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Read more › News - 15th September 2021

Join Heidi on her epic walk for dementia research

We want to introduce you to one of our littlest supporters who is doing a very big challenge to raise money for dementia research.   Six-year-old Heidi has embarked on an epic adventure, walking the equivalent distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats – that’s 603 miles or over 1.5million steps!   And she wants…

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Read more › News - 15th September 2021

A powerful community

Toni McIntosh is a nurse, a runner and a passionate advocate of parkrun. Here she brings together the research which backs up the long-held anecdotal evidence of the myriad benefits to population health and wellbeing; while introducing the parkrun practice initiative which connects GP surgeries with local events to benefit staff and patients alike.  …

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Read more › News - 9th September 2021

Enthusiasm, energy and friendliness

Susan Mackenzie started a couch to 5k programme at aged 69. Having survived breast cancer, Susan wanted to make sure she stayed physically active, but in a friendly and sociable way.   Here’s her story of why parkrun is the perfect fit.   I first heard about parkrun during lockdown, when it wasn’t actually allowed…

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Read more › News - 8th September 2021

Celebrating being active with the European Week of Sport

Every year from 23-30 September the European Week of Sport promotes more active, healthier lifestyles to millions of people in Europe and beyond.    With parkrun now operating across much of Europe, and the European Week of Sport’s tagline ‘be active’, we take a look at how parkrun celebrates healthier and happier lifestyles.   parkrun…

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Read more › News - 8th September 2021

Have brunch on us!

This week’s brunch recipe is our delicious one pan wonder – Green Goddess Shakshuka. Don’t forget to scan your Membership Card QR Code at your local event this weekend to receive money off this recipe!   In case you might have missed it – to celebrate the return of parkruns, we are giving events across…

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Read more › News - 8th September 2021

I felt like me again

After Kathryn Emmerson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, returning to parkrun became her dream.    Seven years on, she’s made her comeback as a Nordic Walker. Here’s her story of determination, happy tears, and feeling like herself again.   Saturday 24 July 2021 was my first parkrun for seven years, and my first at Torbay Velodrome parkrun….

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Read more › News - 7th September 2021

Inclusive and unique

When family and work commitments meant that Richard Banks and his friends could no longer field a football team on Tuesday nights, they looked for an alternative to provide the social exercise they enjoyed.   In 2018, their run club was initiated and christened with an unusual name. Now, with parkrun as their anchor, they…

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Read more › News - 7th September 2021

The community is magical

After discovering parkrun whilst recovering from glandular fever, Victoria Williams started by completing the 5k with a mix of running and walking.   During lockdown, she’s had a little goal at the back of her mind. Here she tells us about achieving it.   Back in 2015 I wrote some goals on a piece of…

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Read more › News - 7th September 2021

Unwavering determination

Matt Lane is a parkrun stalwart having clocked up over 500 events. After a diagnosis of MS, he’s returned to parkrun as a walker, and his determination has never wavered.   When I did parkrun #511 I was a runner, by the time I did parkrun #512 I was a walker with poles, not by…

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Read more › News - 1st September 2021

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of parkrun participants

parkrun Research Board study shows that parkrunner’s have felt the most negative impact on their connections with others, due to the pandemic, as well as a drop in participants physical activity levels.   Ahead of the peer reviewed paper, we share the results here.   Lockdown restrictions imposed across the UK in response to the COVID-19 pandemic had…