weekly newsletter 21 July 2016

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter the Fitbit Fifty challenge gets underway, Alzheimer’s Research UK introduce the Sweaty Selfie competition, Intersport want to see our bibs, Vitality ask for our #EverydayAthlete nominations, you can have your say on the future of the UK’s beautiful parks, and I explain how our new Apricot shirts are securing the future of parkrun.

The first time I saw a parkrun 100 Club shirt I was at Bushy parkrun (then called the Bushy Park Time Trial) in the summer of 2007, and a number of the runners had these black t-shirts with a big number 100 on the back. At the time, to me at least, the concept of completing 100 parkruns seemed like something only a handful of people would ever be likely to reach.

A little over a year later I was presenting my first 50 shirt to a Woodhouse Moor parkrunner, as gradually it dawned on me that this was something anyone could achieve. What was also clear was that it took dedication and commitment, and that engaging in the process would result in the recipient gaining friendships, experiencing many highs, perhaps a few lows, and most importantly, it would give them a great sense of personal achievement. It also, rather wonderfully, resulted in a whole heap of feel-good-factor for that event’s volunteers… almost like each milestone reached is a milestone for the volunteer team as much as it’s a milestone for the individual.

Over the following years parkrun events around the world handed out 10 shirts to juniors and 50s, 100s and 250s to people of all ages. One of the world’s most meaningful forms of running recognition was born and over time it became the norm for previous non-runners to strive for their 50-shirt or elite runners to prize their parkrun club membership as highly as their ridiculously fast PBs. Most importantly, despite the massive increase in membership numbers, the achievement of reaching a parkrun milestone has never diminished.

Unfortunately, sometime around late 2014 we found ourselves in the position that the demand for these shirts was outstripping our capability to supply them, and their future looked seriously at risk. Paul Sinton-Hewitt (PSH, the Founder of parkrun) and I spent endless hours, contacting endless people, and attending endless meetings, all in an attempt to secure the future of these wonderful shirts. All to no avail.

Then, at the point when PSH and I had just about given up and were on the verge of writing to every single parkrunner with the sad news the t-shirts were no more, we met Steve Reid, the CEO and Founder of a small British clothing brand called Tribesports. As a parkrunner himself he’d become aware that we might be experiencing difficulties and had written to us to offer assistance. We agreed to meet up, and over a coffee in a London cafe we shook hands on a rather simple deal that would, in theory at least, allow us to keep the milestones alive:

Steve - It looks like you’re having problems with the milestone shirts, can we help in any way?

Me - Possibly, we need 400,000 high-quality parkrun-branded technical t-shirts, over the next five years, for free.

Steve - I think we can do that.

Me - What do you want in return?

Steve - Nothing, it’s a great thing to do.

Me - Awesome. Thanks. Another coffee?

And that was that. The wheels of industry began to turn, and within the year the first Tribesports parkrun milestone t-shirts were alive and kicking. If only everything in life was that simple.

If only it was that simple.

Those of you out there with an eye for finances and an understanding of retail will be all too aware of the challenge that Steve and I had committed to in the name of doing good things. They only had a staff of four and we were doubling in size every year; we clearly needed to do more in order to achieve something resembling a sustainable model.

So, for a whole host of reasons we decided to launch the Tribesports parkrun Apricot range of technical clothing. Partly we were responding to a long-standing demand from the parkrun community for stuff they could run in, partly we wanted to support the milestone shirts, partly we wanted to support Tribesports, and partly we wanted to support the ever-increasing running costs of delivering an ever-increasing number of free, weekly, timed parkruns.

To date, parkrun volunteers have delivered a phenomenal 17 million parkrun performances and in the next twelve months alone we’re predicting another 7.5 million. Someone joins the parkrun family every 30 seconds. One of the most frequent questions we get asked is “how can I support parkrun?”, and right now a great way to do that is to purchase some Apricot of your own. By doing so you’re helping to secure the future of the milestone t-shirts, our wonderful friends at Tribesports, and parkrun itself.

Thanks as always for your amazing parkrun passion.

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer

join the Fitbit Fifty challenge!


Do you want to put all that parkrun practice to use and push yourself further than before? We’ve got just the thing.

