weekly newsletter 23rd April 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter it’s three weeks to go until the Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon, we update you on t-shirt production and I offer our parkrunning marathon runners some sage advice.

Of the 40,000 or so people running the London Marathon this coming weekend I imagine a good number are parkrunners, likely to be reading this, and possibly in a state of maranoia (a wonderful term describing last-minute panicking, for no legitimate reason, specifically during the taper for a marathon).

The spring marathon season gets more exciting every year as not only do participation rates increase with thousands of new people getting involved in our wonderful sport, but, particularly at London, the elite fields just get hotter and hotter. On Sunday there will be seven ladies on the marathon start-line who've previously covered 8.44 parkruns in a row, with no rest, in less than two hours and 21 minutes; that's 16:42 per parkrun. On the men's side there are eight athletes who have broken two hours and five minutes for the same distance; that's 14:49 per parkrun.

What joins us all together however is that we have the same pre-race concerns. I have friends who've run under 2:15 through to friends who've yet to break 5:15 and almost all seem to benefit from the same advice, so I hope this helps:

1 - You've done what you've done, no more no less; understand where you are right now and set your targets appropriately. Somewhere between walking all the way and 4:42 miling there's a pacing sweet-spot that's perfect for you whether you're shooting for a PB or just looking to enjoy the day.

2 - I don't know your real reasons for running a marathon, but I do know that when the going gets tough you'd do well to remind yourself what they are. Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend a few days with the great Yuki Kawauchi, who showed me that times, medals and victories are just three of the many wonderful reasons to run 42,195 metres and, in fact, not the most important.

3 - No matter who you are or what your motivation, it's just a run. A great time doesn't make you a better person and a not great time (it's all relative anyway) doesn't make you a bad person. Whatever your result, perspective is everything.

So, if you're running London, or any other spring marathon, then whoever you are and whatever your goal I hope that you have a fantastic day and embrace the wonderful experience that is running 26 miles and 385 yards.

I'd also like to wish all the #teamARUKparkrun marathoners a giant good luck from all at parkrun UK.

Happy running,

Tom

P.S. In this week’s junior parkrun newsletter we invite you to hang out with your parkrun family.

face of Vitality Run Hackney


With just three weeks to go, Danielle shares her running knowledge gathered from the Laureus training day…

“Needless to say, it was tough, but as Tom [Running & Endurance Sports Coach] explained to us, mixing up your training with blocks of running will help to improve your fitness as well as your speed. Variety is the key as well as adding in core and cross-training (swimming, pilates, running-focused exercises) will aid you with your goals”

Follow Danielle’s training journey.

Want to achieve a Half Marathon challenge?

Be part of the Vitality Run Series - a series featuring eight of the UK's most exciting running events, brought to you by Vitality. Get active and take on a new challenge - run one, run two or run the whole Series.

A Vitality Run Series event may provide the motivation you need to become a fitter and healthier you in 2015.

Find out more here.

club tees update


The club t-shirts are still on track to arrive by the end of June and will include some of the brand new volunteer club tees. In the meantime Tribesports have put together a detailed blog of the production process to whet your appetite.

There will be more updates as we get closer to receiving them and to switching on the system that will enable you to order your milestone t-shirt. You can read more about our clubs here.

parkrun population


Here are this week’s summary statistics for parkrun UK (including junior parkrun)

Number of runners - 72,057
Number of volunteers - 5,738
Number of first timers - 10,246
Number of PBs - 17,792

feedback from the field


Let us know if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners


Three years ago I wasn't a runner but wanted to be one so I attended the trial parkrun at Mile End parkrun. I was 60 and had done a few jogs but nothing serious. Last weekend with cake and balloons I celebrated my 100th parkrun with some of the greatest people you could ever hope to meet. I have volunteered, taken part in the social stuff and loved every minute. The support and friendship I have received is beyond measure. I have been a tail runner with people who now have PBs I could never hope for. Thanks to Carole, Craigie-Lee and everyone at Mile End. You guys rock and long may you run!
Annie Walker


