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Read more › News - 7th January 2021

It’s time to make your parkrun resolution

It’s time to make your parkrun resolution. parkrun’s Global Head of Health and Wellbeing Chrissie Wellington tells you everything you need to know about our special new year campaign.   Firstly, Happy New Year from everyone at parkrun!   We hope you had a restful festive period, and you have welcomed 2021 with open arms,…

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Read more › News - 5th January 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 5 January

It’s almost ten months since we first closed all of our global events in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and since then there have been many ups and downs. Last week it was great to celebrate 53,000 people walking, jogging, running and volunteering with us, despite the fact that over 1,500 parkrun events remain closed…

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Read more › News - 31st December 2020

Reflections on 2020 and hope for the new year

As we bid farewell to 2020, parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE reflects on a very different twelve months for parkrun.    2020 started with so much promise. Our movement, now in its 16th year, gathered pace.   The Netherlands became the 22nd live territory on the global map of parkrun, we delivered a groundbreaking campaign…

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Read more › News - 17th December 2020

Keeping connected: Lockdown in numbers

It’s been a year like no other, but, in some ways at least, a year in which we’ve done what we always do: using data to help guide our way. parkrun’s Global Head of Analysis Mike Graney talks us through a year of incredible insight.   With over two million different participants at parkrun globally…

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Read more › News - 15th December 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 15 December

Throughout the course of this year we’ve published regular updates, keeping the parkrun family as informed as possible, and sharing positive news wherever we can. Whilst some weeks it may have felt like progress has been slow, looking back on the last nine months it’s clear to see how far we have come.   On…

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Read more › News - 8th December 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 8 December

It does feel, increasingly, like there is reason to be optimistic. After a long and difficult year there are signs that we could well return to something much more like normal life during the first half of 2021.   The news of vaccines being approved signals a clear shift in the position with regards to…

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Read more › News - 3rd December 2020

Join us for The parkrun Resolution

What will your #parkrunresolution be?    As we get ready to welcome in a new year, we’d love for you to make your own #parkrunresolution and join us for a special eight week campaign. Here’s everything you need to know.   There’s no doubt that 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year and, now more…

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Read more › News - 1st December 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 1 December

It was wonderful to see another record attendance last weekend, with 27,500 participants across 218 events, in 5 countries. And, of course, we would particularly like to welcome the 1,640 first timers who walked, jogged, ran or volunteered with us for the very first time.   Whilst it’s sometimes easy to get bogged down in…

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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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