Read more › News - 9th August 2023

Bringing parkrun to Edge Hill University

When Michèle Riley spoke with Dr Gary Lamph about training for the London Marathon this year, both connected over the love of physical activity. Soon after, they started the Ormskirk parkrun and Edge Hill University (EHU) Initiative to encourage more EHU students and fellow staff to join their local community in the outdoors.   We…

Read more › News, Press - 25th July 2023

The positive impact of parkrun in custodial estates

Through the feedback we regularly receive, we know that parkruns operated on the custodial estate are popular and positive events, the benefits of which impact those in custody, the staff and the whole prison.   Now, with the results of research commissioned by His Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS) to explore prisoners’ experiences of…

Read more › News - 20th July 2023

Creating stronger bonds in isolated areas

From hectic cities to remote corners around the world, no matter where you are, the ability for parkrun to connect people and create communities is part of the magic of our events. For those living in tucked away hidden gems, the remote existence can sometimes lead to a sense of disconnectedness among residents and a…

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Read more › News - 21st December 2022

Slowly but surely

Rachael Holmes suffered a back injury which caused her to lose a lot of physical condition. She is working steadily to regain her strength and fitness, with parkrun helping to keep her active and motivated.   I started running a few years ago, but just before the pandemic I suffered a back injury. During the…

Read more › News - 10th June 2022

parkrun’s Health and Wellbeing team is expanding!

We’re recruiting! We’re looking for a full time Outreach & Engagement Officer to join our Health and Wellbeing team. The role will be based in our Leeds office.    From quiet beginnings, parkrun has grown into a worldwide social movement with community at its beating heart.   Committed to breaking down barriers to participation in…

Read more › News - 15th November 2021

parkrun celebrates four year success of events on the custodial estate

Four years on from the launch of the very first custodial event, Black Combe parkrun at HMP Haverigg, we take a look at the phenomenal success of parkruns on the custodial estate and how the initiative continues to change the lives of prisoners, staff and visitors alike.   Since the ground-breaking first event took place…

Read more › News - 19th May 2021

Finding my motivation

Brenden Goodwin says parkrun helped him feel proud of the person he now sees in the mirror. He also credits parkrun for giving him the discipline and confidence to focus on his studies, and achieve straight A grades in his GCSEs.   Here’s his story.   Before I started taking part in the Macclesfield parkrun, I was…

Read more › News - 19th April 2021

Time to come together again

Access to free, inclusive, regular outdoor physical activity has never been more vital.    parkrun Global Head of Health and Wellbeing Chrissie Wellington calls for support ahead of the planned restart of 5k events across England on Saturday 5 June   As the number of daily cases, hospitalisations and deaths related to the pandemic continue…

Read more › News - 20th November 2020

Evidence on the reach and impact of parkrun: a review

A team of academics reviewed existing research highlighting that parkrun participants show improvements in, among other things, fitness, total physical activity, and mood.   Here, one of the researchers, Dr Anne Grunseit from the Prevention Research Collaboration at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, talks us through the findings.   parkrun is unique…

Read more › News - 20th October 2020

Losing connection and quality of life

The wide-ranging benefits of parkrun participation on people’s health and wellbeing are well known, and supported by a growing body of evidence. But what happens when there are no parkrun events to take part in? What is the impact on people’s health and wellbeing if the opportunity to join with others for a walk, jog…

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