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Read more › News - 27th September 2021

Striking gold

Accompanied by guide dog Poppy, Neil Skene took on the Run Director role at Ury Riverside parkrun.   Inspired by the paralympics, Neil wanted to showcase people with disabilities, and the inclusive nature of parkrun provided the perfect opportunity for him to do just that.   After participating in all previous twenty-two events, my 23rd…

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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 - 10th August 2021

Staying active, staying happy

You may remember Rajinder Singh, ‘The Skipping Sikh’, from the national news recently. Rajinder is a much loved member of the parkrun family too.   Minreet, Rajinder’s daughter, tells us all about her father.   My father, Rajinder, is 74 yrs old and has always been an advocate for keeping active. His moto is, “Health is…

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Read more › News - 7th July 2021

I felt so normal

Jo Roberts discovered parkrun when graduating from a Couch to 5k programme. Missing parkrunning and volunteering over the past 16 months, she couldn’t wait to volunteer at her local junior parkrun.   Here she tells us how it was just the taste of normality she needed.   My parkrun journey began at Bushy Park with my then…

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Read more › News - 2nd June 2021

Something for everyone

For Esther Louise, volunteering at parkrun gave her back a sense of purpose, routine and a way to feel “useful”. Here she explains why, and recommends everyone gives it a go!   I am so proud to be part of the parkrun community.   My first parkrun was August 2015 at Cuerden Valley parkrun. I really…

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Read more › News - 1st June 2021

Marshalling point number five

Mike Sprason took up position at his favourite marshalling spot to mark the one year anniversary of the last ‘real’ parkrun he attended. He was delighted to see so many friendly faces.   I heard about parkrun from a friend who said he was trying to develop the local Telford parkrun.   After Telford parkrun…

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Read more › News - 25th May 2020

The history of timekeeping at parkrun

Once upon a time, a man named Paul and a few of his longtime friends started meeting in their local park at the same time each week. Paul would record the time it took them to run a 5km course, then they’d have a whale of a time talking and chatting in the cafe afterwards….

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Read more › News - 2nd December 2019

I’ve never looked back

Over the past eight years Jas Dhalley has experienced parkrun in many ways. He’s been a walker, a runner, a volunteer, and now an ambassador. This is his journey from first timer to parkrun Ambassador.   I first heard of parkrun in 2011 when I signed up for a 5k charity run. I’d gone off to…

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Read more › News - 5th October 2019

Not just a run in the park

Independent survey commissioned by UK-based charity parkrun gets more than 60,000 responses and shows that volunteering has a bigger impact on health and wellbeing than just running or walking.   The first weekend of October 2019 sees the 15th anniversary of parkrun. To mark the occasion, parkrun UK have released results from an independent survey,…

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Read more › News - 3rd April 2019

The Virtual Volunteer app

It has been just over a year since the launch of the parkrun Virtual Volunteer app, which enables parkrun volunteers to both record times, and scan barcodes using a mobile device.   parkrun Global Operations Manager James Kemp explains the impact the app has had around the world so far, and the vital role it will play in…

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