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Read more › News - 28th February 2019

Leeds Building Society Community Stories: Billericay parkrun

Each month our friends at Leeds Building Society explore a parkrun event and the positive impact it has had on the local community. This month’s Community Story is from Billericay parkrun where they are proud to have developed visually impaired guide running. Like most parkruns, on a typical week Billericay parkrun in Essex welcomes some…

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Read more › News - 29th September 2017

Focus on your ability

I lost sight in my right eye when I was four. I was on holiday with my family and we had just arrived at a campsite, which had a swing park and slide. I was on the slide at the top and somehow I fell off. Being 1970, ‘Health and Safety’ was not at the…

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Read more › Awards, News - 16th July 2017

National Lottery Good Causes Award

parkrun is making a real difference in making the world a healthier and happier place in many different ways. One way is through our work to facilitate and encourage people with visual impairments to participate – as walkers, runners and volunteers.   Around 1.5 million people in the UK have a visual impairment, but fewer…

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Read more › News - 30th May 2017

Re-building my confidence

Maggie Bowes from Leamington parkrun is a Visually Impaired parkrunner who completed her 90th parkrun at the weekend.   Saturday’s run may not have earned Maggie a milestone shirt but, following a bad fall a month earlier, it was a milestone run for so many reasons. On Saturday, I along with 387 others went to Leamington…

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Read more › junior parkrun - 29th March 2017

Tom’s on a mission!

Hi, my name is Tom Mason, I’m 23 and I have been doing parkrun for the last 8 years. Some weeks I run with friends, some weeks I run with my family, some weeks I run as hard as I can but every week I have a Visual Impairment.   My eyesight is of a…

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Read more › News - 25th February 2017

Three simple words – do a parkrun!

In 2005 I lost my sight following a brain haemorrhage and four strokes. Afterwards I put on a huge amount of weight.   I had always been active and enjoyed swimming, badminton and table-tennis, but sport of any kind seemed no longer an option. I have Ted my guide dog but I am single and…

Kelly Barton and Simon
Read more › News - 19th February 2017

An enormous sense of satisfaction

I am 40 years old (I still can’t believe I’m 40!) and have always been registered blind due to being severely sight impaired. I have absolutely no vision in my right eye, but am very fortunate to have a tiny amount of sight in my left eye.   To give an idea of what this…

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Read more › News - 1st January 2017

3 simple words – do a parkrun!

In 2005 I lost my sight following a brain haemorrhage and four strokes. Afterwards I put on a huge amount of weight.   I had always been active and enjoyed swimming, badminton and table-tennis, but sport of any kind seemed no longer an option. I have Ted my guide dog but I am single, have…

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Read more › junior parkrun, News - 13th December 2016

A real game-changer

Noel Thatcher MBE is one of the most successful British athletes of all time. He represented Team GB at six consecutive Paralympic Games and won five gold medals, as well as breaking the 5,000 metres world record at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics in the astonishing time of 14:56.   Noel was made an MBE in…

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Read more › News - 3rd March 2016

Seize the opportunity

My name is Hannah and I love running.   My first parkrun was in Armagh in Northern Ireland a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed it. parkrun is an enjoyable 5k timed run, is relaxed, I can go at my own pace, and the people I meet are really nice and kind to…