These Girls Can…parkrun (part 2)

Here's part two of our case studies celebrating the range of women that take part in parkrun.

 

Ellie 

Ellie is 19 years old. She was born in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, where she attended the local primary and high school. As a child she played games on her Nintendo, enjoyed music - learning clarinet - and reading books. Jacqueline Wilson was a particular favourite, whom she once met at a book signing. When younger, she got involved in lots of different sports, including gymnastics, and swimming, but mainly enjoyed these for the friends she made. Ellie is in her first year of studying neuroscience at university.

Ellie is a parkrunner – Athlete Number A12255

 

"I started going to parkrun because my dad and younger brother were organising them. I enjoyed the atmosphere, sometimes I ran hard, and sometimes I just ran easy and chatted with my friends Bex and Sam who I'd encouraged to join me. I'd already done over 100 parkruns when I was asked by a GB coach if I wanted to try race walking. I gave it a go, and started to learn the technique properly. Nine months after that first attempt, and a lot of hard practice too, I earned my first England vest, and two months later I was selected for Team GB. Since then I have broken four British Junior records. Running and race walking have taught me a lot about myself. There are days when there seem to be so many easier options than training, but I’ve learnt the right thing isn't often the easiest thing and I hope that attitude will always stay with me throughout life.”

Ellie Dooley

Joan 

Joan is a 75 year old mum of four, grandma of six from Leeds. Joan didn't really have much of an interested in school based sport. At the age of 10 Joan sadly lost her mum and from then on Joan loved going on adventures which would often include a lot of walking or cycling. Whilst bringing up her four children, Joan and her husband Don could often be seen on long walks in the Yorkshire Dales at beauty spots such as Ilkley Moor.

Joan is a parkrunner – Athlete Number A213213

“When I was in my mid 50's I finally had a bit of time to myself. I decided to join a local running club where my husband (a talented marathon runner) was a member. I continued with the running club for a couple of years and during that time took part in a small number of local events, running between 3 miles and 10k. Although I've continued to enjoy walking parkrun got me back into running. At the age of 75 I’m still keen to keep fit, and I’m grateful to still be fit enough to run. I love the social side of parkrunning. The fact that it doesn't matter what time I get, I just do it at my own pace. I love the support of the volunteers and it's great to be taking part with my children and grandchildren alike.”

Joan Stead

Georgie 

Georgie is in her last year at primary school and is currently preparing for her SATS. She has a close circle of friends and enjoys spending time with them and having sleepovers like most children her age. She has always been active, taking part in tennis, swimming and dance lessons since she was three, in fact she never walks anywhere she normally dances! Being active has come at a bit of cost to her; a badly broken wrist (plaster for 6 weeks) and ligament damage in a skiing accident (6 weeks on crutches) have all slowed her down but have not got in her way.

Georgie is a parkrunner – Athlete Number A381478.

“18 months ago I had never really run. I didn't really like my first parkrun, it was hard and I wasn't that good at running, I couldn't walk down the stairs the next day! I went back though and week after week I got better so much so that after a while my mum couldn’t keep up with me! Supported and encouraged by the friends I had met at parkrun, I joined a triathlon club and then an athletics club, and this is when I saw my running times improve. My aims keep altering but at some point I know I will be able to get faster than Dad. My highlights have been being selected to represent my County in a cross country competition, winning the monthly Sweatshop prize for my running and volunteering, and collecting the junior points trophy. But the most important highlight has to be the friends I have made who keep the community I run in fun; it keeps me coming back for more each week.”

Georgie York

 

Ai Lyn 

Always seizing opportunities, Ai Lyn braved leaving home in Malaysia to study medicine in Cork, Ireland before moving to Yorkshire. She’s now a Consultant Rheumatologist, Associate Professor and clinical scientist researching into the causes of arthritis. Ai Lyn lives with her partner, Chris, who is an avid cyclist, and Messi, a lucky tabby they rescued from a skip. Despite a very busy job, together with Chris, she spent six months of 2014 learning how to ride a bike so she could be part of a team which cycled 500 miles from France to the UK for charity. She returned in time to take up her special Tour Maker role looking after one of the professional teams for the Tour de France during the UK stages.

