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Read more › News - 3rd August 2022

I never believed I could

Trigger warning: content which discusses ectopic pregnancy   There’s no need to do the 5k at parkrun. Lois Rowland was a parkrun volunteer for more than ten years before eventually deciding to have a go at the 5k, following an ectopic pregnancy.   Having now completed 50 parkruns, she tells us her story.   My husband…

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Read more › News - 20th July 2022

Fun opportunities and friendships

Kyla Park first started volunteering at Chester parkrun as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award. Since then she has volunteered over 100 times and been the youngest Run Director ever at the Chester event.   One Saturday morning my family and I took our dogs for a walk and saw lots of people walking,…

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Read more › News - 6th July 2022

It fills my heart

Ruth Cochran was asked to help out at the trial event for the Pontypridd parkrun. Nine years later she is still there and would admit to being just a little hooked!   I had never heard of parkrun until some lovely people decided to bring it to Pontypridd. They asked my running club if we could…

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Read more › News - 19th April 2022

It’s all about the tail

Dee Brooks loves being a tail walker. You get to volunteer and complete 5k all in one go!   I attended my first parkrun because my Dad was a parkrunner and on that occasion the event he was going to was short of volunteers so I put my name down to join in.   It…

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Read more › News - 19th January 2022

Virtual volunteering

The Virtual Volunteer app has revolutionised timekeeping and barcode scanning at parkrun.    The first country to be entirely app only was Germany, five years ago. And now, post pandemic, the rest of the parkrun world has followed.   Here’s why we love the app.   In 2017, Germany became the first country to launch…

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Read more › News - 5th January 2022

Nine ways to start with parkrun

It’s a new year. Grab your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours and start with parkrun.   Insight shows us that one of the most powerful tools for encouraging people along to a parkrun is word of mouth. So, this new year, why not help a friend get started on their parkrun journey.   Here are…

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Read more › News - 1st October 2021

Growing up with parkrun

Did you know children can volunteer at parkrun too? More than 85,000 of those aged 4-14 already have!   Every week we welcome tens of thousands of children to parkrun events all over the world as walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers, at both 5k parkruns and the 2k junior series.     Over the past…

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Read more › News - 27th September 2021

Join us on a journey through volunteering

This week it’s parkrun’s 17th Anniversary and to celebrate we’re taking a look back at 17 years of volunteering.   Here’s what you can expect for #parkrun17.     There were five volunteers at the very first parkrun, including Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE. Now, more than half a million people have volunteered across over 2,200 locations…

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Read more › News - 22nd September 2021

How to volunteer at parkrun

parkruns are community events delivered every weekend by volunteers. Anyone and everyone can be a volunteer. You need no prior experience and you can volunteer regularly, or just once in a while.   All the roles are explained to you on the day, it’s super easy, fun and rewarding. Plus you get to feel a part…

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Read more › News - 25th August 2021

12 reasons to celebrate

parkrun has now returned across the whole of the UK, so here are 12 reasons to celebrate!   Everyone’s favourite weekend community activity is now fully operational across the whole of the UK.   1. 11-14 year olds back at all junior parkruns – wherever you are   The return of 31 5k events in Wales over…

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