weekly newsletter 17th April 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we talk tees, Elaine Omand does a spot of parkrun tourism and I have a Half Cowell.

On Saturday I was fortunate enough to find myself on the start line of Burgess parkrun, just a two mile jog from Tower Bridge, where we were staying with our friends from adidas in advance of the London Marathon. Many years ago when I first met our founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt his vision was that wherever you were on a Saturday morning there would be a parkrun close enough for you to easily get to and from. It was great then to look at the parkrun UK events map and see several options within jogging range for Helen, my five month pregnant wife, and Rosie my two year old daughter with a short attention span. I should point out to less regular readers of this email that Rosie was kicking back in our running buggy, not doing a two mile out and back with a 5k threshold run in the middle.

Anyway, as we’d been to Mile End parkrun before and are due to visit Southwark parkrun in May, Burgess parkrun was this year’s pre-London Marathon event of choice. Jogging down to the start with our mate James Foster we met the parkrun show presenter and parkrun UK Communications Manager Danny Norman in the early morning London sun and introduced ourselves to the local team. As always with our smaller events I was reminded of our roots and the beauty of keeping things simple, small and friendly. After a quick run brief we were off and thanks to some wonderfully enthusiastic volunteers completed two laps of the lake before heading back along the start straight to complete five rather invigorating kilometres. Thank you Burgess parkrun for a wonderful morning.

Looking at the global most events table I see that I had recently made ‘Half Cowell’ status, which is fifty percent of the way to completing 100 different parkrun events and membership of an exclusive club named after parkrun über-tourist Chris Cowell. Not that it will still be exclusive by the time I get there. My visit to Burgess parkrun took me to 51 different events and looking through our events list I can count 105 different parkrun courses that I’ve either volunteered, run or spectated at on a Saturday morning or visited during the week, and I’m yet to find myself somewhere that didn’t bring something unique to the parkrun family.

Here’s to many more locations and many more wonderful Saturday mornings,

Tom

celebrating success


We like to reward the dedication and commitment of our most regular runners and the 10, 50, 100 and 250 Clubs are our way of doing that.

When you join one of our ‘clubs’ an icon appears by your name on the results page to signify your achievement and you will also receive a free technical parkrun/adidas t-shirt for your efforts. In order to obtain your t-shirt we will send you an email which congratulates you on your achievement and invites you to visit your profile page to order the appropriate size and confirm the home run to which your t-shirt should be sent.

As we now send out in the region of 1200 t-shirts a month (it’s come a long way since Paul Sinton-Hewitt brought Darren Wood a Bushy Park Time Trial fleece out of his own pocket) it’s very important that you order the right size as exchanges are not possible. Parcels are sent out by our very own ‘Kit Pixies’ (Ray and Ann Coward) once a month to be distributed by the local event team. Please always refer any queries about club t-shirts to your local event team in the first instance.

We hope you receive yours to rapturous applause!

You can find answers to Club FAQs under Results, Competitions and Rewards.

event news


Please check your event's news pages for the most up to date information.

Cancellations this weekend:

- Bedfont Lakes parkrun is cancelled due to road closures in the area severely restricting access.

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
parkrun really has changed my life. My nephew encouraged me to go to Southwick parkrun and I laughed at first as at 48 years old I had never done much exercise, but I decided to give it a go having recently lost three stone. I was feeling determined and my first parkrun took me over 38 minutes. The first time I was able to run the whole 5k felt amazing. My PB is now 28:37 and I have made new friends and I'm fitter than I've ever been. Receiving the Sweatshop Monthly Prize was such a special moment for me. I will be running my first 10k soon but my goal is the Bath Half Marathon next March, just a few days before I hit the big 5-0. A huge thanks to parkrun and Sweatshop.
Regards,
Allison Perkins


Hi parkrun UK
I retired in July and in December took part in my first parkrun in Eastbourne. I had never run in my life and had no idea if I would be able to run 5k. I was welcomed with such friendliness and received such encouraging words as I ran that I just kept going. I felt tremendous at the end. Since then I have run almost every Saturday either at Burgess or Eastbourne parkrun. I even found myself running on Friday evening when I was volunteering on the Saturday! I would never have believed I would like it so much. I feel much fitter and this has enabled me to enjoy my retirement by taking up snowshoeing, playing tennis and thoroughly enjoying myself. Thank you to parkrun!
Regards,
Gillian Collins


Hi parkrun UK
I would like to say a big thank you to my Camperdown parkrun family for all their encouragement and support. I took up running in July of 2012 and did my first parkrun that September. I was very quickly addicted to running and found a whole new group of friends. With their encouragement I completed my first half marathon in April of 2013 and then my first marathon this April. I really look forward to my Saturday mornings attending parkrun and my husband is now a permanent fixture on the volunteer roster. The coffee afterwards is also a must! Thanks also to all at Camperdown parkrun for giving me the Sweatshop Monthly Prize, new trainers for my next marathon!
Regards,
Lynne Gibson


Hi parkrun UK
Just over two years ago I couldn't run 400 metres. Fast forward two and a bit years and I have just completed my 100th parkrun. I can’t get over the fact that I actually ran over 310 miles around parks in England and Wales. I have loved every minute of my journey. I would like to thank Ali Lenaghan and Brian Holden and all the volunteers for putting on Frimley Lodge parkrun each week. Your hard work never goes unnoticed. Also thank you to my brother Duncan Ball who introduced me to parkrun. Duncan you inspire me to be the best runner I can be. I love all the amazing friends I have made along the way. 250 Club I'm coming for you!
Regards,
James Ball


