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Read more › News - 20th April 2020

Walking the talk: The history of Tail Walkers

In June 2017, parkrun changed the name of the volunteer Tail Runner to Tail Walker.   Global Head of Health and Wellbeing Chrissie Wellington talks us through the decision making process and parkrun’s commitment to inclusivity.   Coming last. Feeling excluded. Being ridiculed. These are very real fears for many people taking part in a sporting event,…

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Spotlight on: Sweden

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s Sweden, and Country Manager Deri Thomas tells us all about the history of parkrun Sweden.   parkrun in Sweden began in August 2016 with the first event,…

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Read more › News - 15th April 2020

Six ways you can continue to support parkrun

We might not be able to enjoy our regular weekly parkrun with friends and family at the moment, but whilst we wait for our favourite pastime to return, we’ve put together this list of six ways you can continue to support parkrun.   1. Join the parkrun family online   Ever since our events were…

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Read more › News - 15th April 2020

Stay connected with Printed Memories

Are you missing your parkrun friends? We know meeting up with people on Saturday mornings is a huge part of the parkrun experience.   We can’t replace the joy of a post-run coffee and chat, but while we wait for it to be safe for parkruns to return, a special initiative raising money for dementia…

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Read more › News - 15th April 2020

parkrun profile: Shark Strawberry parkrun

There are more than 2,100 parkruns around the world, all of which are paused during the current coronavirus pandemic.    But one event has come from these difficult times… Shark Strawberry parkrun!   We asked the core team to tell us more about this juicy yet ferocious event…   Our event was created on 26…

Read more › News - 14th April 2020

Exceeding expectations

Emily Webb’s discovery of parkrun has led to all sorts of new adventures and challenges. Here she tells us her parkrun story.   Back in November 2018, we were visiting my boyfriend Ed’s family in Exmouth. We heard about this free 5k event that happened every Saturday and decided to give it a go. I…

Read more › News - 14th April 2020

Living my best life

From taking time off work for stress and anxiety to living her best life, Tamara Smith talks us through the part parkrun has played in the positive changes to both her mental and physical health.   In 2018 I took time out of work due to stress and anxiety. During this time my GP recommended that…

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A place for everyone

Aqasa is a regular at his local Burgess parkrun. He enjoys every aspect of parkrun from running and volunteering, through to the community camaraderie. This is Aqasa’s story.   I first heard about parkrun from a colleague at work. She kept recommending that I come along. After about the tenth ask, I finally showed up and have…

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Read more › News - 14th April 2020

The perfect balance

Laura Leung loves how parkrun is not just about running.   Here, Laura explains how parkrun is the perfect balance of staying active and socialising.    I went along to the first ever Northala Fields parkrun with my husband. He was there to support members of his run club who were setting up this new…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 April

In last week’s update we explained that parkrun staff would be directly contacting all parkrun event teams and volunteer ambassadors. I’m pleased to let you know that that process has begun, although with around 2,500 conversations to schedule it will likely take several weeks to complete.   Whilst no country in the world has yet…

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