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Read more › News - 2nd December 2021

Understanding parkrun and its impact

We are proud to support research that helps us understand what makes parkrun so special, as well as advancing scientific knowledge into a range of topics related to health and wellbeing.   Academics around the world have been busy undertaking such research, with approval from the parkrun Research Board at Sheffield Hallam University.  The last…

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Read more › News - 2nd December 2021

Scanning from mobile devices

Since the personal barcode system was introduced in 2009, over 60 million instances of participation have been recorded at parkrun events around the world.   Over that time we have insisted that in order to record a time, all finishers must present a printed barcode (either in the form of a paper printout or an…

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Read more › News - 2nd December 2021

A humble but huge mission

Almost 2,500 events held, over 23,000 unique participants with nearly 100,000 completed parkruns and more than 23,000 instances of volunteering. In just four years.   This Saturday parkrun Germany celebrates its fourth anniversary! What better reason to take a closer look at the country with the record for the most number of events started in their first…

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Read more › News - 24th November 2021

What are you thankful for?

Each year, parkruns around the world celebrate one ‘special day’, where they can hold an additional parkrun outside of the usual Saturday morning.   The United States are about to celebrate Thanksgiving, and with it their special parkrunday. Join us as we take a look at the tradition.   For much of United States history,…

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Read more › News - 18th November 2021

Don’t look for inspiration, look to inspire

Born with a rare genetic eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa, causing slow vision degeneration, Shayne Allen said his life motto was not to look for inspiration but to inspire.   Shayne started taking part in Woy Woy parkrun in Australia in 2019, and this is his story.   Despite having less than five per cent central vision,…

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Read more › News - 8th November 2021

parkrun South Africa turns 10

Lions delaying the start, whale sightings on the coast, curious giraffes and pre-event briefings in Zulu. This month, parkrun South Africa turns 10.   To celebrate, parkrun South Africa President Bruce Fordyce talks us through the growth of parkrun across a country that now boasts the slowest average parkrun finish time at 42.57.   One…

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Read more › News - 4th November 2021

From East to West

Beverley and Henry Gomes started their parkrun journey in South Africa, but it has taken them to the other side of the world, on a parkrun adventure from the far East to the Westernmost parkrun in the world! Beverley tells us more.    We did our first parkrun at Bellville, near Cape Town, with me…

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Read more › News - 4th November 2021

Achieve your dreams

After being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Karen Worsell was looking for ways to maintain her fitness. Inspired by her son and grandchildren, she set her sights on her first parkrun. Now she wants everyone else to know they can achieve their dreams too.   Here’s her story.   From my earliest days I have always wanted…

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Read more › News - 28th October 2021

Born into parkrun

David was born on a Saturday morning in early 2017, at about the exact time we should’ve been finishing the Botanical garden parkrun route.   My husband Alex, and hence our family, is more than a little parkrun mad. So since the bug first bit in 2014, when I was about 8 months pregnant, we…

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Read more › News - 27th October 2021

Don’t forget your BOOcode!

It’s going to be a great Halloween, we can feel it in our bones!   As the spooky season creeps up on us, we take a look back at some of the most memorable Halloween moments from around the world.   parkrun has a few traditions such as the extra event on New Years Day, the…

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