Ai Lyn is a parkrunner – Athlete Number A281764.

“When I started running in my 30s, I could not manage a kilometre, six months later, I’d completed my first half marathon. Fast forward 10 years and I have proudly chalked up several marathons. I started running to rekindle childhood memories of sport. My mother has severe Alzheimer’s disease, which gave me a purpose to continue running to raise money for charity. I started my addiction with parkrun over two year ago, that’s when I realised I wanted to get better at a sport I’d already fallen in love with! I find running a humbling yet very satisfying activity both as a solo or group event, which has also widened my circle of friends.” 

Ai Lyn Tan

 

 

weekly newsletter 5th March 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter Alzheimer’s Research UK announce their new look, Run Britain launch #clickyourclock, Chris Davies looks forward to supporting growth in Wales, we’re getting excited about our coffee-table book and I thank the team.

People’s ideas around the parkrun infrastructure seem to vary from thinking we’re some kind of super-corporate global giant with offices on the top floor of a Canary Wharf skyscraper to asking ‘what do you do for a real job?’ The latter is something I get asked by someone most weeks of the year! The truth is that we have a wonderfully diverse team of around ten full-time staff dedicated to supporting parkrun specifically in the UK and another group of mega-brainy tech gurus who partly support us and partly support the rest of the parkrun world with all things IT. We each work from home and as liberating as it is to sit here writing the newsletter in my fluffy pink spotty dressing gown, ‘remote’ working can often end up feeling, well, remote… not great for an organisation based on social interaction in open spaces. He says whilst sitting in a box at the bottom of his garden staring at a screen. On his own.

So… to spice things up a bit the parkrun UK staff get together every quarter for three valuable days of face to face discussions around how we do what we do. This quarter we spent (last) Thursday afternoon working with the folks from Alzheimer's Research UK at their Cambridge offices, all day Friday discussing the way we work together as a team and sharing the challenges each of us face, and Saturday at the brilliantly social Wimpole Estate parkrun.

What did we learn? The most important thing perhaps is that when you turn something you love (running around in the open air) into your job, you have to be really careful about two things… spending 24 hours a day seven days a week thinking about work, and working so hard that you no longer find the time to run around in the open air. Too much of anything is never good (of course, otherwise it wouldn’t be too much) and right now for most of us that’s turning into too much talking about running and too much not actually moving. I think a season ticket in the standing area of my local football club could be the answer… either that or we should invent some kind of pill that turns words into actions without having to actually do anything. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to get fitter just by talking about it?

Anyway, I’m waffling now and I just wanted to use this opportunity to thank the amazing team of staff that we have here at parkrun. You guys absolutely rock and are so often forgotten despite working every hour possible to bring free, weekly, timed runs to hundreds of communities all around the UK. I cannot tell you how proud I am of your selfless dedication to our wonderful movement.

Thank you.

Tom

P.S. You can read this week’s junior parkrun newsletter here.

new look, renewed ambition


Over the last year we’ve been talking to people with dementia and our supporters about the impact of dementia. A word we frequently heard from affected families was ‘powerlessness’.

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias take so much from people, shattering lives. But at Alzheimer’s Research UK, we know pioneering research is our best hope of giving that power back. This week, we’re restating our intention to defeat dementia and have launched a fresh new brand we’ve developed with the help of many supporters and families.

We hope you enjoy the new website and the revamped section which shows how you as a parkrunner can get involved with the mission to defeat dementia. You can also discover a wealth of information on our research and essential background on dementia.

In recent months some of you will have seen headlines in the news or read in the parkrun newsletter about our major new research developments. Our research is focused on bringing benefits to people with dementia sooner.

We have launched the world’s first network of dementia Drug Discovery Institutes at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and UCL – an Alliance uniting the strongest academic centres with the best expertise in drug development. We plan to open more.

