2017-10-28 parkrun - from Christine's Flickr
Read more › News - 16th April 2019

Growing and caring at parkrun

According to figures from Carers UK, 6.5 million people across the UK are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill – that equates to 1 in 8 adults who care, unpaid, for family and friends.   One of those is parkrunner Fiona Sefton, who is the primary carer for her…

Read more › News - 16th April 2019

parkrun profile: Bury St Edmunds

The east of England has embraced parkrun like so many parts of the UK and beyond, and the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is no different.   Bury St Edmunds parkrun founding Event Director and now parkrun Ambassador, Steve Pretty, shares more about his home event…     I discovered parkrun back in 2012, about…

Read more › News - 10th April 2019

How do you start a parkrun?

There are currently more than 1,800 parkruns and junior parkruns around the world, and in 2019 we expect to launch more than 300 new events worldwide.   Whilst it may seem like parkruns quietly pop up at random in new locations and are instantly successful, this does not tell the full story of how parkruns begin,…

Kettering - pontoon 2
Read more › News - 10th April 2019

parkrun profile: Kettering

The town of Kettering in Northamptonshire has been home to Kettering parkrun since Saturday 24 September 2016.   Event Director Rob Parkes tells us more about his home event…     Kettering parkrun has already become an integral part of the local community, with close to 7,000 people experiencing our event since 2016.   As recognition for…

Mikey Young parkrun
Read more › News - 8th April 2019

Mikey runs 100 parkruns in a week

Completing your first parkrun is a memorable experience. But Mikey Young made his parkrun debut extra special by turning around and running the course again, and again, and again…   After running Eastbourne parkrun for the first time, he ran the route at Shinewater Park another 99 times over a week for an epic 500km…

Read more › News - 5th April 2019

parkrun profile: Camperdown

Camperdown parkrun in Dundee, Scotland has been part of the parkrun family since May 2012, and has welcomed close to 7,000 different parkrunners in almost seven years.   Elaine Omand from Camperdown parkrun tells us more about the event she calls home…     I first experienced parkrun, when my friend who lived in Glasgow told me about this running event he had found which I…

UCp - Starting up the slight incline
Read more › News - 5th April 2019

parkrun profile: Upton Court

Upton Court parkrun in Slough is a popular destination for parkrun tourists looking to tick-off the letter ‘U’ from their parkrun alphabet, plus those visiting nearby Windsor!   Co-Event Director Michael Ballard tells us more about his home event…     Our event launched in November 2012, and since then we have welcomed 6,000 different parkrunners…

scene 2
Read more › News - 3rd April 2019

parkrun profile: Dishley, Loughborough

The town of Loughborough is synonymous with sporting excellence, and in 2018 it became home to parkrun, with the launch of Dishley parkrun.   Co-Event Director Jenny Perry tells us more…   I moved down to Loughborough in 2016. When I was planning to move I instantly looked up parkrun and was very surprised there…

Read more › News - 3rd April 2019

The Virtual Volunteer app

It has been just over a year since the launch of the parkrun Virtual Volunteer app, which enables parkrun volunteers to both record times, and scan barcodes using a mobile device.   parkrun Global Operations Manager James Kemp explains the impact the app has had around the world so far, and the vital role it will play in…

Read more › News - 3rd April 2019

Tackling loneliness with parkrun

In 2017, then 83-year-old Margaret Smith from Brueton parkrun became the oldest woman in parkrun history to join the 250 Club. Two years on, she encourages other older people to join the parkrun family to tackle loneliness.   I have always been very sporty and active. In my younger days (they’re not that long ago!) I was a…

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