Fitbit have partnered with fitness magazine Coach to create the Fitbit Fifty; a challenge that sees two groups of six cycle and run from Buckingham Palace to Edinburgh Castle and back again within 50 hours.

This feat is the first of its kind, and you could join the team to be a part of something amazing that’s never been attempted before.

Successful entrants will also get swag worth £2,200, including a Fitbit Surge, branded running gear and training plans from Olympian Greg Whyte.

With 50k of running and 16 hours of cycling per person, this is no small task. Think you’re up to it?

Enter on the Coach website here. There are 12 places available, and entries close on Monday 1 August.

Have you entered, or are you working on your own personal challenge? Get in touch and let us know on Twitter and Facebook. If the Fitbit Fifty isn’t quite for you but you still want other tips to reach your own fitness goals, check out our blog.

sweaty selfie competition


Summer is officially here and we want to celebrate with a competition! We know how hard you’ve been training in the hot weather and we’ve loved seeing your mid and post-run selfies coming through, so we’ve decided to reward three lucky Running Down Dementia runners for their efforts with the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

All you have to do is submit your favourite sweaty selfie to us. So the next time you’re out clocking up those all-important Running Down Dementia miles, grab your phone and capture the moment. The aim is not to look good – in fact, the sweatier the better! The selfies will be judged on creativity, inspiration and fun, so perhaps you’ve stumbled across a picturesque location on your run or maybe even bumped into someone famous!

We want to show everyone how much effort our 3,000 Running Down Dementia runners are putting in just to fundraise for us, and what better way than a snapshot mid-run?

If you’re signed up to Running Down Dementia and want to get involved in our Sweaty Selfie competition, all you have to do is post a sweaty selfie to social media (Instagram, Twitter, or the RDD Facebook group). You must include the hashtag #RDDsweatyselfie.

And most importantly, here’s a list of our winners’ tremendous prizes donated by parkrun UK’s generous partners:
1st place: Fitbit Blaze
2nd place: £75 Tribesports voucher
3rd place: £25 Tribesport voucher

The Alzheimer’s Research UK team will pick the winners, who will be contacted by email or through social media. For inspiration, here’s a picture of our Campaign Project Manager Michelle, who is rocking the sweaty look.

The competition is open from Friday 29 July and will close on Saturday 13 August, so you’ll have a chance to capture that sweaty selfie at three parkruns! We can’t wait to see your photos.

Don’t forget to read the terms and conditions before submitting your pictures.

#showusyourbibs!


Earlier this year Intersport supplied new high vis bibs to parkrun volunteers across the country, and it’s great to see how useful they have been in making volunteers recognisable and safe.

A few months on, it’s time to #showusyourbibs! You have all looked great in your bibs and we’d love you to share your favourite images from your local parkrun.

It is after all thanks to the volunteers and run directors that parkrun is such a success each week. From marshalling and timing to results processing, their role is vital in making parkrun happen.

Upload your pictures to Twitter @Intersport_UK #loveparkrun like @jo_manley from Wimbledon parkrun, and like us on Facebook to keep up with what’s going on and maybe you could make the newsletter next week.

Remember that you can claim 10% off all purchases at Intersport with your parkrun barcode, as an ongoing parkrun partnership price #PPP* Find your nearest store and pop in to chat to us and try on some new gear.

See you at your next parkrun!

*PPP valid at all participating Intersport stores. See our website for details.
** Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.

#EverydayAthlete


Just over 12 months ago, Jane Platts was overweight, grieving and hardly able to walk. After her 60th birthday, she decided to turn things around...

"It was so hard trying to get my life back on track – I wasn’t sleeping, I was depressed and I had problems with both of my Achilles tendons. I was also morbidly obese. As I approached 60, I knew that if I didn’t take control I’d head into a downward spiral, running the risk of some really serious health problems."

Find out how Jane's local parkrun, and Vitality, helped her to transform her health. Read the full story here.

Are you a Vitality member like Jane and has parkrun helped you transform your health? If so we would love to hear from you.

Are you inspired by Jane’s story to get active? Follow what Vitality are doing with their #EverydayAthlete campaign, and why not nominate a parkrun #EverydayAthlete who deserves a pat on the back and you could win some great prizes!