We have established our Global Clinical Trials Fund to support critical early phase drug trials. It’ll help push more promising treatments through development and into the hands of people with dementia. We’ll be working with other research funders, charities and industry at home and around the world to make sure all the discoveries you help fund are quickly put to work in creating better treatments, improved diagnosis and preventions.

A generation ago we took the fight to cancer. People broke down the stigma, talked about their diagnosis and supported research that has made many cancers survivable. We are now in a fightback against dementia. We have huge ambitions we are committed to delivering over the coming years and we hope you’ll join us in realising them.

Ian Wilson
Director, Alzheimer’s Research UK

P.S. Thank you to the runners and volunteers at Wimpole Estate parkrun for their warm welcome on Saturday – all the staff from Alzheimer’s Research UK and the management team from parkrun UK had a fantastic morning. We look forward to meeting more of you across the country as the partnership grows. Together, we have the power to defeat dementia.

#clickyourclock is underway


The newly formatted 2015 Reward Running Competition #clickyourclock is now underway at runbritain.com. This competition gives those who take part in runbritain licensed events and parkruns the opportunity to see their handicap score percentage improvement and to win a heart rate monitor on a weekly basis.

To enter the competition runners must:

- claim their handicap and then login
- complete a runbritain licensed race or parkrun during the week of the competition
- #clickyourclock on the relevant results page
- enter before 12 noon each Wednesday

Join in today at runbritain.com.
#clickyourclock

parkrun people


The ‘parkrun: a celebration’ photo book is a 120-page tribute to the first 10 years of parkrun, created and curated by a volunteer team of photography, design and journalism professionals.

The coffee-table style hardback book features interviews with parkrunners from across the globe and page after page of stunning photography from all corners of the parkrun world.

We have only committed to print 2,500 copies, to be sold on a first come first served basis, so don’t miss out on your chance to own a unique piece of parkrun history! On sale this Friday from our online store.

parkrun population


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

Number of runners - 60,163
Number of volunteers - 5,566
Number of first timers - 7,533
Number of PBs - 11,311

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 delighted to be awarded the Bedfont Lakes parkrun Sweatshop Monthly Prize for February. It caused me to reflect on my parkrun journey. Never having been a runner I came to Bedfont Lakes parkrun in January 2011, half expecting not to return. I got such a friendly welcome that I'm now two short of 150 parkruns, have done numerous 10k's (many with Teddington Sweatshop) and eight half marathons. I'm not built like a runner and I don't think of myself as a runner but, thanks to all the wonderful people I've met through parkrun, I definitely consider myself a parkrunner. Since my first parkrun our average attendance has almost doubled but so has the friendliness. parkrun is simply the best!
Regards,
John Lennon


Hi parkrun UK
As all my family run and as I was watching and cheering anyway, I offered to marshal. I have made some amazing friends, the team at Yeovil Montacute are brilliant and parkrun has given me a new lease of life. Thank you to the core team and marshals, and to all the runners who I shout to from the top of my hill. You make my Saturday a little better after seeing you.Keep up the amazing work and best of luck.
Regards,
Nikkii Small


Hi parkrun UK
Thank you so much parkrun for adopting Alzheimer's Research UK as your official charity. I gave up smoking about four years ago and started to put on weight which prompted me to start running. I joined a local running club and was introduced to parkrun. I'm now addicted to both running and parkrun! In August 2012 I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, which was a tremendous shock at 58. I am determined not to let Alzheimer's stop me running, quite the reverse in fact - I run whenever I can, try not to miss a parkrun and do my best to live a healthy lifestyle. I am, as the saying goes, living well with dementia. I’m hoping that a cure is found for all of us with Alzheimer's Disease before before we're too much further down the line.
Regards,
Jo Bennett