Thanks to everyone at Bradford parkrun. I have run there for two years with my daughter in the buggy. For personal reasons I was not able to leave my daughter to get any exercise after she was born. parkrun has given me the opportunity to get out and do something. I started for the fitness but have discovered something far more important and inspiring! My daughter asks constantly asks if it's running day and two years and one and a half stone lighter we have improved our time from 45 to 33 minutes. Thanks to the community and individuals at Bradford who have helped us.
Laura Goodyear


I started parkrunning regularly at Pontypridd parkrun in January 2014 and as I couldn’t run the 5k distance I ran/walked. Each week I would turn up to do my small lap and three circuits and the support and encouragement I got from the volunteers was, and still is amazing. Pontypridd Roadents AC help at this event and gave me loads of advice, and I hit 50 parkruns in January. I secured a ballot place in the London Marathon and on the 26th of April will do my first marathon. I am neither the shape nor size of a runner but parkrun definitely started something, a running addiction and to top it all I got a new PB last weekend. This girl can!
Lisa Williams


I first attended Pennington Flash parkrun in 2013. I've participated in over 75 events, running and volunteering. I first attended as a ‘stranger’ but now realise I am so much more. I’m part of a family. Following whispers in my ear and a nudge or three I find myself welcoming newcomers, visitors and regulars. If you asked me two years ago to be actively involved I would have ran a mile never mind three. Volunteering enables one to inspire whilst being inspired at the selflessness of others.
Paolo Dale


As parkrun grows, the road traffic generated by parkrun grows. Perhaps consider biking it you don't already? For the next six months, the need for a warm car straight after parkrun diminishes. Come in shorts with a pocket big and safe enough for: your barcode (obviously), your bike-lock key and a fiver for the coffee shop. The ride home is a great warm down, and you're not adding to the road-traffic that makes it more difficult to use our streets as somewhere to get out and keep fit.
Ed Baxter

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Joy Furmidge

Club:  Ryde Harriers

Age:  62

Home parkrun:  Medina I.O.W

Occupation:  Retired

Number of runs:  156

Favourite volunteer role:  Tail Runner

What do you do at parkruns:  My husband, grandson and myself set off every Saturday morning to pick our friend up and we all go off for our 5k run. We meet up with my son, daughter-in-law and younger grandson plus the many friends we have met at parkrun. After the run I help to pack-up and am repeatedly amazed that five minutes after the last runner has crossed the line and the finish flag has been taken down, and the bollards, keyboards, tokens and tables have been packed into the back of the van that no-one would ever guess that 250 people had just been running there!

How has parkrun changed your running:  I have run for over 30 years which culminated in my running the London Marathon in 2008. Since then I’d just ticked over with small runs and had reached the stage that I could have given up running. In September 2011, I discovered parkrun and gained a new lease of life and now over three years later I am totally addicted to doing my 5k run at 9am on Saturday mornings where I meet up with new runners and encourage them to share in the comradeship of parkrun each week.

What do you like about parkrun:  I love the fact that three generations of my family run together and then we all exchange our own experiences of that day’s run. We have lots of regular runners that come along to run from different Island running clubs and now through parkrun we have created an ‘All Island’ running group who meet up four times a year for a run followed by a social evening. I have also started a ‘knit and natter’ group in the café after parkrun each week, where we have coffee and I teach the ladies how to crochet.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Our run was diverted across the field one morning a couple of summers ago as the hospital emergency helicopter needed to land in the middle of our field. There were lots of PB's achieved that week as the route was cut short because of this. My daughter-in-law is the latest member of our family who recently reached the magical ‘100’ runs and that now brings the total of our family parkruns to a grand total of 744 so far! Another year and we will reach 1000!

reminders

the parkrun store

barcode reminder

barcode

Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please collect and print your barcode here. No barcode, no result!

children at parkrun

We welcome children at parkrun. Please note that those under the age of 11 must be within arm's reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents' choice whilst attending 5k parkrun events. Children aged 4 to 14 can run unaccompanied at our junior parkrun events.

volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2014 alone over 50,000 of you came forward and supported your local event. Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great and have fun. If that sounds like it's for you then please contact your local event team for more details.

cancellations

For cancellations please check your event’s news page for the most up to date information.

