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parkwalker role explained

As part of the parkwalk campaign this October, we are introducing a brand new volunteer role – the parkwalker!   It has been created to demonstrate that walking at parkrun is both encouraged and valued.   Why “parkwalker”?   Inclusivity and participation, rather than speed, has been a key principle of parkrun since day one….

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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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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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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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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…

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The same but different

Earlier this week the USA celebrated Independence Day. It’s a day of national pride and celebration, so in our own spin we turn the spotlight on three American parkruns to highlight their unique differences, while at their heart having the same friendly and welcoming core.   We start off in Florida, where we have Depot…

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Great to be back

Anne Hanley is delighted to be back at parkrun after her treatment and recovery from breast cancer. Here she tells us how that return to parkrun felt.   I started parkrunning because it was a way to get back into some regular exercise and it was something my husband and I could enjoy together. We…

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A family affair

All around the world children and young people take part in parkrun events with their families. The UK, Ireland and Australia even have a junior parkrun series, which is 2k on a Sunday.   The first junior parkrun took place 12 years ago this month. What better time to take a closer look at families…

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Three years of parkrun Japan

Three years on from the launch of parkrun Japan, there are now 29 events spread over a country that is made up of more than 7,000 islands.    Events in the region even helped with the 2011 tsunami recovery project.   Haru is the Japanese word for spring, a time of year that symbolises new…

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