Hi parkrun UK
At Newcastle parkrun we are delighted to congratulate Allen Mulliss for being the first runner here to complete 250 parkruns. Allen started running at Albert parkrun in Middlesbrough but has been a regular at Newcastle parkrun since the first run in 2010. Allen is a lovely man and a great runner. I have no doubt that he will inspire many more to follow in his footsteps to reach the goal of 250 parkruns. We are all so proud of Allen's achievement and look forward to seeing his new t-shirt. Now for the next 250!
Regards,
Maggie Davison


Hi parkrun UK
A 50@50 challenge with a difference! As I enter my 50th year I fancied doing something a bit special so have got in touch with ten different friends across the world to introduce them to parkrun by joining them for a catch up on a Saturday morning followed by a nice meal and a chat. Some I have not seen for a decade, and am tired of the ‘must meet up’ messages in our Christmas cards. So my destinations include Tring, Abingdon, Inverness, Farnham, St. Albans and furthest away Lower Hutt in Wellington, New Zealand. My first away run last weekend in Cheltenham started off my challenge which will be interspersed with ten home runs over the year at Conkers.
Regards,
Jane Hancox


Hi parkrun UK
I would like to say a huge thank you to Adam Shaul and Mick Conway of Southsea parkrun who take turns to be running buddies for our seven year old son Owen. He runs faster than his sister and without these guys, he would have to slow down to be with us. He really enjoys parkrun and beating the rest of the family. Big thanks to these guys - this really epitomises the community event that is parkrun.
Regards,
Kim Clarke


Hi parkrun UK
Crystal Palace parkrunners Stephen Glackin (right), Jim Dickson (middle) and Chris Homewood (left) from Nonsuch parkrun all completed the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday the 22nd of February. Both Stephen and Jim also ran parkrun on the Saturday, with Stephen finishing first. Well done guys.
Regards,
Louise Dickson

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Brian Russell

Club:  Unattached

Age:  46

Home parkrun:  Brighton and Hove parkrun

Occupation:  IT Engineer

Number of runs:  121

Favourite volunteer role:  Barcode Scanning

What do you do at parkruns:  Run, volunteer and make new friends during the post-run coffee gathering.

How has parkrun changed your running:  It's improved my fitness and general health.

What do you like about parkrun:  The excellent friendly atmosphere and how welcome you’re made to feel.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Being nominated and doing the Ice Bucket Challenge at the end of my run.

parkrun corner

Chris Davies

It is the vision of Welsh Athletics that each of the 22 principal areas should have both a 5k and a junior parkrun over the next few years. So recently, I had the good fortune to attend a meeting with members of Welsh Athletics, the governing body in Wales, Sports Wales, the national organisation responsible for promoting participation and parkrun’s very own Chrissie Wellington and Chris Jones. Together we were talking about how to work together to grow parkrun in Wales.

The discussions turned to how a parkrun ‘prospect’ develops into a successful event. Amongst the various factors such as a safe location, a core team and a source of funding, it is often the availability of a passionate leader to become an Event Director which is the main trigger. So if you or anyone you know feel that travelling vast distances to your nearest parkrun should continue no longer, please get in touch. Support is now waiting!

Chris Davies
Newport parkrun and Newport junior parkrun Event Director and parkrun UK Ambassador

reminders

the parkrun store

barcode reminder

barcode

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

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

cancellations

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

upcoming anniversaries

March

Delamere parkrun 7th

Fountains Abbey parkrun 7th

Great Cornard parkrun 7th

Greenwich parkrun 7th

Pomphrey Hill parkrun 7th

Swindon parkrun 7th

Wallace parkrun 7th

Worsley Woods parkrun 7th

Brandon Country Park parkrun 14th

Guildford parkrun 14th

Hackworth parkrun 14th

Newent parkrun 14th

Pennington Flash parkrun 14th

Walsall Arboretum parkrun 14th

Canterbury parkrun 21st

Concord parkrun 21st

Eglinton parkrun 21st

Kingston parkrun 21st

Mulbarton parkrun 21st

Netley Abbey parkrun 21st

Sedgefield parkrun 21st

Bangor parkrun 28th

Cross Flatts parkrun 28th

Ecos parkrun 28th

Llyn Llech Owain parkrun 28th

Newport parkrun 28th

Ormskirk parkrun 28th

Princes parkrun 28th

Reigate Priory parkrun 28th

Shorne Woods parkrun 28th

Harrow Lodge junior parkrun 29th

Newport junior parkrun 29th

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.

