Read more › News - 2nd February 2017

Feedback from the Field

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December and had a mastectomy on the 4th of January. Five days later, with drain still in situ and the drainage bottle tucked down inside my trousers, I ran to the end of my road and back. On Saturday I did my first ‘post op’ parkrun and came…

Read more › News - 31st January 2017

Susie Chan on why parkrun is great for everyone

You may be surprised to see endurance runner Susie Chan, who has finished in the top 10 women at the legendary Marathon des Sables and completed many other ultra-marathons, down at her local parkrun. But as we all know, parkrun means many things to many people and that is the beauty of it.   Here…

Read more › News - 31st January 2017

2017 Vitality London 10,000

Need a new running challenge? Take on the Vitality London 10k for Alzheimer’s Research UK like dedicated parkrunner Paul Forshaw, who has reached the 250-parkrun milestone, in his bid to defeat dementia for his mum.   Sadly, Paul lost his mother Muriel to Alzheimer’s disease in November. He has run many races in her honour…

Aldenham parkrun volunteers
Read more › News - 30th January 2017

Volunteering survey – calling all parkrunners!

We are a team of researchers based at Kingston University and St. George’s University of London carrying out research into volunteering at parkrun. We’re looking for parkrunners, whether you’ve volunteered or not, to take part in a short survey. It should take around five minutes.   Taking part is simple. Whether you’ve volunteered or not,…

Fell Foot parkrun credit Steve Barber
Read more › News - 29th January 2017

For everyone to enjoy

The National Trust has been hosting a parkrun at Fell Foot in the Lake District since October 2014. It’s one of 25 5k parkruns and two junior parkruns that currently take place on National Trust properties across the UK.   Fell Foot parkrun is a popular event on the beautiful shoreline of lower Lake Windermere,…

Helen Kirk
Read more › News - 26th January 2017

Feedback from the Field

Here’s my daughter and I volunteering as marshals at Rugby parkrun for the first time. Freezing cold but we both absolutely loved it! Helen Kirk   I’ve accumulated more t-shirts from running than I’ll ever need, but these are the ones I treasure the most thanks to the wonderful community at Pontefract parkrun. I’m looking…

Read more › News - 26th January 2017

Don’t miss out on the experience

My husband Gary and I have had very different parkrun journeys, but in many ways we have arrived at the same destination.   2012 was a tough year for both of us. Gary had, well has, a condition called plantar fibromatosis and this meant that he had a painful benign tumour in the arch of…

Read more › News - 25th January 2017

Announcing an exciting new partnership with Healthspan

It’s hard to believe that we are less than four weeks into 2017 and already we’ve seen 225,000 different people participating at UK parkruns. The stage is certainly set for another big year as we continue to support local volunteers in bringing parkrun to their communities.   To add to the excitement and positivity we…

Ian and Ella
Read more › junior parkrun, News - 24th January 2017

There’s always next week…

Hi, I’m Ian Rutson, parkrun UK’s Operations Manager and resident geek but this piece isn’t about me; it’s about my daughter, Ella.   Her parkrun journey started not long after mine, as a young girl I pushed her round many Yorkshire courses in her pushchair. She loved the attention that she got and when we…

Read more › News - 24th January 2017

Mighty Quiz

Love a bit of friendly competition? Do your friends think you’re a bit of a know-it-all? Can you handle a physical challenge while tackling tricky trivia? If your answer is yes, then join Countdown’s Rachel Riley and Extras star Ashley Jensen in The Mighty Quiz, by Alzheimer’s Research UK.   Quizmasters across the nation will…

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