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The same wherever you go

Leah Swallow is 21 and the thing she loves most about parkrun? It’s the same wherever you go.    As someone who is severe to profoundly deaf, it was this familiarity that gave her the confidence to try a nearby parkrun when she moved away to uni. With her studies all now online due to the pandemic,…

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Empower yourself

As a school girl, Caroline Grant took an additional GCSE just to get out of games lessons! Now, she is passionate about her running and the joys of exercising outside.   I’d looked at parkrun for years but had never done anything about it. Then, having relocated back to the North East, I thought I’d…

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Community spirit

Penelope Harrall’s first parkrun was on International Women’s Day in March 2020. Now she is helping to motivate and support other women on their running journeys.   I started the Couch to 5K programme on 1st January 2020 after a while of not doing anything and my fitness levels had really dropped. In addition to…

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Breaking down barriers

This time last year, to mark International Women’s Day 2020, parkrun countries came together in a global celebration of female participation.   Here, we look back on that special day, the legacy it left behind, and parkrun’s ongoing commitment to breaking down barriers to participation for women and girls.   On the 8 March 2020,…

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What I thought was impossible

With the support of her sister, some Jog Belfast trainers, and the parkrun community, Orla went on to achieve something she never thought possible. Here’s her inspiring story.   Throughout my life, I have always struggled with my weight. Way back in August 2015, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries. Having polycystic ovaries means that…

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 9 March

The situation with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) remains somewhat changeable in every country in which we operate. Last week all parkrun events in New Zealand were temporarily suspended in line with the short-term lockdown restrictions in place. At the time of writing, events outside Auckland will return this Saturday, with a decision on whether events…

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A good incentive

Having her parkrun initiation thwarted by lockdown, Jenny Wilson has become a (not)parkrunner until parkrun events return.   My children are now young adults and are very into their athletics, so I am surrounded by discussions about training for events and such like, so I decided I had better join in myself!  I have been…

Julie Nowlin
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All about having fun

Julie Nowlin completed her first parkrun on International Women’s Day 2020. She has not stopped running since!   I started running again in February 2020, after a 4 year break.  I joined a running club in South Shields called Run Eat Sleep.  The group were fantastic and told me about Saturday mornings at parkrun and…

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In memory of a good friend

Marion Ward has found (not)parkrunning a good way to cope with lockdown pressures and she has channelled her efforts into fundraising in memory of her good friend, Jan.   I first heard about parkrun on a radio show and decided to give it a go around 2 years ago.   The running I had done…

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In it together

Denise Rainey went along to parkrun to keep her Dad company. Starting off as a walker, she’s now gone on to complete numerous 10ks. This is her journey.   In September 2016 my Dad Denis decided he was going to join parkrun and participate in the pilot of parkwalk, so I thought I would keep…

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