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Read more › News - 26th July 2022

I can’t imagine my life without it

It might have taken six years from first registering with parkrun to taking part in her first event, but Meighan Walker says that she has finally found ‘her’ community.   Meighan is well aware of the contradiction. She’s a sociable person but an antisocial runner – preferring to jog only in the shadows of early…

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Read more › News - 20th June 2022

parkrun from another perspective

Kirsty Robben (fourth from right) recently volunteered at parkrun for the first time. She explains how volunteering helped her find her way back into parkrun following a bout of COVID-19, and how it provided her with a very different perspective of parkrun.   I’ve been doing parkrun since 2019. We had just moved to Napier from Wellington…

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Read more › News - 26th May 2022

Finding a new home at parkrun

Jane was living in Ukraine until her life was turned upside down in a single moment. After initially hiding in a bunker, she and her mother made the difficult journey to Italy and found a family to stay with.   In the midst of unrest, Jane tells us how the kindness of the parkrun community…

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Read more › News - 18th May 2022

I just love taking part

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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Read more › News - 11th May 2022

Maria Amos’ new normal leads to parkrun and volunteering

A snowboarding accident five years ago changed everything for Maria Amos.   And while it’s changed how she lives, she loves that she can stay involved with parkrun.   At the time of her accident she was an active gym-goer, a runner training for her first marathon and she had an abundance of energy.  …

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Read more › News - 5th May 2022

parkrun New Zealand turns 10

This week we celebrate ten years of parkrunning in New Zealand. On May 5, 2012, 89 people, including volunteers participated at the very first event on the Lower Hutt riverbank.   Lian and Noel de Charmoy introduced parkrun to New Zealand after visiting their dear friend and parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt at Bushy Park in…

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Read more › News - 13th January 2022

Just like riding a bike

Volunteering is a bit like riding a bike – especially when you reach your 250th milestone.   Denise Poelijoe reached that milestone on Saturday, the same day her dad Owen reached his 25th volunteer milestone.   Denise was on 248 volunteer days when New Zealand went into lockdown and parkrun put on pause.   The…

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Read more › News - 2nd December 2021

The Gift of Volunteering

It’s no secret that volunteers are one of the great success stories of parkrun. It’s staggering that since the very first event in 2004, where five volunteers supported 13 runners, more than half a million different people around the globe have pulled on the parkrun high-vis.   In the same way that parkrun couldn’t happen…

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Read more › News - 6th October 2021

17 years of parkrun

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. Little did they know what they had started.   Paul and Joanne Sinton-Hewitt, Duncan Gaskell, Simon Hedger and Robin Drummond made up the…

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Read more › News - 30th September 2021

Celebrating 17 years – The evolution of volunteering at parkrun

It’s parkrun’s 17th anniversary this coming weekend and, to mark the occasion, we’re celebrating everything volunteering.    We’ve learnt a lot over the years, and here, for the first time, we’re telling the story of what we once thought about volunteering, how that’s changed, and what it might look like in the future.   Volunteering…

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