Read more › News - 22nd December 2016

Morning Pages – the lighter side of parkrun

Simon Evans is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, as well as being a veteran of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. And of course he’s a parkrunner!   We asked Simon for an off-the-wall view of parkrun to put a smile on our face over the…

Read more › News - 22nd December 2016

Discovering what my body can do

I have cerebral palsy and was always incredibly self-conscious of how I walked, let alone ran, due to the way my muscles move.   Cerebral palsy is caused by a problem in the parts of the brain responsible for controlling muscles. In my case, my leg muscles are very tight and they move in such…

ClaireW FFTF
Read more › News - 21st December 2016

Feedback from the Field

In February 2014 after having started volunteering in May 2013, I finally persuaded my mum Alison to give parkrun a try. Unsure at first, she finally became addicted. On Saturday she completed her 100th run at Newcastle parkrun and I couldn’t be more proud. To mark the occasion and also for the Christmas themed parkrun I was…

Nell and her grandad
Read more › News - 20th December 2016

Nell McAndrew – a Christmas gift

Mum, model and passionate runner Nell McAndrew tells us how you could be taking part in Donate Your Time this Christmas to support Alzheimer’s Research UK.   “As a regular parkrunner, and someone who has lost two grandparents to dementia, I was touched to see parkrun and Alzheimer’s Research UK together, taking on one of…

Read more › News - 19th December 2016

You asked. We answered.

Thanks so much to every parkrunner who posted a question to our health and nutrition experts. Because of the fantastic response, we’ve grouped the answers into these four clickable categories:   Running and mental wellbeing   Running technique   Nutrition   Injury recovery   We hope they help. And remember, with our unique health cover…

Read more › News - 18th December 2016

Have yourself a sporty little Christmas at Intersport

With just a couple of sleeps to go, we’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Intersport! We hope that your stockings are filled with lots of lovely running gear and that you find time for a few runs and some fresh air over the festive…

Waterworks parkrun briefing
Read more › News - 17th December 2016

A metaphor for life

On a spring morning in 1985 I did what around 500 people now do every Saturday. I wandered from my home in Coventry to the Memorial Park, and I went for a run.   It was a far cry from three years earlier in a packed Bislett Stadium in Oslo when I had one of…

Read more › News - 15th December 2016

Stop the world!

Richard Pitcairn-Knowles from Lullingstone parkrun recently became the oldest person in parkrun history to join the 250 Club.    In this amusing and insightful column, 83-year-old Richard reflects on his running journey and explains how the parkrun milestone clubs have provided new motivation.     —- Groucho Marx once said he would never join a…

Read more › News - 14th December 2016

Feedback from the Field

It was a special day at Braunstone parkrun in Leicester on Saturday, as 82-years-young young Jill Perry ran her 100th parkrun. Her family and friends and everyone at Braunstone made it a great day. Les Brewin   My dad only took up running a couple of years back aged 64. Now he has completed all…

Read more › junior parkrun, News - 13th December 2016

A real game-changer

Noel Thatcher MBE is one of the most successful British athletes of all time. He represented Team GB at six consecutive Paralympic Games and won five gold medals, as well as breaking the 5,000 metres world record at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics in the astonishing time of 14:56.   Noel was made an MBE in…

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