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Read more › News - 13th May 2021

Don’t compare yourself to others

Carl Barnes found parkrun as he was recovering from alcohol addiction. The sense of achievement inspired him to keep going, and inspire his friends and family along the way.    Here he takes us on his parkrun journey.   I spent the first half of 2018 recovering from alcohol addiction and its accompanying health issues….

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Read more › News - 11th May 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 11 May

It was fantastic to see more than 70,000 people participate at 672 parkrun events around the world last weekend. Amongst these we were delighted to see 146 junior parkrun events in action in England, and the first junior event to resume in Wales. Before the end of this month, another 40 junior 2k events are…

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Read more › News - 4th May 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 4 May

A week has passed since we went out to landowners in England, requesting permission to restart 5k events on 5 June. We are conscious that our email arrived at what is a very busy time for many, with local elections taking place this week and the recent Bank Holiday weekend undoubtedly stretching resources at local…

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Read more › News - 28th April 2021

From small beginnings

When Paul Sinton-Hewitt organized the first parkun meeting at Bushy Park in London in 2004, he never thought that his simple idea would turn into an initiative found in over 2,000 locations, in 22 countries around the world and with over 7 million participants. As he admitted in a recent interview with the British paper…

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Read more › News - 27th April 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 27 April

We have taken a big step forward today with our plans to reopen 5k events in England on Saturday 5 June, with an email sent this morning to all landowners, requesting permission to return.   Meanwhile, we continue to keep an eye on the situation in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales, and although there does…

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Read more › News - 22nd April 2021

It’s for the local people

Takuto Muguruma is the Event Director of  Momoi harappa koen parkrun in Japan. After discovering parkrun while studying abroad, it was his dream to set up a parkrun when he moved back to Japan.   In 2014, I was studying sport development management for a Masters degree overseas and my tutor asked me, “Is there parkrun in Japan?” This was…

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Read more › News - 20th April 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 20 April

Last weekend we welcomed back a further 29 2k events in England, taking the total number of junior parkruns to 79 with over 8,000 people walking, running and volunteering with us once more.   With the addition of these events, we were delighted to see a post-COVID record attendance globally, with over 66,000 participants at…

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Read more › News - 15th April 2021

Inspiring connections

Maeri Howard inspired her connections on social media to join her at parkrun. A breast cancer diagnosis shortly after turned her world upside down.   Here she tells us how the connections she made at parkrun and the commitment to “show up” helped her continue to feel normal during her treatment.   It’s my parkrunning…

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Read more › News - 13th April 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 13 April

It was fantastic to see 48 junior parkrun events return in England on Sunday, with over 4,000 children crossing the finish line, of which over 1,000 were attending for the very first time. We’re immensely proud of all those event teams who successfully delivered the first parkrun events in England for 13 months, and have…

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Read more › News - 6th April 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 6 April

The situation with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to be somewhat turbulent in nearly every parkrun territory.   Whilst some of the parkrun family are experiencing a challenging time at the moment with increasing lockdown restrictions, others are beginning to see the green shoots of recovery.   In South Africa, the Government recently amended the…

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