October has sadly come to an end, but what a month it’s been as we’ve celebrated parkwalk at parkrun!
Over the past five weekends, more than 100,000 5k walks have been completed at parkrun. This includes welcoming 10,000 new walkers to parkrun, as well as inspiring thousands of existing parkrunners to join the fun at parkwalk!
Although #parkwalk was held across one month, we hope that the impact will be far more long-lasting – shining a light on parkrun as a great option for people to be active together and be part of a positive and supportive community whenever and however suits them.
parkwalkers are here to stay!
You may have spotted the new parkwalker volunteers this month and we are delighted to announce that this volunteer role is here to stay!
So far over 7,000 different people have pulled on the new blue parkwalker vests and supported and encouraged walkers at parkrun events all over the world.
Walkers will always be welcome at parkrun and parkwalker volunteers also help to highlight the inclusive nature of parkrun to those who are yet to take part… just by being there.
To celebrate a fantastic month, we’ve put together some of our favourite quotes from across social media to highlight what parkwalk has meant to you…
Walking at parkrun is something I am incredibly thankful for as it reconnects me with my running friends, even if I can’t keep up with them. I love that no matter your pace, you are cheered on and celebrated the whole way around!
After breaking my neck in a car accident I was fitted with a halo brace. Upset at the prospect of not being able to attend parkrun for 6 months or more I decided that I would walk it instead.
The support I had from the parkrun community was amazing and no one was bothered by the time it took. I can now look forward to a time when I may be able to run it very slowly.
I’ve been walking at parkrun since parkrun returned post-covid.
As I’m not able to run anymore, I find it’s a great way to get some fresh air and exercise. Plus, as I often tail walk, it’s a brilliant way to get to chat with other parkrunners and encourage everyone.
I had given up running several years ago when I got osteoarthritis.
After two hip replacements and a re-homed puppy to look after, I got moving again, but I had not considered re-engaging with parkrun. It seemed to me that I would be in everybody’s way by walking.
My niece suggested that we go to the local parkrun, which I was a bit dubious about but she assured me that many people participated by walking only and that it isn’t frowned upon by others.
I could not have been more surprised. There was a tail walker called Carole who laughingly assured me that I could not be the last as she would take that honour and there were several others also intending to walk too.
I am so happy that a chap in his 70’s with his faithful companion is able to parkrun.
I parkwalked at parkrun and it was a great start to the day!
I parkwalked and loved it! Looking forward to doing it all again this Saturday.
I loved it . . . the volunteers were amazing and I thank them all for supporting me I will definitely be back.
Going to parkrun was non-negotiable for Tess, but over time she fell out of love and “felt like a burden”. After hearing about the parkwalk initiative she returned to parkrun, feeling welcome and accepted within the community. I got involved relatively early on with parkrun. I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit…
Izzy has anxiety and often finds going out and about on her own scary and difficult. She has been a parkrunner since 2014 and finds her local parkrun community offers her a safe space where she feels comfortable and not judged. My first parkrun was in 2014. My mum had been a few times and…