upcoming anniversaries

April

Ashton Court parkrun 25th

Darley parkrun 25th

Forest of Dean parkrun 25th

Gorleston parkrun 25th

Hartlepool parkrun 25th

Killerton parkrun 25th

Leamington parkrun 25th

Margate parkrun 25th

Redcar parkrun 25th

Roundhay parkrun 25th

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun 25th

Winchester parkrun 25th

May

Abingdon parkrun 2nd

Belfast Victoria parkrun 2nd

Fritton Lake parkrun 2nd

Medina I.O.W. parkrun 2nd

Northampton parkrun 2nd

Pontefract parkrun 2nd

Rushmoor parkrun 2nd

Tollcross parkrun 2nd

Chelmsford junior parkrun 3rd

Bedfont Lakes parkrun 9th

Eastleigh parkrun 9th

Hampstead Heath parkrun 9th

Pegwell Bay parkrun 9th

Pendle parkrun 9th

Preston parkrun 9th

Rother Valley parkrun 9th

Springburn parkrun 9th

Marple junior parkrun 10th

Buckingham parkrun 16th

Camperdown parkrun 16th

Greenock parkrun 16th

MUSA Cookstown parkrun 16th

Queen Elizabeth parkrun 16th

Wanstead Flats parkrun 16th

Brockwell junior parkrun 17th

Huddersfield junior parkrun 17th

Mile End junior parkrun 17th

all questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club t-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our brand new support site.

official charity partner

Alzheimer's Research UK

our sponsors

Sweatshop investing in parkrun
Helping people be the best they can be

For 40 years, Sweatshop the award winning running store, has been helping runners find the perfect products for their individual needs. Find your closest store at sweatshop.co.uk


Vitality investing in parkrun
Health insurance that rewards you for living well.

Vitality is insurance that rewards you for being healthy. It's there to protect you when things go wrong unexpectedly but it's also there to help you lead a healthier life - meaning you don't have to claim to be able to benefit. If you keep well, then you're less likely to claim. That means it costs us less to look after you. We think that if we're saving money, you should benefit from that. So as you get healthier, we offer you discounts to encourage you to be healthy, rewards to keep you motivated and to help you rest and relax, and cashback so you've got more money to spend on doing things you love. Find out more about Vitality

our supporters

London Marathon supporting parkrun
Inspiring runners of all levels

For information on all events organised by the London Marathon, please visit london-marathon.co.uk


aql supporting parkrun
Delivering your results earlier

For information on the company powering the mobile messaging, please visit aql.com


3 supporting parkrun
Connecting parkrunners everywhere

For information on the mobile communications company, please visit three.co.uk


 

Parklife

A couple of weeks ago I made my way over to Norfolk with my family to engage in a spot of parkrunning and volunteering at the fifth event of Norwich junior parkrun. After all 202 (wow) juniors were over the finish line and the kit was packed away we hung around for some post-parkrun chat and refreshments while the team uploaded the results. Another fabulous junior parkrunday in the bag.

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Then, as we like to do when on tour, we headed back into the park to walk the course and take in our surroundings. What a joyful experience. There was so much ‘parklife’ to see: outdoor table tennis tables, crazy golf, football matches, touch rugby practice, a playground, tennis courts, a skate park, and a model boat club meeting. But for me the highlight was the recently renovated 1928 bandstand... one of the most stunning spots for a pre-run brief I have ever seen!

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We have spoken about our diverse venues before in ‘A matter of course’ and there are many more wonderful locations now and we’d encourage you once again to hang out with your parkrun friends and your families in these beautiful spaces either before or after a parkrun event.

It was Barking and Dagenham juniors’ first anniversary last weekend and I was delighted to see a photograph of them doing just that, en masse.

B&D

Talking of ‘Parklife’… one of my favorite memories of 2014 was crossing the line in the parkrun wave at the Westminster Mile to the Blur track of the same title and thinking ‘how apt’.

If you’d like to join us in the Westminster Mile this year on Sunday the 24th May, you can enter using this unique parkrun wave link. It’s £8 for adults, £6 for children and free for under nines and our wave takes place at 12:45pm. So far over 300 parkrunners have signed up to come and run with us and we hope to see lots of juniors amongst our number.

WM

I’ll be volunteering at a junior event nearby and then hotfooting it over to join the parkrun UK staff and parkrunners from all over the country on The Mall. It’s going to be a great day out for the family and is suitable for all ages and abilities, just like parkrun really!

