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Read more › News - 12th June 2019

It’s a small parkrun world

Roy Taylor is a parkrunning octogenarian and RAF veteran from Sussex, who has been running for more than half a century.   Roy tells us the remarkable story of how parkrun led to a chance meeting with a fellow RAF serviceman he served and competed with 62 years ago!   I am an 82-year-old parkrunner from…

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Read more › News - 11th June 2019

Running for dad

Ahead of Father’s Day this Sunday, we want to tell you about the inspirational story of a parkrunner who has taken on the Running Down Dementia mantle from her dad after he died a few weeks before the start of this year’s challenge.   Hayley Hawthorne’s dad, Stewart Waldridge, was a Running Down Dementia stalwart…

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Read more › News - 11th June 2019

parkrun profile: Swindon

The town of Swindon in Wiltshire has been home to Swindon parkrun since March 2010, which has welcomed more than 16,500 different parkrunners.   Emma Sperring from Swindon parkrun tells us more about the event she calls home…     Because of my role within the Community Health and Wellbeing Team at Swindon Borough Council, I…

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Read more › News - 10th June 2019

parkrun profile: Sittingbourne

The town of Sittingbourne in Kent has been home to Sittingbourne parkrun since February 2016, and the event has welcomed nearly 5,000 different parkrunners.   Event Director Yvonne Crawford tells us more about her home event…     I started doing parkrun at the Great Lines parkrun a few years ago – during the wet…

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Read more › News - 6th June 2019

parkrun profile: Northampton

Northampton parkrun in Northamptonshire launched in May 2012, and has gone on to welcome 14,000 different parkrunners… so far!   Lizzie Timmins from Northampton parkrun tells us more about her home event…     I first got involved in parkrun through volunteering with my dad (above) when he was injured and wasn’t able to run….

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Read more › News - 5th June 2019

It’s about coming together

This week’s blog is from Rebecca Birkbeck, Director of Community Engagement and Shared Value from The Co-op.   In a previous role, she was working to promote the importance of volunteers in local sport and encouraging other people to get involved, and decided to join in herself which began a love for parkrun:   I’ve…

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Read more › News - 5th June 2019

200,000k and counting! Running Down Dementia is in full swing

This weekend we’ll be heading to dozens of parkruns around the country to talk to you about Running Down Dementia.   Thousands of you are already taking on the challenge to run 100k (Pioneer), 300k (Epic) or your own choice of distance (Maverick) by August 31 and raise £100 or more for dementia research.   You’ve recently…

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Read more › News - 5th June 2019

Celebrating 1,200 parkrun practices on #GPparkrunPledge Day!

More than 182,000 people took part in #GPparkrunPledge Day on Saturday 1 June to celebrate the first year of the groundbreaking parkrun practice initiative.    Launched in 2018 in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the parkrun practice initiative sees GP practices joining forces with their local parkrun event to form a link that…

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Read more › News - 5th June 2019

Feeling like a different person

Samantha Smith decided to take the plunge and finally register for parkrun whilst sat in the waiting room at her local medical practice.   Three months on, she tells us about her journey to Conkers parkrun, and why she now feels like a different person…   What made me consider running 5k every week? I had always known…

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Read more › News - 4th June 2019

parkrun profile: Hadleigh

Hadleigh parkrun in Essex launched in October 2016, and since then has welcomed more than 3,500 different parkrunners.   Amie Bright from Hadleigh parkrun tells us more about her home event…     I became a core member after volunteering a few times and absolutely loving the atmosphere.   I have so much fun volunteering…

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