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Top five reasons to walk at parkrun

Whether you’re finding your feet, not sure how to get started, craving some me time or are keen to introduce someone new to parkrun, here are five reasons why we love walking at parkrun to get you ready for #parkwalk!   Catch-up with friends   We know that life is expensive right now, so why…

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18 years of parkrun

To celebrate our 18th birthday, we’re taking a look back through the first 18 years of parkrunning!    The beginning   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.   Paul…

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parkwalk campaign: your questions answered

What is the parkwalk campaign in a nutshell?   This is a global campaign to celebrate and promote walking at parkrun, to coincide with parkrun’s 18th anniversary (the first event took place in Bushy Park, London in October 2004).   It’s called parkrun, not parkwalk! Why are you focusing on walkers?    The name ‘parkrun’…

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Introducing: parkwalk at parkrun!

This October marks 18 years since parkrun’s founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, shouted “Go!” at the very first parkrun event. We’d like to make this 18th anniversary one to remember by dedicating the whole month of October to something extra special…   parkwalk at parkrun!   Paul’s vision was that parkrun would be open to everyone, no…

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It’s impossible to be too slow

Almost everyone has had the same thought at some point. I’m too old, young, shy, anxious, unfit…   When a friend suggested to Christie Farrow that she might like to take part in parkrun her reaction was “I’m too slow”.   Sport wasn’t part of Christie’s life growing up. It was something she enjoyed, but…

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Celebrating the 500 volunteer milestone club

695,890 people across the world know how wonderful it can be to volunteer at parkrun.   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 of why volunteering comes with incredible physical and mental health benefits….

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The same wherever you are in the world

Last Saturday, parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt completed his 500th parkrun and joined the 500 milestone club. That’s 10 years worth of continual weekly parkruns, 2,500 kilometres covered, and countless coffees with old and new friends. Quite the achievement.   Whereas many may choose to celebrate such a milestone at the familiarity of their home event,…

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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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Forever grateful

Macey’s family had long been encouraging her to visit her local parkrun, and after a health episode she finally put on her shoes and joined in.   Macey explains the positive impacts parkrun has had on her life and why she has never looked back.   My parents and brother had been trying to convince…

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Breaking stereotypes

parkrun is the best way to spend Saturday morning in its most enjoyable form – actively, smiling and spending time with others. Everyone, regardless of their physical abilities, will find a place at parkrun.   It’s also a place that other organisations can use to support their clients. For example, the ‘Misz-Masz’ group took advantage of…