Read more › News - 21st March 2023

Asperger’s: my superpower

Matthew Akpan’s superpower, Asperger’s Syndrome, has seen him become an esteemed parkrunner and complete some brilliant challenges for charity in memory of his father.   I’ve been running since the age of 13 years old, when I started at my running club in 2002. Since my first parkrun in 2008, I’ve completed over 330 parkruns at…

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Read more › News - 15th March 2023

Vhi double rewards this weekend!

Planning on parkrunning this weekend?   Our friends at Vhi are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by gifting all Vhi members who take part at in a parkrun event on Saturday 18 March with double points. With a long weekend on the horizon, it is a great opportunity to volunteer, walk, jog or run at your…

Read more › News - 14th March 2023

You’re always welcome at parkrun

Going to parkrun was non-negotiable for Tess, but over time she fell out of love and “felt like a burden”.   After hearing about the parkwalk initiative she returned to parkrun, feeling welcome and accepted within the community.   I got involved relatively early on with parkrun – I was even on the start line…

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Read more › News - 8th March 2023

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

In this week’s people of parkrun entry we hear from Bernie O’Connor, a Carer from Armagh parkrun.    Name: Bernie O’Connor Occupation: Carer Local parkrun: Armagh   How did you get involved in parkrun? I just decided to give it a go as I had been going to the gym but wanted to do a fundraiser for our…

Read more › News - 7th March 2023

Three million women and girls at parkrun. But we can do more.

Today is International Women’s Day and we’re proud to have welcomed nearly three million women and girls to walk, jog, run and volunteer at parkrun.   Whilst thousands of women and girls participate in parkrun every single weekend, we also know that females are less likely to come along to parkrun after they have registered….

Read more › News - 7th March 2023

parkrun is my safe space

Izzy has anxiety and often finds going out and about on her own scary and difficult. She has been a parkrunner since 2014 and finds her local parkrun community offers her a safe space where she feels comfortable and not judged.   My first parkrun was in 2014. My mum had been a few times and…

Read more › News - 28th February 2023

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Brought to you by our friends at Vhi, in this week’s people of parkrun entry we hear from Alvaro Roy, a Business Consulting Freelancer from Kilkenny parkrun.    Name: Alvaro Roy Occupation: Business Consulting Freelancer Local parkrun: Kilkenny   How did you get involved in parkrun? I’m Spanish, I used to run in Spain once or twice a…

Read more › News - 27th February 2023

Five reasons we love the barcode

At parkrun, we’ve always tried to keep that event day experience the same as it was back when we began in 2004.   But one thing has evolved over the years – the barcode. Here we take a look at the importance of the barcode, and why we love it.   For the first five…

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Read more › News - 21st February 2023

Ruth Bannon is our Vhi parkrun Hero winner for January

The Vhi parkrun Hero award for the month of January has been awarded to Ruth Bannon from Malahide parkrun in Dublin.   The monthly award recognises and rewards inspirational, hardworking and dedicated members of the parkrun community who embody the ethos of parkrun or have made an outstanding contribution – be they participants or volunteers.   Ruth…

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Read more › News - 20th February 2023

It’s never too late for parkrun

Jan Stachow is a 94-year-old retired Polish army major who recently completed his 400th parkrun in Krakow, making him the oldest parkrunner in the world to boast such an achievement!    Jan enjoyed doing sports from an early age including: pole vaulting, gymnastics, fencing, swimming, parachute jumping, skiing and just before he turned 70, he…