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Read more › News - 21st June 2023

Tackling loneliness with parkrun

In 2017, then 83-year-old Margaret Smith from Brueton parkrun became the oldest woman in parkrun history to join the 250 Club. Now having completed over 400 parkruns, she encourages other older people to join the parkrun family to tackle loneliness.   I have always been very sporty and active. In my younger days (they’re not that long…

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Read more › News - 14th June 2023

week in pictures: June 10

Well, this was our fourth highest USA attendance on a single day… Considering the three days higher than that were literally within the last 3 weeks, that’s pretty impressive! We had 2,890 finishers from coast to coast, with 616 superhero parkrunners helping to fill our volunteer roles. The weather was beautiful, so let’s take a…

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Read more › News - 14th June 2023

Modernising results processing and volunteer management

The parkrun mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of as many people as possible, no matter who they are, no matter where they live. We want to make it as easy as possible to deliver parkrun events every weekend.    Investing in and enhancing event support systems means we are able to keep…

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Read more › News - 7th June 2023

Carrying me through my chemotherapy

Jeannette Liebig was a keen parkrunner, going every Saturday morning until she was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer. It was only in the following weeks and months that she recognised the significance the parkrun community had on her life.   Exercise has always been important to me. My husband, Alex, quit smoking years ago and…

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Read more › News - 1st June 2023

We’re one team

All around the world, we’ve seen over 28,000 unique volunteers in the parkwalker role and they’ve parkwalked over 52,000 times!   We speak to one of the parkwalkers, Cathy Hannon, about why she chooses to volunteer in her favourite role every Saturday morning. Cathy’s chronic condition means that parkwalking is the best option for her, she relishes the…

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Read more › News - 25th May 2023

Celebrating 10 years of the Ambassador Programme

This week we’re looking back on 10 years of the parkrun Ambassador Programme.   Ambassador roles enable more people to get involved with parkrun, share their knowledge, and support their communities health and happiness.   Find out how it all started, what the Ambassadors do and what we have achieved together.     Firstly, what…

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Read more › News - 24th May 2023

A Blossoming Community in Brunswick

At almost a year old, we check in with Merrymeeting parkrun and how it’s formed a cherished community in Brunswick, Maine.   The Event Director, Kristen Cahill, gives us the origin story and why it’s so beloved, and what you can expect if you visit. Recounting how she first experienced parkrun, it was from a sabbatical…

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Read more › News - 18th May 2023

parkrun made it all easy

Rahema Mamodo started parkrunning after completing a 5k starter programme. She’s enjoyed the support and inclusivity of the parkrun community, which has led her to join a running club and enter long distance races.   I was recommended to try parkrun by the leader of my 5k group. I registered and went along to my local event in…

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Read more › News - 18th May 2023

week in pictures: May 13 2023

Wow, another parkrun week, another USA record broken! This past Saturday we beat our previous attendance record (set just last week) by over 200 finishers! For the first time in history, we had 61 events in action, for a total of 2,908 finishers. Think we can break 3,000 this summer? Let’s take a look at…

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Read more › News - 9th May 2023

Celebrating 500 in the 500 walk, jog, run milestone club

Each week, all around the world, we celebrate those who reach a milestone club. But last weekend, parkrun hit a major landmark. We’re proud to now have over 500 members in the 500 run, jog, walk milestone club!   Out of eight million global registered parkrunners, more than 600,000 people are a part of a run, jog,…

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