell-Maltese cross, Millie.   As I type this, we are in lockdown and parkrun is on hiatus. It’s a conundrum in a sense that parkrun, for some people, is their major source of social interaction all week….

Read more › News, Press - 29th September 2021

Part of who I am

I have always been open about my depression because it’s part of who I am. In the same way people learn to manage diabetes or high blood pressure, mental health is something you deal with. There’s no shame in it.   Looking back, I certainly had periods of depression as a teenager and during my…

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…

Read more › News, Press - 1st April 2021

10 years of parkrun in Australia

Do you remember your first parkrun? Most of us do. For some it might have been a last minute, slapdash idea to go along with a mate; for others it was the beginning of a life changing decision.   Everyone has their own parkrun story and it’s unique to them. Something most parkrunners across Australia…

Read more › News, Press - 2nd March 2021

Introducing the parkrun Australia all-in-one online shop

As we prepare to celebrate the 10th anniversary of parkrun in Australia next month, it seems hard to believe that we have developed from a kitchen table running event in one location on the Gold Coast to a professional, highly respected public health initiative that’s enjoyed by 700,000 people in 400 communities across the country….

Read more › News, Press - 9th December 2020

Why we should never have to justify going for a run

With Christmas fast approaching, our Global Head of Communications, Russ Jefferys, discusses why exercise should never be used as punishment   It’s that time of year again. Christmas songs on the radio, a calendar full of festive party invitations and ironically ‘bad’ seasonal knitwear.   But in recent years, a new tradition has started to…

Read more › News, Press - 26th February 2020

An army of support

When finish tokens were handed out at Kangaroo Island parkrun on Saturday, many of the participants stood up very straight and fell in line.   Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia, was severely impacted by the bush fires in January – with profound loss of natural landscapes, homes, animals and tragically, human life. Last Saturday,…

Read more › News, Press - 5th February 2020

Help us celebrate female participation on international women’s day

parkrun events all over the world are being encouraged to celebrate female participation by hosting a special event on Saturday 7 March 2020, ahead of International Women’s Day the following day.   We would love you to join in the celebrations by bringing along a female friend, colleague or family member and everyone is invited…

Read more › News, Press - 25th January 2020

World’s first parkrun in a remand centre launches in Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre

In a world first for a remand centre, 47 officers and prisoners at Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre (BWCC) took part in the inaugural Wacol parkrun today.   BWCC has become the 33rd correctional site in the world to host a parkrun, the ninth in Australia and the first in Queensland.   Queensland Corrective Services Deputy Commissioner…

Read more › News, Press - 6th November 2019

Celebrity Bev

We don’t have many celebrities at parkrun but Bev Vallance from Rosebud parkrun is making a case to be our most widely recognised parkrunner.   Bev has recently starred in a TV commercial from our friends at Medibank and is learning to manage her newfound fame. It’s a long way from when she first started…

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