News - 11th March 2020

A huge celebration at International Women’s Day parkrun!

49634083876_e2cd81d655_3k (1)

In a celebration of female participation to mark International Women’s Day, #IWDparkrun welcomed an astonishing 15,000 additional women and girls at parkruns all around the world.

 

On Saturday 7 March 2020, we were delighted to see almost 151,000 women and girls walking, jogging or running at parkrun globally.

 

Our social feeds lit up with heart-warming stories of inspirational women supporting each other and creating a party atmosphere at parkrun events around the world.

 

And previous parkrun records tumbled as women and girls turned out en masse in a celebration of positivity and community.

 

  •  An inspirational 3,000 female first timers joined us to complete their very first 5k
  • The IWDparkrun saw the biggest number of female volunteers ever recorded at parkrun
  • An incredible 15,630 women and girls were hi vis heroes across the globe on the day.
  • We’re so proud to say this is 2,000 more female volunteers than a typical Saturday, with 400 women and girls volunteering for the very first time.
  • In England 70% of Run Directors on the day were female (59% globally),

 

A huge well done to you all!

 

parkrunners brought along their female friends, colleagues and family members and walked, jogged, ran, and volunteered together, proudly sporting purple, our chosen color for the day. Others came along to watch and cheer their family and friends, soaking up the carnival atmosphere.

 

Many parkruns boasted teams of all female pacers, and introduced a dedicated First Timer’s Welcome Brief for the event.

 

parkrun really is a world for everyone, no matter your age, background, fitness level or gender, and it was wonderful to see so many women and girls joining us. Many for the very first time.

 

Welcome to the family, we can’t wait to see you again.

 

Although #IWDparkrun was held on one day, it is hoped that the impact will be far more long-lasting!

 

Share this with friends:

EUNaEKVXYAEOfco-1

Six ways to recreate parkrun at home

After 15 years of parkrun taking place every single week, like us, you’re probably missing your Saturday morning routine   We’ve come up with six ways you can recreate the parkrun experience whilst staying safe in the comforts of your own home…     1. Put on your kit and represent   We’re all spending the vast majority of…

Darina Hynes picture (Darina in the middle)

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Name: Darina Hynes Age: 40 Occupation: Scientist Local parkrun: Tymon Number of parkruns completed: 102   How did you get involved in parkrun? My friend recommended her local parkrun but was a little far away for me so I decided to check out Tymon parkrun on my own one Saturday morning in October 2017 and…