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Read more › News, Press - 26th May 2022

parkrunners share why they keep coming back

When her local parkrun shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions, Merrilyn McMillan was, in her words, “devastated”.   “I was totally lost,” she told ABC Sport.   “It was like someone had died.”   Just over a decade ago, the now 73-year-old McMillan had no inkling that the community-based activity would become such an integral…

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Read more › News - 18th May 2022

Why the parkrun practice initiative will encourage more GPs to engage in social prescription

Steve Connelly describes it as a feeling of being “completely unplugged”.   In 2018, Steve and his wife Tamarah were playing a pre-dinner game of backgammon in their Mackay apartment.   According to Tamarah, Steve became very quiet, before closing his eyes and making “groaning sounds”.   He lost consciousness for about 10 seconds, before…

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Read more › Press - 5th May 2022

Olympic medallist Judy Amoore Pollock is inspiring all ages

You never know who might be jogging alongside you at your local parkrun and the stories they could tell.   At the coastal town of Port Fairy in south-western Victoria, Olympic bronze medallist and former world record holder Judy Amoore Pollock is a regular.   At the age of 81, her love of running is…

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Read more › News, Press - 14th April 2022

Walk, don’t run: Why one of the simplest ways to exercise is making a comeback

If walking was a colour, it’d be the new black.   There’s no shortage of evidence that walking is truly a wonder drug; an exercise that can shed weight, increase life spans, reduce the risk of disease, improve heart health, keep joints mobile and benefit mental health.   “You’d have to take a lot of…

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Read more › News, Press - 6th April 2022

Why parkrun has played a big part in ABC News Breakfast host Lisa Millar’s life

I’m not sure of the moment black started becoming my preferred colour. But I knew I needed it in my wardrobe.   Not the stylish black, high-street fashions that made this Queenslander feel out of place on a Melbourne tram, but a simple T-shirt.   A black T-shirt with the number 100 in large white…