Read more › News - 3rd March 2020

Finish lines not finish times

Annick Hooge has progressed from nervous first-time parkrunner to reaching her 50 parkruns milestone, completing her first half marathon along the way!   Annick tells us how parkrun has helped her with anxiety and her social skills, and why you should join us at parkrun!   I first heard about parkrun from my neighbours. Although…

Read more › News - 11th February 2020

How does parkrun actually work?

You’ve heard of parkrun and are thinking of coming along, but you’re not quite sure how it works…   We’ve put together this handy guide taking you through parkrun step-by-step!   1. Signing up   It’s completely free to register and you only need to sign-up once. Simply complete this form and then either print…

Read more › News - 5th February 2020

Help us celebrate female participation for #IWDparkrun

parkruns all over the world are joining in a celebration of female participation by hosting a special event on Saturday 7 March 2020, ahead of International Women’s Day the following day.    We would love you to join in the celebrations by bringing along a female friend, colleague or family member and walking, jogging, running…

Read more › News - 28th January 2020

Nothing to be embarrassed about

Curtis Ledger wants everyone to know that weight is not a barrier to participating at parkrun. After tail walking with his daughter at Bodington junior parkrun, a chance set of circumstances started him on his journey to taking part in 5k events.   Having just completed his 50th parkrun at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds, he tells…

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Read more › News - 7th January 2020

Our safe place

The Fell family love running together. When son Isaac was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, the inclusive nature of parkrun made it a sanctuary for the Fells.   A place where the whole family could walk, run and volunteer together, celebrating Isaac’s recovery milestones along the way. Mum Liz tells us the family’s inspiring story.   Our…

Read more › News - 25th April 2018

A healthier and happier planet

Our work is guided by the philosophy, increasingly supported by research, that participation in parkrun contributes to improved health and wellbeing. This is now reflected in our mission statement “a healthier and happier planet”, as parkrun’s Health and Wellbeing Lead Chrissie Wellington explains.   The benefits of physical activity are only the tip of the iceberg…

Dawn Watson and Savannah running at Livingstone parkrun
Read more › News - 25th September 2016

Savanna’s story

Trying to get my youngest daughter involved in any type of sport has always been a big challenge.   Savanna suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and has OCD tendencies, which makes her very anxious and causes her to over-analyse almost everything. For several years eating out as a family wasn’t possible because she was…

Read more › News, Press - 14th March 2016

Government funding to help parkrun boost health of people with disabilities and long-term health conditions

parkrun UK has been awarded government funding to embark on a three-year project, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of disabled and excluded groups by increasing physical activity and social engagement.   The project will be funded through the Department of Health’s Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) Fund. It will initially focus…

Tony Barclay and Hannah Cochrane
Read more › News - 3rd March 2016

Seize the opportunity

My name is Hannah and I love running.   My first parkrun was in Armagh in Northern Ireland a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed it. parkrun is an enjoyable 5k timed run, is relaxed, I can go at my own pace, and the people I meet are really nice and kind to…

Alison Mead and guide
Read more › Press - 23rd February 2016

parkrun and Sport England launch project to get more people with visual impairments participating at parkrun

Sport England has invested £142,500 of National Lottery funding in parkrun to launch a pilot scheme for VI people, to help them start running, walking or volunteering at events, to meet new people and learn new skills. The money will also go towards encouraging more people to volunteer as VI running guides.   While many…

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