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Read more › News - 6th August 2019

parkrun has been our saviour

For Tracey Seymour and her husband Paul, parkrun is special for so many reasons.    Tracey tells us how important Saturday mornings have become for improving her health, falling in love with running and managing her husband’s dementia.   I am 58 years old and I have been doing parkrun for almost two years now. Back in 2017, I…

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Read more › News - 6th August 2019

parkrun profile: Rushcliffe

Rushcliffe parkrun in Nottingham joined the parkrun family in October 2012 and has welcomed more than 13,000 different parkrunners since!   Lisa Dickinson and Geoff Hardy, Co-Event Directors at Rushcliffe parkrun, tell us more about the event, and how they got involved… Geoff Hardy: “Having previously run at another local event, I was injured in the Autumn…

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Read more › Awards, News - 5th August 2019

Maldon Prom volunteer honoured

Imogen Giddings from Maldon Prom parkrun was honoured at the Active Essex Sports Awards.   Imogen has been volunteering at Maldon Prom parkrun and Maldon Prom junior parkrun since 2015, has done so on over 50 separate events and has covered nearly all of the different roles.   As a result of volunteering at parkrun, Imogen…

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Read more › News - 2nd August 2019

Refusing to give up

Robert Jerry was a keen amateur runner for the majority of his adult life. That was until he suffered a heart attack during a race and was saved by a paramedic who happened to be running near him at the time he collapsed.   Now in his 60s, Robert tells the story of his long…

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Read more › News - 1st August 2019

parkrun profile: Wanstead Flats

Since the inaugural event in May 2011, Wanstead Flats parkrun has been taking place every Saturday morning between Leytonstone and Forest Gate in London.   Frequent Wanstead Flats Run Director, Mike Bristow, tells us more…   I started parkrunning because my then-boss, Norm Driskell, kept on talking about how wonderful parkrun was. At first I didn’t believe him:…

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Read more › News - 31st July 2019

Five places to use your Aqua Optima this summer

The school holidays are finally here! Amongst the excitement of British summertime, family holidays and a multitude of day trips, it’s more important than ever to ensure you’re drinking plenty of H₂O!   That’s why our friends at Aqua Optima have put together a list of the top five family favourite places* to visit to…

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Read more › News - 30th July 2019

NHS takeover at Cirencester parkrun

Last weekend saw an NHS takeover at Cirencester parkrun in Gloucestershire in an effort to promote physical activity and encourage Cirencester Hospital staff and patients to take part at parkrun.   The NHS takeover was the brainchild of David Lattimore, Co-Event Director of Cirencester parkrun and Linda Edwards, Matron at Cirencester Hospital. The two have worked closely…

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Read more › News - 30th July 2019

Filling the clock

Brian Roberts underwent a quadruple bypass in late November 2018. The 72-year-old explains how parkrun gave him the confidence to get active after such a major procedure, and how special it is being able to share it with his family.   Growing up, I played rugby until my mid-30s and that involved running in the close season….

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Read more › News - 30th July 2019

parkrun profile: Newark

The town of Newark in Nottinghamshire has welcomed more than 7,500 parkrunners since launching in June 2013.   Fiona Houghton from Newark parkrun tells us more…   I got involved with the formation of Newark parkrun after being inspired in a professional capacity as a Sports Development Officer. I was completely taken by the concept…

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Read more › News - 29th July 2019

Runner’s 30 marathon challenge in honour of father who died in Syria

Running a marathon is a big challenge. But how about trying to run 30 marathons in 30 days?   That’s a challenge Fawaz Ghali, who runs at Croxteth Hall parkrun in Liverpool, will be attempting, starting on August 11, to raise money for dementia research.   The 37-year-old father-of-three is taking on the extreme endeavour…