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Read more › News - 13th July 2017

Owing my life to parkrun

In 2011 I was a homeless alcoholic living underneath Brighton Pier. Six years on and I’ve completed my 100th parkrun surrounded by friends and well-wishers. Not only is my life now significantly different to what it was back then, but I feel that I actually owe my life, in part, to parkrun.   Following a happy,…

Ghurka Catterick
Read more › News - 7th July 2017

The parkrun Dream

I come from Nepal, the home of Mt Everest. For 30 years I worked as a civil servant for the Brigade of Gurkhas, a service that dates back to 1815, and I now work with the Gurkha army as a chaplain.   When I was 36 I moved to the UK having been based in…

Read more › News - 7th July 2017

A permanent high five for all

A Joëlette is a specialist wheelchair, originally designed for hiking and trail walking, that I first saw being used when I ran the Rome Marathon in 2014. I was very moved by the inclusion this allowed, when I saw a young boy take his place in the Joëlette to participate in the event powered by a team of…

Read more › junior parkrun, News - 21st June 2017

Introducing parkrun STARs

Last weekend, over 180 parkrun Ambassadors, staff and volunteers came together at the parkrun Annual Conference and we used this opportunity to introduce a brand new volunteer role: parkrun STARs.   STARs is an acronym for Story-Tellers, Advocates and Role Models and summarises perfectly what the role is all about. STARs will be helping us…

Read more › News - 18th May 2017

Deaf and Hard of Hearing parkrunners

Reece and Kane     Reece is 11 years old and Kane is nine years old. They are both Deaf and wear hearing aids.   Their Mum, Jayne, was told about the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Takeover Event at Huddersfield junior parkrun and persuaded them to come along and give it a go.  …

Phillipa signing
Read more › News - 30th March 2017

All the right Signs

parkrun’s PROVE project (parkrun; Running or Volunteering for Everyone) has been set up to make parkrun more welcoming and accessible for people with disabilities or long term health conditions.   You can watch the film here.   As part of the project, volunteers have been appointed as parkrun Champions to help inform the work that…

Read more › junior parkrun, News - 1st March 2017

Andy inspires Barking & Dagenham juniors

Hi, my name is Andy Baddeley. I have represented Great Britain in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, and I am also the only person to ever run a 5k parkrun in under 14 minutes.   I was asked recently whether I would be up for helping to encourage more kids and families to come along…

Read more › News - 27th February 2017

Living, not merely existing

To mark Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2017, parkrun Marketing Executive Tom Fairbrother (on the left) shares his personal story with us, explaining how running has impacted his life and the role parkrun has in changing perceptions.   You may not know this, but eating disorders claim more lives than any other mental illness – one in…

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Read more › News - 25th February 2017

Three simple words – do a parkrun!

In 2005 I lost my sight following a brain haemorrhage and four strokes. Afterwards I put on a huge amount of weight.   I had always been active and enjoyed swimming, badminton and table-tennis, but sport of any kind seemed no longer an option. I have Ted my guide dog but I am single and…

Kelly Barton and Simon
Read more › News - 19th February 2017

An enormous sense of satisfaction

I am 40 years old (I still can’t believe I’m 40!) and have always been registered blind due to being severely sight impaired. I have absolutely no vision in my right eye, but am very fortunate to have a tiny amount of sight in my left eye.   To give an idea of what this…

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