Tommy Hill
Read more › News - 11th February 2017

Opening the door

Shortly before I moved to Birmingham in 2013, the Equality Network in Scotland published a report called ‘Out for Sport’. The research focused on the negative impact that homophobia and transphobia has on the number of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people (LGBT) taking part in sport.   The findings made sobering reading. 57% of…

Jess and PSH
Read more › News - 9th February 2017

A truly surreal experience

When I was young, some of my friends joined a basketball club and I went along too. I was not very tall and I was very skinny so I was really rubbish at it!   What I did fall in love with from day one though was athletics. My earliest memory of it is from…

Debbie Saxon
Read more › News - 9th February 2017

A slice of agony and ecstasy

It was with fear and anxiety that I mustered up the courage to attend my first ever parkrun at the newly created Linford Wood event last August. This was a momentous day for me in a personal journey I started exactly one year before when I couldn’t walk one kilometre, let alone run five.  …

Jim Portrush
Read more › News - 9th February 2017

Feedback From the Field

My 12-year-old daughter Molly not only had a PB at Portrush parkrun on Saturday but was also the first female finisher. I didn’t find out until later that Molly had stopped when the second female finisher fell, and helped her up. Proud dad and happy to see the spirit of parkrun spreading! Jim   I…

Read more › junior parkrun, News - 9th February 2017

The infectiousness of running

My name is Matthew, and for my bronze DofE, last summer and autumn I was a volunteer at Guildford junior parkrun.   I have been invited to share some of my impressions and memories about the event, such as the stampede of runners at the start, the eager faces coming to take tokens in the…

Read more › News - 8th February 2017

Cast your vote: The Running Awards

Enjoyed Running Down Dementia or Donate Your Time? If you had fun taking on these challenges vote for us in The Running Awards 2017.   The charity has already beaten tough competition from across the UK to make it to the final few in the Large Charity category and Running Down Dementia has made it…

Read more › News - 7th February 2017

Intersport photoshoot preview and thanks to all partners and volunteers!

As you know, here at Intersport we like to get out and about and last weekend we had the pleasure of visiting Alice Holt parkrun in Hampshire. As well as seeing many wonderful parkrunners complete the multi terrain course through the beautiful forest, we were excited to host a photoshoot at Alice Holt to showcase…

Pitshanger juniors
Read more › junior parkrun, News - 6th February 2017

junior parkrun welcomes 100,000th participant

junior parkrun in the UK welcomed its 100,000th different participant at the weekend, as more than 11,000 4-14 year-olds took part across the 147 events.   Each junior parkrun, which are 2k in length, is established and coordinated entirely by volunteers from local communities. Around 2,000 people give their time every weekend to ensure the events take place…

Jess Ennis-Hill and PSH Vitality launch
Read more › News, Press - 4th February 2017

parkrun announces landmark partnership with Vitality

We are excited to announce a landmark partnership with Health and Life insurer Vitality, who will become the first presenting partner for parkrun UK.   The three-year partnership was officially launched this morning at Sheffield Hallam parkrun by parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt and Vitality Ambassador and Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill.   Vitality has been…

Namrah parkrun
Read more › News - 3rd February 2017

No different from the next runner

22-year-old university student Namrah Shahid had never run before taking part in Woodhouse Moor parkrun for the first time last April.   By her own admission she was instantly hooked, and Namrah is now working with Leeds University to encourage other female Muslims to take part in physical activity by breaking down some of the…

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