Denis, denise, Roy (2)
Read more › News - 17th March 2021

Knowing we could do it

Denis Loughran started out as walker. 100 parkruns later he set his sights on starting to do a bit of running, and joined a couch to 5k programme.   Now he has gone on to complete a 10k. Here he tells us more.   I joined the Waterworks parkwalk in October 2016 with the intention…

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Is there somewhere I can leave my leg, please?

Major Kate Philp, a former Royal Artillery officer, lost her left leg below the knee on duty in 2008. Now a member of the core team at Marlborough parkrun, she talks us through her inspirational parkrun journey.   “Is there somewhere safe I can leave my leg, please?”   This probably isn’t the question that many Volunteer Coordinators…

Read more › News - 17th March 2021

Changes to milestone t-shirts

Ever since January 2007, when Darren Wood became the first individual to complete 100 parkruns, milestone t-shirts (actually it was a fleece to begin with) have been awarded to recognise individual participation at parkrun.   Celebrating persistence and consistency, milestone t-shirts have become immensely popular, and are an important motivating force, encouraging parkrunners to return…

Read more › News - 16th March 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 16 March

This week marks exactly one year since we closed all parkrun events globally in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.     The announcement we made on 18 March 2020 was the start of what would become a weekly update: a commitment to provide regular news and insight, to offer transparency in our decision making…

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Read more › News - 15th March 2021

Historic (not)parkrunning

The Nonsuch parkrun core team have kept their community active over the past months with a variety of imaginative challenges, one involving Henry VIII’s 6 wives! Paul Carter tells us more:    At Nonsuch parkrun, as at all parkruns, we wanted to keep our community engaged and active over the ‘paused parkrun’ period.   We…

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Confidence and amazing friends

If Jon Rumley had been told at his first parkrun that he would one day be Birkenhead parkrun’s run director and briefing 600+ parkrunners, he’d have laughed and not thought it possible! Little did he know …   I started running in 2011. I saw something about parkrun online and registered but never managed to…

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Sharing my love of parkrun

Amanda Childs is delighted to have encouraged her Mum to try (not)parkrunning. Now her Mum can’t wait to join everyone at a ‘real’ parkrun!   My husband, Gavin, and I are avid parkrunners and have been for around 7 years. We are both Run Directors, but at different events. I am RD at Fletcher Moss…

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(not)parkrun, chat, laugh

Carolyn Graham and Jane Green meet each Saturday to (not)parkrun together and generally put the world to rights!   We used to work together but got to know each other much better through parkrun. We were regular parkrunners at Nonsuch parkrun so decided to continue to meet at 9am on a Saturday as it was…

Read more › News - 12th March 2021

A great sense of community

From not being able to run 400m to running her first marathon, Ange credits part of her marathon success to Ballarat parkrun in Victoria, Australia, and is looking forward to clocking a time for the World Athletics Cross Country Championships Bathurst 21 Global Challenge.    For more than 10 years, Ange has enjoyed running and keeping…

Read more › News - 12th 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 in England is increasingly positive and we are still on track with…

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