Click through to Vitality's Facebook page or Twitter page to enter.
Competition closes Monday 1 August at midday. Terms and Conditions apply.

parks inquiry – have your say


The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into public parks, to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat.

The Committee wants to encourage as many people as possible to contribute to the inquiry, via a short online survey or on Twitter explaing why you value your local parks and using the hashtag #myparkmatters. parkrun UK will also be submitting a comprehensive written response.

parkrun population


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

89,613 parkrunners
9,090 volunteers
6,513 first-timers
13,472 PBs

random stat of the week


There were 853 volunteer tourists at UK 5ks last weekend. That’s 12% of all volunteers who were helping to make the parkrun magic happen at an event that is not their home run.

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


Saturday 16 July was a special parkrun for me, as I became the first person to complete 50 parkruns at Market Harborough parkrun. I thought I might get a little mention at the start, but I got more than I bargained for! I was adorned with a 50 sash and balloon to wear all the way around and had so many fellow runners congratulating me out on the course. The day was extra special to me as my parents came to watch and were on the finish line to see me complete run number 50. Thank you to the parkrun team at Market Harborough for making my 50th run a truly memorable occasion and one that I will treasure for a very long time!
Louise Dicicco


Did my first ever parkrun on Saturday. Had a lovely tail runner as I was the last. It was hard work in the heat but I blooming did it. I had a bit of a cry at the end, not out of sadness but pride that I managed it. Thanks all.
Dawn Nisbet


I’ve thoroughly enjoyed volunteering recently at Glossop parkrun. Saturday was a beautiful and sunny day for tail-running and I ended up running with Eric Gebbett. Whilst running the classic three-and-a-bit lap course, we were greeted with a stream of support “well done, Eric”… “keep going, Eric”… it seemed that everybody knew Eric’s name – what a guy! I just hope that when I reach the 80-84 age bracket I have half the enthusiasm and drive that Eric does – an inspiration to runners of all ages and abilities. I fully recommend volunteering at parkrun to everyone who enjoys participating in the event – you meet and see an amazing bunch of people, and you get to help and support a plethora of different runners with different abilities.
Sam Ainscough

parkrunner of the week


If you feel somebody at a parkrun should feature as our parkrunner of the week, please get them to fill out this handy online form - you can even apply yourself!

Name:  Jim Price

Age:  44

Home parkrun:  Basildon

Occupation:  Disaster Recovery Manager

Number of runs:  29

What do you do at parkruns:  I am currently running in combats and carrying a 30lb bergen, so at the moment I am going through the pain barrier every week at parkrun!

How has parkrun changed your running:  I hadn’t run since being injured in the army 20 years ago and decided that I need to get fit again. I started the parkrun as it is local and the online information is really helpful keeping track of your improvement. The support you get is so helpful and everybody is friendly so I decided to go back time and time again. At first I couldn’t get round the first lap without stopping but now I have completed a half marathon and the Hadleigh Tough 10.

What do you like about parkrun:  I love how friendly everybody is and how everybody, whether they are running or volunteering, encourage you to go faster. My health has improved so much since starting and parkrun has helped me advance to longer distances. Without the parkrun I wouldn't have been fit enough to raise money for ABF soldiers charity and the support I have had from organisers and runners is incredible.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Completing the 5k for the first time without stopping was a great feeling. I have recently beaten my target of 24 minutes and now I have got a target of getting in the top 500 of all time. Hopefully running in boots and carrying weight will help me go faster once I revert back to trainers.

reminders

the parkrun store

barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all parkrun events to record your result. No barcode, no time, no exception. To retrieve and print your barcode, click here. To order a barcode wristband, which can also include your name, emergency contact details, and any medical conditions, please follow this link.

Don't forget your barcode #dfyb

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.

You can read the latest junior parkrun newsletter here.

volunteering at parkrun

Every event relies on volunteers and in 2015 alone more than 68,000 of you came forward to support the parkrun community. Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great and have fun. If that sounds like it's for you please contact your local event team and get involved.

cancellations

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

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

Vitality investing in parkrun
Changing health and life insurance for good.

