Read more › News - 24th July 2023

Creating stronger bonds in isolated areas

From hectic cities to remote corners around the world. No matter where you are, the ability for parkrun to connect people and create communities is part of the magic of our events. For those living in tucked away hidden gems, the remote existence can sometimes lead to a sense of disconnectedness among residents and a…

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Read more › News - 27th March 2023

Research highlights the benefits of parkrun – especially for those with mental health conditions who volunteer

A recent research paper published in the academic journal Psychology, Health and Medicine has highlighted the wide-ranging benefits of parkrun for those living with a mental health condition. The impacts were found to be greatest for those who walk or run, as well as volunteer.   A team of researchers undertook a detailed analysis of…

Read more › News - 2nd November 2022

‘Tuning in’ to mental health

October was mental health month, with the theme of ‘tune in’. Bellarine Psychology in Victoria wanted to do something more than the usual social media awareness to connect with their team and local community, so a morning volunteering at parkrun was a natural fit.   Marnie Holden, a Clinical Psychologist at Bellarine Psychology, tells us more.  …

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Read more › News - 27th October 2022

Be yourself at parkrun

Life begins at 40 is a catch cry I’d heard and I was never one embarrassed of having a birthday or sharing my age – in fact I enjoy celebrating everyone’s birthday and especially my own.   However due to some of life’s circumstances in my mid-forties when I thought I would be having the…

Read more › News - 24th October 2022

Top five ways walking helps your mental health with Dr Hussain

Dr Hussain Al-Zubaidi is a GP, TV doctor and triathlete! He shares his top five ways walking helps your mental health.   There are about 500 ways in which walking is good for your mental health, so this will be difficult, but here are my top five. These are why each Saturday morning I can be found…

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Read more › News - 10th October 2022

A safe space

Alicia Hopper is a nurse that has always encouraged being open about mental health, but when it came to her own mental health, she initially struggled. Alicia describes how she came to terms with her mental health and got involved at parkrun to help manage it.   In my mid-twenties I was diagnosed with clinical depression.   It…

Read more › News - 25th May 2022

A mental health warrior

32-year-old Maddie Macfarlane from Lake Boga parkrun in Victoria lives with social anxiety. Maddie tells us about the strategies she uses to get herself to parkrun each week, and how parkrun has become an important coping mechanism for her mental health.   My social anxiety presents as overthinking and worrying about what people might think…

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Read more › News - 21st October 2021

Smile at someone and they will smile back

parkrun came into my life about six years ago, just after I had my daughter. Running has long been an important way for me to stay mentally and physically healthy, so I was intrigued when a friend invited my family to try Westerfolds parkrun. It quickly became a regular part of our Saturday mornings. When…

Read more › News - 10th October 2021

Like being part of a group hug

I am a 63-year-old woman. I struggled with my weight when I was young, and some members of my family have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression, so there is a genetic disposition.   I was diagnosed with post-natal depression after my second child, aged 40. The prescribed drugs didn’t help, but I did discover…

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Read more › News - 10th October 2021

The power of a chat

Bill Greenwood volunteers as a Run Director at Dubbo parkrun, and as a Crisis Support Officer.   Bill, a retired detective and Vietnam veteran, explains why the two roles have become intertwined over the past four years, and how the simple act of coming to the park on a Saturday morning can have a profound…

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