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Read more › News - 23rd February 2021

What can I say about parkrun?

Richard Mudie credits parkrun for helping him gain the confidence to challenge a few inner demons, build supportive friendships  and achieve things he’d not thought possible.   What can I say about parkrun? It has introduced me to so many things I don’t feel I’d have ever done or taken part in without it.   Back…

Read more › News - 3rd February 2021

The benefits of exercise for mental health

Dr Gavin Breslin and Dr Emmylou Large talk us through why parkrun is much more than a run or walk in the park, as they explore the benefits of exercise for mental health.   Participating at parkrun brings a lot of pleasure, enjoyment and happiness, a sense of identity, community connectedness, and long-enduring friendships for many…

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Read more › News - 23rd June 2020

The feel good factor

Joanne Jackson felt that she needed a kick start to move forward after the loss of her friend.   Here she explains how parkrun played a part in lifting her spirits.   I’ve always wanted to be able to run but every time I tried I gave up.   My first parkrun was about 4…

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Read more › News - 11th May 2020

The five ways of wellbeing

As the world adjusts to a life constrained by various levels of lockdown, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Jen Unwin and Dr Simon Tobin, an NHS GP, share their thoughts on how parkrunners might be able to nurture their mental wellbeing at this challenging time.   Modern life poses challenges to physical and mental wellbeing and…

Read more › News - 29th April 2020

Being the person you want to be

Dr Simon Tobin is a GP and parkrun Health and Wellbeing Ambassador.   Here he talks us through his personal experiences of coping with COVID-19, and shares some tips for staying mentally strong.   At times I’ve not been coping as well as I would have liked. If I’m honest, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown…

Read more › News - 14th April 2020

Living my best life

From taking time off work for stress and anxiety to living her best life, Tamara Smith talks us through the part parkrun has played in the positive changes to both her mental and physical health.   In 2018 I took time out of work due to stress and anxiety. During this time my GP recommended that…

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…

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Read more › News - 25th September 2019

parkrun, Bipolar and me

Lucy from Norfolk has been part of the parkrun family since 2014, and what she loves most is volunteering.   As someone living with Bipolar Disorder, Lucy explains why volunteering at parkrun has been so important for mental health, and why Saturdays are the highlight of her week.   I did my first parkrun at…

Read more › News - 27th March 2019

A real lifesaver

Zana Ladipo is an NHS doctor who grew up in Nigeria, before returning to the UK.   Zana explains how discovering parkrun, and becoming part of the core team at Southport parkrun was a real lifesaver for her when it came to making friends and building relationships outside work in a new town.   I was born…

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Read more › News - 6th February 2019

Where there’s a will… there’s a 5k!

Paul Chatterton started his parkrun journey in January 2018. As someone who has Bipolar Disorder, Paul reveals how something that started as a New Year’s Resolution soon become a vital tool in managing and improving his physical and mental wellbeing.   I was one of those New Year’s Resolution newbies swelling the numbers at parkrun…

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