News - 25th November 2020

Support parkrun


This year, your support is more valuable than ever. Fancy a bit of Black Friday shopping, that also helps to protect parkrun for future generations?


From shopping our official retail collection or becoming a parkrun Forever supporter, to sharing social posts and reading our emails, we’ve put together the perfect parkrunner guide to supporting parkrun.


Find your fit with CONTRA


Established by parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewit, CONTRA is a sports brand that believes in movement for everyone, with kit that is ethically produced in European factories in many more sizes than traditional sports brands.


What’s more, all profits from CONTRA are used to directly support parkrun ensuring our weekly events can remain free for everyone, forever, once we’re back.




Our CONTRA factories are operating responsibly and still shipping, please just allow a little more time for your items to be delivered.


It’s free returns on all CONTRA too, and there’s a fair deal guarantee – we’re sure you’ll love your new CONTRA kit, but if you don’t, simply send it back to us within 90 days of purchase, with proof of purchase and we’ll refund you. No questions asked.


Click here to shop CONTRA.


Proudly wear your Apricot – and make it your own




You are now able to customise apricot with a message of your choice, this may be the name of a new location you’re (not)parkrunning in, a message of solidarity, or a personal mantra to help you through these times.


Each tee is finished with a ‘we’ll get through this together’ patch on the sleeve and the price includes customisation, the patch and delivery.


Show the world you’re a parkrunner and proud.


Shop apricot here.


Personalise your barcode products


We’re all desperate to get our barcodes scanned once again. But in the meantime, did you know you can get an official parkrun drinks bottle, personalised with your parkrun number, in a range of colours?


Our triple walled stainless steel 500ml bottles will keep your drink cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12 hours.




They’re BPA free, with two lids, and it’s free personalisation at the moment too.


Or, use this time to make sure you really never do forget your barcode again with one of our ID band products. There are shoe tags, cards, personalised wristbands and flatbands all displaying your parkrun barcode so you’ll never be caught short again.


Flatbands Square GB


And, again, profits from all sales come back to parkrun.


Check out the whole range here.


parkrun Forever


parkrun forever is a platform that allows those who want to, to give small regular donations that help secure parkrun for future generations.




Donate anything from £3 a month, and you’ll help us cover the costs of the things we need to pay for to keep parkrun running for the almost seven million registered parkrunners worldwide.


For more information on how to become a parkrun Forever supporter, please check out the website.


Join the parkrun family online


Ever since our events were postponed due to Coronavirus, we’ve used our emails, blog site and social media pages to keep the parkrun community connected, informed and entertained.


To fill the gap left by parkrun, we’ve created the Great Big parkrun Quiz, taking place every Saturday morning at 9:00am BST, and hosted by Virgin Radio and Free Weekly Timed podcast co-host Vassos Alexander.




Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel directly for all the latest content.


And, as always, we’ll be sharing all of the inspirational stories from our parkrun family on our blog.


Even by reading this blog, opening our emails or interacting with us on social media,  you are making a contribution to the future of parkrun. So thank you, we really do appreciate your support.




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Having a focus

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Starting parkrun at 73

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