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Read more › News - 6th July 2022

It sets you up for the day

Bernie O’Regan has volunteered more than 60 times at parkrun and loves it. Here she tells us what it means to her, and why everyone should give it a go.   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…

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Read more › News - 18th May 2022

Celebrating National Volunteer Week

Volunteering has always been one of the cornerstones and great success stories of parkrun. But the way that we view the involvement of those who volunteer has evolved significantly.   In Ireland, the volunteers clock up a staggering 78,000 instances of volunteering between them every year.   These participants proudly wear the parkrun hi-vis and, in…

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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 - 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 - 22nd September 2021

How to volunteer at parkrun

parkruns are community events delivered every weekend by volunteers. Anyone and everyone can be a volunteer. You need no prior experience and you can volunteer regularly, or just once in a while.   All the roles are explained to you on the day, it’s super easy, fun and rewarding. Plus you get to feel a part…

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Read more › News - 15th September 2021

The comeback begins!

There was tangible joy at the weekend as 42 5k events returned across Ireland for the first time since March 2020, marking the beginning of a long-awaited return across the country.    Here are seven reasons to celebrate.   1. Where 5k events have returned, 11-14 year-olds are now back at junior parkruns    The…

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Read more › Uncategorized - 14th July 2021

So much easier

Bangor parkrunners Colette McIntyre and Gillian Shorter have been timekeeping and barcode scanning using the Virtual Volunteer app.    Here they tell us how it works, how easy it is, and why they never want to go back to using the previous equipment.     Colette’s story   I’ve previously done timekeeping with the old…

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Read more › News - 20th December 2017

Putting parkrunners in the picture

People have been asking me a lot lately why I am always taking photos at parkrun and never actually running, so I thought I would explain how not being able to run has helped me fall in love with volunteering.   After a successful Dublin City Marathon last year, and running parkrun through the winter,…

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Read more › News - 1st December 2017

Volunteer – and enjoy your weekends forever!

This is a post about my experience volunteering at my local Oranmore parkrun over the past few months. It’s been a very important part of my life and the local community for more than a year now – and these are my thoughts on why I enjoy the experience every Saturday morning.   I was…

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Read more › News - 23rd November 2017

Walk, run, volunteer – on the same day!

My name is Kay and I am 12. I have been a parkrunner for three years and I try to volunteer a few times each year. At any parkrun it is super easy to volunteer, there are even lots of roles you can do and still run. I was talking with my mum and we were trying…