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Read more › News - 21st April 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 April

As suggested in last week’s update, we are now confirming that all parkrun events across the world will be suspended throughout the month of May.   We continue to monitor the situation in all the countries in which we operate, with a particular focus on social distancing requirements. Whilst some countries are beginning to slowly…

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Read more › News - 21st April 2020

Spotlight on: Sweden

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s Sweden, and Country Manager Deri Thomas tells us all about the history of parkrun Sweden.   parkrun in Sweden began in August 2016 with the first event,…

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Read more › News - 21st April 2020

Walking the talk: The history of Tail Walkers

In June 2017, parkrun changed the name of the volunteer Tail Runner to Tail Walker.   Global Head of Health and Wellbeing Chrissie Wellington talks us through the decision making process and parkrun’s commitment to inclusivity.   Coming last. Feeling excluded. Being ridiculed. These are very real fears for many people taking part in a sporting event,…

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Read more › News - 15th April 2020

A moment to look at how far we’ve come

South Boulder Creek parkrun, pictured above, launched in 2018 and kickstarted a period that up to this year saw the number of events in the country triple. The growth of parkrun in the country has been incredible.  In this ‘parkrun’ pause, we look to take stock and look to exciting challenges moving forward.   Since…

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Read more › News - 14th April 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 April

In last week’s update we explained that parkrun staff would be directly contacting all parkrun event teams and volunteer ambassadors. I’m pleased to let you know that that process has begun, although with around 2,500 conversations to schedule it will likely take several weeks to complete.   Whilst no country in the world has yet…

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Read more › News - 14th April 2020

Spotlight on: South Africa

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s South Africa, and Country Manager Bruce Fordyce tells us all about the history of parkrun South Africa.   In April 2011 I was in London to run…

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Read more › News - 9th April 2020

The new parkruns that wait

Coronavirus has put parkruns globally on hold which means we are all missing out on our regular weekly dose of 5km fun and coffee.   The pause on existing events hasn’t stopped us from working with teams working on new parkrun developments, however!   When we work with new teams, we explain that we need…

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Read more › News - 7th April 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 April

It’s been four weeks since we first closed parkrun events due to COVID-19, and we’d like to take this opportunity to explain a little about our organisational structure and how we will be approaching the challenge of supporting our communities whilst their events are suspended.   parkrun Global is a UK-based charity with ultimate responsibility…

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Read more › News - 6th April 2020

Spotlight on: The Republic of Ireland

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s the Republic of Ireland (ROI), and Country Manager Matt Shields tells us all about the history of parkrun Ireland.   parkrun first came to the island of…

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Read more › News - 1st April 2020

Six ways to recreate parkrun at home

After 15 years of parkrun taking place every single week, like us, you’re probably missing your Saturday morning routine   We’ve come up with six ways you can recreate the parkrun experience whilst staying safe in the comforts of your own home…     1. Put on your kit and represent   We’re all spending the vast majority of…

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