Read more › News - 3rd June 2021

A Mile in Her Shoes

A Mile in Her Shoes (AMiHS) charity works with women with complex needs, to help them get back on their feet through the power of running and outdoor exercise with the goal of a parkrun to aim towards. Here, Celia Roberts, a trustee of the charity, explains more.   We are a small grassroots charity,…

Read more › News - 2nd June 2021

Something for everyone

For Esther Stanier, volunteering at parkrun gave her back a sense of purpose, routine and a way to feel “useful”. Here she explains why, and recommends everyone gives it a go!   I am so proud to be part of the parkrun community.   My first parkrun was August 2015 at Cuerden Valley parkrun. I really…

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Read more › News - 12th May 2021

That special buzz

Dave Wilson really got into the atmosphere at his local parkrun. He loves the buzz beforehand, the volunteers along the route, and the friends he’s made.   Here he shares his parkrun memories, and why he can’t wait for the restart.   I was dragged along to my first parkrun by my wife! I am…

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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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