Read more › News - 27th July 2023

parkrun is part of the recovery

After becoming a regular parkrunner, Peter Connor was excited to reach his 100th milestone before the end of this year. However, he suffered a heart attack in April which took him and his family by surprise.   We speak to his son Stephen about Peter’s return to parkrun and how parkwalking has helped his dad’s recovery.  …

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Read more › News - 9th March 2023

You’re always welcome at parkrun

Going to parkrun was non-negotiable for Tess, but over time she fell out of love and “felt like a burden”.   After hearing about the parkwalk initiative she returned to parkrun, feeling welcome and accepted within the community.   I got involved relatively early on with parkrun – I was even on the start line of…

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Read more › News - 9th March 2023

Encouraging my students to parkrun

Jonathan Harris fell in love with volunteering and started encouraging his students to come along and join him at his Bradford parkrun in the glorious Lister Park.   He discovered the physical and mental benefits that parkrun has for young people and has been spreading the joy of parkrun ever since!   At the beginning…

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Read more › News - 2nd February 2023

Changing the culture of walking at parkrun

Back in October, we dedicated the month of our 18th birthday to parkwalk at parkrun, celebrating and promoting walking at parkrun.     We know that walking is a great entry point to parkrun, can help prevent or manage health conditions and that walkers at parkrun are more likely to have previously been inactive and have…

Read more › News - 30th December 2022

Everyone is welcome at parkrun

Stefan is a regular volunteer at Frickley Country Park parkrun. With the introduction of parkwalk in October, Stef wanted to try and complete the course at Frickley for the first time.   He kept a short diary of his progress to show that at parkrun, time isn’t important and all levels of fitness are welcome.  …

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Read more › News - 13th December 2022

People walk for all sorts of reasons

Caroline Lytton has been unable to run since her teenage years. She has discovered that walking at parkrun is great for keeping her active and providing opportunities to chat to other walkers and hear their stories.   I have Charcot-Marie Tooth disease, a type of inherited, degenerative neuropathy which has meant I have not been…

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Read more › News - 23rd November 2022

Completely at my own pace

Elizabeth Robinson started parkrun earlier this year, always with the intention of walking the 5k. She and husband, Alan, have enjoyed being amongst the event’s lovely, inclusive group of parkrunners and feeling the benefits of their increasing fitness.   I first heard about parkrun a few years ago from my cousin, a parkrunner in Manchester,…

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Read more › News - 9th November 2022

Walking with Joe Wicks at parkrun

We’ve teamed up with BBC Children in Need for a brand new campaign, Walk With Joe, powered by MINI. The special campaign kicked off with events at Maidenhead and Newport last weekend.   From stages and warm ups to fancy dress and record breaking numbers, here’s how it went.   Joe Wicks attended Maidenhead parkrun…

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Read more › News - 31st October 2022

parkwalkers are here to stay!

October has sadly come to an end, but what a month it’s been as we’ve celebrated parkwalk at parkrun!   Over the last five weekends we’ve welcomed an incredible 10,000 brand new walkers to parkrun, as well as inspiring 8,000 existing parkrunners to join in the parkwalk fun. That means throughout October there have been…

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Read more › News - 26th October 2022

Top five ways walking helps your mental health with Dr Hussain

Dr Hussain Al-Zubaidi is a GP, a TV doctor, RCGP Lifestyle and Physical Activity Clinical Champion and a triathlete!   He shares his top five ways walking helps your mental health.   There are about 500 ways in which walking is good for your mental health, so this will be difficult, but here are my top five. These…

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