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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 - 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 - 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 - 19th November 2020

Feeling like a new person

When I looked out my beach road flat one Saturday morning and saw all these people running and walking (Strand Beach parkrun), I said to myself: I also can do that. I found out more about parkrun and what enticed me was that I do it only against myself. No other parkrunner is involved in…

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Read more › News - 19th November 2020

parkrun returns to Namibia

When we at Swakopmund did our previous parkrun on 14 March, little did we know how that it would be exactly eight months to the day that we would meet again. Speaking of waiting – a special “Congratulations!” is in order for Wilma van Niekerk. She was going to do her big 100th run on…

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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

parkrun SA turns 9

On Saturday we at parkrun SA will be celebrating our 9th anniversary and remembering our very humble beginnings all those years ago when 26 of us ran the first parkrun at Johannesburg’s Delta Park and a handful of volunteers assisted. Back then we had little idea that we would grow to over 200 parkruns in…

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Read more › News - 11th 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…