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Ten years of parkrun Poland

The first parkrun in Poland took place on 15 October 2011.   As the country celebrates its ten year parkrun anniversary, we take a look back at some special moments.   When back in the autumn of 2011, five participants arrived at the very first Polish location: parkrun Gdynia, no one was able to predict…

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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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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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A special day!

Every parkrun is special, providing an opportunity for everybody – walkers, joggers, runners, and volunteers to be together and create an inclusive, unique, and positive community. But some parkruns are even more special when they are held on a significant date!   parkrun has always been about community and bringing together people from all walks…

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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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Tayla and Steve take on parkrun in the “purple peanut”

Tayla Taseff loves crossing the parkrun finish line before her dad Steve each week.   Steve pushes Tayla, 22, around parkrun in her “purple peanut” wheelchair each week.   Tayla has cerebral palsy, but she refers to it as “cool people syndrome”.   “We are very cool humans,” Tayla said.   Tayla is not wheelchair-bound…

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I’m new person

Leanne Hall has lived most of her life experiencing up to 10 seizures a day. After her fourth brain surgery, she is now getting used to living seizure free.   Leanne credits parkrun for playing a huge part in her recovery.   I was diagnosed with a dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial (DNET) brain tumour the size of a…

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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,…