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Read more › News, Uncategorized - 8th July 2021

My parkrun journey

With the Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, we revisit Sarah Barnes’ story of discovering parkrun in the UK and how that guided her to bring parkrun to her new home at Miyazaki.   I remember my mum telling me about parkrun back in December 2014; she’d heard about it on Radio 4. Neither of…

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Read more › News - 1st July 2021

A Family Milestone

Sara Struckman and her family temporarily moved to Auckland about two years ago from the United States. With their time in NZ now coming to an end, they have many wonderful memories to take back to the U.S., not least a fulfilling and rewarding experience with parkrun.   “We had never heard of parkrun but…

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Read more › News - 1st July 2021

parkrun returns in Northern Ireland

Saturday 26 June saw the welcome return of 5k events across Northern Ireland. We caught up with parkrunners, volunteers and event teams to hear all about the special weekend.   The Saturday morning buzz was well and truly back across Northern Ireland this weekend as 29 5km events welcomed more than 4,000 walkers, joggers and runners,…

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Read more › News - 24th June 2021

Do you volunteer?

How you choose to participate at parkrun, and whether or not you choose to go, is entirely up to you. Getting involved as a walker, runner, volunteer or spectator, parkrun means different things to different people on different weeks. What is consistent, however, is how we get involved must always be a choice.   When…

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Read more › News - 22nd June 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 22 June

We took another big step forward last Saturday as 5k events returned in Denmark, the ninth country to see events restart post-COVID, plus we welcomed back junior parkrun events in Scotland.   In total nearly 60,000 people took part in 775 events around the world last weekend, including nearly 2,500 for the very first time….

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Read more › News - 17th June 2021

Igniting my passion for parkrun

I’m Alita and I am 32, and prior to parkrun I would complain at having to do a 100-metre warm-up at my local Boot Camp!   That was November 2018 and I was on a health and fitness journey. I had lost almost 30kg. One morning whilst out of my morning coffee walk we saw…

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Read more › News - 15th June 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 15 June

With the restart of 72 events in Poland, last weekend saw the most parkrun events take place globally since the pandemic began last March. Nearly 66,000 individuals participated at one of 768 events across eight countries.   Every event that restarts represents a huge step forward and should give all of us great reassurance and…

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Read more › News - 10th June 2021

Just one chunk at a time

Helen Young started parkrunning three years ago after looking for local volunteering opportunities. Seeing how friendly and inclusive it was, she eventually took on the 5k course herself, and now she has set off to virtually run the perimeter of Sierra Leone in 5k chunks.   My first parkrun was about three years ago. I…

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Read more › News - 10th June 2021

Helping to recover

Garrett Hoffman had already decided that parkrun was something that was key to a happy and healthy life.   But it was when he broke his pelvis that he got to see how parkrun could help with his recovery.   In February 2018 the 40-year-old Puarenga parkrunner was out riding a quad bike.   “There…

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Read more › News - 8th June 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 8 June

Last weekend we saw 700 events take place across seven countries, with more than 62,000 participants enjoying the magic of free, community-led, outdoor, social physical activity opportunities.   It is so encouraging to see these events welcomed back by local communities, and to see our COVID-19 Framework in action and working well. This COVID-specific framework…