Hi parkrun UK
On the 5th of April I completed my 100th parkrun, well it was more of a fast walk to be honest, with an injured foot but I had to do it. So why, you may ask? I had my 80th birthday in January. I have had so much support from everyone at Brueton parkrun, including a party on my birthday. It was the encouragement by my son Peter who runs at Bushy parkrun that helped. If I was going down to visit him, he would say “bring your kit mother” and I was sold on it all. It makes me feel really good. So I would just like to say thanks to all parkrunners, keep up the good work, and get your mums and dads to join us!
Regards,
Margaret Smith


Hi parkrun UK
Having just competed in my first marathon at Manchester, I was amazed at how many times during the race I heard parkrun mentioned. This was by both runners and people watching the race, who recognised runners from their local parkrun and cheered them on. This just goes to show what a wonderful community parkrun is and how I am sure it has encouraged so many of us to take on a challenge which a few years ago we would not have even considered possible.
Regards,
Jane Ashby


Hi parkrun UK
Having registered recently, and so far managed three parkruns at my local Woodley parkrun, I've missed the last few due to training for the Brighton Marathon. This was my first marathon, which I'm glad to say I completed, though with legs feeling now like they're someone else’s! Just recently my wife has also got the running bug and she and my son have now also registered! So when my son Matt isn't playing footie and I'm not training for something specific on a Sunday we can all now parkrun!
Regards,
Nic Brancaccio


Hi parkrun UK
Last weekend I went to stay with my daughter in Sheffield. We are both keen parkrunners originally from Coventry. However since starting university last September she has not been close enough to a parkrun to go regularly. Last week we made the 4km walk to do Sheffield Hallam parkrun which we thoroughly enjoyed, especially the downhill parts! After finishing, I thought time for the 4km walk home... but no, we weren’t going straight home, we had to divert to see the house she is renting next year! Luckily it was quite close to the park, meaning far more parkruns next year, and in her words “a real bonus”. This got me thinking, is proximity to a parkrun now a selling point used by estate agents?
Regards,
Sian Downing

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Anya Smith

Club:  Unattached

Age:  5

Home parkrun:  York

Occupation:  School pupil

Number of runs:  14

Favourite volunteer role:  Barcode scanning

What do you do at parkruns:  A bit of running, skipping, jumping and volunteering. I like volunteering because I like to cheer people on when they come past.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I run faster now which makes me more tired out.

What do you like about parkrun:  I like spending time with mummy and her friend Kathryn and I like it when everyone cheers as I get to the finish. The best bit is the hot chocolate with marshmallows I get at the end and the days when people bring cakes. I have cousins who run Newcastle parkrun and I really like that I am the youngest of my cousins who runs but was first to get a 10 Club t-shirt.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  My favourite parkrun was on Christmas Day when I did my 10th parkrun. I fell over on my way round and a man dressed as Santa Claus helped me up. I finished ahead of him because he was tired after having been up all night delivering presents!

parkrun corner

Elaine Omand

I've already written about my love of parkrun tourism, so I couldn't wait for London Marathon weekend for an excuse to experience one of the many parkruns available in the city.

I wanted a route which wasn't too tough before running the marathon the next day and what a choice there is - paved routes or grass, big numbers like Bushy, small events like Southwark and there was even Highbury Fields with their five laps. I eventually chose Mile End parkrun which was close to the Marathon Expo plus the two Event Directors are Scottish so I thought it would be nice to meet them.

I arrived at the tube station to find another runner wandering in the direction of the park. She was in London for her first marathon and it turned out she was a Scottish parkrunner too. We shared stories from our home parkruns as we made our way to the start, picking up another new runner on the way.

We followed the trail of runners warming up until we spotted the startline. Just time for a few photos before the run briefing and away we went. The course was two undulating laps, which wound round the park, doubling back, so you saw the faster runners going past. I always find it inspirational to see how quickly they can go.

After the run we met Event Director Craigie-Lee Paterson who told us about all the parkruns around the area. It made me slightly jealous of the variety of parkruns compared to near me in Dundee.

So, if you are lucky enough to live near multiple parkruns, why not make the most of it and try some parkrun tourism? Visit a new park, run a new route and even make some new friends.

Elaine Omand, Camperdown parkrun Event Director and parkrun UK Ambassador

reminders

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!

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

volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2013 alone over 33,000 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.

upcoming anniversaries

April

Bradford parkrun 19th

Bramhall Park parkrun 19th

Conkers parkrun 19th

Preston Park parkrun 19th

Rotherham parkrun 19th

South Shields parkrun 19th

St Andrews parkrun 19th

Ashton Court parkrun 26th

Darley parkrun 26th

Forest of Dean parkrun 26th

Gorleston parkrun 26th

Killerton parkrun 26th

Leamington parkrun 26th

Margate parkrun 26th

Redcar parkrun 26th

Roundhay parkrun 26th

Winchester parkrun 26th

May

Abingdon parkrun 3rd

Belfast Victoria parkrun 3rd

Fritton Lake parkrun 3rd

Medina I.O.W. parkrun 3rd

Middlesbrough Stewart parkrun 3rd

Northampton parkrun 3rd

Pegwell Bay parkrun 3rd

Pontefract parkrun 3rd

Tollcross parkrun 3rd

Bedfont Lakes parkrun 10th

Eastleigh parkrun 10th

Hampstead Heath parkrun 10th

Preston parkrun 10th

Rother Valley parkrun 10th

children at parkrun

Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

our sponsors

adidas investing in parkrun
all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete's performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920s earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running adidas.com


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


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

We want you to live life well. Our health insurance makes it cheaper and easier for you to get healthy with discounts on things like gym memberships, sports shoes and bikes - and motivates you with rewards like free cinema tickets to savings on holidays. And importantly, if you do get ill - we'll always ensure you have access to the best possible medical care. Discover Vitality wellness

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


 

weekly newsletter 10th April 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter adidas give you a Facebook status update for VMLM, we talk tokens, Mark Thompson hails the hidden heroes and I eagerly anticipate the London Marathon.

