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Read more › News - 23rd April 2019

Stress? Don’t worry about it

April is stress awareness month, an annual thirty-day period established in 1992, that serves the purpose of increasing public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.   The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) describes stress as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures and demands placed on them”, and…

Read more › News - 23rd April 2019

parkrun profile: Mile End

With views of Canary Wharf and the City of London, Mile End parkrun is not to be missed when in east London on a Saturday morning!   Run Director Corry Klein tells us more…     Upon moving back to London after living abroad for 10 years, my husband and I were looking for a way…

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Read more › Noticeboard - 18th April 2019

April Volunteer Update

Welcome to this month’s volunteer update. Here is some of the key information for the coming period:   Incidents Event Day Support Virtual Volunteer Survey Ambassador Recruitment Google Photos Guidance parkrun practice evaluation Adjudications Running Imp orders Strava   1. Incidents   In 2018, over 5,000 incidents were recorded across parkrun events in the UK…

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Read more › News - 17th April 2019

What have Big Ben and a fried egg got in common?

They are both costumes that will be worn by parkrunners aiming to set new world records at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.   Maidstone parkrunner Lukas Bates will be running the 26.2-mile race on April 28 dressed as the iconic London landmark, while Katy Garnham-Lee, who runs at Cannon Hill and Rushmere parkruns, will…

Read more › Awards - 17th April 2019

Kings Lynn parkrun wins local award

Kings Lynn parkrun were invited to the Borough Mayor’s parlor on Tuesday 16 April for a reception for volunteers, and were pleasantly surprised when they were awarded with The ‘Love West Norfolk Play Champions Award!     The ‘Love West Norfolk’ campaign has been running for some time now, with the aim being to promote the area, with the Champions…

Read more › News - 17th April 2019

Capital city parkruns

When heading off to Europe for a city break, the first thing we do when booking a holiday is to find the nearest parkrun!   With parkruns now taking place in 21 countries worldwide, we take a closer look at nine European capital cities that scan barcodes every week.     Berlin, Germany - Hasenheide parkrun     parkrun launched…

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Read more › News - 16th April 2019

Growing and caring at parkrun

According to figures from Carers UK, 6.5 million people across the UK are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill – that equates to 1 in 8 adults who care, unpaid, for family and friends.   One of those is parkrunner Fiona Sefton, who is the primary carer for her…

Read more › News - 16th April 2019

parkrun profile: Bury St Edmunds

The east of England has embraced parkrun like so many parts of the UK and beyond, and the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is no different.   Bury St Edmunds parkrun founding Event Director and now parkrun Ambassador, Steve Pretty, shares more about his home event…     I discovered parkrun back in 2012, about…

Read more › News - 10th April 2019

How do you start a parkrun?

There are currently more than 1,800 parkruns and junior parkruns around the world, and in 2019 we expect to launch more than 300 new events worldwide.   Whilst it may seem like parkruns quietly pop up at random in new locations and are instantly successful, this does not tell the full story of how parkruns begin,…

Read more › Uncategorized - 10th April 2019

5,385 parkruns and counting

Seeing a 500 club milestone t-shirt at parkrun is a rare occurrence, but how about 10?    Last Saturday, 10 of the 11 female parkrunners to have reached 500 parkrun met up at Basingstoke parkrun to celebrate over a run and a coffee.   Basingstoke’s first female 500 club member Lynn Brastock tells us more…   There are 50 people in the world…