Samantha Hewitt
Read more › News - 30th October 2017

Better than any drug

In May this year my son Reece (11 at the time) decided to run and raise money for a defibrillator for our local parkrun in Sittingbourne, Kent.   Reece was diagnosed with high functioning autism (Asperger’s syndrome), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and developmental co-ordination problems when he was nine, after many years struggling at…

Ruth Hardy RD
Read more › News - 29th October 2017

A genuine transformation

Ruth Hardy has had asthma since childhood, and a combination of the right medication and running each week has helped her to manage the condition.   Ruth, who was instrumental in setting up a Facebook group for parkrunners living with asthma, tells us her story and explains the benefits of belonging to a support group that has…

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Read more › News - 28th October 2017

Study into the motivation, well-being and performance of parkrunners

parkrunners are being invited to participate in a study being conducted by the School of Psychology, Social and Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University. The purpose of the study is to investigate motivational factors that influence the quality of experiences in the build-up to a parkrun event.   By taking part in this study you may…

Read more › News - 27th October 2017

As easy as that

My parkrun experience didn’t get off to the sunniest of starts. I remember my first time, clutching my mum’s hand while trying to stay upright on the slippery grass of the Brockenhurst course, being lashed with rain which stung my face. By the third of four laps, I was shivering with cold, but – despite…

Read more › News - 25th October 2017

Women in Sport: Live the dream. Join a team

If you’re a woman who already belongs to a sports team, you’ll know it’s a lot like having a second family, with all the ups, downs and unforgettable moments along the way.     For those of you who’ve never been lucky enough to enjoy that feeling, it’s about so much more than sport. It’s…

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Read more › News - 24th October 2017

Happy Halloween to all parkrunners this weekend!

It’s the last weekend in October and that can only mean one thing…it’s time for Halloween parkrun! Halloween is a fantastic excuse to dress up and have fun, and in previous years parkrunners have turned up to their weekly 5k in all manner of outfits and make-up! We’re looking forward to seeing plenty of ghoulish…

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Read more › News - 23rd October 2017

Leeds Building Society Community Hero: Ray Scovell

We are excited to announce our second Community Hero.   This month we are celebrating the amazing efforts of Ray Scovell. Having set up parkrun on the Isle of Wight in 2011, Ray has been the driving force behind his parkrun community and has now reached his 250th event as run director. Additionally, Ray has…

Read more › News - 22nd October 2017

Family pull together to save Mike’s fell race

This week we want to tell you about inspirational parkrunner and long-time Alzheimer’s Research UK supporter Mike Breslin.   Since 2010, Mike, a regular at the Lancaster parkrun, has organised the annual Turner Landscape Fell Race in the Lake District, which has raised around £7,000 for pioneering dementia research.   However, this year’s race almost…

Read more › News - 19th October 2017

parkrun, me, and anorexia

It’s Saturday at 11am and I’m sat writing this whilst sipping a coffee bought for me by a fellow parkrun volunteer. A nagging voice berates me with “you should have run, not volunteered, you don’t deserve the coffee, you haven’t exercised”, but the voice is quieter than usual, drowned out by the chatter of happy…

Read more › News - 19th October 2017

The importance of magnesium

Are you a Radio 2 listener? If you are, and you were listening in this morning, you may have heard Dr Michael Mosley discussing the importance of magnesium.    Dr Mosley explored the rising trend of magnesium and how he used it to treat his own insomnia. Dr Mosley also highlighted research that suggests magnesium supplementation…

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