18 birthday
Read more › News - 28th September 2022

18 years of parkrun

To celebrate our 18th birthday, we’re taking a look back through the first 18 years of parkrunning!    The beginning   On Saturday 2 October 2004, 13 runners and five volunteers turned up to Bushy Park in Teddington, London, for a free, timed, 5k run, known then as the Bushy Park Time Trial.   Paul…

parkwalker
Read more › News - 27th September 2022

parkwalker role explained

As part of the parkwalk campaign this October, we are introducing a brand new volunteer role – the parkwalker!   It has been created to demonstrate that walking at parkrun is both encouraged and valued.   Why “parkwalker”?   Inclusivity and participation, rather than speed, has been a key principle of parkrun since day one….

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Read more › News - 22nd September 2022

My happy place

Broken Hill Racecourse parkrun in outback Australia is more than 300 kilometres from its closest parkrun. Maria Kelly, who has volunteered as a course marshal 58 times, explains why spending her Saturday mornings cheering parkrunners through the desert, while being surrounded by native wildlife is a highlight of her week.   I’m a 54-year-old woman…

parkwalk launch
Read more › News - 14th September 2022

Introducing: parkwalk at parkrun!

This October marks 18 years since parkrun’s founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, shouted “Go!” at the very first parkrun event. We’d like to make this 18th anniversary one to remember by dedicating the whole month of October to something extra special…   parkwalk at parkrun!   Paul’s vision was that parkrun would be open to everyone, no…

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Read more › News - 14th September 2022

parkwalk campaign: your questions answered

What is the parkwalk campaign in a nutshell?   This is a global campaign to celebrate and promote walking at parkrun, to coincide with parkrun’s 18th anniversary (the first event took place in Bushy Park, London in October 2004).   It’s called parkrun, not parkwalk! Why are you focusing on walkers?    The name ‘parkrun’…

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Read more › News - 8th September 2022

Celebrating the 500 volunteer milestone club

695,890 people across the world know how wonderful it can be to volunteer at parkrun.   Getting some fresh air and vitamin D, meeting new people, being with family and friends, getting active, problem solving, team building, and gaining life skills are just a few examples of why volunteering comes with incredible physical and mental health benefits….

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Read more › News - 1st September 2022

parkrunning with lung cancer

Beck was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer just a week after completing a half-marathon. For her, attending parkrun makes a huge difference to her outlook and mental health, and it gives her an all important hour in the week to forget that she has cancer.   As someone who has never smoked, she wants…

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Read more › News - 1st September 2022

The same wherever you are in the world

Last Saturday, parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt completed his 500th parkrun and joined the 500 milestone club. That’s 10 years worth of continual weekly parkruns, 2,500 kilometres covered, and countless coffees with old and new friends. Quite the achievement.   Whereas many may choose to celebrate such a milestone at the familiarity of their home event,…

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Read more › News - 24th August 2022

Forever grateful

Macey’s family had long been encouraging her to visit her local parkrun, and after a health episode she finally put on her shoes and joined in.   Macey explains the positive impacts parkrun has had on her life and why she has never looked back.   My parents and brother had been trying to convince…

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Read more › News - 24th August 2022

Why milestones?

As Paul Sinton-Hewitt hits his 500th milestone, we take a look back at how milestone clubs came about.    The start   When parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt started Bushy Park Time Trial back in 2004, he had no idea that nearly 18 years later, not only would people still be showing up, but that the…