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PSH Albert Medal
Read more › Awards, News - 4th December 2019

parkrun Founder wins prestigious Albert Medal

parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE is honoured with the Royal Society of the Arts’ prestigious Albert Medal.   Awarded each year for innovation in the fields of creativity, commerce and social improvement, Paul received the incredible accolade for building a global participation movement.   Presenting the award, RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor praised Paul and…

Read more › News - 26th June 2019

Movement for everyone

Since launching less than a year ago, more than 6,000 different parkrunners have chosen to purchase their t-shirts and tights, base layers and hoodies from CONTRA, helping to raise in excess of £60,000 for parkrun!   parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt launched the CONTRA sports clothing brand back in September 2018 to provide running kit that…

Read more › News - 20th March 2019

parkrun is launching in Japan

On Saturday 6 April, Japan will become the latest country to join the parkrun family, with the launch of Futakotamagawa parkrun in Tokyo.   parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE tells us the story behind the birth of parkrun Japan…    In October 2017 we were approached by Sumitomo Life with regards the possibility of starting parkrun in Japan, they were also preparing to…

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Read more › News - 28th December 2018

Reflecting on the 2018 parkrun year

2018 has been a landmark year for parkrun around the world. I am proud that our movement is now widely viewed as an innovative health intervention with an impact that reaches far beyond our parks and open spaces on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Yet importantly, the parkrun experience remains the same as it’s always been….

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Read more › News - 31st December 2017

The 2017 parkrun year review

2017 has been the most wonderful and transformational year in the history of parkrun as our growth has continued unabated. I’m delighted that this year saw us start more events around the world in a single year than ever before.   Total global registrations passed four million, we recorded one million performances in a single…

Read more › News - 13th December 2017

Christmas at parkrun

Christmas is traditionally an occasion when people come together to spend time with friends and family. Sadly, we know that too many people will spend the festive period alone this year.   parkrun has always been about bringing people together from all walks of life, and at this time of year we all have an opportunity…

Read more › junior parkrun - 7th December 2016

Many minor miracles

This week’s junior newsletter comes to you from Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE, the Founder of parkrun 12 years ago, who explains the power of junior parkrun as Christmas approaches.   Christmas, Moormead and junior parkrun. What do these things all have in common? How about fun, excitement, friends, food, volunteering, children, presents, exercise, cheers and smiles, mums…

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Read more › Awards, News - 6th October 2016

Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE named Wellness Champion

parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE was crowned Wellness Champion at the inaugural Pure Package Wellness Awards at London’s BAFTA.   The Wellness Champion Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the British wellness industry and improved the health and wellness of others, and whose actions have reached a wide audience, achieved significant impact and created…

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Read more › News - 29th September 2016

My, haven’t we come a long way!

On Saturday we celebrate International parkrunday. This is an occasion when every parkrun event in the world celebrates our birthday, the day when we ran our first ever event. That day was 2 October 2004, the event was Bushy parkrun in Teddington, and there were 13 runners and four volunteers – we call these people ‘pioneers’. …

Read more › News - 18th March 2016

We will get through this, together

Dear parkrunners,   I’m writing to you to let you know that as a fellow parkrunner I am here for you during this time and wish to reassure you that the parkrun family, that I started in 2004, is as strong as it has ever been. We will get through this together, and I know…