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

Intersport. Sport to the people
Sport to the people

parkrun has been a key player in promoting running as an accessible participation sport to the expanding community of runners. The parkrun model of local volunteers delivering weekly runs to people of all ages and abilities in their local community fits perfectly with the Intersport philosophy of bringing sport to the people. Together we look forward to encouraging more people to get their running shoes on. Find out more about Intersport

Fitbit Blaze

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


Duke of Edinburgh's Award supporting parkrun
The world’s leading achievement award for young people

For more information on The Duke of Edinburgh's Award please visit dofe.org


 

Keeping it safe and simple

One of my main responsibilities as Head of Event Delivery at parkrun UK is to ensure that we have the right policies and procedures in place to keep things safe and simple on parkrunday.

It’s especially important at our junior events because unlike the 5k series, when juniors under the age of 11 should be accompanied throughout, our participants are much more likely to be going it alone!

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Dogs are not allowed to participate or accompany volunteers at junior events and any spectators with dogs are expected to keep them on a lead and stand well back from the course.

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Our participants should be in sight of a marshal at all times...

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So just around the corner... Boo!

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It’s also compulsory to have at least one tail runner at a 2k event to keep everyone safe at the back of the field and we produce a weekly report at Head Office to ensure that this rule is being adhered to.

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Another thing we insist upon is that the volunteers have Health & Safety lanyards (like Colin here) which outline simple instructions about what to do in the case of an emergency.

Talking of health, safety and emergencies... we ask teams (via our results upload portal) to report any incidents that occur and currently receive notice of around 20 incidents a week at junior events, the majority of which are minor trips and slips. We keep an eye on these and if/when any patterns emerge it’s our job to contact the team to discuss ways to avoid further accidents happening.

We also employ Clare Fowler - our Safeguarding Lead - whose responsibility it is to look after the welfare of all of the juniors at our parkrun events and ensure that any core volunteer in a position of trust at a junior event is appropriately cleared to act.

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We also have the junior parkrun code to help with the 'keeping it simple’ bit.

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The ratio of volunteers to participants at junior parkrun events is currently running at around one volunteer to five participants - that’s a pretty positive parkrun statistic if ever there was one!

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Keep it safe, keep it simple and do some jumping #loveparkrun

Helen Hood

Head of Event Delivery

@parkrunhelen

 

weekly newsletter 21 July 2016

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter Intersport say thank you to parkrunners, our steps get social with Fitbit and Strava, Alzheimer’s Research UK introduce us to a super fundraiser, we launch the parkrun youth panel, exercising women are invited to take part in new research, and Gillian Craig from Larne parkrun tells us about a life-changing moment.

I was born as a twin, and at an early age was diagnosed with a condition called Cerebral Palsy. I had many challenges ahead of me, including crawling, balancing, and learning to walk. But with the support of my family, I eventually took my first steps in a local park at the age of two and a half.

I spent most of my early and teenage years being a spectator, looking on at my friends playing sport. I always wanted to take part but I knew that I would never get picked to be in the teams as I would be too slow. Deep down, my only wish was to be on the team.

Then in August 2015, one very exciting and life changing thing happened.

My brother and his wife are into running marathons and half marathons, and when my niece and nephew visit from Scotland they always want to do our local parkrun in Larne, Northern Ireland. One Saturday morning they all went down to take part, and I went along to watch because I didn’t think I could do it. While standing there, I asked myself ‘Why am I watching this?’ I wanted to give it a go!

So I signed up, printed my barcode, and with great support from everyone on the course I completed my first parkrun soon after. When I reached the finish funnel everyone was standing and cheering me in – I felt like the Queen! I was so happy that I had found a sport that I enjoy and could take part in. Now all my family do parkrun every Saturday morning, and it’s great that we can enjoy it together.

parkrun has given me a whole new outlook on life. It has given me inspiration and enthusiasm, power and determination to succeed, and most of all it has given me respect. At parkrun I am treated as an equal and as part of the community, regardless of my ability. This isn’t always the case in the outside world. Through parkrun I have made many friends and look forward to every Saturday morning.

