Read more › News - 11th May 2022

parkrun New Zealand turns 10

We’re celebrating 10 years of parkrunning in New Zealand! On May 5, 2012, 89 walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers participated at the very first event on the Lower Hutt riverbank.   Lian and Noel de Charmoy introduced parkrun to New Zealand after visiting their dear friend and parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt at Bushy Park in…

Read more › News - 11th May 2022

Stephen McCormack is our Vhi parkrun Hero winner for March

The Vhi parkrun Hero award for the month of January has been awarded to Stephen McCormack from Longford parkrun.   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 walker, jogger, runner or volunteer.   Stephen is…

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Read more › News - 6th May 2022

Sharon’s volunteer story

In this blog, we hear Sharon’s volunteering story. She tells us why you won’t regret signing up to be a volunteer at parkrun!   In January 2017, I was taking part in a 5k a day challenge for the Donal Walsh charity. Also taking part with Siobhan Kearney (our esteemed local event director) and she…

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Read more › News - 5th May 2022

Bernie’s volunteer story

Bernie is a volunteer at Tralee parkrun. As part of our celebrations for National Volunteer Week, she tells us how she first got into volunteering at parkrun.   I started volunteering at parkrun in early 2015, when my friend Siobhan Kearney, our Event Director, asked if I’d like to help out with our inaugural event…

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Read more › News - 5th May 2022

Bridget’s story

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we hear how Bridget got into volunteering about parkrun and what she loves about it!   How did you find out about parkrun? Back in 2015, a friend had mentioned that a free, weekly, timed 5k walk/run was taking place on Saturday mornings, at 9.30am in Tralee Town Park. Not feeling…

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Read more › News - 5th May 2022

Volunteering at parkrun

In celebration of National Volunteering Week, 16-22 May, we hear from Margaret, who tells us how she first began volunteering at parkrun.   We started parkrun in June 2018 as a way to get our sedentary family up and moving.  We were very, very nervous on that first Saturday morning but the welcome we received…

Read more › News - 4th May 2022

World Athletics celebrates Kid’s Athletic Day

To mark the launch of the new Kids’ Athletics programme, World Athletics will be celebrating Kids’ Athletics Day on 7 May with organisations around the world.   The vision behind Kids’ Athletics is the belief that every child is born to move, to play, to explore. No matter where they are in the world, no…

Read more › News - 4th May 2022

Celebrate togetherness with Thank You Day

On Saturday 4-5 June, we would love for parkrun and junior parkrun events to come together and celebrate togetherness, gratitude, and all things community – the beating heart of parkrun.    Of course, parkrun events are already a fantastic way of uniting people, but why not extend the togetherness with a delicious post-parkrun picnic?  …

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Read more › News - 4th May 2022

Sign up to the Vhi 2022 Women’s Mini Marathon

For the first time in two years, the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is back with a physical event on Sunday 5 June! Our friends at Vhi are inviting people of all fitness levels to celebrate the return by walking, jogging or running the 10k distance in Dublin this June.   Vhi’s ambassadors, Roz Purcell and…

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Read more › News - 27th April 2022

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

In this week’s people of parkrun entry, we hear from Michele Power from Waterford Nature parkrun. She gives us her advice to anyone who hasn’t been to parkrun before and tells us what she loves about parkrun!   Name: Michele Power Occupation: Retired Local parkrun: Waterford City, Kilbarry Nature Park   How did you get…