On Sunday I took part in the Greater Manchester Marathon but sitting here with somewhat sensitive legs the pain is more than compensated for by the warm glow of having engaged with a great challenge in the company of a whole load of great people. Before parkrun I ran fairly regularly, but as somewhat of a lone trainer I really didn’t know that many runners. Fast forward seven years and the social benefits of being a parkrunner are clear. Before, during and after the race I was moved by the number of parkrunners taking part as well as spectating and how as soon as that connection had been made it was like you were in the company of long lost friends or family. No matter what part of the parkrun world people were from the bond created by taking part in a free, weekly, timed 5k run became instantly apparent. I even saw an adidas/parkrun flag proudly displayed in someone’s garden along the route! Amazing.

I’m writing this whilst travelling to the expo for the Virgin Money London Marathon and can’t wait to see who’s around. For many years we’ve had a close relationship with the London Marathon and it’s partly thanks to their friendship that we’ve been able to support the development of our wonderful family. On Sunday local parkrun events will be providing hundreds of volunteers and no doubt there will be many thousands of parkrunners amongst both the runners and spectators.

When I first ran the London Marathon in 1999 I travelled down with my Mum and Stepdad and stayed with some of their friends nearby, but other than that didn’t really know anyone. I just kind of turned up, did it and went home. I’d like to think that if we’ve contributed anything to the British running community it’s that we’ve brought people together and broken down barriers to social engagement in what many see as an individual sport. Now all we need to do is strike up a conversation with the words “which parkrun do you do?” and worst case scenario if they aren’t parkrunners we can embrace an opportunity to invite someone into the family. If they are already then we have an instant friend.

If you’re running, volunteering or spectating on Sunday have a fantastic day. Look out for our founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt who’ll be accompanying Race Director Hugh Brasher for the morning and come and say hi if you see me cheering people on around mile 21.

Here’s to friends, old and new,

Tom

attention all Virgin Money London Marathon runners!


Keep your Facebook status updated whilst you go all in for 26.2 miles on the 13th of April. Let’s face it, running a marathon is challenging enough so adidas are helping you update your Facebook status during the race, keeping your fans up to date with when you start, get halfway and finish the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014.

All you need to do is register for free by 5pm on the 12th of April at adidasboost.london-marathon.co.uk.
Good luck to everyone running!

www.adidas.co.uk/boost

£10 off adidas

We’re giving parkrunners £10 off when you spend £50 or more between the 1st - 30th of April at www.adidas.co.uk/running and in adidas stores.

To redeem this offer online, simply enter ADIPARKRUN10 at the checkout to receive your £10 off. To redeem this offer at an adidas store, simply print this newsletter out and show the offer to staff in store to receive your £10 off.

* Minimum order value of £50 applies. Excludes Boost and sale items. adidas UK website only. adidas stores are located in London Oxford Street, London White City Westfield, London Stratford Westfield, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool One, Leeds, Newcastle and Bluewater (from the 10th of April). T&C’s apply. Offer available 01/04/2014 - 30/04/2014.

Happy shopping!

The adidas running team

adidas.co.uk/running
Twitter: @adidasUK
#boostlondon
Facebook: adidasRunning

property of parkrun


As each parkrunner crosses the finish line and moves through the funnel they are handed a finish position token to grasp firmly in their hand until they make their way over to the volunteer on barcode scanning duties who collects them back in ready for the next parkrunday. Or that's what should happen... but occasionally our tokens go AWOL.

If you take a token home by mistake please let your core volunteer team know and bring it back to join the rest of its family as soon as possible. There was one occasion where a token turned up at a parkrun 170 miles away from its rightful home which was returned safely by post! They are guaranteed for five years so let's make them last.

event news


Please check your event's news pages for the most up to date information.

Cancellations this weekend:

- Bedfont Lakes parkrun is cancelled due to road closures in the area severely restricting access.

- Gateshead parkrun is cancelled due to another event taking place in the park.

- Rother Valley parkrun is cancelled due to another event taking place in the park.

- South Shields parkrun is cancelled due to another event taking place in the park.

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
During my visit to Australia last month my time in Sydney included a Saturday staying with a friend who lives near St Peters Park so I was determined to be a parkrun tourist. St Peters parkrun starts at 8am where they head off through the park and over to the midway point they call 'Heartbreak Hill'. I'd always thought our hill at my home run of Mile End parkrun was challenging but this was far steeper. What a relief to turn at the top and run back down. They made me feel very welcome and it felt great to be part of the worldwide parkrun community.
Regards,
Dena Read


Hi parkrun UK
On Sunday I completed my first half marathon in 1:59:20 and this is all thanks to parkrun. Until November I didn’t run at all and then having watched my son a couple of times at our local event of Forest of Dean parkrun I decided to have a go and my daughter joined in too. Now we are addicted and have joined the local running club for additional training and I have discovered at the age of 51 having been a school sports failure that I can run. I have another daughter at university in Manchester so she goes to South Manchester parkrun. It's nice to think we are all running at the same time. I just wish I had discovered parkrun earlier.
Regards,
Valerie Hamilton


