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Read more › News - 3rd April 2019

Tackling loneliness with parkrun

In 2017, then 83-year-old Margaret Smith from Brueton parkrun became the oldest woman in parkrun history to join the 250 Club. Two years on, she encourages other older people to join the parkrun family to tackle loneliness.   I have always been very sporty and active. In my younger days (they’re not that long ago!) I was a…

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Read more › News - 27th March 2019

A real lifesaver

Zana Ladipo is an NHS doctor who grew up in Nigeria, before returning to the UK.   Zana explains how discovering parkrun, and becoming part of the core team at Southport parkrun was a real lifesaver for her when it came to making friends and building relationships outside work in a new town.   I was born…

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Read more › News - 13th March 2019

Social Prescribing Day

More than 700 GP practices across the UK have now registered to become parkrun practices – this means they have partnered with their local parkrun event to signpost patients and staff to take part in parkrun to help treat a host of health conditions and improve physical and mental wellbeing.   Thursday 14 March is officially International Social…

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Read more › News - 13th March 2019

From stroke to start line

Whiteley parkrun regular Stephen Doherty explains how he overcame suffering a stroke to run his first ever race, the role walking at parkrun played in his recovery, and how he found his way to parkrun 250 miles away from home!   In August 2016, after a weekend of feeling unwell with dizziness and sickness, I…

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Read more › News - 17th December 2018

The rheumatologist who prescribes parkrun to her patients

Hello, my name is Ai Lyn Tan, and I’m a parkrunner! I was instantly hooked from my first parkrun more than six years ago. I registered on a Friday, completed my first parkrun the next day, and tweeted the following:     Almost 300 parkruns later, looking back, parkrun to me has been mysterious, a…

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Read more › News - 10th December 2018

Stories from a parkrunning GP

This article first appeared in the Journal of Holistic Healthcare and the British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA) has kindly allowed it to be reproduced here. My name is Dr Simon Tobin and I’ve been an NHS GP and trainer in Southport for 25 years. I am also one of parkrun’s volunteer Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors. My…

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Read more › News, Press - 21st June 2018

parkrun UK teams up with Royal College of General Practitioners to prescribe active lifestyles to patients and practice staff

parkrun UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners are set to launch a groundbreaking initiative that could see thousands of patients being ‘prescribed’ outdoor physical activity rather than medication.   The initiative aims to improve the health and wellbeing of health care staff, patients and carers, reducing the need for lifelong medication. In 2017,…

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Read more › News, Press - 15th June 2018

parkrun/NHS celebration day proves to be a hit

More than 146,000 people got involved in parkrun events around the UK on Saturday 9 June as parkrun and the NHS joined forces to celebrate 70 years of the health service.   135,318 walkers and runners completed a parkrun, 8,942 of those were completing their first-ever parkrun, thanks to the support of 11,188 volunteers.  …

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Read more › News - 11th June 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hospital takeover at King’s Lynn parkrun

My name is Sarah Byatt and I am the Executive Assistant to the Medical Director at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. I have worked at the Trust for almost 11 years.   I took part in my first parkrun in March 2013 after reading about it in the local press and hearing people…

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Read more › News - 5th June 2018

Physical activity – the best buy in public health

“Walking is the best medicine” Hippocrates, 470 BC   Adults are more than 20% less active since the 1960s, by 2030 it is predicted we will be 35% less active. This is a shocking statistic.   In my role as a practice nurse, I have been recommending a treatment that has had fantastic health outcomes…

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