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A triumphant return thanks to the Tail Walkers

Glen Meredith has an intellectual disability, autism and bipolar. In late 2019 he was hospitalised with pneumonia and para influenza A and spent two weeks on a ventilator in ICU.   After a year of rehabilitation, which included learning to independently get out of bed, dress and walk, Glen returned to parkrun. Glen’s sister Sue explains how…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 6 April

The situation with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to be somewhat turbulent in nearly every parkrun territory.   Whilst some of the parkrun family are experiencing a challenging time at the moment with increasing lockdown restrictions, others are beginning to see the green shoots of recovery.   In South Africa, the Government recently amended the…

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It’s our thing

For Karen Martin the silver lining to lockdown has been her daughter’s discovery of a love of (not)parkrunning, an activity they enjoy together. Karen tells us about her own parkrun journey, and how excited she is to go to her first parkrun event with her daughter.   Having heard about parkrun through a teacher at…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 30 March

Whilst, this week, there are no significant changes that impact the 22 countries in which we operate, we are delighted to confirm that we expect 52 junior parkrun events to restart in England on Sunday 11 April.   As we continue to work through the reopening checklist with our junior teams, and receive the necessary…

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Research on running through COVID-19

University of Nottingham researchers are looking for runners of all levels to take part in a study examining how their running habits have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what impact running could potentially have on the virus itself.   This research is supported by The parkrun Research Board, and here’s how you can take…

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Is there somewhere I can leave my leg, please?

Major Kate Philp, a former Royal Artillery officer, lost her left leg below the knee on duty in 2008. Now a member of the core team at her local parkrun, she talks us through her inspirational parkrun journey.   “Is there somewhere safe I can leave my leg, please?”   This probably isn’t the question that many Volunteer…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 23 March

Writing this on the one-year anniversary of the UK going into lockdown, it’s difficult to comprehend the challenges we’ve all faced over the last 12 months. And it’s quite remarkable to know that, wherever you are in the world as you read this message, you will undoubtedly have been impacted negatively in some way.  …

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Changes to milestone t-shirts

Ever since January 2007, when Darren Wood became the first individual to complete 100 parkruns, milestone t-shirts (actually it was a fleece to begin with) have been awarded to recognise individual participation at parkrun.   Celebrating persistence and consistency, milestone t-shirts have become immensely popular, and are an important motivating force, encouraging parkrunners to return…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 16 March

This week marks exactly one year since we closed all parkrun events globally in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.     The announcement we made on 18 March 2020 was the start of what would become a weekly update: a commitment to provide regular news and insight, to offer transparency in our decision making…

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Breaking down barriers

This time last year, to mark International Women’s Day 2020, parkrun countries came together in a global celebration of female participation.   Here, we look back on that special day, the legacy it left behind, and parkrun’s ongoing commitment to breaking down barriers to participation for women and girls.   On the 8 March 2020,…