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parkrun South Africa turns 10

Lions delaying the start, whale sightings on the coast, curious giraffes and pre-event briefings in Zulu. This month, parkrun South Africa turns 10.   To celebrate, parkrun South Africa President Bruce Fordyce talks us through the growth of parkrun across a country that now boasts the slowest average parkrun finish time at 42.57.   One…

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Feeling proud

Gerry Flaherty’s wife, Carmel Brennan, has not missed a Saturday 5k (not)parkrun since the parkrun events were paused in March 2020.   Here he tells us how proud he is of her.   Carmel ran her first-ever parkrun on 31 August, 2013. At this time, she was totally new to running and had just joined…

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We are with you

Staying connected can be one of the most important motivators on any journey, it’s vital for our mental and physical health.   We’re into week 5 of the #parkrunresolution and we encourage you to keep connecting.   We know that the power of parkrun lies not just in helping people to become more physically active,…

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parkwalk is here

Ready to strive for five? Here’s your eight week guide to successfully completing a 5k walk.   You can walk at the same pace throughout or, if you want, you can alter the pace that you walk as indicated below. Remember that any plan is only a guide, so please do go at your own…

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Why we should never have to justify going for a run

With Christmas fast approaching, our Global Head of Communications, Russ Jefferys, discusses why exercise should never be used as punishment   It’s that time of year again. Christmas songs on the radio, a calendar full of festive party invitations and ironically ‘bad’ seasonal knitwear.   But in recent years, a new tradition has started to…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 22 September

On Saturday we welcomed back Cape Pembroke Lighthouse parkrun, in the Falkland Islands, and all three events in Australia’s Northern Territory, representing another positive moment in the gradual return of parkrun events around the world.   It was great to see the unofficial parkrun podcast, With Me Now, live-streaming from Nightcliff and Palmerston parkruns. If…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 15 September

There are just a few days to go before this Saturday’s reopening of Cape Pembroke Lighthouse parkrun on the Falkland Islands, as well as all three events in Australia’s Northern Territory. It’s an incredibly exciting time for all of us and I’m sure I can speak on behalf of the entire parkrun family when I…

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The time to act is now

We face the prospect of living in a world where being apart becomes normal, and where the risk associated with social interaction and participating in physical activity is deemed to outweigh the benefit.   parkrun’s Global Head of Health and Wellbeing Chrissie Wellington tells us why the time is now for resuming parkrun.   Following…

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parkrun to return in England

parkrun Global Chief Executive Officer Nick Pearson announces intent to resume parkrun events in England toward the end of October.   Ever since parkrun events closed in the UK and across the world, we’ve been focused on understanding how and when we would be able to resume in a safe and appropriate way.   Throughout, we…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 8 September

We are delighted to confirm that, as announced on local channels last Friday, parkrun is set to return in the Falkland Islands (Cape Pembroke Lighthouse parkrun) and in Australia’s Northern Territory on Saturday 19 September.   As we confirmed in last week’s update, there are clear and specific local guidelines that permit us to return…

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