Read more › News - 3rd July 2018

The Ramgarhia Sikh Temple Couch to 5k

The Ramgarhia Sikh Temple (RST) is located in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham and was founded back in 1969. The congregation is from all parts of Birmingham and although the Gurdwara (temple) is open to everyone every day, the main congregation usually gets together as a group on a Sunday morning.   Health conditions such…

Read more › News - 12th June 2018

A high five for a hero

This is our little boy Louis, who has Down’s Syndrome, volunteering at Peterborough parkrun and giving one of the runners a ‘high five’. For us however, the photo has great poignancy as the woman is not just any runner – her name is Dr Yong and several years ago she saved Louis’ life.   Louis…

Read more › News - 1st May 2018

Nordic Walking at parkrun

Nordic Walking is the fastest growing exercise activity in the world, enjoyed by more than 10 million people of all ages and backgrounds. We asked Colwick parkrunner Louise Third MBE, a Nordic Walker and breast cancer survivor who recently joined the 100 Club, to tell us why this form of exercise is a much more vigorous…

Matthew Bennett asthma
Read more › News - 1st May 2018

parkrunning with asthma

My full name is Matthew William John Bennett. I am 66, I have asthma, and I have completed 231 parkruns. Today is World Asthma Day and this is my asthma/running story.   I was diagnosed as an asthma sufferer from an early age, and as a child recall that I suffered chronic asthma with extensive…

Read more › News - 27th April 2018

From parkrun to Half Marathon

Earlier in the year almost 250 GoodGym runners descended on South East London to run The Vitality Big Half. Never before have so many GoodGym runners run together in the same race. For Bushy parkrunner and Richmond GoodGymmer Victoria, it was her first half marathon. From nervously starting out at parkrun to reaching the finish line…

Alfy Black Combe
Read more › News - 16th March 2018

Alfy’s running release

Black Combe parkrun in Cumbria became the first parkrun event in the world to launch inside a prison on 4 November 2017.   One of the participants that day was Alfy Kirkley (pictured left) who went on to complete 17 parkruns and set a new course record before his release last week. As he left, Alfy…

Signing at Huddersfield
Read more › News - 13th March 2018

Your BSL glossary of everything parkrun!

This week we are celebrating Sign Language Week, hosted by British Deaf Association, and we have created a few video clips which make up a parkrun BSL glossary to share with you to mark the occasion! You can also find this blog translated into BSL here.   Over the past few weeks, parkrunner Wendy Scott, and parkrun’s…

Read more › News - 16th February 2018

parkrunning with Parkinson’s

John MacPhee was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in his forties. Recognising the benefits of exercise in the management of his condition, John made the decision to join his wife at Perth parkrun after being discharged from hospital.    Three months on, John has set himself some lofty ambitions for the next 18 months. This is…

Read more › News - 12th January 2018

Running to escape

My name is Dame Dibaba and I am a refugee from the Oromia region of Ethiopia. I have run the fastest time at Beckenham Place parkrun in London (15:58), but at parkrun I am just running for fun. It’s not like the running I did to escape from jail in my home country and travel…

Read more › News - 26th December 2017

Making my dad proud

My main motivation for starting parkrun earlier this year was to help me cope with the trauma of losing my father.   He was admitted to hospital in May 2016 with heart pain but was due to be discharged in June. However, three days before his release he had a fall in hospital and ended…

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