Hi parkrun UK
On Saturday I ran my 50th parkrun. I have ran them all at Scunthorpe parkrun and I was the first person to do all 50 at Scunthorpe. I really didn't think I would still be doing parkrun but I am and I have achieved several PBs. It's a great run and I have met some wonderful people. Here is a photo of me running with my 50 balloon which was presented to me. Many thanks to Mal Whitelam, Michelle Dawson and all involved.
Regards,
Karen Whitelam


Hi parkrun UK
I would just like to add my praise for the parkrun experience. My wife and I have been keen parkrunners since October of 2013. At 65 and 66 years of age we both find the friendship and encouragement from our fellow runners outstanding. Our home run is Peterborough parkrun but we have a holiday home in the New Forest and have run at Poole parkrun several times. We hope you find the attached picture as inspiring as we do. On Saturday at Poole parkrun my wife was joined by a young university student who ran across the line hand-in-hand finishing together. A truly lovely moment and a PB knocking 1 minute and 14 seconds off my wife’s best time.
Regards,
Cliff & Glenys Waters


Hi parkrun UK
Saturday the 4th of April was a day of celebration at Eastleigh parkrun as two of the parkrun family, Louise Drayton and Oliver Bryan, were finally about to run their 50th parkrun.This has been a long time coming and helped along with some friendly competition between them. Louise also combined this with another milestone volunteering for the 100th time. We had party poppers and lots of obligatory post-parkrun cake. The feeling of the day summed up exactly why parkrun is special and is why there is no other place to be at 9am on a Saturday morning. Thanks to everyone at Eastleigh parkrun, our "park-ie" reflects the feeling of the day.
Regards,
Lisa Drayton


Hi parkrun UK
My friend Maya Goodwin and I regularly attend Valentines parkrun. Maya hadn’t run for a couple of weeks due to a chest infection but returned this weekend and at around the two mile mark she really struggled and nearly quit. Ajit Rehal was running near her and saw her struggling. He started encouraging her and helped her to finish. He happened to mention in that time that he is running the VMLM on Sunday for charity but he didn't know many people so only had one sponsor. Maya looked up his fundraising page and posted on her social media pages to her group of friends about what Ajit did. The friends of Maya have since sponsored him en masse, raising over £700 from originally £20. Behold the power of parkrun!
Regards,
Sara Pearson


Hi parkrun UK
We had a lovely tourist trip to Peterborough parkrun on Saturday where I was befriended by a young boy who was delighted to find a fellow asthmatic doing parkrun. I think my wheezing might have given it away. He decided he would keep me company, talking all the way. As we passed a runner he was very chuffed to tell them that "we are both asthmatics, but supporting each other on the way round". That sums up parkrun in general to me!
Regards,
Lizzie Wilkinson


Hi parkrun UK
I've now completed 93 parkruns having been hooked from day one. I alternate between Cannon Hill parkrun and Arrow Valley parkrun. Like many, I strive to go as quickly as possible to get a good time and push myself through some discomfort in the struggle for that elusive PB. I normally reach the finish line totally whacked, so satisfaction comes only after the finish. Last week I decided to go at a slower pace and actually enjoyed how different it felt. So for those who always do parkrun ‘flat out’ I'd recommend trying a gentler pace occasionally. You might enjoy that too.
Regards,
Clive Rose

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Ronnie Mutch

Club:  jogscotland

Age:  34

Home parkrun:  Aberdeen

Occupation:  IT Infrastructure Engineer

Number of runs:  39

Favourite volunteer role:  Run Director

What do you do at parkruns:  When not running I have tried out a range of volunteering options. My favourite so far has been Run Director, which I have done twice. The second time was a lot less terrifying when I realised how supportive all runners and fellow volunteers were. I look forward to getting more comfortable with the role after a few more attempts.

How has parkrun changed your running:  When running by myself, I can go out and have a great run. However, at parkrun while running for a time, with other runners around me I can push myself much harder and really work for improvement.

What do you like about parkrun:  I love the inclusiveness of parkrun. It's great to see children running with (and often finishing ahead of) adults, people striving for PBs or taking it a little easier to support other runners and groups of friends being formed.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Tempted to say the first time I ran into a lampost and watched my friends run off into the distance without me. That would probably be their funniest parkrun moment though and not actually mine. I just had some catching up to do.

parkrun corner

Mark Thompson

One of the great things about parkrun is its simplicity. You turn up, you run and if you bring your barcode you get a recorded time! Keeping it simple is one of the key elements. The less there is to do, the less there is to go wrong, or ‘less is more’ if you will.

To keep things running smoothly however still takes effort from a number of people. We all appreciate the efforts of the volunteers on the day, but there are more volunteer tasks from 10am on a Saturday to 8am the following Saturday behind the scenes. These roles are perhaps less well known, but still play a vital role in the smooth delivery of the parkrun experience.

Take the volunteer photographer who has to select and upload photos to the event’s Flickr account. Then there’s the accounter of tokens, who sorts and locates these plus reprints any missing ones. Some people even lovingly wipe the tokens clean to reduce the chances of them sticking together. Scanners need charging, batteries on stopwatches need checking, hi-viz volunteer jackets may start to whiff and need washing. Then there is the recruiting of the volunteer team for the following week and run report writing to be done and published. Email queries need answering. Social media and news pages need updating so that runners are aware of important information.

So when you are next stood on the start line applauding the volunteers, remember it isn’t just the people in hi-viz jackets you are recognising, but the hidden heroes as well!

Mark Thompson, Braunstone parkrun Run Director and parkrun UK Ambassador

reminders

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!

