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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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Read more › News, Press - 9th May 2019

Help us welcome 1,000 GPs on parkrun GP Pledge Day

TV personality Dr Zoe Williams will be among more than 1,000 GPs and practice staff expected to take part in a special parkrun event on Saturday 1 June 2019, which will celebrate the first birthday of the hugely successful parkrun practice initiative.   The special event is also being supported by Author, GP and star…

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Read more › News - 24th April 2019

Your parkrun will see you now

Approaching 800 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.   To highlight best practice examples, as well as…

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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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