In August last year I moved to Wales after spending four years working in Canada. As a keen runner arriving in a new city I started to look around for running clubs and someone suggested that I join a local parkrun.
I have to admit that I had never heard of parkrun, but I duly headed out to Cardiff parkrun one Saturday morning. I was both delighted and amazed to find more than 500 people of all levels of fitness and ability who were participating in an extremely well organised and welcoming community event.
The following week I logged on, registered, printed off my barcode and have subsequently participated in three other parkruns around the UK. Saturday was my first time volunteering to support one of my ‘locals’, Barry Island parkrun.
We all know that being active protects both physical and mental health. As Chief Medical Officer my aim is to ensure that we build an environment and culture that helps everyone to be as healthy and active as possible.
The parkrun phenomenon is a great example of a grassroots social movement which supports healthy lifestyle choices and helps improve health and wellbeing for everyone.
Dr Ai Lyn Tan and Dr Michael Mansfield, were the driving forces behind a recent link-up between two Leeds-based parkruns, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. We asked the parkrunning doctors to tell us more about the day, and the impact on their fellow healthcare professionals… When the topic of parkrun suddenly appeared in…
Inmates at the Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison in Perth, Australia, will become the first women in custody anywhere in the world to take part in weekly parkrun events when Wandoo parkrun launches this Saturday 20 July. Wandoo became Western Australia’s first dedicated alcohol and drug rehabilitation prison for women in custody when it opened in August…