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Read more › News - 26th November 2020

Vanning All Over NZ

When you live in a motorhome you can travel to lots of parkruns.   But even better, while you’re not part of a permanent community, you find you’re part of the countrywide running community.   Lee is from Brisbane, Australia. Carly is a Kiwi with family in Wellington. They have three kids – Eli, 11,…

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Read more › News - 26th November 2020

Evidence on the reach and impact of parkrun: a review

A team of academics reviewed existing research highlighting that parkrun participants show improvements in, among other things, fitness, total physical activity, and mood.   Here, one of the researchers, Dr Anne Grunseit from the Prevention Research Collaboration at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, talks us through the findings.   parkrun is…

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Read more › News - 24th November 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 24 November

It’s been another week of significant progress for the parkrun family around the world.   Last Saturday saw more than 12,400 people walk, jog, run or volunteer at 117 events across five parkrun countries. There were also almost 600 first timers, and we’d particularly like to extend a warm welcome to those taking what might…

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Read more › News - 19th November 2020

Two seconds at a time

Deborah Biggs was encouraged to take part in parkrun when the band she plays in staged a ‘parkrun takeover’. Here she tells us how she’s gone from being terrified, to not being able to wait for parkrunday every week.   I did my first ever 5k about five years ago, a Race for Life which…

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Read more › News - 19th November 2020

From loneliness to happiness

Haruka Murayama is Event director at Tsujido kaihin koen parkrun in Japan. But her first introduction to parkrun was over in Northern Ireland. Here she tells us how parkrun helped her combat homesickness and improved her confidence.   It was about two years ago, early January of 2018, when I discovered parkrun for the first…

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Read more › News - 17th November 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 17 November

It was wonderful to see events start back in Namibia at the weekend, the fifth parkrun territory to welcome back events since the Coronavirus pandemic paused parkrun across the world in March.   We were looking forward to reopening in South Australia this coming Saturday, but sadly new infections and a subsequent two week state-wide…

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Read more › News - 12th November 2020

10 years of parkrun in the island of Ireland!

This month the island of Ireland celebrated 10 years of parkrun, and Country Manager Matt Shields told us all about the history of parkrun Ireland.   parkrun first came to the island of Ireland at the Waterworks in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in November 2010. The event in Waterworks park was started by a team of…

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Read more › News - 12th November 2020

University of Waikato parkrun launches

New Zealand’s newest event launched on the weekend, the first event to be hosted at a University. Event Director Nicola Clayden takes a look back at launch day.   Lex Chalmers cut the ribbon to launch the University of Waikato parkrun, New Zealand’s 32nd parkrun! Lex is the architect of this course; his perseverance and…

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Read more › News - 10th November 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 10 November

Somehow another week has passed by, and it’s time for another update on parkrun around the world. Whilst progress can appear to be slow (or even non-existent) in many parts of the world at the moment, we feel it’s important we continue to celebrate small milestones, and to share the positive steps the parkrun family…

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Read more › News - 5th November 2020

Sam and his Ooman

Earlier this year Hamilton Lake parkrun lost their doggie icon – Sam. It was sad for a large number of the Hamilton Lake parkrun family.   Run Director Helen Moore paid tribute to their four-legged friend and his ‘ooman’, Jason.   I have been a Run Director since parkrun started in October 2013. It was…

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