Everyone is welcome at parkrun, whether you walk, jog, run or volunteer. There are now more than 1,800 parkruns across 21 countries worldwide, as part of our mission to create a healthier, happier planet.
Some parkruns welcome a handful of people each week, others welcome thousands. The attendance numbers aren’t important. What is important is that everyone is out in the open space, socialising, being active and starting the weekend outside amongst nature in the great outdoors.
Last weekend, Gilloolys parkrun welcomed a huge 2,389 parkrunners and 93 volunteers. parkrun Ambassador Chris Sutton tells us more:
“Gilloolys parkrun welcomed St Andrew’s School for Girls for their annual EcoWalk where 1,261 registered scholars and family joined about 1,000 Gilloolys parkrunners.
This proved to be a positive collaboration, which will hopefully promote long-term fitness and wellness for families, by encouraging them to participate in future parkruns.
It showed support of the park and birdlife, and hopefully inspired our participants to continue visiting the area and keeping it protected. Thanks to the 93 volunteers who joined hands in the success.
It was wonderful to see so many families (and their dogs) enjoying the outdoors together, and the sense of community was very heart-warming.”
Chloe Murdoch and her three sons are regulars at Bellville parkrun. But their journey to the start has been full of challenges and adversity. Chloe tells us more about the inspirational achievements of her family, and how special it has been to find acceptance at parkrun. It’s 8am on a Saturday morning. I close…
Ladysmith parkrun in KZN celebrated their third birthday on the same day the Springboks celebrated their third Rugby World Cup victory. Event Director Gerhard de Lange tells us more about their first 3 years: How did Ladysmith parkrun come about? Lianda (my wife) and I experienced parkrun in East London, and with the opening of…