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Being part of something larger than yourself

In April 2019, Mobilong Prison in Australia became the second prison in Australia to introduce parkrun. After a 15-month pause, the event recently returned to further strengthen the sense of belonging with the prison community.   It accommodates up to 470 male medium and low-security prisoners who, as well as being engaged with services and…

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Update on changes to milestone t-shirts

Earlier this year we announced some changes to the milestone t-shirts that recognise and reward individual participation at parkrun.   As we prepare to implement the new process, here’s the latest information.   Back in March 2021 we let you know about changes we are making to milestone t-shirts.   We had initially hoped that…

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Finding love at parkrun

Nikki Foster and Colin Ward had been unlucky in love, with a string of bad online dates behind them. While Nikki joined parkrun in January 2016 and Colin a few months later in June, they had never met there and wouldn’t meet in person until the following year.    Ready to give up online dating,…

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Malaysia update – August 13

In line with the current restrictions in place, our events in Malaysia remain closed. Please know that we will work to restart events as soon as the time is right.   Thank you for your continued support.

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Helping to change lives

Heidi Morrison was just 17 years old when she first became seriously ill. After initially responding with ‘no chance’ when encouraged to parkrun by a friend, once she finished the first one she was hooked.   Here, Heidi tells us how she is using her experiences to encourage other people to benefit from being more active….

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From Olympian to parkrunner

As the gaze of the sporting world falls onto the Tokyo Olympics, regular parkrunner Judy Pollock will be taking a keener interest than most.   At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Judy won a bronze medal in the 400 metres, the first of her three Olympic Games. Between 1965 and 1967, she set world…

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Donating a kidney to her twin got Jennie Parker tying her laces again

 Jennie Parker says she was a runner before having her children, but she’d got out of the habit due to “life’s busyness”.   It was when she gave the ultimate gift of life to her twin sister Sue in the UK that she thought of running again.   “It was going to be a way…

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parkrun returns in Northern Ireland

Saturday 26 June saw the welcome return of 5k events across Northern Ireland. We caught up with parkrunners, volunteers and event teams to hear all about the special weekend.   The Saturday morning buzz was well and truly back across Northern Ireland this weekend as 29 5km events welcomed more than 4,000 walkers, joggers and runners,…

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Building the confidence to believe

It was April 2015. 24-year-old Yvonne Tse had spent a year trying to get fit via a couch-to-5km program but to no avail, so she reluctantly joined her friend Olivia at parkrun. Yvonne explains how she caught the parkrun bug during the final kilometre of her very first parkrun.   I was very reluctant to…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 22 June

We took another big step forward last Saturday as 5k events returned in Denmark, the ninth country to see events restart post-COVID, plus we welcomed back junior parkrun events in Scotland.   In total nearly 60,000 people took part in 775 events around the world last weekend, including nearly 2,500 for the very first time….