Happy parkrunning and volunteering
Helen

 

weekly newsletter 16th April 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter Alzheimer's Research UK invite you to walk with them, the Face of Vitality Run Hackney is in training, a research project needs volunteers, we encourage you to complete your ICE details and I reflect on volunteering.

This last couple of weeks I’ve finally found some time to get stuck into (Lloyd parkrun Event Director) Debra Bourn’s great book, parkrun: much more than just a run in a park. If, like me, you’re a true parkrun geek then it contains a wonderful diversity of interesting stats (aren’t all stats interesting?) and quirky stories from around the world over our first ten years.

Last night I got stuck into chapter five, which is all about volunteering, and it got me thinking about what I’d write this morning for the parkrun UK newsletter. Certainly when Paul Sinton-Hewitt founded parkrun his focus was on maximising the number of runners and minimising the number of volunteers; it wasn’t for quite a few more years that we realised the true value of volunteering, not only to the event and the runners but to the volunteers themselves.

To give you an example of this I was in South Africa last year and took part in my first international parkrun at Delta Park in Johannesburg. It just so happened that my Dad was living there at the time and so he joined us for the run and at the end volunteered to help sort the 600 or so finish tokens. After spending around 20 minutes, with two people he’d never met before, sorting the tokens into numerical order he suggested that there should be some clever way to automate the process so as it doesn’t require 20 minutes of three people’s time. What I pointed out in return was that the actual act of sorting out the tokens was a mere smokescreen for getting him to make two new friends, who would then make him feel welcome every time he came back to Delta parkrun, and perhaps give him a little nudge when he didn’t. My point is, of course, that his life and more importantly the likelihood of him turning this healthy behaviour (parkrun) into a habit was greatly enhanced thanks to 20 minutes spent in the company of two people he’d never met before.

So, my message this week is that we all know the value of volunteers to their local community but perhaps we’re not so up to speed with the intrinsic value of volunteering to the volunteer themselves. Across the UK we now have 359 weekly opportunities for you to make new friends, all you have to do is visit your parkrun profile and opt in to receive the volunteering emails from the event(s) of your choice. I promise you won’t regret it.

Happy running,

Tom

P.S. In this week’s junior parkrun newsletter volunteers benefit too.

join our Defeat Dementia Walk


Alzheimer’s Research UK, parkrun’s official charity partner, would like to invite parkrunners to sign-up for our annual Defeat Dementia Walk to boost funds for pioneering dementia research.

Our flagship fundraising event, which is now in its fifth year, will be held in Cambridgeshire on Sunday the 12th of July. We plan to make this year’s walk our biggest yet and have set a fundraising target of £50,000 – enough to fund a pilot project to test pioneering new approaches in dementia research.

The Defeat Dementia Walk begins at 10am from Linton Village College and includes a choice of two routes: a 10-mile walk taking in the picturesque villages of Linton, Hadstock, Hildersham and Great Abington and a pushchair-friendly, three-mile route through Linton. Both routes end at the college where walkers will be able to take a well-earned rest and enjoy tea and cake!

Someone who has completed every walk since its inception in 2011 is Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion Sarah King. Sarah, who lives in Linton, will once again be walking in honour of her husband, Andrew, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease aged just 43. Now 51, Andrew needs round-the-clock care and is unable to walk, talk or feed himself.

Sarah said: “Just 18 months after we got married Andrew’s granddad died, then about a year later his dad passed away, too. They had been very close and Andrew took the news extremely hard. He became withdrawn and he was put on anti-depressants by his GP but things didn’t improve. Eventually Andrew was referred to a memory clinic and he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. It was a terrible shock but there was some relief in knowing what was wrong.

“Watching Andrew’s decline has been incredibly hard but by supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK I know I am doing something positive to fight the disease that has taken so much from Andrew and me. I am delighted that this year’s walk is taking place almost on my doorstep in Linton and I am looking forward to taking part in Defeat Dementia Walk. I hope to see you there.”

To take up the challenge, visit www.defeatdementiawalk.org or call 0300 111 5 777. All participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship for the walk. Registration fees are £15 for adults, £7.50 for under 18s, while under-threes are free.

