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Read more › News - 10th August 2022

Seeing more disabled people at parkrun

Wheelchair user Jono Whitehead was recommended parkrun by a good friend and frame runner. Initially hesitant, he arrived to find the tail walker that day was his former maths teacher so felt instantly at ease!   Here he tells us why he wants to see more disabled people at parkrun.   I’m disabled and I…

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Read more › News - 3rd August 2022

I never believed I could

There’s no need to do the 5k at parkrun. Lois Rowland was a parkrun volunteer for more than ten years before eventually deciding to have a go at the 5k, following an ectopic pregnancy.   Having now completed 50 parkruns, she tells us her story.   My husband is a keen parkrunner and has been taking…

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Read more › News - 27th July 2022

Living as myself

parkrun is committed to ensuring our events are as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, which includes breaking down barriers to signing up. As a result, and following a lengthy international consultation, we evolved the gender question on our registration form in 2020 to include ‘another gender identity’ and ‘prefer not to…

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Read more › News - 20th July 2022

Age is no barrier at parkrun

It was the fifth annual Octogenarian get-together at the home of parkrun – Bushy parkrun in the U.K, on Saturday 2 July, with a total of 39 octogenarians and two nonagenarians making the trip – 32 men and nine women.    George Frogley and Richard Pitcairn-Knowles have been jointly organising this wonderful event since 2017.   The annual event invites…

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Read more › News - 14th July 2022

We are here for you all!

With schools breaking up for the summer in many of the parkrun countries, and the weather becoming more than encouraging to spend time outside and plan holidays, it is a perfect time to take care of yourself! And we are here for you all – every week, wherever you are, all summer.   Summer is…

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Read more › News - 7th July 2022

The same but different

Earlier this week the USA celebrated Independence Day. It’s a day of national pride and celebration, so in our own spin we turn the spotlight on three American parkruns to highlight their unique differences, while at their heart having the same friendly and welcoming core.   We start off in Florida, where we have Depot…

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Read more › News - 27th June 2022

Canada Day – a day of celebration

Friday 1 July is Canada Day, and it is a very special day for Canadians around the World.  To celebrate and mark the annual occasion, many parkruns hold a Canada Day parkrun event.  We speak to some parkrunners about what the day means to them.   As the Government of Canada’s website explains, this special…

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Read more › News - 23rd June 2022

parkrun from another perspective

Kirsty Robben recently volunteered at parkrun for the first time. She explains how volunteering helped her find her way back into parkrun following a bout of COVID-19, and how it provided her with a very different perspective of parkrun.   I’ve been doing parkrun since 2019. We had just moved and I was looking to meet…

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Read more › News - 1st June 2022

10 years of parkrunning in the USA

This Saturday sees the 10th anniversary of parkrun in the USA and it might feel like it’s flown by.  It’s only when we look back at the stories we’ve made together it seems like almost no time has passed at all!   Early in 2012, a local high school track coach from Livonia, Michigan, named Rick Brauer…

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Read more › News - 25th May 2022

Finding a new home at parkrun

Jane was living in Ukraine until her life was turned upside down in a single moment. After initially hiding in a bunker, she and her mother made the difficult journey to Italy and found a family to stay with.   In the midst of unrest, Jane tells us how the kindness of the parkrun community…

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