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Read more › News - 3rd June 2020

parkrunners run for food relief

A group of St Francis Bay parkrunners joined forces to raise R150,829 for the St Francis Bay Food Relief Project, enabling them to provide the poorest in their community with food parcels during the lockdown.   Liz Anderson and two friends were due to run the Zurich Marathon on Sunday 26 April 2020, when South…

Antoinette
Read more › News - 3rd June 2020

How parkrun helped me deal with depression

My name is Antoinette Jordaan, and I’m the Event Director (ED) at Breede Valley parkrun, in the beautiful town of Worcester, Western Cape.   I moved to Worcester, oooooh what is it? 5 years ago or so? So back in 2015. Yes, sounds about right. I knew nobody here, except for my brother and his…

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Read more › News - 2nd June 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 2 June

In last week’s update we confirmed that all parkrun events across the world will remain closed until at least this calendar month. In some parkrun countries that message was entirely expected, as they are still relatively early in their efforts to overcome the challenge presented to them by COVID-19. However, some other parkrun countries are experiencing significant…

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Read more › News - 1st June 2020

Spotlight on: Poland

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week it’s Poland, and Country Manager Jakub Fedorowicz tells us all about the history of parkrun Polska.   This year parkrun Poland will celebrate its 9th anniversary. The first…

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Read more › News - 1st June 2020

Sweet dreams: The keys to a great sleep, every night!

My name is Dr Carolyn Ee and I am a GP, researcher, health and wellbeing advocate and runner who is based in Sydney.   No matter where we are in the world or how we’ve been impacted by COVID-19, many of us will have experienced some disruption to our sleeping routines.   Firstly, this isn’t…

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Read more › News - 28th May 2020

parkrun volunteers helping out in lockdown

Despite the ongoing lockdown preventing parkruns from taking place, parkrun volunteers continue to find ways to help their communities in this difficult time. The core team at Bridgetown parkrun tell us more about what they have been doing:   The Bridgetown Core Team has really been missing all our parkrunners during this lockdown period.  …

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Read more › News - 26th May 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 26 May 2020

We can now confirm that parkrun events across the world will be suspended until the end of June.   Please note that this represents a minimum time-frame for all parkrun countries and we expect most, if not all, closures to be in place for longer.   Despite this announcement of extended closure, our view of…

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Read more › News - 25th May 2020

Spotlight on: Malaysia

The parkrun family is made up of 22 countries around the world, and we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of them.   This week we hear how parkrun launched in Malaysia! Emer Breen and Caroline Murray share the story…   The idea to launch parkrun in Malaysia came from a team of enthusiastic volunteers…

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Read more › News - 25th May 2020

The history of timekeeping at parkrun

Once upon a time, a man named Paul and a few of his longtime friends started meeting in their local park at the same time each week. Paul would record the time it took them to run a 5km course, then they’d have a whale of a time talking and chatting in the cafe afterwards….

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Read more › News - 19th May 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 19 May

I’m pleased to say we have now spoken with just under 1,000 event teams and ambassadors from all 22 parkrun countries, and that project has now formally concluded.   As always however, should event teams and volunteers wish to speak with us that opportunity remains available and I’d urge them to get in touch if…

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