Jess Hiscocks
Defeat Dementia Walk Lead Organiser
Alzheimer’s Research UK

face of Vitality Run Hackney


Congratulations to Danielle Stacey – our new Face of Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon!

Meet Danielle, who a year ago never imagined she would be training for a half marathon; ‘I just never thought I’d have the time or the endurance needed. I became serious about running when I started running outside during my lunch breaks and I haven’t looked back since. Running is now part of my morning routine and I don’t think I could start the day without it.”

With four weeks to go Danielle is starting to feel the nerves kick in - “I’m constantly worrying whether I’m doing enough training or too much and when I should start tapering. Follow Danielle’s journey here.

Want to achieve a Half Marathon challenge?

Be part of the Vitality Run Series - a series featuring eight of the UK's most exciting running events, brought to you by Vitality. Get active and take on a new challenge - run one, run two or run the whole Series.

A Vitality Run Series event may provide the motivation you need to become a fitter and healthier you in 2015.

Find out more here.

research volunteers needed


We are a research team from Queen Mary’s University London Sports and Exercise Medicine Department and would like to invite you to participate in our study. Our aim is to find out what motivates people with health conditions to sign up to, and participate in parkrun. We hope that new and regular parkrunners can help us to gather this information by completing this short questionnaire.

This research is important because it could help members of the public, like you, to learn ways to manage their health better in future. It could also help health professionals and those in the exercise industry to advise people better on how to use exercise to help improve their health. The questionnaire should take no more than 10 minutes of your time and is easy to access online. You will be instructed on how to complete the questionnaire and if you are suitable to participate in the study when you access the site.

The study will be running until the end of June 2015, but we would like to gather as many responses as possible by this time. We hope to be visiting some parkrun events and are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible. Please feel free to ask us any questions in person, or to contact us via e.j.bradley@smd14.qmul.ac.uk

We would like to thank you in advance for participating in this study! For further information see here.

in case of emergency


Please visit your parkrun profile which can be easily accessed via your result email or the email version of this newsletter to complete your ICE (in case of emergency) details and to add any medical conditions. If your paper barcode is getting a bit tatty it’s a really good time to print off a fresh one which will then include your ICE details.

You can also include ICE details and any medical information on our tags and wristbands which are available from our authorised parkrun UK barcode supplier.

parkrun population


Here are this week’s summary statistics for parkrun UK (including junior parkrun)

Number of runners - 61,328
Number of volunteers - 5,635
Number of first timers - 8,768
Number of PBs - 12,072

feedback from the field


Let us know if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners


Hi parkrun UK
Small is beautiful. As a participant and tourist for nine years, and a run director for two years, it was with my weekly sense of adventure I reached the relatively new South Oxhey parkrun for a tourist visit. Even with an attendance of 39 participants the whole parkrun ethos could easily be experienced. Despite wind and rain, marshals were smiling and encouraging all runners regardless of their pace. A visually impaired runner was guided skilfully around whilst at the finish another determined volunteer toiled as the scanner and the rain got in each other's way. The joy and ethos of the weekly parkrun is simple and was present at South Oxhey for all to indulge. Size doesn't matter really.
Regards,
Tony Gallagher


Hi parkrun UK
I just wanted to thank everyone at Porthcawl parkrun for a fantastic time on Saturday the 11th of April. My wife Jackie and I were made to feel very welcome both before and after the run. Even walking back to our car people were coming up to talk to us. Awesome support from the volunteers and supporters together with excellent organisation. You have a brilliant course which was testing. Thanks and hopefully see you all again soon.
Regards,
Mick Miles


Hi parkrun UK
I started running in my thirties and I am now seventy five. It’s years since I ran a half or a full marathon as I now have a dodgy knee that stops me training enough. My running consists of one or two runs a week plus using an exercise bike which has kept me fit but I was lacking something until I discovered Brueton parkrun. I hope to complete my 50th parkrun in May. I look forward on Saturdays and to seeing new friends I meet at parkrun. Also, I get a real buzz from volunteering as the atmosphere is amazing. Recently I was tailrunner and still came first in my age category! My proudest run was with my two sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Thanks parkrun.
Regards,
Malcolm Griffin


