Read more › News - 24th January 2018

Overcoming the odds

When Dean Bugler was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, his parents were told he would never be able to walk. 35 years later, this Luton Wardown and Houghton Hall parkrunner is training for his fifth marathon.    Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects muscle tone and motor skills (the ability to move in…

Read more › News - 17th January 2018

Transformations are possible

Will Roberts tells us what it is like to receive a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, how diet and exercise has helped him to reverse his condition, and asks you to just imagine what is possible.   It’s 30 January 2016 and my GP has just told me that I have type 2 diabetes. It’s not…

Smiling in the crowd
Read more › News - 15th January 2018

The only time you’ll see me smiling in a crowd – autism and parkrun

I’ve always felt out of place, struggled to fit in, and have never been one for competitive sports. At school I lacked the coordination for the usual team sports and would opt instead for the isolation of cross country runs as I felt safer running alone rather than being part of a crowd. My childhood…

Read more › News - 3rd January 2018

Third time lucky

I didn’t start parkrun with the intention of losing weight, I did it to improve my fitness.   I was 33, weighed 20 stone and considered myself to be a little overweight. But as I played five-a-side football every week I thought that running 5k would be easy. My sister had done parkrun before so…

Read more › News - 20th December 2017

The story behind the photo

At first glance it may just look like a happy dog flying through the air, but this photo tells a much more important story.   In 2015 I was given this special little dog by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People after losing most of my hearing suddenly. His name is Rusty and he is trained…

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Read more › News - 30th November 2017

Endometriosis, volunteering and why I love not being able to run!

Catherine Ward, one of parkrun’s Champions for Endometriosis, explains how her recent recovery from surgery has helped her fall in love with volunteering.   On a sunny Saturday in August I visited Rothwell parkrun for a spot of tourism and a good run and a catch up with my parkrun friends. It’s always fun going…

Southport parkrun - Susan Cooper
Read more › News - 30th November 2017

parkrunning with a heart condition

Southport parkrun regular Sue Cooper tells us how parkrun helped her reconnect with running following a cardiac arrest, and then became so much more.   I’ve always loved running. When I was little, I used to pester my sister to race me back home from school and I’d never dream of walking anywhere if I…

Ruth's blog pic
Read more › News - 20th November 2017

parkrun for people affected by obesity

My name is Ruth and I am the parkrun volunteer PROVE Champion (parkrun – Running or Volunteering for Everyone) for people who are affected by overweight and obesity. The PROVE project aims to engage and encourage those with a specific long term condition to take park in parkrun either walking, running or volunteer.   You…

Read more › News - 14th November 2017

World Diabetes Day – Sandra Stamp’s Story

World Diabetes Day falls on 14 November every year. It’s a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it’s really like to live with the condition. Sandra Stamp, who lives with type 2 diabetes, tells us how much she loves parkrun, how it has changed…

Ruth Hardy RD
Read more › News - 29th October 2017

A genuine transformation

Ruth Hardy has had asthma since childhood, and a combination of the right medication and running each week has helped her to manage the condition.   Ruth, who was instrumental in setting up a Facebook group for parkrunners living with asthma, tells us her story and explains the benefits of belonging to a support group that has…

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