Read more › News - 4th January 2018

It was never really about the run

When Paul Sinton-Hewitt created parkrun back in 2004 he thought he was developing a running time-trial that would enable keen runners to measure their ‘progress’ and get faster. In reality, he was building a stunningly-effective yet wonderfully-simple health-and-happiness intervention, with himself as the first targeted recipient.   For a few years Bushy parkrun rolled along…

Read more › News - 4th January 2018

Becoming a Centurion

Reaching the 100th parkrun is a big milestone. It even comes with its own special t-shirt to mark the occasion. Think about it, it’s the equivalent of running a parkrun every Saturday almost without fail for two years – or running alternate Saturdays for four years. Whichever way you look at it, reaching 100 parkruns is…

Read more › News - 3rd January 2018

Third time lucky

I didn’t start parkrun with the intention of losing weight, I did it to improve my fitness.   I was 33, weighed 20 stone and considered myself to be a little overweight. But as I played five-a-side football every week I thought that running 5k would be easy. My sister had done parkrun before so…

Read more › News - 3rd January 2018

Cheers for your support!

We want to wish everyone a happy New Year and thank you for your fantastic support of our Donate Your Time campaign.   By converting your parkrun finish times into donations throughout December you raised more than £18,500. That money will fund pioneering research helping us in our mission to bring about the first life-changing…

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Read more › News - 3rd January 2018

Soaking up the community spirit at parkrun

As we hoover up the pine cones from the carpet and put our decorations away for another year, it’s good to reflect that this Christmas season has seen more people than ever come together to spend time with friends and family at parkrun.   In the UK alone, aside from the number of events that…

Read more › News - 3rd January 2018

parkrun profile: Aviemore

Aviemore parkrun, in the Scottish Highlands, takes place in the Cairngorms National Park – the largest National Park in the British Isles.   The nearest parkrun is a one hour drive away in Inverness. With the support of the Cairngorms National Park Authority and Highland Council the event launched in May 2017, and since then…

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Read more › News - 31st December 2017

The 2017 parkrun year review

2017 has been the most wonderful and transformational year in the history of parkrun as our growth has continued unabated. I’m delighted that this year saw us start more events around the world in a single year than ever before.   Total global registrations passed four million, we recorded one million performances in a single…

Read more › News - 30th December 2017

parkrun profile: Heartwood Forest

Nestled amongst a newly planted forest near the village of Sandridge in Hertfordshire are a series of carved wooden animals. These carvings form a trail known as the Magical Meander, which the Heartwood Forest parkrun route follows.   Event Director Kate Tettmar explains how the vision for this spectacular event became a reality.   Heartwood…

Read more › News - 26th December 2017

Making my dad proud

My main motivation for starting parkrun earlier this year was to help me cope with the trauma of losing my father.   He was admitted to hospital in May 2016 with heart pain but was due to be discharged in June. However, three days before his release he had a fall in hospital and ended…

Read more › News - 23rd December 2017

Margaret Smith becomes oldest woman to join 250 Club

83-year-old Margaret Smith from Brueton parkrun has become the oldest woman in parkrun history to join the 250 Club. This is her story:   I was born on 21 January 1934 in Birmingham. My mother was the eldest of 14, so perhaps that’s the reason I ended up being an only child! The first school…

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