parkrun has been so much more than a run or walk in the park since its beginnings 14 years ago. The seed that Paul Sinton-Hewitt planted has grown into a global international movement that is empowering people and communities, building friendships, solving societal problems, instilling confidence and, in the simplest terms, making people healthier and happier.
In fact, the focus on health and wellbeing is so integral to parkrun that we have made it our mission to create a “healthier happier planet”.
But it isn’t sufficient to simply have a grandiose mission statement. Rhetoric needs to be supported by understanding and action.
We want to understand precisely how we are impacting the health and wellbeing of people and communities, we want to know what we are doing well, and what we might be able to do better. Rather than base our activities on assumptions we want to be guided by what you - the parkrun community – tell us. We need to understand what parkrun means to you and the impact that a free, weekly event is having on you and the communities in which you live.
Ever ambitious, we are not content with only speaking to a few. We want to listen to the whole parkrun community across UK and Ireland. To do that we commissioned Sheffield Hallam University to develop a survey, the first of its kind for parkrun, to enable us to understand the impact we are having on the health and wellbeing. This was emailed to more than 2.6 million registered parkrunners over the age of 16 in the UK and Ireland on Monday 29 October.
If you have been emailed a survey it would be fantastic if you could spare 10 minutes of your time to complete it. The deadline for responses is Monday 12 November.
Every single response really is appreciated and will help support our efforts to make the world healthier and happier – changing the lives of thousands of people who take part in parkrun every single week.
Thank you for your support of the survey, and of parkrun.
Chrissie Wellington OBE
Global Head of Health and Wellbeing
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