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Read more › News - 5th October 2019

Not just a run in the park

Independent survey commissioned by UK-based charity parkrun gets more than 60,000 responses and shows that volunteering has a bigger impact on health and wellbeing than just running or walking.   The first weekend of October 2019 sees the 15th anniversary of parkrun. To mark the occasion, parkrun UK have released results from an independent survey,…

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Read more › News - 2nd October 2019

A look back at 15 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.     15 years later, more than four million different people around the world…

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Read more › News - 1st October 2019

Individual changes have the power to change lives

Having a positive impact on other people and wider communities is a great thing.   Community is at the heart of #whatwedo at the Co-op and that’s why we’re proud to sponsor parkrun – providing a great and inclusive opportunity for communities to bring people together and to keep active and well.   parkrun encourages…

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Read more › News - 30th September 2019

From paralysis to 100 parkruns

Ian Skaife suffered a serious brain injury in 2012. Here he talks us through his journey from paralysis to 100 parkruns, including learning to walk again and sadly losing his mother.   During the Olympic summer of 2012 I was training for my first short triathlon, having been a ‘slow plodder’ for about 30 years….

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Read more › News - 30th September 2019

Hikers help us make steps towards a cure

They came, they explored, they conquered…and they helped make breakthroughs possible!   Our inaugural ARUK Explorer event was a huge success, with 145 intrepid people taking on the 26-mile hike in the beautiful Peak District National Park.   Together they walked a total of 3,770 miles ­– that’s the equivalent of walking from London to…

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Read more › News - 30th September 2019

parkrun profile: Woolacombe Dunes

Woolacombe Dunes parkrun in Devon is less than a year old, but already has a reputation for its spectacular scenery and “challenging” course!   Paul Cooper and Jane Rattue from Woolacombe Dunes parkrun tell us more… Jane Rattue, Run Director: I had already run a few parkruns in my local park, having been introduced to parkrun by my son….

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Read more › News - 27th September 2019

Exercise and your heart health

Did you know seven million people are living with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the UK? Regular exercise such as running, swimming or cycling, or a combination, can help to keep your heart and circulatory system healthy1.   Whether you have a healthy heart, or have been diagnosed with a specific condition, it’s always a good idea…

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Read more › News - 26th September 2019

Five Ways to Make your Run Eco-friendly

A weekly parkrun in your local area is the perfect way to improve fitness in a friendly environment. However, with current anxieties concerning the impact of single-use plastic and fast fashion on climate change, we are all trying our best to reduce our environmental impact.   One way we can transform our lifestyles is to…

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Read more › News - 25th September 2019

parkrun, Bipolar and me

Lucy from Norfolk has been part of the parkrun family since 2014, and what she loves most is volunteering.   As someone living with Bipolar Disorder, Lucy explains why volunteering at parkrun has been so important for mental health, and why Saturdays are the highlight of her week.   I did my first parkrun at…

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Read more › News - 24th September 2019

Roy bounces back after tough 12 months

Completing a long-distance running event is a great achievement. But for Brighouse parkrunner Roy Lindsell crossing the finish line at the Great North Run was particularly satisfying as he had achieved a target he set himself after overcoming a very tough 12 months.   The 75-year-old has been a runner for most of his life…