News - 30th March 2022

Welcome to parkrun!


parkrun events provide a safe, welcoming and friendly community for everyone, whether you want to come along and walk, jog, run, volunteer, spectate or meet new people. 


We encourage you to share the below article with those who may benefit from the support of the parkrun community. 


We are parkrun, a free weekly 5k event for everybody regardless of age, condition, skills, and abilities promoting physical activity and social relations.


You will be more than welcome within our community and at any of the parkrun events! Come along and enjoy our Saturday morning events together with us, your friends and families.


parkrun is all about inclusiveness, wellbeing and bringing people together. We want as many people as possible to feel part of a real local community brought together by our events, as well as our global parkrun family.


Everyone is welcome at parkrun whether you want to volunteer, walk, jog, run or spectate – or do a mixture of all! There is no cut off time at parkrun and you don’t need to train before you come along.




As this may be your first time at parkrun, please find some more information about how it works:


Make parkrun your own!


You can choose how to take part, wearing whatever you feel most comfortable in. You might want to walk, jog or run some or all of the course, and there is no pressure to complete the whole distance if you don’t want to.


You can opt to volunteer even if you have never been to a parkrun. There are a range of roles to choose from, and no experience is required. You can read more about volunteering at parkrun here.


If you prefer to just come down and watch that is absolutely fine too! You can take part with friends, family members (including children) or come by yourself. It’s the perfect place to meet new people.




What do you need to do to join in?


In order to participate in parkrun, you need to just register with us once here. It is completely free to register and take part.


Once you have registered, you will be emailed a unique parkrun barcode with your personal ID that allows you to keep track of your parkrun participation.


You need to take your barcode with you when you attend parkrun. You can reuse the same barcode every week, at any parkrun event anywhere in the world.




How do I find my event?


parkrun events are 5 kilometres, open to all and take place every Saturday morning in more than 1,700 parks and open spaces around the world.


You can try a different event each week, return to the same one, or mix it up – it’s completely up to you. You can attend every week, once a month as and when you feel like it.


Click here to find an event close to you, and check the event webpage for more information about the course, meeting points, how to volunteer and any local updates.




What to expect at parkrun?


Most parkruns hold a welcome talk 10 minutes before the start for anyone taking part for the first time. It’s a great way to meet people, find out more about the event and ask any questions. Any important announcements about the event will be included in the pre-event brief.


You won’t finish last at parkrun. Every event has a volunteer tail walker who walks the course and offers support and encouragement along the way. They are always the last person to cross the finish line.


You won’t need your barcode until you have completed the course, at which point a volunteer will scan it along with the token handed to you at the finish.


You can then celebrate and bask in the post-parkrun glow! Most parkruns have a café nearby so you can chat with your fellow parkrunners over a drink. Or, you can leave as soon as your barcode has been scanned – it’s totally up to you.




If you scan your barcode and token, you will then receive an email or text with the details of your parkrun event, usually within 48 hours.


If you have any questions, please visit your local event website and social media pages, or read our FAQs here.


You can head to our blog for all the latest parkrun stories and follow us on Facebook, YouTube.


Remember, everyone is welcome at parkrun – whether you walk, jog, run or volunteer. We hope to see you soon – and don’t forget your barcode!



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