Sally Warren 4
Read more › News - 23rd November 2022

Hip hip hooray!

Sally Warren’s hip operation and the subsequent recovery left her at a very low ebb.   Here she tells us how volunteering at her beloved Burgess parkrun played its part in lifting her spirits.   There was nothing better than the accomplished feeling I used to get by 10am on a Saturday morning, when I’d…

Hayley Dillingham 9
Read more › News - 11th November 2022

parkrun is our thing

Hayley Dillingham has been volunteering at Anchorsholme junior parkrun since late 2021 which has encouraged her children to join her.   When I heard about junior parkrun starting at Anchorsholme Park I signed up my son, Flynn age seven, and thought it would be a good way of me doing more exercise too. Once my…

A close up image of the back of a man's parkwalker volunteer vest. It is blue and reads 'parkwalker'.
Read more › News - 26th September 2022

parkwalker role explained

As part of the parkwalk campaign this October, we are introducing a brand new volunteer role – the parkwalker!   It has been created to demonstrate that walking at parkrun is both encouraged and valued.   Why “parkwalker”?   Inclusivity and participation, rather than speed, has been a key principle of parkrun since day one….

Jo, a parkrunner in the 500 volunteer milestone club is wearing sunglasses and a pink hi vis, taking a selfie in a park and smiling.
Read more › News - 7th September 2022

Celebrating the 500 volunteer milestone club

695,890 people across the world know how wonderful it can be to volunteer at parkrun and junior parkrun, with some doing both on the same weekend!    Getting some fresh air and vitamin D, meeting new people, being with family and friends, getting active, problem solving, team building, and gaining life skills are just a few examples…

Beck is wearing a black parkrun top, jogging and smiling in a park with her arms in the air.
Read more › News - 31st August 2022

parkrunning with lung cancer

Beck was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer just a week after completing a half-marathon. For her, attending parkrun makes a huge difference to her outlook and mental health, and it gives her an all important hour in the week to forget that she has cancer.   As someone who has never smoked, she wants…

Margaret Harding 1
Read more › News - 19th April 2022

Maggie’s spot

Margaret Harding has just achieved her 100 volunteer milestone. Here she tells us about her enjoyment of cheering the Maesteg parkrunners from her favourite place on the course.   I first heard about parkrun through my daughter Emma, she had been attending parkrun where she lives in Hampshire and would head to Gnoll or Porthcawl…

Dom Fairlie 5
Read more › News - 15th March 2022

Getting to know parkrun through volunteering

Dom Fairlie wanted to increase his activity to help improve his health. Volunteering at parkrun combined with the Couch to 5k programme proved to be the winning formula.   After receiving a bit of a warning about my cholesterol levels from the doctor I needed to think about upping my activity levels. I knew I…

Read more › News - 15th March 2022

Building confidence and learning new skills

Volunteering at parkrun has helped Sandra Harnor overcome the agoraphobia and panic attacks she experienced and build her confidence.   Six years ago, I was invited by Trevor Rawson, my yoga teacher, to be part of the team setting up Thurrock parkrun. While we worked on bringing the Thurrock event into existence, I trained for…

Louisa Lally 4
Read more › News - 18th February 2022

Constant, supportive and enjoyable

Louisa Lally treasures parkrun. She credits the community for getting her through a difficult time post pregnancy, and helping her regaining her fitness.   I’ve had a long term love affair with parkrun.   My first few years were spent racking up my total number of parkruns, attending post-parkrun coffees and organising my holidays around…

Dot Yeates 4
Read more › News - 18th February 2022

Determined to still be a part of it

Volunteering has given Dot Yeates the opportunity to be just as involved with her local parkrun as she was before the MS diagnosis she received during lockdown.   Every Saturday morning I would see groups of people walking, jogging and running down a slope across the road from my bedroom window. I realised this must be…

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