Because of parkrun, and in particular the volunteers at Larne parkrun, I don’t just watch sport from the sidelines anymore. I take part. And I don’t just cheer. I get cheered on. From my family and from the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank the parkrun community enough for your support and encouragement.

Happy running,

Gillian Craig
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thank you parkrunners!


As proud partners of parkrun, we were delighted to see so many of you at our Manchester running event in association with Nike last week. With parkrunners counting for more than half of the group, it was a fantastic evening where you could try out the brand new Nike Lunarglide 8 shoe on a 5k run from the Intersport DW Sports store in Market Street.

The Lunarglide is a sleek looking shoe in great colours for men and women with many fantastic features that help you notch up the miles effortlessly – as many of you found out at the run. Many thanks to everyone who attended and don't forget you can claim 10% off at Intersport with your parkrun barcode as an ongoing parkrun partnership price #PPP.* Time to treat yourself to the Lunarglide 8 or any other new running gear!

Find your nearest store and we'll be on hand with plenty of tips and advice about running.

Keep the pictures coming on Twitter @Intersport_UK #loveparkrun and make sure you like us on Facebook to keep up with what's going on.

See you at your next parkrun!

*PPP valid at all participating Intersport stores; see our website for details.
** Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.

steps get social with Strava


Social networking now uses your feet instead of your scrolling finger, thanks to Strava and Fitbit.

You can now enjoy the best of both apps together and enjoy the social aspect of comparing your workouts with others on Strava and also still track your everyday activity with Fitbit.

The apps are now fully integrated, allowing Fitbit users to monitor their steps and sleep at all times and share their more intense activity with the Strava community. So that means you’ve got a support network ready and waiting every Saturday morning after your parkrun.

Don’t have a Strava account yet? Give it a try! Using the two together is simple – you just need to sign up for a Strava account and integrate it with your Fitbit profile. Follow our step-by-step guide here.

For more inspiration and Fitbit information, check out our blog. Or why not browse our online store? parkrunners enjoy an exclusive discount on selected devices – take a look here.

Get in touch and let us know how using Strava and Fitbit together helps your workouts – we love hearing from you. Find us on Twitter or Facebook.

running down dementia


This week we’d like to introduce you to Andy Morris, who is steaming ahead at number one on the Running Down Dementia leaderboard. He’s already raised £2,390 in the five weeks since signing up to the challenge – the first and only person to raise more than £2,000 so far.

Andy, who is a Run Director at Poolsbrook parkrun, and was previously part of Graves parkrun, took up the challenge in honour of his mum Peggy Morris and stepfather-in-law Tony Shanley, who both have dementia, and in memory of his auntie Joan Morris.

Peggy was diagnosed with vascular dementia three years ago and Tony was diagnosed with mixed dementia – Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia – around the same time.

Andy has already clocked up a whopping 250 kilometres during the challenge.

He said: “I enjoy running and do a lot of it, so I wanted to make the Running Down Dementia challenge harder for myself. I aimed to run 250k and raise £2,000. I tried to make the runs difficult – some were long, some were hilly and some were very muddy.

“I’ve been a big Birmingham City fan my whole life so, to make my final run particularly hard, I was challenged to run it in an Aston Villa shirt. That was the most challenging of my runs!

“My stepfather-in-law and my mum both have dementia but they’re very different. Tony sits and watches television a lot. My mum on the other hand is very restless. She can’t sit still and often asks if she can go home when she’s already there. We can see rapid changes in her.

“Research is the most important thing. It may be too late for Mum and Tony but it’s about helping people in the future.”

You can donate to Andy’s run or read his updates here.

Alzheimer’s Research UK can now reveal that the closing date for the Running Down Dementia campaign is Monday 31 October.

There’s no better time to get involved if you haven’t already, just go to our website to sign up and connect your tracking app to get started.

If you are signed up to Running Down Dementia, why not join our dedicated Facebook page for inspirational stories and support from fellow runners.

parkrun youth panel


A parkrun youth panel is being created to give young people the opportunity to help us shape the future of parkrun, particularly on matters which impact on juniors. We are inviting young people aged 4 to 17 to be part of the panel – anyone between these ages is welcome to join, and to choose how much or how little they wish to be involved.

