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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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Welcome to parkrun!

parkrun events provide a safe, welcoming and friendly community for everyone, whether you want to come along and walk, jog, run, volunteer, spectate or meet new people.    We encourage you to share the below article with those who may benefit from the support of the parkrun community.    A Ukrainian translation of the article…

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Strengthening bonds and reducing loneliness

Mr Kobayashi is Event Director at Hikarigaoka parkrun in Tokyo. Inspired by the Tokyo Paralympics, he trained as a guide runner and it just so happened his first visually impaired (VI) partner wanted to participate in parkrun.   Here he talks us through his VI training, and what it’s like to guide at parkrun.  …

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A true freedom run

Don Khan AuKmt said completing a parkrun was close to the top of his ‘to do’ list when he was released from eight years in immigration detention recently.   Don, a Rohingya refugee from Myanmar, came to Australia alone by boat at just 17 years of age in October 2013.   He was picked up…

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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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