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Read more › News - 9th March 2022

Welcoming nearly 100,000 women and girls for #IWDparkrun

Success as #IWDparkrun encourages female participation at parkruns around the world, in a celebration of International Women’s Day.   In a special partnership with This Girl Can, parkruns across England and the UK saw more walks, jogs and runs completed by women and girls since 5k events returned in July 2021.   parkruns all over…

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Read more › News - 22nd February 2022

You can sit down for it

Regular volunteer Olivia developed a condition called Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy and cannot walk very well without crutches and leg braces.   But that hasn’t stopped her love for volunteering at parkrun. Here’s her inspiring story.   My Mum and Stepdad both started taking part at Hillsborough parkrun regularly about seven years ago, and so…

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Read more › News - 16th February 2022

Gender balance through the parkrun journey

The difference may be subtle, but the data speaks for itself – in most parkrun countries there are more male finishers at parkrun 5k events than female. However, if we dig a little deeper, you’ll find that the opposite is true of those registering for parkrun.    Dr. Charlotte Jackson, Data Strategy Consultant and parkrun…

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Read more › News - 16th February 2022

Celebrating women and girls this International Women’s Day

We know that many women and girls face very real barriers to taking part in physical activity. From the fear of walking or running in public, of coming alone, to feeling nervous about what to do on arrival, or worrying about coming last.   This International Women’s Day we are joining forces with our friends…

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Read more › News - 22nd March 2021

Girls together!

Nicola Churchill couldn’t run to the front door. Along with two friends, she decided International Women’s Day would be the ideal time to give parkrun a try out.   I had always thought parkrun sounded like a great thing to be part of, but as I couldn’t run to the front door, I never ever…

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Read more › News - 10th March 2021

Empower yourself

As a school girl, Caroline Grant took an additional GCSE just to get out of games lessons! Now, she is passionate about her running and the joys of exercising outside.   I’d looked at parkrun for years but had never done anything about it. Then, having relocated back to the North East, I thought I’d…

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Read more › News - 10th March 2021

Community spirit

Penelope Harrall’s first parkrun was on International Women’s Day in March 2020. Now she is helping to motivate and support other women on their running journeys.   I started the Couch to 5K programme on 1st January 2020 after a while of not doing anything and my fitness levels had really dropped. In addition to…

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Read more › News - 10th March 2021

Breaking down barriers

This time last year, to mark International Women’s Day 2020, parkrun countries came together in a global celebration of female participation.   Here, we look back on that special day, the legacy it left behind, and parkrun’s ongoing commitment to breaking down barriers to participation for women and girls.   On the 8 March 2020,…

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Read more › News - 8th March 2021

All about having fun

Julie Nowlin completed her first parkrun on International Women’s Day 2020. She has not stopped running since!   I started running again in February 2020, after a 4 year break.  I joined a running club in South Shields called Run Eat Sleep.  The group were fantastic and told me about Saturday mornings at parkrun and…

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Read more › News - 8th March 2021

You have so much to gain!

Recommended to make some lifestyle changes through diet and exercise, Heather Cornes completed her first parkrun in March 2020 on International Women’s Day. Undeterred by lockdown, she has continued to exercise and is reaping the many benefits.   I can honestly say other than club swimming over 40 years ago, I’ve not really had any…

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