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Read more › News - 24th March 2021

I thought I would give up

Gillian Roden was convinced by friends to sign up for a couch to 5k programme.   After graduating the programme at Waterworks parkrun, she fell in love with the parkrun community and now thinks it’s the best way to start any weekend.   I signed up for Jog Belfast at the Girls Model School in…

Read more › News - 24th March 2021

Join Soudabeh and take on Running Down Dementia

Soudabeh Imanikia was inspired to become a researcher into neurodegenerative diseases by the experience of losing two grandparents and an aunt to dementia.   They also inspired her to take on the Running Down Dementia challenge last year and raise money for pioneering research like her own.   Soudabeh, who is a researcher at the…

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Read more › News - 24th March 2021

Research on running through COVID-19

University of Nottingham researchers are looking for runners of all levels to take part in a study examining how their running habits have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what impact running could potentially have on the virus itself.   This research is supported by The parkrun Research Board, and here’s how you can take…

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Read more › News - 24th March 2021

Giving me strength

Lynn Chedham had never been a runner, doing everything she could to get out of sport as early as her school days. After having initially been terrified of parkrun, she’s now found it to be her tower of strength during difficult times.   Before becoming a parkrunner I had not done any running. In fact,…

Read more › News - 23rd March 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 23 March

Writing this on the one-year anniversary of the UK going into lockdown, it’s difficult to comprehend the challenges we’ve all faced over the last 12 months. And it’s quite remarkable to know that, wherever you are in the world as you read this message, you will undoubtedly have been impacted negatively in some way.  …

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Read more › News - 23rd March 2021

Keeping busy at Conkers

Roger Cobb and Nicola Briggs are Co-Event Directors at Conkers parkrun in Leicestershire. Along with the rest of their core team they have been working hard to keep their parkrun community engaged over the lockdowns.   When we heard, last March, that all parkrun events were being paused due to the pandemic, it was obviously…

Read more › News - 23rd March 2021

Time for H20! Five top tips to keep little ones hydrated during school time

As parents wave goodbye to homeschooling and children replace lockdown comforts with school life – it’s never been more important to ensure your little ones stay hydrated.   With new routines put in place again, many children may be feeling a little out of sorts which can really impact their concentration levels.   Staying hydrated…

Nicola Churchill 3
Read more › News - 22nd March 2021

Girls together!

Nicola Churchill couldn’t run to the front door. Along with two friends, she decided International Women’s Day would be the ideal time to give parkrun a try out.   I had always thought parkrun sounded like a great thing to be part of, but as I couldn’t run to the front door, I never ever…

Read more › News - 19th March 2021

Restarting in England – weekly update

As part of our plans to restart parkrun and junior parkrun across England, we are publishing a UK-specific update every Friday to keep ambassadors, event teams, parkrun communities, and landowners informed on the progress we are making towards events restarting.    The situation is increasingly positive and we are still on track to have some…

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Read more › News - 19th March 2021

The sense of shared community

Andrea Watt and her daughter feel like part of the parkrun family every Saturday morning when they do their (not)parkrun. They’ve not missed one since the lockdowns began in March 2020.   My 15 yr old daughter, Rebecca, and I are regular parkrunners at Stonehaven parkrun. We started going in May 2018 and then attended…

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