Read more › News - 6th May 2020

Spotlight on: New Zealand

Looking at the world map on the parkrun website with more than 2000 green pins it, each representing an event, is surprisingly like watching TV on New Year’s Eve to see where the major fireworks displays will be taking place. And just like seeing in a new year, it’s New Zealand that has the privilege…

Read more › News - 5th May 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 5 May

Thanks again to all the event teams and ambassadors who have generously given us their time over the last few weeks, and shared the challenges they are facing at local level around the world.   We have now spoken directly to over 700 of those volunteers and continue to gain valuable insight.   Based on…

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Read more › News - 5th May 2020

Helping communities support each other through Co-operate

We’re excited to announce the launch of Co-operate, an online platform, to help communities to get and give support – including helping to collect and deliver essential food items.   Co-op has been making good things happen in communities for 175 years and the need for community is stronger now than ever. The lockdown may mean…

Read more › News - 5th May 2020

Shark bite recovery

After her leg was bitten by a shark while learning to scuba dive, Alison Ainsworth was warned that she would always have problems walking.   Here, Alison talks us through her remarkable story.   Back in 2008 I had a very serious accident whilst learning to scuba dive on holiday. I was bitten by a…

Read more › News - 5th May 2020

Adjusting goals

Clare Jennings’ sister Lucy Buckley had set herself a parkrun challenge to achieve before she turned 40.   Not one to let lockdown stand in her way, Clare tells us the story of her wonderful sister.   Back in April 2018 we were thinking of things my sister, Lucy, could do before she turned 40…

Read more › News - 30th April 2020

A big party

Celine Dandeh-Njie worried she wouldn’t even be able to find the start at her first parkrun. Now she feels like Saturday mornings are just one big party.   Here she tells us what parkrun means to her.   I first heard about parkrun from a work colleague, the same colleague who encouraged me to start…

Read more › News - 30th April 2020

parkrun is for you

Lisa Yip didn’t consider herself to be a runner so thought parkrun wasn’t for her.   It just took a good friend to put her straight on a few parkrun facts, and she’s never looked back.   I first heard about parkrun through a good friend who regularly attends Northala Fields parkrun. I remember telling…

Read more › News - 29th April 2020

Being the person you want to be

Dr Simon Tobin is a GP and parkrun Health and Wellbeing Ambassador.   Here he talks us through his personal experiences of coping with COVID-19, and shares some tips for staying mentally strong.   At times I’ve not been coping as well as I would have liked. If I’m honest, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown…

Read more › News - 28th April 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 April

Following on from last week’s update I’m pleased to let you know that our staff have already conducted one-to-one conversations with over 500 event teams and ambassadors around the world.   It’s been an incredibly moving experience for all of us, but also really uplifting. Thank you to everyone who’s given us some of their…

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Read more › News - 28th April 2020

Spotlight on: Canada

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s Canada, and Euan Bowman, North America Manager, tells us how parkrun has been embraced across the country.   parkrun in Canada launched in August 2016, but the journey started…

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