Megan Gush
Read more › News - 17th November 2016

My new-found enthusiasm

I dabbled a bit with parkrun a few years ago, but as a shift worker there was a plethora of really good excuses not to go. It seemed like it was always raining! After my son was born in 2013, and with a desire to get back in shape and to justify the jogging buggy I…

Big Thank You
Read more › News - 16th November 2016

Volunteers to be recognised at BBC Sports Personality

The #BigThankYou campaign is underway again! The UK’s biggest celebration of sports volunteers is led by Join In (part of the Sport and Recreation Alliance), together with BBC Get Inspired, Sport England and UK Sport, and will culminate at BBC Sports Personality of the Year.   Community sports and recreation clubs and groups can be part…

FFTF Emma Sperring
Read more › News - 15th November 2016

Feedback from the Field

Happy birthday to my wonderful son Luke who turned four on 6 November. Luke has been a regular at both Swindon parkrun and Swindon junior parkrun since he was four days old, and now at the grand old age of four he has his very own parkrun barcode. To celebrate this milestone birthday, Luke completed…

Read more › News - 14th November 2016

Santa Forgot

Alzheimer’s Research UK is proud to present our first Christmas advert, Santa Forgot, to remind parkrunners that anyone can be affected by dementia.   The animation, narrated by Stephen Fry, imagines a world where the magic of Christmas has been lost because Santa is living with the effects of dementia and no longer visits children across…

Malahide parkrun
Read more › News - 14th November 2016

Intersport is off to visit parkrun Ireland!

We at Intersport have hardly unpacked our suitcases from our recent trip to Copenhagen and we are off again to be #parkruntourists a bit closer to home this weekend – Ireland here we come! Do let us know via our social media channels if someone else from the UK will be running their weekly parkrun…

KMPC 1 blog
Read more › News - 13th November 2016

1,000k to May

In December 2015, Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church (KMPC) in East Belfast launched a parkrun initiative as a way of raising levels of physical activity and promoting exercise throughout the congregation. The concept involved using nearby Stormont parkrun (and indeed others in Northern Ireland) to encourage KMPC members to meet up on a Saturday morning to…

Ian Kimpton
Read more › News - 12th November 2016

A celebration of participation

Ian Kimpton, the first non-elite runner to finish the London Marathon in 2015, joined the parkrun 100 Club on a weekend away in Denmark. In the following dispatch he tells us what it means to earn his black milestone shirt, how he balances full time work and running for England, and why volunteering at parkrun…

George Webster volunteering
Read more › News - 12th November 2016

Just ask George

I want to tell you about my son George.   George is 16 and is without doubt one of the most popular people I know. Walking onto Woodhouse Moor in Leeds for parkrun each Saturday is an experience punctuated by people saying “Hello George”, high-fiving him or giving him a wave. He knows almost everyone’s…

Simon Tobin
Read more › News - 10th November 2016

A win-win situation

I have been a GP at the same practice in Southport for 23 years. My interest is cardiovascular disease, diet, exercise and diabetes, and over the past few years I have become increasingly passionate about the benefits of ‘lifestyle medicine’. In other words, what people can do to help themselves before resorting to lifelong medication….

Nadia Winborn2
Read more › News - 10th November 2016

The new me

When I turned 50 I was so unfit I struggled to walk up stairs. The last time I had taken part in regular exercise was in my late teens, because when I left school I began working full time and didn’t have the time to commit to sporting activities.   I registered with parkrun because I…

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