Further information about the youth panel and how to get involved is available here.

iron deficiency in exercising females


Recent research suggests that just under half of exercising females may have a compromised iron status. The impact of iron deficiency and the criteria used to define it are ambiguous, therefore our research group, which is a collaboration between UCL and St Mary’s University and supported by Orreco are aiming to shed more light in this area.

Many women cite that their menstrual cycle impacts upon their training and performance, yet the reasons for this are not clear. One possible reason could be due to an unknown iron deficiency.

In order to begin investigating the effects of the menstrual cycle on performance, we have launched the IRONWOMAN trial, where we are looking specifically at the impact of low iron levels on exercise capacity, quality of life and mood. We are currently seeking exercising females, aged 18 years or over, who think they may be low in iron to participate in this trial. Testing is taking place at St Mary’s University in Twickenham and through this, participants will receive information about their current physiological fitness. Participants will receive an iron injection, with pre and post physiological tests. If you are interested and would like to know more please get in touch.

Georgie Bruinvels
UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

parkrun population


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

87,625 parkrunners
8,932 volunteers
6,546 first-timers
14,682 PBs

random stat of the week


The ages of both male and female first finishers at UK 5k parkrun events ranged from 9 to 66 last weekend. Two junior parkruns saw a six-year-old cross the line first!

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


It was lovely to be part of Eid celebrations recently at Cassiobury parkrun. Some of Cassiobury's regulars had been fasting during the month of Ramadan, so helped out by volunteering and we celebrated Eid together last week. We indulged in a delicious variety of foods – Indian mithais like halwa and pehras, doughnuts, and there's got to be cake at every Cassiobury parkrun celebration! The environment was lively, everyone enjoyed it and took part in the festivities. A big thank you to Cassiobury parkrun for organising such a fun run!
Nishaat Bhimani


My local parkrun is Rother Valley in Sheffield and my first parkrun was on my 31st birthday. I had never run before with so many people around me. Everyone was so welcoming and really encouraged me on the way around. I did my second parkrun two weeks later and am doing my third soon. I never would have dreamed of doing a 5k, but I enjoyed it so much that I got my mother-in-law involved too. In November 2015 I weighed 16½ stone; I've just hit 14 stone this month and I never felt as though anyone was judging my size. Thank you parkrun for showing real community spirit.
Rachel Barber


One of the great things about our parkrun, apart from finishing, is looking at the photos afterwards. It's great to scroll through and see many of your friends in various poses. I was always disappointed that I always looked like I was walking, often with both feet on the ground, whereas everyone else looked like they were running with at least one foot off the floor. But a few weeks ago I spotted that the volunteer photographer was one of our club members, Andrew King, and I managed to achieve the elusive ‘off the ground’ shot (perhaps a bit too much). I also ran a PB so it may well have helped!
John O’Keeffe


After more than 130 parkruns, 50 of these at Blickling in Norfolk, I noticed that the same people were there each week as run director. That means they cannot run most weeks. Then a few other volunteers started to help, so I made inquiries and found I would be welcome to volunteer as a run director myself. After covering all the volunteering roles, I was able to be run director last weekend for the first time. It's quite a simple role so anyone can do it. Like all parkruns, if no-one volunteers there will be no event. So why not give it a go… you have nothing to lose.
Paul Corder


As kids get older – especially boys turning into young men – it is not cool to do things with your mum, especially if she is nearly 60 and runs in public! But after a bit of arm twisting and favours owed, my 23-year-old comes to Aberdeen parkrun when he is home from university in Edinburgh or has a break from training with Scotland’s Men's Senior Squash Team. Saturday morning was so lovely and it made my morning by doing something together, bonding and being active! He also met people he knew there, chatted away and came for post-run coffee. What more could I want? Thank you Chris and parkrun.
Rosey Leiper


My grandson Felix Hawker, aged nine, recently took part in his 100th parkrun; quite an achievement. His little brother Barnaby age four completed his 10th. A sporting family to be proud of!
Sally Yaxley


