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Read more › News, Press - 18th December 2019

parkrun celebrates two year success of events on custodial estates

Across the world on a Saturday morning, residents in prisons, young offender institutions, and correctional facilities are walking, jogging, running and volunteering in a groundbreaking initiative that is changing the lives of prisoners and staff alike.   Two years on from the first event, we take a look at the phenomenal success of parkruns on…

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Read more › News - 17th December 2019

A drastic world change

Farook Mota is Co-Event Director at Gloucester City parkrun.  A passionate parkrunner, Farook loves bringing people together and helping increase the levels of physical activity in his community.   He got in touch to tell us about fellow Gloucester City parkrunner Rob. Rob lost his hearing and eyesight and used parkrun to help rebuild his…

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Read more › News - 17th December 2019

An invitation to Christmas Day parkrun

Traditionally, Christmas is a time when people come together to spend time with friends and family. Sadly, we know that too many people will spend the festive period alone this year.   parkrun has always been about community and bringing together people from all walks of life, and at this time of year, we all have…

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Read more › News - 15th December 2019

parkrun profile: Loch Neaton

With a name like Loch Neaton parkrun, you might be picturing the Scottish Highlands, but this parkrun is in fact in Norfolk, in East Anglia!   Co-Event Directors, Sarah Dagless and James Wooler, tell us more about their home event…     We work together and both regularly ran parkruns. One day at work we said that we would…

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Read more › News - 11th December 2019

Why we should never have to justify going for a run

With Christmas fast approaching, our Global Head of Communications, Russ Jefferys, discusses why exercise should never be used as punishment   It’s that time of year again. Christmas songs on the radio, a calendar full of festive party invitations and ironically ‘bad’ seasonal knitwear.   But in recent years, a new tradition has started to…

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Read more › News - 11th December 2019

Going the distance to support dementia research

This week we want to introduce you to an inspirational parkrunner who keeps going the extra mile to raise money for dementia research in honour of his father.   Shrewsbury parkrunner Stuart Lambie has channelled the heartbreak of seeing his father’s decline with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the frustration of being unable to support…

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Read more › News - 10th December 2019

Where my heart is

The parkrun practice initiative now has more than 1,500 GP practices partnered with their local parkrun, ‘prescribing’ local events to help improve the physical and mental health of patients and healthcare staff.   Building on the success of the initiative here in the UK, the Irish College of General Practitioners has now announced the launch of…

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Read more › News - 10th December 2019

You made me feel like a winner

Kate Askew always had a fear of exercising outside and cried on the way to her first parkrun, because she was so nervous.    Inspired by her Mum, she completed her first parkrun at Braunstone and parkrun is now the highlight of her week, even if it is a little cold and muddy!   I…

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Read more › News - 9th December 2019

For the people of Penzance

As part of the parkrun practice initiative, the Alverton Practice and its local Primary Care Network, wanted a local event to signpost patients and staff to.    Struggling to find one close by, they set up one of their own. Alverton Practice GP Sandra Treleven tells us how Land’s End parkrun came to be, and…

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Read more › News - 8th December 2019

parkrun profile: Snowden Field

Snowden Field parkrun in Crowland, Lincolnshire launched in April 2019 and has already welcomed approaching 1,000 different parkrunners.   Event Director Adam Caress tells us more about his home event…     I came up with the idea of setting up a parkrun in the South Holland District, after running my first parkrun, whilst visiting my brother in…

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