Read more › News - 6th December 2019

Feeling very privileged

HMP & YOI Downview Governor Natasha Wilson regular participates with her staff and residents at Downview parkrun, the first parkrun to launch in a UK women’s prison.   Here she tells us her own powerful parkrun story.   I first heard about parkrun many years ago from a colleague.   I’d been through a period in…

Berwyn volunteers (2)
Read more › News - 6th December 2019

It doesn’t matter who you are at parkrun

parkrunner Paul was on the start line of the very first parkrun inside prison walls, Black Combe parkrun at HMP Haverigg. Now, more than a year on from his release, he tells us the positive impact parkrun has had on his life.   There was a lot of nervousness around setting up that parkrun at…

PSH Albert Medal
Read more › Awards, News - 4th December 2019

parkrun Founder wins prestigious Albert Medal

parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE is honoured with the Royal Society of the Arts’ prestigious Albert Medal.   Awarded each year for innovation in the fields of creativity, commerce and social improvement, Paul received the incredible accolade for building a global participation movement.   Presenting the award, RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor praised Paul and…

Read more › News - 3rd December 2019

The many ways you can help support dementia research

Volunteering is a fundamental part of the parkrun movement. And volunteers are also a vital force in our efforts to make life-changing breakthroughs possible for people with dementia.   We are so proud that parkrunners are such amazing fundraisers, shown by our recent announcement that you’ve raised over £1.5million since the launch of our partnership…

Millbrook Beds Location Shoot Oct 2019
Read more › News - 3rd December 2019

This month at Millbrook Beds we’re thinking about hibernating

This month our friends at Millbrook Beds are thinking about hibernating. Tis the comfort season, the time of year when we embrace the changing season with all kinds of comforting rituals and looking forward to cosy, long winter nights of good quality, revitalising sleep. Here are their top tips for the best way to set the tone…

Read more › News - 3rd December 2019

Tail Walking back from a kidney donation

Frimley Lodge parkrunner Catriona Riddell made the decision to donate her kidney to a complete stranger.    Catriona tells us more about her remarkable story, including the role parkrun played in helping her recover from the major surgery.   I wanted to share the below photo of me taken at my home parkrun, Frimley Lodge, a few…

Read more › News - 3rd December 2019

The perfect parkunner gift guide

There aren’t many parkruns left until Christmas Day!   We’ve put together the perfect parkrunner gift guide to help you get stuck into your Christmas shopping.   Best of all, profit from all items below comes back to parkrun, helping to keep it free, for everyone, forever.     1. The perfect accessories   The FTG beanie…

Monday 2nd Dec
Read more › News - 3rd December 2019

Keep active over Christmas with Aqua Optima’s Essential Guide

December can be a busy month, but Aqua Optima have come up with an essential guide to maintain a healthy lifestyle over the festive period.   Keep attending your local parkrun In America they have the ‘Turkey Trot’ on Thanksgiving, so why not make parkrun your new Christmas tradition? With recent studies indicating that any amount of…

Read more › News - 2nd December 2019

I’ve never looked back

Over the past eight years Jas Dhalley has experienced parkrun in many ways. He’s been a walker, a runner, a volunteer, and now an ambassador. This is his journey from first timer to parkrun Ambassador.   I first heard of parkrun in 2011 when I signed up for a 5k charity run. I’d gone off to…

Orangefield event #1
Read more › News - 2nd December 2019

parkrun profile: Orangefield

Orangefield parkrun in Belfast launched in August 2018 and welcomes close to 100 parkrunners each week.   Event Director, Jen Bagnall, tells us more…     At school I was not considered ‘sporty’ and I carried this with me as an adult, but I slowly became interested in running, and a big part of that was…

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