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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 - 24th November 2020

The benefits of parkrun

parkrun benefits people in so may ways. This research, approved by the parkrun Research Board, highlights how our events improve social connections, community integration, social support and a sense of belonging.   You can read the full paper here. Social Reward and Support Effects on Exercise Experiences and Performance: Evidence from Parkrun   #loveparkrun

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Read more › News - 20th 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 unique…

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Read more › News - 19th November 2020

Potential opportunity for junior parkrun to restart early 2021

With COVID-19-associated restrictions continuing to limit opportunities for children to be active, we are actively looking at the possibility of supporting the reopening of some junior parkrun events in the UK and Ireland early in 2021.   In summary:   We’re exploring the opportunity for junior parkrun to reopen across the UK and Ireland from…

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Read more › News - 18th November 2020

Extreme garden 5k’ing!

Guildford parkrunner Matthew Bennett began completing 5k (not)parkruns in his garden when the lockdown measures were first imposed in March. He is still going! Here he tells us all about it.   I took up parkrun in 2013, encouraged by my son who took it upon himself to enter me for a half marathon! I…

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Read more › News - 18th November 2020

Lace up those trainers – how to stay motivated during lockdown 2.0

For many of us, going to the gym and enjoying a workout was a real source of release and enjoyment during these tough times.   Now, as we enter lockdown 2.0 and gyms and leisure centres are closing again, many of you may be struggling with how to stay health motivated at home.   Our friends…

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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 - 16th 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 time….

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Read more › News - 12th November 2020

Join us for (not)parkrun

Join us for (not)parkrun. Walk, jog or run, get active and have fun!   Go it alone, invite your family, inspire your friends and encourage your neighbours. Everyone is welcome at (not)parkrun.   (not)parkrun is an alternative way for people to participate in a 5k walk, jog or run, in the absence of the usual…

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Read more › News - 11th 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…