Hi parkrun UK
A couple of years ago we met a lovely lady at Edinburgh parkrun. She was introduced to us by a mutual friend as Emma Vinnie and has since become a great friend. Sadly for us, she has met a great guy called Craig who is whisking her off to Vancouver. We will miss her but will keep pestering her until she starts a Canadian parkrun. We will all miss you Emma, from the Brighouse Edinburgh Elite Runners.
Regards,
Daniel Behrend


Hi parkrun UK
On the 25th of April I will be running the parkrun in Pollock parkrun, Glasgow. My fellow runners and family have raised over £800 for The Brain Tumour Research charity following losing my sister who was only 67. This cancer kills more people than any other yet only receives 1% of cancer funding. The organisers have been fantastic and are allowing me to run only wearing speedos and shoes. I thank them very much for their support and look forward to the event. The story has already been covered by a local newspaper. Thank you parkrun.
Regards,
Malcolm Briggs


Hi parkrun UK
I heard about parkrun from my brother and enjoyed watching when I was on leave from my job in Zambia. I got my fitness level up so I could participate in some parkruns when on annual leave this year. 24 hours after flying from Zambia I found myself at the start of my first run. It is very special for us to be able to run together as our father who was amazingly supportive of everything we did sadly passed away in 2013 and he would have been proud to see us running together. Thank you Richard for being my running partner. I might be able to outrun the monkeys when I go back to Zambia!
Regards,
Lisa Gower


Hi parkrun UK
Seeing the feedback from Sarah Lou Lewis last week and her subject of close run consecutive times, I am one of those that can emulate her consistency having run 22:18 at four consecutive Little Stoke parkrun appearances in summer 2014. Sarah did ask! Even more consistency is shown by our amazing Run Directors and their helpers at Little Stoke who put on an excellent run week after week. Thank you.
Regards,
Graham Crump

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Roy Skelton

Club:  None

Age:  82

Home parkrun:  Colwick

Occupation:  Retired

Number of runs:  I’ve never run one but I volunteer most weeks.

Favourite volunteer role:  Marshal

What do you do at parkruns:  I arrive early and set out the signs around the small lake and I am one of the very few people who know where sign 10 goes. I marshal at ‘the split’ and show the runners which way to go... left on the first lap, right on the second lap.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I don’t run but I like being in the fresh air.

What do you like about parkrun:  Watching all the runners and seeing all their smiling faces.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I enjoyed our Christmas jumper parkrunday, and I was very proud to be awarded ‘Volunteer of the Year’ last year.

reminders

the parkrun store

barcode reminder

barcode

Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please collect and print your barcode here. No barcode, no result!

children at parkrun

We welcome children at parkrun. Please note that those under the age of 11 must be within arm's reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents' choice whilst attending 5k parkrun events. Children aged 4 to 14 can run unaccompanied at our junior parkrun events.

volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2014 alone over 50,000 of you came forwards and supported your local event. Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great and have fun. If that sounds like it's for you then please contact your local event team for more details.

cancellations

For cancellations please check your event’s news page for the most up to date information.

upcoming anniversaries

April

Bradford parkrun 18th

Bramhall Park parkrun 18th

Conkers parkrun 18th

Preston Park parkrun 18th

Rotherham parkrun 18th

South Shields parkrun 18th

St Andrews parkrun 18th

Helix junior parkrun 19th

Ashton Court parkrun 25th

Darley parkrun 25th

Forest of Dean parkrun 25th

Gorleston parkrun 25th

Hartlepool parkrun 25th

Killerton parkrun 25th

Leamington parkrun 25th

Margate parkrun 25th

Redcar parkrun 25th

Roundhay parkrun 25th

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun 25th

Winchester parkrun 25th

May

Abingdon parkrun 2nd

Belfast Victoria parkrun 2nd

Fritton Lake parkrun 2nd

Medina I.O.W. parkrun 2nd

Northampton parkrun 2nd

Pontefract parkrun 2nd

Rushmoor parkrun 2nd

Tollcross parkrun 2nd

Chelmsford junior parkrun 3rd

Bedfont Lakes parkrun 9th

Eastleigh parkrun 9th

Hampstead Heath parkrun 9th

Pegwell Bay parkrun 9th

Pendle parkrun 9th

Preston parkrun 9th

Rother Valley parkrun 9th

Springburn parkrun 9th

Marple junior parkrun 10th

all questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club t-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our brand new support site.

official charity partner

Alzheimer's Research UK

our sponsors

Sweatshop investing in parkrun
Helping people be the best they can be

For 40 years, Sweatshop the award winning running store, has been helping runners find the perfect products for their individual needs. Find your closest store at sweatshop.co.uk


Vitality investing in parkrun
Health insurance that rewards you for living well.

