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Read more › News - 25th November 2019

More than I ever imagined

Hannah Latham is on the core team at Alvaston parkrun in Derbyshire. Here she tells us how being willing to ‘just have a go’ brought a whole community together, and showed her that she was capable of more than she could have ever imagined.   The below photo is from one of the best days…

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Read more › News - 11th September 2018

parkrunning with Multiple Sclerosis

I remember looking through a running magazine just after I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2005. I cried when I saw an MS Society advert – I felt that in a moment I’d gone from being a runner to someone who people ran for.   I used to love running. I had run…

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Read more › News - 16th January 2018

Christmas Greetings

Dear parkrun, I thought you might like an update about my mum, Elisabeth, who you featured in your newsletter just before Christmas. She lives at a residential care home just over the road from the Sandy Lane Gate in Bushy Park, which is right on the route of the iconic Bushy parkrun.     Every Saturday,…

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Read more › News - 15th December 2017

Putting parkrunners in the picture

People have been asking me a lot lately why I am always taking photos at parkrun and never actually running, so I thought I would explain how not being able to run has helped me fall in love with volunteering.   After a successful marathon last year, and running parkrun through the winter, I fractured…

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Read more › News - 24th July 2017

British Olympic & Paralympic athletes to Tail Walk as part of #teamparkrun

Many of you will know that parkrun started its life as a 5k ‘time trial’. Most of my friends were runners, I got my running club involved, and there was minimal signage and support along the route, meaning it was inevitable that we would attract people who were already runners. This was our natural starting…

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Read more › News - 10th July 2017

Thank you volunteers

To all parkrun volunteers, THANK YOU! parkrun is an international success thanks to you.   As the Event Director of a new parkrun event, I’d like to express my gratitude to the most amazing team of volunteers. They are the most committed and reliable people. They are at the park every Saturday morning, come rain…

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Read more › Awards, News - 10th May 2017

Dave Record from Hockley Woods parkrun named Citizen of the Year

Congratulations to Dave Record from Hockley Woods parkrun on being named Rochford District Council’s Citizen of the Year for 2017.   Dave, who is part of the core volunteer team at Hockley Woods parkrun, was nominated by Event Director Karl Cadman.   Dave is a key volunteer at parkrun as well as being heavily involed in many local and national volunteering…

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Read more › News - 10th March 2017

Thoughts from an ageing marshal

When I was in my teens, and loping along the pavements of Loughton on my way into the leafy embrace of Epping Forest, a runner in the streets was a pretty rare sight. I came out of my front door braced to receive a pelting of Essex wit, invariably expressed as the (best-ignored) advice “Get…