On 9 July our running club, Headington RoadRunners, took part in a volunteer takeover at Oxford parkrun. Having put the word out to members a couple of weeks before, we were delighted to have an unbelievable response in order to provide volunteers for all roles, including a pacemaking army and enough bakers to supply all with cake! We thought that we would offer to cover the event in order to give something back to our community, as well as promote parkrun to our members. The day saw more than 260 runners take part, with many achieving PBs, and first-timers learning why parkrun is so fantastic. Our club motto is 'Running Together', an ethos shared within the parkrun community. Will we do it again? Definitely!
Andrew Smith


On 9 July I became the proudest dad as my 10-year-old daughter Evie ran her 100th parkrun at our home course at Colwick Park in Nottingham, despite the worst weather I have ever known there! Colwick is famous for its puddles so we just ran through every single one and she loved it (okay so did I). parkrun is so good for developing kids’ confidence and in a couple of week’s time Evie's next challenge is guiding our visually impaired friend Terry.
Graeme Scandrett-Smith


An amusing stat – I finished Havant Parkrun in 22:22 and I was in 22nd place and was the 22nd male out of a field of 222 parkrunners. Would love to have seen the odds for that!
David lown


Nearly 200 parkrunning pirates descended on Hastings Pier on Saturday morning. Courtesy of the Hastings Pier Charity, the runners enjoyed the novelty of running the full length of the pier (more than 500m) as part of their normal seafront course. There were some superb costumes on view, tourists from all over the South East and the runners also donated almost £75 to the pier charity. Captain Jack Madden proved to be the fastest seadog in town, finishing 40 seconds clear of his fellow landlubbers!
Nicholas Brown


Special mention from Yeovil Montacute parkrun goes to Ben Sowden who, with his wife Jo, is on a tour of the country’s parkruns in memory of his son Rory – you may have read his story in a recent parkrun newsletter, where he was deciding whether to aim for York or Yeovil Montacute for the ‘Y’ in Rory’s name. Ben, we’re glad you chose us and hope you enjoyed your trip!
Martin Chaffey

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Harry Park

Age:  4

Home parkrun:  Redcar

Occupation:  Nursery pupil

Number of runs:  11

Favourite volunteer role:  Marshal

What do you do at parkruns:  I have volunteered as a marshal with my dad and sister and I've also followed my dad around the course doing the ‘parkrun poop scoop’ before the runners start! My mum and dad are helping to set up a junior parkrun in Redcar and I'm looking forward to that starting.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I was desperate to start parkrunning because my Mum, Dad and big sister all did it. As soon as I turned four I registered for a barcode and couldn't wait to join in. I completed my 10th parkrun aged four years, three months 12 days. I love it. I'm first out of bed every Saturday morning and don't let my family sleep in on parkrunday. I've even convinced my teenage brother to run with me every week, so now the whole family run every Saturday.

What do you like about parkrun:  I love how everyone is cheered on whether they take 16 or 56 minutes to complete the course. Lots of people at Redcar wait at the end and cheer me on down the finish straight. I also love that my whole family do parkrun together. Even our dog Alfie runs with us. I also love orange juice and biscuits in the clubhouse afterwards!

reminders

the parkrun store

barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all parkrun events to record your result. No barcode, no time, no exception. To retrieve and print your barcode, click here. To order a barcode wristband, which can also include your name, emergency contact details, and any medical conditions, please follow this link.

Don't forget your barcode #dfyb

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.

You can read the latest junior parkrun newsletter here.

volunteering at parkrun

Every event relies on volunteers and in 2015 alone more than 68,000 of you came forward to support the parkrun community. Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great and have fun. If that sounds like it's for you please contact your local event team and get involved.

cancellations

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

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

Vitality investing in parkrun
Changing health and life insurance for good.

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

Intersport. Sport to the people
Sport to the people

parkrun has been a key player in promoting running as an accessible participation sport to the expanding community of runners. The parkrun model of local volunteers delivering weekly runs to people of all ages and abilities in their local community fits perfectly with the Intersport philosophy of bringing sport to the people. Together we look forward to encouraging more people to get their running shoes on. Find out more about Intersport

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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


Duke of Edinburgh's Award supporting parkrun
The world’s leading achievement award for young people

For more information on The Duke of Edinburgh's Award please visit dofe.org


 

Opportunity to be part of a new ‘parkrun youth panel’

parkrun UK are inviting young people aged 4 to 17 to be part of a brand new youth panel.

