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Read more › News - 5th October 2019

Not just a run in the park

Independent survey commissioned by UK-based charity parkrun gets more than 60,000 responses and shows that volunteering has a bigger impact on health and wellbeing than just running or walking.   The first weekend of October 2019 sees the 15th anniversary of parkrun. To mark the occasion, parkrun UK have released results from an independent survey,…

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Read more › News - 11th September 2019

Prescribing parkrun to the local community

Dr Simon Lennane is a GP based at Alton Street Surgery in Ross-on-Wye, and Mental Health GP Lead for the Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and has recently played an integral role in launching Ross-on-Wye parkrun.   Dr Lennane tells us the story behind the event, and why he was so passionate about creating a…

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Read more › News - 30th July 2019

NHS takeover at Cirencester parkrun

Last weekend saw an NHS takeover at Cirencester parkrun in Gloucestershire in an effort to promote physical activity and encourage Cirencester Hospital staff and patients to take part at parkrun.   The NHS takeover was the brainchild of David Lattimore, Co-Event Director of Cirencester parkrun and Linda Edwards, Matron at Cirencester Hospital. The two have worked closely…

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Read more › News - 18th July 2019

A double parkrun takeover by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Ai Lyn Tan and Dr Michael Mansfield, were the driving forces behind a recent link-up between two Leeds-based parkruns, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.   We asked the parkrunning doctors to tell us more about the day, and the impact on their fellow healthcare professionals… When the topic of parkrun suddenly appeared in…

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Read more › News - 9th July 2019

Proving that I can

Karen Murphy was a successful amateur runner, winning numerous medals and starting her own running club.    However, after suffering two strokes, Karen had to regain and rebuild her fitness and health despite being faced with serious mobility challenges.   Karen tells us how walking and volunteering at parkrun proved to be a catalyst for…

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Read more › News - 25th June 2019

Celebrating one year of 5k Your Way

In 2018, the 5k Your Way initiative was launched by oncology doctor, and professional triathlete, Lucy Gossage in partnership with cancer survivor Gemma Hillier-Moses, Founder of MOVE Charity.   Their concept was simple: oncology professionals, those living with, or who have had, cancer and their families are encouraged to attend a local parkrun event on the…

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Read more › News - 5th June 2019

Celebrating 1,200 parkrun practices on #GPparkrunPledge Day!

More than 182,000 people took part in #GPparkrunPledge Day on Saturday 1 June to celebrate the first year of the groundbreaking parkrun practice initiative.    Launched in 2018 in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the parkrun practice initiative sees GP practices joining forces with their local parkrun event to form a link that…

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Read more › News - 5th June 2019

Feeling like a different person

Samantha Smith decided to take the plunge and finally register for parkrun whilst sat in the waiting room at her local medical practice.   Three months on, she tells us about her journey to Conkers parkrun, and why she now feels like a different person…   What made me consider running 5k every week? I had always known…

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Read more › News - 21st May 2019

Feeling the positive energy

Neelima Chatterjee is a patient of Barrack Lane Medical Practice in Ipswich, Suffolk, one of more than 900 parkrun practices across the UK.   Neelima explains how the link between her practice and her local Ipswich parkrun has been a catalyst in leading a happier, healthier lifestyle…   I was first introduced to parkrun when we…

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Read more › Awards, News - 14th May 2019

Southport parkrunners win RNIB Excellence Awards

A blind parkrun Ambassador and one of the organisers of Southport’s first parkrun have been recognised with awards from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).   Kelly Barton, (42) and Dr Simon Tobin, (54), both from Southport, were presented with awards for their determination to break down barriers for people with sight loss…

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