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Ahmed 4
Read more › News - 12th May 2021

(not)parkrun to the rescue!

Feeling desperate to regain his fitness, Ahmed Alexander laced up his trainers in April 2020.   After some motivational ups and downs he is now happy to be chasing the kids around without breaking a sweat, and has now set his sights on his first parkrun.   What a crazy time we are living in! Whilst…

Dave Wilson 4
Read more › News - 12th May 2021

That special buzz

Dave Wilson really got into the atmosphere at his local parkrun. He loves the buzz beforehand, the volunteers along the route, and the friends he’s made.   Here he shares his parkrun memories, and why he can’t wait for the restart.   I was dragged along to my first parkrun by my wife! I am…

Mental Health Blog
Read more › News - 12th May 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week: Co-op’s Colleague Challenge

Here at Co-op we are focused on helping colleagues improve their mental health and physical wellbeing through a collective challenge based on (not)parkrun!   This week is Mental Health Awareness Week which is themed around nature and the positive impact that being outside has on our mental wellbeing. Most of us are now aware that…

Jack 7
Read more › News - 12th May 2021

It’s changed my life

The discovery of parkrun helped Jack Kelly process the grief of losing his father. That parkrun ‘buzz’ inspired him to keep going, and he’s not showing signs of stopping.   My girlfriend (who is now Mum-to-be with our first child), was really into running and inspired me to try and start, but running just didn’t seem…

Read more › News - 12th May 2021

Insight shows increase in intent to return

A source of insight that we have monitored weekly since July 2020 has been our ‘intent to return’ survey, which is sent out to a sample of UK parkrunners every Friday.     Since the lows of January 2021, there has been a clear and consistent increase in intent to return to parkrun, as cases, hospitalisations…

Martin England 2
Read more › News - 11th May 2021

Inspiring me to succeed

Martin England credits the support received from his Hadleigh parkrun family for his rapid recovery and return to parkrunning after the ‘out of the blue’ cardiac arrest he suffered in 2018.   I suffered a cardiac arrest, out of the blue, on 5 June 2018 after a 3km run. Thankfully, at the time I collapsed, I…

Louise Evans 3
Read more › News - 11th May 2021

Feeling happier in myself

Louise Evans never thought she could be a runner, but she decided to try it last year to keep fit and help improve her mental health. She is now fitter, stronger, happier and looking forward to parkrunning for real as soon as possible.   Last June, I was starting to struggle with extra hours at…

Read more › News - 11th May 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 11 May

It was fantastic to see more than 70,000 people participate at 672 parkrun events around the world last weekend. Amongst these we were delighted to see 146 junior parkrun events in action in England, and the first junior event to resume in Wales. Before the end of this month, another 40 junior 2k events are…

Felicity 3
Read more › News - 11th May 2021

Keeping us connected

The ‘Deckchair Dynamos’ have been (not)parkrunning for the past year, helped and motivated by Felicity Hooper, there’s even a friendly league with other local (not)parkrunners.   Felicity Hooper started a local “farkrun” (fake parkrun) results table nearly a year ago, thinking it might be a nice way for our group of local (not)parkrunners from The Deckchair Dynamos…

Read more › News - 7th May 2021

UK update – 7 May

As we move through the reopening process for parkrun and junior parkrun, we are publishing a UK-specific update every Friday to keep ambassadors, event teams, parkrun communities, and landowners informed on our progress.    5k in England   It’s been another positive week as we continue to liaise with landowners for our 5k events in…

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