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Read more › News - 1st October 2021

Growing up with parkrun

Did you know children can volunteer at parkrun too? More than 85,000 of those aged 4-14 already have!   Every week we welcome tens of thousands of children to parkrun events all over the world as walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers, at both 5k parkruns and the 2k junior series.     Over the past…

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Read more › News - 1st October 2021

17 years of parkrun

On Saturday 2 October 2004, 13 runners and five volunteers turned up to Bushy Park in Teddington, London, for a free, timed, 5k run, known then as the Bushy Park Time Trial. Little did they know what they had started.   Paul and Joanne Sinton-Hewitt, Duncan Gaskell, Simon Hedger and Robin Drummond made up the…

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Read more › News - 29th September 2021

Letting insight be our guide

Over the past 17 years we’ve placed a high priority on listening to the parkrun community and gathering insight to help support our decision making.    It’s really important for us to keep on top of how the parkrun community is feeling and, over the past few years, we have focused our efforts on gathering…

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Read more › News - 29th September 2021

The parkrun Ambassador Programme

Volunteer ambassadors play a massive role in helping support parkrun’s mission to create a healthier and happier planet.   We sat down with Jaz Bangerh, Head of HR and Volunteer Management, to find out more about the parkrun Ambassador Programme.    What is the Ambassador Programme?   The parkrun Ambassador Programme was originally created in the…

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Read more › News - 29th September 2021

An opportunity for everyone – The roster can never be full

Anyone and everyone is welcome to volunteer at parkrun, a course can never have too many marshals, and more tail walkers equals more fun!   Volunteering is super easy, and there’s no training or experience required – it’ll also make you feel great. But don’t take our word for it.   Read on to find…

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Read more › News - 28th September 2021

Something for everyone

For Esther Stanier, volunteering at parkrun gave her back a sense of purpose, routine and a way to feel “useful”. Here she explains why, and recommends everyone gives it a go!   I am so proud to be part of the parkrun community.   My first parkrun was August 2015 at Cuerden Valley parkrun. I really…

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Read more › News - 28th September 2021

Celebrating 17 years – The evolution of volunteering at parkrun

It’s parkrun’s 17th anniversary this coming weekend and, to mark the occasion, we’re celebrating everything volunteering.    We’ve learnt a lot over the years, and here, for the first time, we’re telling the story of what we once thought about volunteering, how that’s changed, and what it might look like in the future.   Volunteering…

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Read more › News - 27th September 2021

Striking gold

Accompanied by guide dog Poppy, Neil Skene took on the Run Director role at Ury Riverside parkrun.   Inspired by the paralympics, Neil wanted to showcase people with disabilities, and the inclusive nature of parkrun provided the perfect opportunity for him to do just that.   After participating in all previous twenty-two events, my 23rd…

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Read more › News - 27th September 2021

Join us on a journey through volunteering

This week it’s parkrun’s 17th Anniversary and to celebrate we’re taking a look back at 17 years of volunteering.   Here’s what you can expect for #parkrun17.     There were five volunteers at the very first parkrun, including Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE. Now, more than half a million people have volunteered across over 2,200 locations in…