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

volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2013 alone over 33,000 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.

upcoming anniversaries

April

Dulwich parkrun 12th

Enniskillen parkrun 12th

Graves parkrun 12th

Huntingdon parkrun 12th

Maidstone parkrun 12th

Peter Pan parkrun 12th

Pymmes parkrun 12th

Strathclyde parkrun 12th

Bradford parkrun 19th

Bramhall Park parkrun 19th

Conkers parkrun 19th

Preston Park parkrun 19th

Rotherham parkrun 19th

South Shields parkrun 19th

St Andrews parkrun 19th

Ashton Court parkrun 26th

Darley parkrun 26th

Forest of Dean parkrun 26th

Gorleston parkrun 26th

Killerton parkrun 26th

Leamington parkrun 26th

Margate parkrun 26th

Redcar parkrun 26th

Roundhay parkrun 26th

Winchester parkrun 26th

May

Abingdon parkrun 3rd

Belfast Victoria parkrun 3rd

Fritton Lake parkrun 3rd

Medina I.O.W. parkrun 3rd

Middlesbrough Stewart parkrun 3rd

Northampton parkrun 3rd

Pegwell Bay parkrun 3rd

Pontefract parkrun 3rd

Tollcross parkrun 3rd

children at parkrun

Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

our sponsors

adidas investing in parkrun
all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete's performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920s earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running adidas.com


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


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

We want you to live life well. Our health insurance makes it cheaper and easier for you to get healthy with discounts on things like gym memberships, sports shoes and bikes - and motivates you with rewards like free cinema tickets to savings on holidays. And importantly, if you do get ill - we'll always ensure you have access to the best possible medical care. Discover Vitality wellness

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


 

weekly newsletter 3rd April 2014

welcome to the newsletter


It’s with a heavy heart that I write this week’s newsletter about the sad loss of a parkrunner. At Ashton Court parkrun, on Saturday the 29th of March, Steve Worland collapsed during the run and despite immediate care from medically qualified parkrunners he died at the scene. My thoughts are with Steve’s family and friends at this terrible time as well as the Ashton Court parkrun community.

I’d also like to say how proud I am of Geoff Keogh, his volunteer team and the parkrunners who stopped to help. They never would have envisioned that turning up at a free, weekly, timed 5k run would end up like this, yet they dealt with the situation with the utmost professionalism, kindness and calm.

This is by some way the most difficult newsletter I’ve ever had to write and despite the fact with tens of thousands of weekly runs that it had to happen sooner or later, the feeling of sadness and loss is hard to describe. The beauty of our wonderful extended family is that we are able to spend time with so many more amazing people than before, people who'd we’d never otherwise have met. Our lives have been enriched more than we could ever have imagined thanks to the folks we’ve run or volunteered with every Saturday morning. But, as the number of people we’d never have met grows it’s a sad consequence that the number of people we’d never have lost does the same.

I wasn’t fortunate enough to know Steve (as a keen mountain biker through my teens and early 20s he was someone who I’d looked up to via his writing) but I’m sure those of you who did spend time with him are far richer for those moments. They can never be taken away and perhaps if anything positive can come out of this newsletter it’s that at times like this we should celebrate the opportunities parkrun has given us rather than focus on the things it's taken away.

Many people have enquired as to us having a national minute of silence at the start of our events this weekend. The parkrun ethos means this decision is in the hands of each local community and we will respect whatever decision they take.

This coming Saturday I’ll be treasuring the moments we do have just that little bit more.

Tom

event news


Please check your event's news pages for the most up to date information.

Cancellations this weekend:

- Alice Holt parkrun is cancelled due to another event taking place in the park.

- Bedfont Lakes parkrun is cancelled due to road closures in the area severely restricting access.

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
I was running in the Rome Marathon on Sunday the 23rd of March and got into a little trouble with an old injury flaring up around 16 miles when I saw in the corner of my eye a woman approaching me who said “Fancy walking together?”. It turned out to be the one and only Chrissie Wellington, women’s Ironman World Record Holder of parkrun fame. We also saw a lady wearing a Royal Parks vest and it turned out she was regular parkrunner and ‘Über Tourist’ Vanessa Rayner. In the end, we supported one another in the last few miles and crossed the line together holding hands. It just goes to show how the parkrun community is growing and supporting one another around the globe.
Regards,
Anthony Eastaway


Hi parkrun UK
Yesterday I completed my 200th parkrun. Most of these runs have taken place at Albert Park in Middlesbrough, where I also volunteer on a regular basis. I'm not a natural runner and have arthritis in both feet, so I'm not fast, but I've enjoyed my Saturday mornings in the park for more than five years. During this time parkrun has grown so much but the original spirit still shines through. It's a great event for everyone, no matter what age or ability, has a true sense of community and is amazingly still free! I can't remember what I did on Saturdays before parkrun, but it's a super way to start the weekend, whether as a volunteer or a runner.
Regards,
Sarah Holmes


Hi parkrun UK
I ran my first ever parkrun on Saturday the 29th of March at Poole parkrun. I just wanted to say what a fabulous experience it was, everyone was so friendly and encouraging it wasn't intimidating at all for a beginner like me. I got my PB for 5k, my fastest mile and fastest kilometre too! There’s not a parkrun near where I live just yet but I would definitely become a regular. Thanks for a great time last Saturday!
Regards,
Lizzie Huckle


Hi parkrun UK
I had another great trip to Conkers parkrun and a beautiful spring morning in the heart of the National Forest. Today was made special as it saw one of our faster runners complete their 100th parkrun and one of our resident photographers new to running complete her first. Throw this together with an array of 10, 50, 100 Club t-shirts, running club vests, and other running kit on show and it demonstrates what parkrun has given to running and how it was brought together some amazing people. See you next week for more of the same.
Regards,
Mark Harriott


