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Read more › News - 5th April 2020

Celebrating 10 years of junior parkrun

It is often said that children are great imitators, so it’s important to give them something great to imitate.    But what happens when the activity being imitated is not an enjoyable one, leaving a profound and long-lasting negative association?   One doesn’t need to look any further than the parkrun blog to read scores…

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Read more › News - 13th January 2020

parkrun profile: Westerfolds juniors

Westerfolds junior parkrun, launched in May 2018 as part of a trial of junior parkrun in Australia, is held at Westerfolds Park in Melbourne, the same location as the 5k event.   While the “big kids” version of parkrun on a Saturday takes in a full, five kilometre loop of the picturesque park, junior parkrun…

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Read more › Uncategorized - 4th December 2019

Moments like this

Alfie Grice was born with a rare birth defect that means he has severe developmental and learning difficulties.   His dad, Mark, tells us how important parkrun has been for Alfie, and the special moments they have experienced together as a family in their local park.   My son Alfie, aged six, was born with…

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Read more › News, Press - 11th September 2019

junior parkrun ready to launch

In April last year, as part of a 12-month pilot, we launched our first junior parkrun event at Southport on the Gold Coast. Subsequently, there were two more events set-up at Westerfolds in Melbourne and Cannonvale in the Whitsundays.   As a result of the success of these events, and with thorough and careful consideration…

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Read more › News - 5th June 2019

A Big Milestone for Little Louie

Last weekend saw the first Australian junior parkrunner, six-year-old Louie Mathieson, reach the milestone of 50 junior parkruns. Or, in junior parkrun terms, become ‘an ultramarathoner’!     Louie calls Southport junior parkrun his home event, and has has been running at Southport since the trial in March 2018. Louie has only missed a couple…