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Read more › News - 22nd February 2022

You can sit down for it

Regular volunteer Olivia developed a condition called Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy and cannot walk very well without crutches and leg braces.   But that hasn’t stopped her love for volunteering at parkrun. Here’s her inspiring story.   My Mum and Stepdad both started taking part at Hillsborough parkrun regularly about seven years ago, and so…

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Read more › News - 16th February 2022

Gender balance through the parkrun journey

The difference may be subtle, but the data speaks for itself – in most parkrun countries there are more male finishers at parkrun 5k events than female. However, if we dig a little deeper, you’ll find that the opposite is true of those registering for parkrun.    Dr. Charlotte Jackson, Data Strategy Consultant and parkrun…

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Read more › News - 16th February 2022

Celebrating women and girls this International Women’s Day

We know that many women and girls face very real barriers to taking part in physical activity. From the fear of walking or running in public, of coming alone, to feeling nervous about what to do on arrival, or worrying about coming last.   This International Women’s Day we are joining forces with our friends…

Read more › News - 30th April 2020

A big party

Celine Dandeh-Njie worried she wouldn’t even be able to find the start at her first parkrun. Now she feels like Saturday mornings are just one big party.   Here she tells us what parkrun means to her.   I first heard about parkrun from a work colleague, the same colleague who encouraged me to start…

Read more › News - 30th April 2020

parkrun is for you

Lisa Yip didn’t consider herself to be a runner so thought parkrun wasn’t for her.   It just took a good friend to put her straight on a few parkrun facts, and she’s never looked back.   I first heard about parkrun through a good friend who regularly attends Northala Fields parkrun. I remember telling…

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Read more › News - 14th April 2020

The perfect balance

Laura Leung loves how parkrun is not just about running.   Here, Laura explains how parkrun is the perfect balance of staying active and socialising.    I went along to the first ever Northala Fields parkrun with my husband. He was there to support members of his run club who were setting up this new…

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Read more › News - 31st March 2020

A godsend for everyone

A year on from open heart surgery, former international athlete Clare Wyngard explains how the inclusive nature of parkrun has played a vital role in her recovery.   In the spring of 2018 I was an experienced international age group triathlete and duathlete.  Running was my strongest discipline and I had won individual British Masters titles…

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Read more › News - 31st March 2020

I love Saturday

For Sally Smith parkrun is about friends, family and joy.   From nervous and anxious to Saturday morning elation, this is her parkrun journey.   I joined a new local gym, who offered beginners running courses and fitness classes.   The finale of the beginners running course was to run a parkrun. So I did….

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Read more › News - 11th March 2020

A huge International Women’s Day parkrun celebration!

In a celebration of female participation to mark International Women’s Day, #IWDparkrun welcomed an astonishing 15,000 additional women and girls at parkruns all around the world.   On Saturday 7 March 2020, we were delighted to see almost 151,000 women and girls walking, jogging or running at parkrun globally.   Our social feeds lit up…

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Read more › News - 10th March 2020

Believing in myself again

Theresa Wraith parkruns as a way to manage her health and happiness following a second brain tumour diagnosis in 2016.    Now, Saturday mornings have become a time for the whole family to get together. Here’s her story.   I was initially diagnosed with a second brain tumour in 2016. After the surgery, I felt…

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