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Read more › News - 26th November 2020

Evidence on the reach and impact of parkrun: a review

A team of academics reviewed existing research highlighting that parkrun participants show improvements in, among other things, fitness, total physical activity, and mood.   Here, one of the researchers, Dr Anne Grunseit from the Prevention Research Collaboration at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, talks us through the findings.   parkrun is unique…

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Read more › News - 26th November 2020

From loneliness to happiness

Haruka Murayama is Event director at Tsujido kaihin koen parkrun in Japan. But her first introduction to parkrun was over in Northern Ireland. Here she tells us how parkrun helped her combat homesickness and improved her confidence.   It was about two years ago, early January of 2018, when I discovered parkrun for the first time….

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Read more › News - 24th November 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 24 November

It’s been another week of significant progress for the parkrun family around the world.   Last Saturday saw more than 12,400 people walk, jog, run or volunteer at 117 events across five parkrun countries. There were also almost 600 first timers, and we’d particularly like to extend a warm welcome to those taking what might…

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Read more › News - 18th November 2020

A good foundation

In early 2017, Rec Plex North parkrun ED Robin Foley asked me if I’d heard of “parkrun”. I said “no”, not even sure if I understood the question. Robin went on to explain the concept and was working towards bringing “parkrun” to Pensacola. I had started getting involved in several running groups around town. From…

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Read more › News - 17th November 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 17 November

It was wonderful to see events start back in Namibia at the weekend, the fifth parkrun territory to welcome back events since the Coronavirus pandemic paused parkrun across the world in March.   We were looking forward to reopening in South Australia this coming Saturday, but sadly new infections and a subsequent two week state-wide…

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Read more › News - 16th November 2020

Join us for (not)parkrun

Join us for (not)parkrun. Walk, jog or run, get active and have fun!   Go it alone, invite your family, inspire your friends and encourage your neighbours. Everyone is welcome at (not)parkrun.   (not)parkrun is an alternative way for people to participate in a 5k walk, jog or run, in the absence of the usual…

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Read more › News - 12th November 2020

10 years of parkrun in the island of Ireland!

This month the island of Ireland celebrated 10 years of parkrun, and Country Manager Matt Shields told us all about the history of parkrun Ireland.   parkrun first came to the island of Ireland at the Waterworks in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in November 2010. The event in Waterworks park was started by a team of…

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Read more › News - 10th November 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 10 November

Somehow another week has passed by, and it’s time for another update on parkrun around the world. Whilst progress can appear to be slow (or even non-existent) in many parts of the world at the moment, we feel it’s important we continue to celebrate small milestones, and to share the positive steps the parkrun family…

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Read more › News - 4th November 2020

Celebrating #parktoberfest

The 31st of October marked the end of #parktoberfest, our month long celebration of being physically active, together and outdoors. We encouraged the parkrun community to inspire and motivate their friends, family, neighbours and colleagues and join them, in person or virtually, for a (not)parkrun.   We kicked off with a number 16 theme, in…

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Read more › News - 3rd November 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 3 November

With the reopening of events in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Guernsey and the Isle of Man last weekend, we saw 103 events and over 10,000 participants at parkruns across four countries. It’s also worth noting that it took us six-and-a-half years to reach this milestone in April 2011, a feat that we’ve achieved in…

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