Read more › News - 21st March 2023

Asperger’s: my superpower

Matthew Akpan’s superpower, Asperger’s Syndrome, has seen him become an esteemed parkrunner and complete some brilliant challenges for charity in memory of his father.   I’ve been running since the age of 13 years old, when I started at my running club in 2002. Since my first parkrun in 2008, I’ve completed over 330 parkruns at…

Read more › News - 7th March 2023

parkrun is my safe space

Izzy has anxiety and often finds going out and about on her own scary and difficult. She has been a parkrunner since 2014 and finds her local parkrun community offers her a safe space where she feels comfortable and not judged.   My first parkrun was in 2014. My mum had been a few times and…

Read more › News - 11th January 2023

Five tips for your first volunteering at parkrun

If volunteering for the first time at parkrun is one of your New Year’s resolutions but you’re not sure what to expect, read our five tips for volunteering to see why we love it so much!   1) Take someone with you     From our volunteering research, we know that some people who are volunteering…

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Read more › News - 14th December 2022

Finally getting my camera out again

Have you ever wondered what a parkrun looks like over in Japan? You’re in the right place! We recently talked to Ikeya Kenjiro, the event director at Kashiwanoha parkrun about how it changed his Saturday mornings, and why he loves volunteering at parkrun.   I first heard about parkrun in April 2019 when a flyer was delivered…

Read more › News - 7th September 2022

Celebrating the 500 volunteer milestone club

695,890 people across the world know how wonderful it can be to volunteer at parkrun and junior parkrun, with some doing both on the same weekend!    Getting some fresh air and vitamin D, meeting new people, being with family and friends, getting active, problem solving, team building, and gaining life skills are just a few examples…

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Read more › News - 31st August 2022

parkrunning with lung cancer

Beck was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer just a week after completing a half-marathon. For her, attending parkrun makes a huge difference to her outlook and mental health, and it gives her an all important hour in the week to forget that she has cancer.   As someone who has never smoked, she wants…

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Read more › News - 12th January 2022

Why I love volunteering

Here Anne Carr tells us about how much she enjoys volunteering at Letterkenny parkrun and she encourages you to give it a try for yourself.   I joined Letterkenny parkrun in March of 2019 after some gentle encouragement from my daughter.  This confirmed one thing for me, I am not a runner!   However, I…

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Read more › News - 8th December 2021

Constant, supportive and enjoyable

Louisa Lally treasures parkrun. She credits the community for getting her through a difficult time post pregnancy, and helping her regaining her fitness.   I’ve had a long term love affair with parkrun.   My first few years were spent racking up my total number of parkruns, attending post-parkrun coffees and organising my holidays around…

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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…

Read more › News - 29th September 2021

Bursting with parkrun joy

Nearly 8,000 walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers participated at parkrun this weekend, as 5k events continued to return across Ireland.    Here, we take a look at some of the best photos and stories from the 90 events that took place.    Spoiler alert – expect lots of happy faces!   One of the 5k…

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