Read more › News - 1st December 2017

Live your life the best you can

My name is Amanda Worne. I am 46 years old, a married mum of four, and often it takes me longer to get out of bed in the morning than it does to do a parkrun. But it hasn’t always been like this.   In August 2015 the brakes on my bike failed on a…

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Read more › News - 30th November 2017

Endometriosis, volunteering and why I love not being able to run!

Catherine Ward, one of parkrun’s Champions for Endometriosis, explains how her recent recovery from surgery has helped her fall in love with volunteering.   On a sunny Saturday in August I visited Rothwell parkrun for a spot of tourism and a good run and a catch up with my parkrun friends. It’s always fun going…

Ruth's blog pic
Read more › News - 20th November 2017

parkrun for people affected by obesity

My name is Ruth and I am the parkrun volunteer PROVE Champion (parkrun – Running or Volunteering for Everyone) for people who are affected by overweight and obesity. The PROVE project aims to engage and encourage those with a specific long term condition to take park in parkrun either walking, running or volunteer.   You…

Read more › News - 9th November 2017

My journey to the Invictus Games

Ian Young is a former soldier who is a Run Director at Blackhill parkrun in County Durham. Following an incident when he was serving in Northern Ireland, he struggled with alcohol issues, post-traumatic stress disorder and even considered taking his own life.   Ian began running as a way to improve his mental health and represented…

Read more › News - 6th November 2017

First prison parkrun launches

The first parkrun to take place in a prison has been launched thanks to a pioneering initiative between parkrun UK and HMP Haverigg, a Category C prison in England that has 286 prisoners.    If successful the initiative could be rolled out, with further prisons already expressing interest in starting their own parkruns and a second…

Read more › News - 19th October 2017

parkrun, me, and anorexia

It’s Saturday at 11am and I’m sat writing this whilst sipping a coffee bought for me by a fellow parkrun volunteer. A nagging voice berates me with “you should have run, not volunteered, you don’t deserve the coffee, you haven’t exercised”, but the voice is quieter than usual, drowned out by the chatter of happy…

prvoe champions conference
Read more › News - 12th October 2017

Building communities for parkrunners with disabilities and long term health conditions

parkrun launched its PROVE project just over a year ago with the goal of encouraging more people with disabilities and long term health conditions to participate at parkrun and it’s already delivering on that goal using social media. Frank Jones, parkrun’s PROVE project manager explains more:   We wanted to create a safe and supportive…

Sarah Prior
Read more › News - 2nd October 2017

Running away from ‘The Big C’

Hi, my name is Sarah. I am 42 years old, I have a 10-year-old son and I am a regular at Beeston parkrun in Nottingham. I am writing this blog to inspire people to keep active during cancer treatment, because doing so has really helped get me through my own treatment so far.   Late…

Read more › News - 23rd August 2017

Sweaty Selfies

In May 2012, at 34 years of age, I suffered a cardiac arrest at work. I was lucky to survive. Initially the doctors assumed it was a heart attack due to my size, but it turned out that I had suffered a cardiac arrest. I was eventually diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which…

Melanie Gray - parkrun blog - World Championships - 2
Read more › News - 14th August 2017

Overcoming health hurdles to happiness

Five years ago I was very fortunate to be nominated by Diabetes UK to carry the Olympic Torch for services to volunteering. I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 16 years and for 13 of which I’ve also done athletics. Therefore, I was honoured to be able to show, whilst carrying the torch that having diabetes…

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