Hi parkrun UK
Just over two years ago my son wanted to have a go at our local parkrun so we decided to give it a go together. To my amazement, and due to the encouragement of the volunteers, I managed to run the whole route without stopping. Last weekend I completed my 100th parkrun and the following day ran my first half marathon. I would like to say a big thank you to my local Whitstable parkrun and to the amazing volunteers. They make it a great place to be on a Saturday morning.
Regards,
Shirley Pullen


Hi parkrun UK
May I say a huge thank you to Newcastle parkrun for making me their Sweatshop Monthly Prize winner for February, and to Sweatshop for generously providing me with a smart pair of new trainers. At 55, having started running 12 years ago in order to complete the Great North Run, I did my first parkrun in June of 2010. Gradually I got hooked but wasn't expecting to be getting faster in my 5k times! Inexplicably this is what has been happening since last November. Newcastle parkrun has played a huge role in encouraging my running and I haven't missed a parkrun in the past five months. My recent form has really boosted my confidence and I was so proud that the Newcastle volunteer team recognised that achievement.
Regards,
Penny Wilson


Hi parkrun UK
As a parkrun tourist with 68 different parkruns to my name I'd like to offer a huge cheer to the Event Directors and their volunteer teams at all of the smaller parkruns, the ones that attract fifty or fewer runners each week. Being even a relatively small part of the parkrun tapestry week in, week out makes parkrun work. I had a great run at Margate parkrun last Saturday and on April the 5th I'll be at Pymmes parkrun for my 100th run. Happy parkrunning.
Regards,
Roderick Hoffman

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Freddie Eason

Club:  Daddy’s club is Sherfield Park Runners

Age:  5

Home parkrun:  Basingstoke

Occupation:  School pupil

Number of runs:  24

Favourite volunteer role:  Barcode Scanning

What do you do at parkruns:  I went to see my Daddy Ben in the London Marathon and lots of other running events and he told me that when I got older we could run together. Once I turned five and got my barcode we went to our local parkrun and walked/ran it. It took 45 minutes but from then on I wanted to keep doing it and get as many PBs as I could. I would like to run as fast as Mo Farah one day and he does the same distance.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I was really happy when I got my parkrun 10 Club t-shirt. Since then a lot of my friends from school have now joined us and we all go for a drink and a cake afterwards. My football coach at school told me that it has made me a better footballer too as I am able to run more.

What do you like about parkrun:  I love doing barcode scanning. I like running with my friends and running with Daddy's club. I always get a really big cheer when I cross the line, especially doing the Mobot. My sister and my Mummy have now run with us too and Daddy sometimes pushes my younger sister in the buggy. My personal best time is now just over 28 minutes and I would like to get a new best time again.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  About a month ago I got a new PB when Daddy bet me that I couldn't. He said that if I did then I could choose what we wear to the next parkrun. I managed to get a new PB that day and chose for me and Daddy to both wear our Onesies the following week. I went as a bear and Daddy had to wear his zebra onesie. I got another PB that week too!

reminders

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!

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

volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2013 alone over 33,000 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.

upcoming anniversaries

April

Colchester Castle parkrun 5th

Forest Rec parkrun 5th

Huddersfield parkrun 5th

Hull parkrun 5th

Poole parkrun 5th

Porthcawl parkrun 5th

Bushy Juniors parkrun 6th

Woodley Juniors parkrun 6th

Dulwich parkrun 12th

Enniskillen parkrun 12th

Graves parkrun 12th

Huntingdon parkrun 12th

Maidstone parkrun 12th

Peter Pan parkrun 12th

Pymmes parkrun 12th

Strathclyde parkrun 12th

Bradford parkrun 19th

Bramhall Park parkrun 19th

Conkers parkrun 19th

Preston Park parkrun 19th

Rotherham parkrun 19th

South Shields parkrun 19th

St Andrews parkrun 19th

Ashton Court parkrun 26th

Darley parkrun 26th

Forest of Dean parkrun 26th

Gorleston parkrun 26th

Killerton parkrun 26th

Leamington parkrun 26th

Margate parkrun 26th

Redcar parkrun 26th

Roundhay parkrun 26th

Winchester parkrun 26th

children at parkrun

Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

our sponsors

adidas investing in parkrun
all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete's performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920s earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running adidas.com


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


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

We want you to live life well. Our health insurance makes it cheaper and easier for you to get healthy with discounts on things like gym memberships, sports shoes and bikes - and motivates you with rewards like free cinema tickets to savings on holidays. And importantly, if you do get ill - we'll always ensure you have access to the best possible medical care. Discover Vitality wellness

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


 

Status of parkrun Data Share agreements with UKA including runbritain and the Power of 10.

We are pleased to announce that parkrun UK and UK Athletics have agreed terms with respect to the sharing of data for the next twelve months.

UK Athletics are developing a service whereby they will be able to receive parkrun UK performances via the parkrun API, and make these available on the Power of 10 and runbritain websites. These performances will be backdated and therefore will include the lost weeks since the start of March 2014.

The service is currently in development and may take a number of weeks before the results are available on the UKA websites.

For any questions, please direct your enquiry to support.parkrun.com

 

weekly newsletter 27th March 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter adidas invite you to take part once more, Sweatshop branch out, James Saunders talks about how life-enhancing parkrun can be, we can ensure you receive at least one text a week and I thank BOB.

