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Read more › News - 17th September 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update – 5k restart in South Africa

With current government guidelines in South Africa allowing for gatherings of up to 500 people in open spaces such as parks, we are delighted to be able to announce that some more 5k events in South Africa will be able to restart from Saturday 9 October.   Given the current legal gathering limits, we won’t…

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Read more › News - 16th September 2021

So much easier

Bangor parkrunners Colette McIntyre and Gillian Shorter have been timekeeping and barcode scanning using the Virtual Volunteer app.    Here they tell us how it works, how easy it is, and why they never want to go back to using the previous equipment.     Colette’s story   I’ve previously done timekeeping with the old…

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Read more › News - 9th September 2021

I’m a new person

Leanne Hall has lived most of her life experiencing up to 10 seizures a day. After her fourth brain surgery, she is now getting used to living seizure free.   Leanne credits Hull parkrun for playing a huge part in her recovery.   I was diagnosed with a dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial (DNET) brain tumour the size of…

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Read more › News - 26th August 2021

Hope and optimism

Serious health issues saw Chris Smith admitted to hospital in 2020, and then facing a long road to recovery.   He wrote himself a motivational note that simply read ‘parkrun’. Here’s his story of how that note inspired him to keep going in the face of adversity.   In all my years of running I…

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Read more › News - 30th July 2021

parkrun South Africa returns

It has been a frustrating “stop-start” time for parkruns in South Africa but for the second time this year we are excited to be reopening several of our parkruns next Saturday (7 August), after another lockdown hiatus of just over a month where we were once again unable to stage a single parkrun. We are delighted…

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Read more › News - 22nd July 2021

I never thought this would be me

Wanting to lose weight following pregnancy, Rachelle Morris-Peart found parkrun.    Rachelle tells us how parkrun was the catalyst that stimulated huge changes in her life.   After pregnancy in 2016 weight gain was inevitable. With an extra few stone to shift, I decided I needed to take matters into my own hands.   I joined a…

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Read more › News - 19th July 2021

Help researchers understand how breast size impacts women’s health

The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery unit at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, South Australia is conducting research into the impact of breast size on women’s exercise habits. Dr Claire Baxter, the Head Researcher, explains more about the study and invites women aged over 18 (with no history of breast cancer) to complete a short survey….

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Read more › News - 29th June 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update, South Africa, 29 June

In line with the recent announcement from the South African government confirming the increase in restrictions in response to Coronavirus, we have taken the decision to close the events which have been open across South Africa with immediate effect.   This means that all events across South Africa are now closed for the foreseeable future….

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Read more › News - 22nd June 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 22 June

We took another big step forward last Saturday as 5k events returned in Denmark, the ninth country to see events restart post-COVID, plus we welcomed back junior parkrun events in Scotland.   In total nearly 60,000 people took part in 775 events around the world last weekend, including nearly 2,500 for the very first time….

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Read more › News - 15th June 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 15 June

With the restart of 72 events in Poland, last weekend saw the most parkrun events take place globally since the pandemic began last March. Nearly 66,000 individuals participated at one of 768 events across eight countries.   Every event that restarts represents a huge step forward and should give all of us great reassurance and…

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