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Read more › Press - 26th May 2021

parkrunners set to unite for Thank You Day celebrations

Today parkrun has announced a special “Thank You parkrun” on the weekend of the 3-4 July to tie in with National Thank You Day (subject to events returning across England as planned on Saturday 26 June).   At events across the country, following the normal 9am parkrun, participants will be encouraged to come together to…

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Read more › Press - 21st May 2021

parkrun to delay restart of 5k events in England

Today parkrun UK has announced that it has been forced to delay the planned reopening of 5k events in England on Saturday 5 June.   Although more than 250 events do have landowner permission to return, this falls far short of the critical mass needed to prevent overwhelming those that have been given the go…

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Read more › Press - 14th May 2021

Decision regarding return of parkrun to be made on Friday 21 May

With one week to go until parkrun makes an announcement on the planned return of events across England, currently only 161 of 589 5k events have landowner permission to return. As things stand, the return of the free, weekly, community events hangs in the balance, with organisers confirming that the number of permissions must increase…

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Read more › Press - 23rd April 2021

New research shows exceptionally low risk of COVID transmission at outdoor sporting events

A groundbreaking independent report, commissioned by parkrun, has been published today, that for the first time, estimates the risk of transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at parkrun events.   Utilising data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) from March 2021, looking at the prevalence of the virus, alongside antibody levels within the population, the…

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Read more › junior parkrun, News, Press - 3rd April 2020

Celebrating 10 years of junior parkrun

It is often said that children are great imitators, so it’s important to give them something great to imitate.    But what happens when the activity being imitated is not an enjoyable one, leaving a profound and long-lasting negative association?   One doesn’t need to look any further than the parkrun blog to read scores…

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Read more › News, Press - 18th December 2019

parkrun celebrates two year success of events on custodial estates

Across the world on a Saturday morning, residents in prisons, young offender institutions, and correctional facilities are walking, jogging, running and volunteering in a groundbreaking initiative that is changing the lives of prisoners and staff alike.   Two years on from the first event, we take a look at the phenomenal success of parkruns on…

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Read more › News, Press - 9th May 2019

Help us welcome 1,000 GPs on parkrun GP Pledge Day

TV personality Dr Zoe Williams will be among more than 1,000 GPs and practice staff expected to take part in a special parkrun event on Saturday 1 June 2019, which will celebrate the first birthday of the hugely successful parkrun practice initiative.   The special event is also being supported by Author, GP and star…

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Read more › News, Press - 20th March 2019

Pro:Direct Running becomes UK retail partner

After successfully helping us to provide more than 100,000 free milestone t-shirts to parkrunners over the past year, we’re pleased to announce Pro:Direct Running as our official UK retail partner.   Pro:Direct Running became the official supplier of the free parkrun milestone t-shirts in May 2018 and have since delivered a staggering 100,000 free t-shirts worldwide.   Russ Jefferys,…

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Read more › News, Press - 12th December 2018

Sport England announces significant investment in parkrun

Increasing female participation and encouraging more people from low socioeconomic communities to take part in free, weekly, social activity will be the focus of a new collaboration between Sport England and parkrun.   Funding from Sport England over three years will support the creation of 200 new parkrun events in England, building on the successes…

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Read more › News, Press - 10th October 2018

Research reveals benefit of parkrun on mental health

The impact of parkrun on mental health extends far beyond physical activity and has the potential to support people outside of traditional mental health services, according to new research conducted by Staffordshire University. The research coincides with the launch of an online community aimed at encouraging more people with mental health difficulties to participate at parkrun.   …

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