I’d like to start this week by thanking the wonderful folks at BOB for working with us over the last 12 months, helping us to do what we do and spreading the word about how to run safely with our young ones. Helen and I both love running and when Rosie came along in October 2011 we suddenly found ourselves unable to enjoy our regular morning runs together. I’m sure many of you will agree that in today’s digital world it can be somewhat tricky to find quiet moments where we're out of reach of text messages, phone calls, social media temptations and the many other incoming demands of modern life. Getting out the door on a daily basis often provides a wonderful oasis of calm, and for the DINKYs amongst us a time to reconnect and spend quality time together. For the first six months of Rosie’s life Helen and I adopted a somewhat shift-like approach to our running and would often pass like ships in the night as she returned from her 6am run and handed the baton to me for my 7am version… a little early for her, and a little late for me.

Once Rosie was able to support her head properly and withstand the humps, bumps and corners (this was around six months old in her case but please always seek professional advice as every child differs) we strapped her into a stroller and off we went. The feeling of liberation was amazing and once again our running passion could be shared. A short time after that we were introduced to BOB and Rosie’s running life changed once more as the build quality and robustness of the BOB SUS gave us the confidence to run a little harder and take on more rugged terrain. Since then Rosie and BOB haven't missed a parkrun as she’s sped round fast flat courses like Edinburgh, Hull and York, taken on the finest muddy puddles that the Forest of Dean had to offer and only been slowed to a walk once, up the somewhat challenging hill a couple of kilometres into Wimpole Estate parkrun.

Our formal relationship with BOB has come to an end but we will always be friends and look forward to sharing many a parkrun vista in years to come.

Talking of beautiful parkrun vistas our friends in Poland are organising their third ‘International parkrun’ where they offer parkrunners the opportunity to run two of their events (Gdansk and Gdynia) on the same day, this year it’s on the 10th of May. Keen to welcome parkrunners from other countries their Country Manager Jakub Fedorowicz wrote the following...

"The Gdańsk parkrun is held in wooded parkland on the edge of this historic and fascinating city. The Gdynia parkrun, the first in Poland, is a beautiful course along the Baltic seafront. The Tricity area is of the significant wartime and political history, being the place where World War 2 started and the Solidarity movement was formed. Joining us in May not only would offer an opportunity to share the international spirit of the parkrun community but also would be a chance to see many attractions of our beautiful area."

For more information about that trip and details of how to get involved please see their recent news article, here.

Have a great parkrun this weekend, wherever you’re running.

Tom

last chance to win a place at London 10,000


This weekend’s parkrun will be your last chance to win an exclusive running package for you and a friend - two places in the London 10,000 plus a brand new pair of adidas Energy Boost each to boost your run! Two winners will be drawn at random on the 31st of March so make sure you’re at the start line this Saturday morning to be in with a chance of running the London 10,000!

All you need to do is simply take part (by running or volunteering) in at least two parkruns between and including the 8th to the 29th of March, and you will be automatically entered into the draw.

For race T&C’s, please visit: www.london10000.co.uk/terms-use
Good luck!

The adidas running team

adidas.co.uk/boost
Twitter: @adidasUK
#boostlondon
Facebook: adidasRunning

Sweatshop opening this weekend in Oxford


We are thrilled to be opening a new Sweatshop in Oxford this Saturday. Offering some of you who may have never been to a Sweatshop the chance to experience our unrivalled customer service, the best choice of technical running gear, as well as the support and training advice through our Sweatshop Running Community’s weekly runs.

Excitingly, if you turn up this weekend (Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th of March) with your parkrun barcode we’ll give you a special opening offer of 20% off (terms and conditions apply, see in-store for details).

We hope to welcome you soon. Happy running!

delivering your results earlier


Do you go home after parkrun and repeatedly hit the refresh button hoping for the latest results page to pop up? If so how do I set up result texts? may be just the thing for you!

It's a free text messaging service provided by aql which tells you your position and time and even congratulates you for taking part. You also get one when you’ve volunteered too which is rather nice. It’s currently used by around 35% of UK parkrunners to get the ‘heads-up’ on results and it's quite magical when parkrunners are still in the café when the results 'ping' in!

event news


Please check your event's news pages for the most up to date information.

Cancellations this weekend:

- Whitley Bay parkrun is cancelled due to another event taking place in the park.

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
I would like to say a massive well done for a fantastic event at Pontefract parkrun. This was my third ever parkrun and I cannot believe I didn't know about it earlier. I turned up for my first run three weeks ago, a nervous beginner expecting 30 or so ‘lycra-clad professionals’ all ready to dart around the course at top speed. What I found was close to 300 runners (some lycra-clad) of all levels participating in a well-organised, smooth, friendly operation, after which they all just quietly left and got on with the rest of their day. I then realised that this was entirely run by volunteers and it was free! Well done to all concerned.
Regards,
Tony Palmer


Hi parkrun UK
I recently travelled to the USA for Durham parkrun in North Carolina. Organisers Julie and Martin kindly offered to put me up for the night and show me round town the next day, so there was no way I wasn’t getting to the start line. Snowed in in Washington, a cancelled train, 14 hours of coach travel, Australian help and the last local bus of the night from Raleigh to Durham doesn’t really tell the full story of my journey there. On the morning ice and torrential rain didn’t dampen the spirits of a small but dedicated parkrun following, and I have the weather affected photo of my first (and probably only) parkrun first finish! I’d like to thank Julie and Martin for their hospitality and recommend the trip for anyone crossing the pond.
Regards,
Jeff Grant