official charity partner

Alzheimer's Research UK

our sponsors

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

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


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

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

our supporters

London Marathon supporting parkrun
Inspiring runners of all levels

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


aql supporting parkrun
Delivering your results earlier

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


3 supporting parkrun
Connecting parkrunners everywhere

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

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.


 

These girls can… parkrun (part 1)

Building on the success of the recent This Girl Can campaign (featuring parkrun's very own Sam Mollaghan) and with International Women's Day 2015 (IWD) on Sunday the 8th of March and we wanted to seize the opportunity to celebrate what parkrun is doing to embrace all demographics, including women.

Statistics show that, in the UK, the level of physical activity of women lags far behind that of men. However, whilst IWD shines a light on some of the problems that are faced by women the world over it also presents us with a chance to celebrate the great things that organisations are doing and shine a spotlight on success stories. parkrun UK is one such success story, with the number of registrations of women equal to that of men. parkrun's openness to all is largely down to the work of our fantastic event teams who make the events so welcoming, as well as the overall parkrun ethos.
So, to mark the occasion, we decided to compile case studies celebrating a wide range of women that take part in parkrun. They will be published in four parts (this being the first) culminating in IWD on Sunday. HUGE thanks go to Frank Jones, a wonderful parkrun Ambassador, who worked tirelessly to compile the case studies and the accompanying photos.
Hopefully these case studies give a little flavour of just how open and welcoming parkrun really is. Feel free to share your own photos and stories via your event's social media channels and demonstrate that everyone can ... parkrun!

Maggie
Maggie was born totally blind and went to a school for the blind in Kent. Later she worked as a telephonist and a word processor operator in a typing pool. Work was frustrating as Maggie didn’t feel valued so she put her energies into building a social life outside work in order to find stimulation challenges. She taught herself to play guitar and other instruments, composed songs and performed at folk clubs. Animals play a significant part in her life and she now has her sixth Guide Dog, a lab 'cross golden retriever called Yuan. She has also owned a horse and competed in dressage competitions, both mainstream and disabled, Winning the National Dressage Championships in 1996.

Maggie is a parkrunner – Athlete Number A359978.

IWD

“My running journey began in 2002 with fun runs, gradually building up distance. In 2005 I started triathlon and in 2008 competed at the World Championships in Vancouver. My triathlon competitions continued until 2010. My circumstances changed. My support network broke down and I developed knee problems. I was told that "my running days were over". Then, during a conversation with a neighbour, I heard about parkrun and everything changed! I love being able to move fast, but I know that this would not be possible without the help of my fantastic guides. It's nice to see people of all ages taking part and everyone encourages each other. It's exciting to see the children running too. They could be the athletes of the future. Running is fun. It is a breath of fresh air. It is an opportunity to meet other like-minded people and to share a laugh and a smile. Some people have very stressed lives. I like to think that sometimes I have been able to help them and have felt privileged when they have shared their problems with me. I am so grateful that I am able to get out of bed in the morning and run. It should be remembered that there are many people who would like to do this but can't.”
Maggie Bowes

Debi
Debi is 43 years old and lives in Croxteth, Liverpool. She loves spending time with her mum, who lives in Gloucester, they’re not just mother and daughter, they are best friends and get up to all kinds of shenanigans together! Debi is an avid match-going Liverpool Football Club supporter. In 2007 she was honoured to be part of walking a banner across the Anfield pitch that had been made by Celtic FC in memory of the Hillsborough victims. Debi has been married to her Glaswegian husband, Paul, since 2002. They have a cat, Jinx.

