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Read more › News - 2nd June 2021

The parkrun practice initiative turns three

In June 2018, a partnership between parkrun UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners saw the launch of the parkrun practice initiative.    As we continue to prepare for the return of parkruns, the parkrun practice initiative has a really important role to play in helping promote the health and happiness of people and communities…

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Read more › News - 1st December 2020

parkrun practice research article published

Since the launch of our partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in 2018, more than 1,500 GP practices across the UK have linked with their local parkrun event to become a parkrun practice.   But it isn’t enough to just have the headline numbers, we wanted to find out how the initiative was being perceived…

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Read more › News - 22nd June 2020

Two years of parkrun practice

In June 2018, a partnership between parkrun UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners saw the launch of the parkrun practice initiative.   To mark the two year anniversary, parkrun Global Head of Health and Wellbeing Chrissie Wellington talks us through its conception, some life changing moments, and our hopes for the future.  …

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Read more › News - 10th December 2019

Where my heart is

The parkrun practice initiative now has more than 1,500 GP practices partnered with their local parkrun, ‘prescribing’ local events to help improve the physical and mental health of patients and healthcare staff.   Building on the success of the initiative here in the UK, the Irish College of General Practitioners has now announced the launch of…

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Read more › News - 9th December 2019

For the people of Penzance

As part of the parkrun practice initiative, the Alverton Practice and its local Primary Care Network, wanted a local event to signpost patients and staff to.    Struggling to find one close by, they set up one of their own. Alverton Practice GP Sandra Treleven tells us how Land’s End parkrun came to be, and…

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Read more › News - 11th September 2019

Prescribing parkrun to the local community

Dr Simon Lennane is a GP based at Alton Street Surgery in Ross-on-Wye, and Mental Health GP Lead for the Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and has recently played an integral role in launching Ross-on-Wye parkrun.   Dr Lennane tells us the story behind the event, and why he was so passionate about creating a…

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Read more › News - 30th July 2019

NHS takeover at Cirencester parkrun

Last weekend saw an NHS takeover at Cirencester parkrun in Gloucestershire in an effort to promote physical activity and encourage Cirencester Hospital staff and patients to take part at parkrun.   The NHS takeover was the brainchild of David Lattimore, Co-Event Director of Cirencester parkrun and Linda Edwards, Matron at Cirencester Hospital. The two have worked closely…

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Read more › News - 5th June 2019

Celebrating 1,200 parkrun practices on #GPparkrunPledge Day!

More than 182,000 people took part in #GPparkrunPledge Day on Saturday 1 June to celebrate the first year of the groundbreaking parkrun practice initiative.    Launched in 2018 in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the parkrun practice initiative sees GP practices joining forces with their local parkrun event to form a link that…

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Read more › News - 5th June 2019

Feeling like a different person

Samantha Smith decided to take the plunge and finally register for parkrun whilst sat in the waiting room at her local medical practice.   Three months on, she tells us about her journey to Conkers parkrun, and why she now feels like a different person…   What made me consider running 5k every week? I had always known…

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Read more › News - 21st May 2019

Feeling the positive energy

Neelima Chatterjee is a patient of Barrack Lane Medical Practice in Ipswich, Suffolk, one of more than 900 parkrun practices across the UK.   Neelima explains how the link between her practice and her local Ipswich parkrun has been a catalyst in leading a happier, healthier lifestyle…   I was first introduced to parkrun when we…

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