Hi parkrun UK
After becoming part of the parkrun family in 2013 I have chipped away at my fastest time and really enjoy my Saturday mornings at Congleton parkrun. I have always appreciated the volunteers that made my runs possible and on the 8th of March I volunteered for the first time, being trusted to operate the scanner. It was great to see parkrun from another perspective and I enjoyed it! Last week I was back to running again and was surprised to achieve a PB. So I believe volunteering brought its own rewards! If you are trying to improve your time I’d suggest perhaps taking a week off from running and give volunteering a go - it will be worth it.
Regards,
Andrew Vincent


Hi parkrun UK
I just wanted to highlight the excellent work that parkrun pacers do. A couple of weeks ago the 24 minute pacer at Harrogate parkrun guided me on the last lap and sent me off to achieve a PB of 23:30 and I was so pleased that I made a £23.30 donation to parkrun online! Then this weekend at Leeds parkrun the 23 minute pacer gave me some 'Sergeant Major' style motivation to get me across the line in 22:30. I am very grateful for both pacers' help and the efforts of all pacers in helping their fellow parkrunners achieve that awesome feeling of a personal best time. Thank you!
Regards,
Neil Baxter


Hi parkrun UK
For me, running 5k is a bit like giving birth. I should know as I have five children and have run seven parkruns. You begin by really looking forward to it, then the process itself is quite painful, but once you're finished you have an amazing feeling of a great achievement! I used to be a sprinter at university but every sprinter would agree how hard it is to push on after your first 400 metres. I now promote parkrun among my friends and mums at the school gates. It is great to see how people who once told me they “cannot” get hooked become hooked! After all, if I can do it after having five kids then you can too!
Regards,
Katerina Bragin

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Leah Keegan

Club:  Unattached

Age:  10

Home parkrun:  Peterborough

Occupation:  School pupil

Number of runs:  9

Favourite volunteer role:  Marshal

What do you do at parkruns:  I have done a few volunteer roles including barcode scanner and finishing tokens but my favourite role is marshalling as I get to cheer everyone on. I also make homemade signs for parkrun and use my pom-poms to motivate people!

How has parkrun changed your running:  parkrun has made me a better runner because of all the support and encouragement I get from everyone.

What do you like about parkrun:  I like that the people are very welcoming and always encourage everyone. Everyone is really nice and afterwards we all have a drink in the cafe. I like that I can do any role and I am trusted to do so. I really love going to parkrun and go every week.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The best parkrun was our fancy dress run. I dressed as a Christmas tree and was on finish token duty. Everyone loved my costume and I loved seeing all the effort everyone else made. It was funny to see lots of people running dressed up!

parkrun corner

James Saunders

Having been a parkrunner for four years now, I've met many hundreds of others from all walks of life and made a large number of friends in the process.

As with many regular parkrunners, our simple weekly timed run on a Saturday morning has been life-changing for me. In addition to keeping me fit, it's led to an active involvement in all things running and particularly as an active committee member and Vice Chair of my running club, Lordshill Road Runners in Southampton.

However, the biggest impact parkrun has had on my life is the social aspect. I see parkrunners every day whether it be out and about as they or I enjoy/endure training runs, at swim sessions for the triathlon club I'm also a member of, at a training session for Run Camp or at a local event such as the Eastleigh 10K Road Race. With over 2800 running at the event on Sunday, a majority of those taking part appeared to be parkrunners and this meant lots of opportunities for mutual encouragement. Not only did we get to race each other (this was a race and not a timed run after all) but there were many parkrunners in the crowds and marshals that lined the event's course. Every few hundred metres someone was calling out my name (and those of other parkrunners around me). In fact, at a previous event, a fellow competitor running alongside me asked whether I was famous. “No”, I replied. “I'm a parkrunner.”

parkrun has really changed the face of running across the country but, most importantly, it's made running far more social. Lifelong friendships and, in some cases, relationships have been formed because of parkrun. Careers have been enhanced or even changed because of it.

parkrunners are united by a common affiliation and a desire to see others do well in all aspects of life. Grab your barcode and shout to the world how it's helped you enhance your life!

James Saunders, Southampton Juniors parkrun Event Director and parkrun UK Ambassador

reminders

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!

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

volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2013 alone over 33,000 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.

upcoming anniversaries

March

Cross Flatts parkrun 29th

Ecos parkrun 29th

Shorne Woods parkrun 29th

April

Colchester Castle parkrun 5th

Forest Rec parkrun 5th

Huddersfield parkrun 5th

Hull parkrun 5th

Poole parkrun 5th

Porthcawl parkrun 5th

Bushy Juniors parkrun 6th

Woodley Juniors parkrun 6th

Dulwich parkrun 12th

Enniskillen parkrun 12th

Graves parkrun 12th

Huntingdon parkrun 12th

Maidstone parkrun 12th

Peter Pan parkrun 12th

Pymmes parkrun 12th

Strathclyde parkrun 12th

Bradford parkrun 19th

Bramhall Park parkrun 19th

Conkers parkrun 19th

Preston Park parkrun 19th

Rotherham parkrun 19th

South Shields parkrun 19th

St Andrews parkrun 19th

children at parkrun

Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

our sponsors

adidas investing in parkrun
all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete's performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920s earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running adidas.com


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


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

We want you to live life well. Our health insurance makes it cheaper and easier for you to get healthy with discounts on things like gym memberships, sports shoes and bikes - and motivates you with rewards like free cinema tickets to savings on holidays. And importantly, if you do get ill - we'll always ensure you have access to the best possible medical care. Discover Vitality wellness

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


BOB supporting parkrun
Today I found my Freedom

For more information about BOB running strollers, please visit bobgear.co.uk


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