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Read more › News - 14th July 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 July

We’ve now seen parkrun New Zealand take place for the second weekend in a row, and it’s been great to welcome parkrunners back across the country.   Pleasingly we’ve not seen attendance negatively affected, and across all metrics we measure (for example age, gender, pre-registration activity levels, finish times) things are largely back to where…

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Read more › News - 8th July 2020

Sean McCann is our Vhi parkrun Hero winner for May

The Vhi parkrun Hero award for the month of May has been awarded to Sean McCann from Dundalk parkrun in Louth.   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 – whether they be participants or volunteers.  …

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Read more › News - 8th July 2020

Spotlight on: USA

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s the US! Having recently celebrated eight years since the first event took place, here is the story of parkrun USA…   The parkrun culture is communal, supportive,…

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Read more › News - 8th July 2020

Improving your mind and parkrun finish time with meditation

With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, the ability to reduce stress and build resilience has never been more relevant or important.   Dr Carolyn Ee is a GP, researcher, health and wellbeing advocate and runner. Dr Ee tells us more about meditation…   What is meditation?   Over the past few decades…

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Read more › News - 7th July 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 July

Saturday saw the long-awaited return of parkrun New Zealand, the first parkrun events back after an extended global lockdown, and a return, in that part of the world at least, to pre-Coronavirus routines. Since the earliest days of this challenge we had prioritised the work required to ensure a smooth return to action when the…

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Read more › News - 1st July 2020

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…

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Read more › News - 30th June 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 30 June

With just a few days left until the reopening of parkrun New Zealand it feels like we really are making excellent progress and, after fifteen Saturdays without a single parkrun anywhere in the world, this weekend we can all celebrate a great step forward.   Everyone has worked hard and waited patiently, and we can all be…

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Read more › News - 29th June 2020

Stretching for strength and mobility

Physiotherapist Laura Penhaul talks us through some more advanced strength and mobility exercises, all of which can be done without the need for expensive equipment.   Calf raises   Start off by doing your calf raises with both feet on the floor and do them slowly – each calf raise should take 6 seconds. Once you’ve mastered that,…

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Read more › News - 29th June 2020

Spotlight on: Singapore

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s Singapore! Event Ambassador Dominic Watkins gives us the low-down…   When Carol Cunningham, founding Event Director of Albert Melbourne parkrun in Australia, was offered a job transfer…

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Read more › News - 24th June 2020

Vhi launch Virtual Women’s Mini Marathon

Calling all female parkrunners! Are you taking part in this year’s Vhi Virtual Women’s Mini Marathon? Make sure you sign up today as registration is now open!   Vhi are delighted to launch a special virtual edition of the event for 2020 in recognition of the hundreds of charities that depend on the Women’s Mini…

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