SarahS hospital
Read more › News - 25th July 2018

A life saving donation

Saturday 19 May was a momentous day for me – my first parkrun since I donated my right kidney to a friend. I can’t tell you how good it felt!   My friend Kirsty suffers from a condition called Polycystic Kidney Disease, which is hereditary and passed on by her mother. Her youngest daughter also…

Read more › News - 20th July 2018

Recovering from prostate cancer

In March this year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had to decide whether to have radiotherapy or have my prostate removed (radical prostatectomy). Without going into detail, I weighed up these options and chose surgery.   The operation was carried out at the end of April and went extremely well. My post-operation recovery…

Sue King's Lyn
Read more › News - 18th July 2018

Sue’s Story

Sue Smith has been a member of King’s Lynn parkrun since its inception in 2011, which also inspired her to join the Ryston Runners, a local running Club. Not the fastest runner in town, which she will readily admit, Sue’s dogged determination to improve her performance regardless of competition and conditions was an inspiration to…

Alan McLeod with Kirsty 2018
Read more › News - 16th July 2018

A good heart

Following two heart attacks and a heart bypass in her early forties, parkrunner Kirsty Drummond was determined to help more communities acquire Public Access Defibrillators. Little did she know that she would end up using one to help save someone’s life at St Andrews parkrun.   In September 2012 I started at St Andrews parkrun…

Octo group shot
Read more › News - 10th July 2018

Octogenarian parkrunners unite at the home of parkrun

On Saturday 7 July, with the temperature nudging 30C, 38 parkrunners aged 80 and over gathered at the birthplace of parkrun, Bushy Park in London. One of the participants, Richard Pitcairn-Knowles, tells us more:   Several regular local parkrunners were joined by many oldies from as far afield as Scotland, Wales, the West Country, Essex…

Read more › News - 10th July 2018

Three qualities of parkrun

I’m a relative newbie to parkrun and this spring retired to Penrith in Cumbria. While taking part in Penrith parkrun, my new home event, and thinking about how friendly people were, just like at my former home parkrun in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, I remembered that an influential American therapist listed three qualities that are essential if…

Gerry Waterworks
Read more › junior parkrun, News - 9th July 2018

Don’t stop your feet

I started doing Waterworks parkrun in Belfast in July 2015 and my weekends haven’t been the same since. I start most weekends meeting friends, chatting, socialising and having a coffee before I’m reminded that there’s the small matter of a 5k to complete!   The following year when I noticed the banner announcing the start…

Read more › News - 3rd July 2018

The Ramgarhia Sikh Temple Couch to 5k

The Ramgarhia Sikh Temple (RST) is located in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham and was founded back in 1969. The congregation is from all parts of Birmingham and although the Gurdwara (temple) is open to everyone every day, the main congregation usually gets together as a group on a Sunday morning.   Health conditions such…

Read more › News - 12th June 2018

A high five for a hero

This is our little boy Louis, who has Down’s Syndrome, volunteering at Peterborough parkrun and giving one of the runners a ‘high five’. For us however, the photo has great poignancy as the woman is not just any runner – her name is Dr Yong and several years ago she saved Louis’ life.   Louis…

SallyMoore runners
Read more › News - 31st May 2018

If Sally can do it

Sally Moore (second from right) was diagnosed with Grade 3, Stage 3 breast cancer in 2012 following almost six years of regular checks. After 13 cancer-related operations over several years, Sally took part in the inaugural Brighouse parkrun in September 2016, and she hasn’t looked back since.   In June 2006 I found a lump…

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