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Read more › News - 13th July 2022

Delighted to return

Andy Westaby’s life was saved at parkrun, thanks to defib access, volunteers and medical professionals who had been parkrunning on the day.   He is delighted to be back parkrunning and wants to thank his fellow parkrunners for their help on that eventful day.   28 August was my return to parkrun after being absent since…

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Read more › News - 13th July 2022

Age is no barrier at parkrun

It was the fifth annual Octogenarian get-together at the home of parkrun – Bushy parkrun in the U.K, on Saturday 2 July, with a total of 39 octogenarians and two nonagenarians making the trip – 32 men and nine women.    George Frogley and Richard Pitcairn-Knowles have been jointly organising this wonderful event since 2017.   The annual event invites…

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Read more › News - 6th July 2022

The same but different

Earlier this week the USA celebrated Independence Day. It’s a day of national pride and celebration, so in our own spin we turn the spotlight on three American parkruns to highlight their unique differences, while at their heart having the same friendly and welcoming core.   We start off in Florida, where we have Depot…

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Read more › News - 29th June 2022

Canada Day – a day of celebration

Friday 1 July is Canada Day, and it is a very special day for Canadians around the World.  To celebrate and mark the annual occasion, many parkruns hold a Canada Day parkrun event.  We speak to some parkrunners about what the day means to them.   As the Government of Canada’s website explains, this special…

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Read more › News - 23rd June 2022

In it for the long run

Ruth Brinkmann has found that keeping active and getting involved with parkrun has been beneficial, both physically and mentally, while she is undergoing breast cancer treatment. Here is Ruth’s inspiring story   ‘You will make it within half an hour!’ shouted the volunteer who was directing the participants of Kagerzoom parkrun in the direction of…

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Read more › News - 16th June 2022

It does what it says on the tin!

Carol Maw attributes parkrun in helping her rediscover her love of running and more recently to being in the best shape possible for major abdominal surgery.   She was delighted to be back walking her local parkrun just nine weeks later.   In September 2017, after years of misdiagnosis I was diagnosed with a very…

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Read more › News - 13th June 2022

Help save lives at parkrun

At parkrun, we’re committed to keeping events as safe as possible for everyone who joins in.   We’ve promised to provide all events in South Africa with a defibrillator. It’s a huge undertaking, and you can help.   Here’s how.   Thankfully, critical heart-related incidents at parkrun are rare. However, where they do occur at…

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Read more › News - 9th June 2022

A mental health warrior

32-year-old Maddie Macfarlane lives with social anxiety. Maddie tells us about the strategies she uses to get herself to parkrun each week, and how parkrun has become an important coping mechanism for her mental health.   My social anxiety presents as overthinking and worrying about what people might think of me. I seem to think…