Vitality is insurance that rewards you for being healthy. It's there to protect you when things go wrong unexpectedly but it's also there to help you lead a healthier life - meaning you don't have to claim to be able to benefit. If you keep well, then you're less likely to claim. That means it costs us less to look after you. We think that if we're saving money, you should benefit from that. So as you get healthier, we offer you discounts to encourage you to be healthy, rewards to keep you motivated and to help you rest and relax, and cashback so you've got more money to spend on doing things you love. Find out more about Vitality

our supporters

London Marathon supporting parkrun
Inspiring runners of all levels

For information on all events organised by the London Marathon, please visit london-marathon.co.uk


aql supporting parkrun
Delivering your results earlier

For information on the company powering the mobile messaging, please visit aql.com


3 supporting parkrun
Connecting parkrunners everywhere

For information on the mobile communications company, please visit three.co.uk


 

Sharing the fun…

We were very lucky last weekend because the rain that visited a lot of us on Saturday seemed to stay away on Sunday and we had a great junior parkrun turn out.  2,611 runners all out in the fresh air, releasing those endorphins! And there were 619 volunteers right alongside them.

Of course, although we don't record times for parents/guardians at our junior events, many do take part and they are also getting those same benefits. We also think that the volunteers benefit from investing their time and energy in helping out. So, it’s a win, win, win !

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We have over 30 new events due to start in the coming months and are really looking forward to sharing the junior experience with more children and their families. We love to see the enquiries coming in from passionate people who are buoyed by the idea of starting a junior event. The activation process can take quite some time, and so by the time a new event launches the team will have already put a lot of enthusiasm and hard work into the parkrun pot.

Out there are some amazing teams of volunteers but they are always looking for people to join them. We will never have too many helping hands (whatever you are wearing!) and we know you’ll love sharing in the fun.

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At junior parkrun we really do believe in it being fun for ALL, and volunteering really is one of the best ways that you can experience this. As one volunteer made clear when they said:

"This week we were away from home and I took a turn volunteering at Wimbledon Park juniors...it gave me the opportunity to have a chat to some new people instead of just standing around like a spare part waiting for my son to finish! And all we had was junior parkrun as a conversation starter"

There is a very simple process to go through in order to register as a ‘parkrunner’ either as a runner or as a volunteer.

When you get your confirmation email, you can click on your links and decide which events you would like to receive volunteer appeal emails from. It really is incredibly simple and does not obligate you to help if you are not able to.

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You can do as much or as little as you like, and you can choose what role you want to do too!

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"Get's me out of bed on a Sunday morning - wakes me up and gets the day started. It usually makes me feel like going for a run too!"

People volunteer for all sorts of reasons: they have junior parkrun-aged children of their own, school teachers looking for a positive outlet for their pupils, coaches who feel the sport needs to reach more children, and of course Saturday parkrunners who want to give something back.

We never cease to be amazed by the positivity, passion and commitment shown week in and week out by those who want to make a real difference to their communities. We couldn't do this without you.

#lovejuniorparkrun

Jo

 

volunteer awards and nominations: Forest of Dean parkrun

 

A massive well done to all involved with Forest of Dean parkrun, which recently received the local Community Enterprise award. This award had been voted for by people from the area and the team at Forest of Dean parkrun were selected as the group who had provided the best community project.

 

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In the nearly 5 years that the event has been in existence, numbers have grown from 10 to regularly over 100, a testament to hard work that Event Director Dave Lucas and the volunteers have put in to make it such a success.

Thank you to all involved at Forest of Dean for your continued support of parkrun.

Do you know of an individual or volunteer team who have been nominated for an award as a result of parkrun? Please fill out this online form and your story could be posted here!

Thanks go to Jacqui Wynds for the submission

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