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AiLyn
Read more › News - 17th December 2018

The rheumatologist who prescribes parkrun to her patients

Hello, my name is Ai Lyn Tan, and I’m a parkrunner! I was instantly hooked from my first parkrun more than six years ago. I registered on a Friday, completed my first parkrun the next day, and tweeted the following:     Almost 300 parkruns later, looking back, parkrun to me has been mysterious, a…

Kelly Barton and Simon
Read more › News - 10th December 2018

Stories from a parkrunning GP

This article first appeared in the Journal of Holistic Healthcare and the British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA) has kindly allowed it to be reproduced here. My name is Dr Simon Tobin and I’ve been an NHS GP and trainer in Southport for 25 years. I am also one of parkrun’s volunteer Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors. My…

HMP Wayland blur
Read more › News - 21st November 2018

Back on track: one inmate’s story of how parkrun is reaching through bars

When you consider that prisoners are cocooned in concrete and steel for most of the week, the appeal of an outdoor run in a green space might seem obvious. But talk to the men here and you realise that, for many of them, doing parkrun is about more than just getting some fresh air and…

every barcode cover
Read more › News - 15th November 2018

Every barcode represents a life

Over recent years, parkrun has evolved from a successful series of running events having a positive impact on those taking part, to an organisation with a razor sharp focus on a very clear objective.   parkrun is now a global charity operating in 20 countries around the world, with the single purpose of improving the…

prison volunteers
Read more › News - 7th November 2018

The inmates behind the world’s first prison parkrun

Every journey starts with a single step…   Hi, I am the gym manager working in HMP Haverigg up in Cumbria. I would like to enquire about getting a parkrun event set up inside our prison so that our prisoners can have the opportunity to get involved in this initiative. Hopefully they will then want…

uganda burgess
Read more › News - 10th October 2018

The Ugandan parkrun Group

We’ve all heard someone say that the only time they run is to catch a bus – in fact many of us have said it. For Alex Akom, getting out of breath running for his bus led to the creation of a Ugandan community group that now boasts 50 members from across London who get together each week…

Rory and Jenny
Read more › News - 28th September 2018

Autism and learning disabilities: the power of information

parkrun has been working hard over the past two years to reach out to people with disabilities and long term health conditions through a network of volunteer parkrun Outreach Ambassadors.   Jenny Mayne, one of parkrun’s Outreach Ambassadors for autism and / or learning disabilities, tells us her own story, explaining what has inspired her…

Keppel
Read more › News - 18th September 2018

Keppel parkrun – the world’s first in a Young Offenders Institution

In September 2017 I participated in the Wetherby 10k, which takes place around town centre. As I ran over the bridge towards HM YOI Wetherby, a male juveniles prison where I am employed as a social worker, I started to think about the benefits of running for young people who are remanded or sentenced to…

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Read more › News - 11th September 2018

parkrunning with Multiple Sclerosis

I remember looking through a running magazine just after I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2005. I cried when I saw an MS Society advert – I felt that in a moment I’d gone from being a runner to someone who people ran for.   I used to love running. I had run…

Octo group shot
Read more › News - 10th July 2018

Octogenarian parkrunners unite at the home of parkrun

On Saturday 7 July, with the temperature nudging 30C, 38 parkrunners aged 80 and over gathered at the birthplace of parkrun, Bushy Park in London. One of the participants, Richard Pitcairn-Knowles, tells us more:   Several regular local parkrunners were joined by many oldies from as far afield as Scotland, Wales, the West Country, Essex…

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