Debi is a parkrunner – Athlete Number A420662

IWD

“I've been running since January 2013, when I ran my first parkrun. My parkrunning has led on to me completing three half-marathons and many, many 10k runs! I volunteer wherever possible, sometimes as tail runner when I have a race the next day. My dream run is the New York Marathon, which I'm aiming to train for and complete in 2016. I have made so many friends through running – we're all one huge happy family. So much so that for my birthday in February 2015 a whole group of us ran up a Welsh mountain, Moel Famau, in celebration!”
Debi McMillan

IWD

Elin
Elin is 16 years old and lives with her mum, dad, brother and sister. She likes sport, art, films and music, and goes to see live music whenever she can. She loves being with her friends and is known for laughing at everyone’s jokes. She wants to go travelling and see the world.

Elin is a parkrunner – Athlete Number A91457.

IWD

“I got into running by going along to parkrun with my mum when I was about 11 years old. I can’t remember when I started really liking it, but I love it now. I’ve been going to parkrun for over four years and love the sense of achievement I feel by starting my weekend with a run. In 2013, I became the youngest person to complete 100 runs at my local parkrun and in 2014 they presented me with the ‘junior athlete of the year’ award. Through running at parkrun race for my school, which was brill, but I’m not madly competitive, so parkrun is perfect for me as it’s friendly and supportive and I’m only trying to beat my own time.”
Elin Cave

IWD

 

It’s not rocket science, it’s junior parkrun spirit…

I have been touring again this week and visiting the glorious Wimpole Estate parkrun in Cambridgeshire which is part of the growing number of sites due to have a junior event starting soon. The excitement is building as they get ready for the big day.

I find that I spend a lot of my time these days talking about junior parkrun as anyone who has seen one of our events tends to be greatly affected by their magic. Why is this you might say? Isn't it just a bunch of kids running around a park? Aren't we as regular parkrunners used to the friendly, inclusive atmosphere of parkrun?

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Well the wonderful thing is, yes! It is just a bunch of kids running around a park. But this bunch of kids are governed by some simple principles that means that all aspects of this run can be fun, without any pressures and are monitored by adults who want to protect that simplicity. The advice you will hear me give more than any other is 'Keep it simple'.

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As we approach International Womens Day this weekend, I am feeling extra proud of what we are already achieving and what we will continue to strive for. We are encouraging everyone to take part and that means that we are reaching just as many girls as boys!

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How are we doing this? It's not rocket science, it's just junior parkrun spirit...

 

  •  2k is a manageable distance for children
  • FREE! no cost to parents
  • no need to pre-book or be selected
  • events are increasingly local and easy to access
  • events take place regularly (mostly weekly) at the same time, making it habit forming
  • events are open to all, inclusive and friendly
  • they are not a race, although little runners do test themselves against a time/others
  • there is no dress code, no race numbers and no need for expensive equipment. We love that they wear regular clothes!
  • parkrun encourages family and parental involvement too, especially volunteering!
  • FRIENDLY! focus on fun, enjoyment and friendship
  • timed and so offers the opportunity to track progress - which many kids really love
  • offers incentives for participation (wristbands!)
  • parkrun welcomes children and young people as volunteers too!

 

So, let's celebrate what we are doing, continue to spread the word and hopefully others will follow our lead in making sure that sport truly is inclusive!

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See you in the park

Jo

 

volunteer awards and nominations: Mags Mathieson (Waterworks parkrun)

 

A massive well done to Mags Mathieson, Event Director of Waterworks parkrun, Belfast, who was nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award 2014. Mags was nominated by 'Join In' for her commitment to community sport.
 

Mags Mathieson

 

Being now unable to run through injury, Mags is a regular parkrun volunteer and took over the role of Event Director at Waterworks parkrun in 2013. Not only is Mags a parkrun volunteer, but has also volunteered in sport overall on 138 separate occasions at various events in 2014.

Congratulations Mags, and thank you for all that you do for parkrun and your local community.

For more information on the award, see this BBC article.

 

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

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