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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 July

Saturday saw the long-awaited return of parkrun New Zealand, the first parkrun events back after an extended global lockdown, and a return, in that part of the world at least, to pre-Coronavirus routines. Since the earliest days of this challenge we had prioritised the work required to ensure a smooth return to action when the…

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Spotlight on: USA

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s the US! Having recently celebrated eight years since the first event took place, here is the story of parkrun USA…   The parkrun culture is communal, supportive,…

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Stretching for strength and mobility

Physiotherapist Laura Penhaul talks us through some more advanced strength and mobility exercises, all of which can be done without the need for expensive equipment.   Calf raises   Start off by doing your calf raises with both feet on the floor and do them slowly – each calf raise should take 6 seconds. Once you’ve mastered that,…

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Spotlight on: Singapore

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s Singapore! Event Ambassador Dominic Watkins gives us the low-down…   When Carol Cunningham, founding Event Director of Albert Melbourne parkrun in Australia, was offered a job transfer…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 23 June

Over the last few months we’ve attempted to keep things as simple as possible, to focus on the critical tasks required, and to provide clarity around our decisions.   This week we’d like to take the opportunity to revisit part of our strategy for reopening parkrun.   As countries relax their respective lockdown restrictions we…

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Spotlight on: Norway

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s Norway, and Country Manager Deri Thomas tells us all about the history of parkrun Norway.   parkrun Norway started in August 2017, exactly a year after parkrun…

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Four tips for beginning to walk, jog or run on your own

With parkrun paused around the world, many are now faced with the new prospect of walking, jogging or running on their own.   We’ve put together four simple tips to help you along the way.   1. Start small and be kind to yourself.   If you’ve never done the 5k distance on your own,…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 16 June

When, in March this year, we closed all our events, the symbolism of that impacted everyone in one way or another. Whilst we knew it was coming, that first Saturday without a single parkrun event anywhere in the world was a moment that most of us could never have imagined would ever happen.   Within…

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Spotlight on: Japan

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s Japan! Chiaki Okada tells us the story behind how parkrun launched in and grew in Japan.   Konnichi wa. My name is Chiaki Okada and I was born…

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(not)parkrun is here!

We’re excited to announce the launch of (not)parkrun!   Over the past several weeks whilst parkrun has been suspended we’ve been finding different ways to keep the parkrun community engaged: from quizzes to the School of parkrun, Instagram and Facebook Live interviews and warm-ups on YouTube.   Many parkrun events have also been creative in…

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