What is the parkrun youth panel?

The parkrun youth panel is being created to give young people the opportunity to help us shape the future of parkrun, particularly on matters which impact on juniors.

parkrun youth panel image

How will it work?

There will be two sections of the youth panel, divided by age: a junior youth panel for 4 to 11 year olds (primary school age), and a senior youth panel for 11 to 17 year olds (secondary school age+).

All ‘meetings’ will be virtual, and the youth panel won’t physically get together in the same room. Instead we’ll utilise technology and other formats to offer the best experience possible. The youth panel will ‘meet’ three times each year, in line with school half term holidays (October, February and May), and each ‘meeting’ will involve a mission to complete.

Each mission will be fairly small and achievable within the half term holidays, but valuable and fun to do. Each mission will result in an outcome that will genuinely be used to shape and develop parkrun, for example mission one will be focusing on developing an anti-bullying policy.

Who will be on the youth panel?

Anyone aged between 4 and 17 is welcome to be on the youth panel, and we will not turn anyone away who wants to be involved.

Young people can choose how much or how little they wish to input to the panel; they can engage with all three missions or pick and choose which missions they want to get involved with.

youth panel

How do I get involved?

If the youth panel is something that you'd love to be a part of, you can apply by filling in this form and by sending us a very short video (up to 30 seconds) telling us 'what you love most about parkrun/junior parkrun'. Please make sure you introduce yourself by including your first name and your home parkrun on your video so we know who is who!

 

Videos need to be uploaded here and please include your name and home parkrun in the file name so we know who the video is from.

Before making your video, please make sure you have permission from a parent or carer. Better still, why not ask them to help you make it. It’s important that you, and they, understand that we may use this video on our website, or social media channels, to help positively promote parkrun. Your full name will never be associated with your video and if you or your parent/carer would rather this didn’t happen then please don’t feel like you have to send us a video. We won’t mind and you’ll still be invited to join the youth panel!

 

Quick tips on how to make your video:

  • It can be as simple or as extravagant as you like and can even be filmed using a smartphone.
  • Make sure you don't use your full name, for example just introduce yourself by saying "I'm William from Alexandra junior parkrun"
  • Film your video at your local parkrun or outside in your garden, please don't film your video in a private place like your bedroom - it gets you out of having to tidy it too!

 

We look forward to hearing from you and what you love most about parkrun.

 

The youth panel will be facilitated by Rowan Ardill (parkrun's Engagement Officer) and Clare Fowler (parkrun's Safeguarding Lead).

 

#parkrunfamily

Back in March, Helen invited us to ‘Take a breath’ and updated us on some of the numbers behind the junior parkrun family.

Fast forward a few months to today and we are continuing to grow every single week!

There are now 112 junior parkrun events - 110 weekly and 2 monthly - which is a 133% increase in the number of events compared to the same weekend last year.

This weekend we welcomed two new events as Cheddar juniors and Durham City juniors took their very first steps, and six more junior parkruns are also joining the family before the end of July.
 

Cheddar juniors event #1

 

On Sunday we timed an incredible 8,459 juniors across the finish line (more than double the number of juniors who took part on Easter Sunday) meaning 73,858 juniors have now experienced the joy of junior parkrun.

 

Of course junior parkrun is much more than just a free 2k run, jog or walk for 4 to 14 year olds; it’s also an amazing opportunity to hang out with some really cool people who share the passion of wearing hi-vis vests on a Sunday morning. An awesome 1,909 volunteers helped make 100 junior parkruns happen last weekend!
 

FoD volunteers

 

It’s always fantastic to see lots of event anniversaries being celebrated and illustrates perfectly how junior parkrun brings people from all walks of life together. Last weekend Great Notley, Telford and Moormead junior parkruns all turned one-year-old and they all celebrated in style.

 

Anniversary celebrations

 

The #parkrunfamily is something extremely special, and everyone is invited to be part of it!

 

We are helping spark a love for physical activity in thousands of young people, where their first experience of running, jogging and walking is an altogether positive one.

 

Rowan

Engagement Officer
@parkrunrowan

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