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Read more › News - 26th September 2022

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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Read more › News - 26th September 2022

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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Read more › News - 19th September 2022

A family event

Joanne Simpson recently celebrated her 100 volunteer milestone accompanied by her five-week-old daughter, Charlie.   She tells us how parkrun has helped her mental health and how it’s become a family event.   My first parkrun was soon after I returned to work after having my first baby, Sammy, who is now six.   I…

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Read more › News - 13th September 2022

parkwalk campaign: your questions answered

What is the parkwalk campaign in a nutshell?   This is a global campaign to celebrate and promote walking at parkrun, to coincide with parkrun’s 18th anniversary (the first event took place in Bushy Park, London in October 2004).   It’s called parkrun, not parkwalk! Why are you focusing on walkers?    The name ‘parkrun’…

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Read more › News - 13th September 2022

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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Read more › News - 12th September 2022

It’s impossible to be too slow

Almost everyone has had the same thought at some point. I’m too old, young, shy, anxious, unfit…   When a friend suggested to Christie Farrow that she might like to take part in parkrun her reaction was “I’m too slow”.   Sport wasn’t part of Christie’s life growing up. It was something she enjoyed, but…

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Read more › News - 7th September 2022

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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Read more › News - 7th September 2022

parkrun Profile: Hagley

Nestled in the centre of Christchurch is the wide expanse of Hagley Park.   The park is divided North and South, and it’s North Hagley where you want to head towards, on Saturday mornings to join New Zealand’s most attended parkrun.   Event director Richard Malloch says Hagley parkrun offers Christchurch residents and visitors a…

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Read more › News - 7th September 2022

Why do pets become overweight?

Just like humans, it is important that our dogs are maintaining a healthy weight to help ensure they live long and healthy lives. Alarming statistics now reveal that globally, 59% of dogs are considered overweight, leading to a pet obesity crisis.   There are many reasons a dog can become overweight. However, one of the…

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Read more › News - 31st August 2022

parkrunning with lung cancer

Beck was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer just a week after completing a half-marathon. For her, attending parkrun makes a huge difference to her outlook and mental health, and it gives her an all important hour in the week to forget that she has cancer.   As someone who has never smoked, she wants…