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Read more › News - 24th January 2022

Learning as we go: an evaluation of parkrun’s PROVE project

We are committed to learning from what we do, and finding ways to improve in order to maximise our positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.   The evaluation of the parkrun: running or volunteering for everyone (PROVE) project is a great example of how we develop those valuable insights and use them to shape future…

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Read more › News - 1st September 2021

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of parkrun participants

parkrun Research Board study shows that parkrunner’s have felt the most negative impact on their connections with others, due to the pandemic, as well as a drop in participants physical activity levels.   Ahead of the peer reviewed paper, we share the results here.   Lockdown restrictions imposed across the UK in response to the COVID-19 pandemic had…

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Read more › News - 24th March 2021

Research on running through COVID-19

University of Nottingham researchers are looking for runners of all levels to take part in a study examining how their running habits have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what impact running could potentially have on the virus itself.   This research is supported by The parkrun Research Board, and here’s how you can take…

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Read more › News - 30th December 2020

The potential of parkrun to benefit the least active

A new research paper looking at the benefits of walking and running at parkrun focuses on areas of social deprivation, and the potential of parkrun to benefit the least active.   A group of researchers have examined the impact of parkrun on people living in the most socioeconomically deprived areas of the UK and those…

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Read more › News - 8th December 2020

Using research to improve inclusivity

At parkrun we believe in the benefits an event can have on the lives of people and the communities it creates. We have seen many people go from being sedentary to earning their club t-shirts having participated in hundreds of parkruns.   This shift from inactivity to active lifestyles, and the associated health and wellbeing…

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Read more › News - 24th November 2020

The benefits of parkrun

parkrun benefits people in so may ways. This research, approved by the parkrun Research Board, highlights how our events improve social connections, community integration, social support and a sense of belonging.   You can read the full paper here. Social Reward and Support Effects on Exercise Experiences and Performance: Evidence from parkrun   #loveparkrun

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Read more › News - 5th April 2018

Women of parkrun deliver world class research into running during pregnancy

The findings of the largest ever study of running in pregnancy have been published this month thanks to the contribution of 1,293 women parkrunners from around the world.   The results appear in this month’s BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, an open access journal covering all aspects of sport and exercise medicine, and are…