weekly newsletter 16th April 2015

welcome to the newsletter


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

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

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

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

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

Happy running,

Tom

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

join our Defeat Dementia Walk


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

face of Vitality Run Hackney


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

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

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

Want to achieve a Half Marathon challenge?

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

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

Find out more here.

research volunteers needed


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

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

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

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

in case of emergency


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

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

parkrun population


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

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

feedback from the field


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Roy Skelton

Club:  None

Age:  82

Home parkrun:  Colwick

Occupation:  Retired

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

Favourite volunteer role:  Marshal

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

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

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

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

reminders

the parkrun store

barcode reminder

barcode

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

children at parkrun

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

volunteering at parkrun

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

cancellations

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

upcoming anniversaries

April

Bradford parkrun 18th

Bramhall Park parkrun 18th

Conkers parkrun 18th

Preston Park parkrun 18th

Rotherham parkrun 18th

South Shields parkrun 18th

St Andrews parkrun 18th

Helix junior parkrun 19th

Ashton Court parkrun 25th

Darley parkrun 25th

Forest of Dean parkrun 25th

Gorleston parkrun 25th

Hartlepool parkrun 25th

Killerton parkrun 25th

Leamington parkrun 25th

Margate parkrun 25th

Redcar parkrun 25th

Roundhay parkrun 25th

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun 25th

Winchester parkrun 25th

May

Abingdon parkrun 2nd

Belfast Victoria parkrun 2nd

Fritton Lake parkrun 2nd

Medina I.O.W. parkrun 2nd

Northampton parkrun 2nd

Pontefract parkrun 2nd

Rushmoor parkrun 2nd

Tollcross parkrun 2nd

Chelmsford junior parkrun 3rd

Bedfont Lakes parkrun 9th

Eastleigh parkrun 9th

Hampstead Heath parkrun 9th

Pegwell Bay parkrun 9th

Pendle parkrun 9th

Preston parkrun 9th

Rother Valley parkrun 9th

Springburn parkrun 9th

Marple junior parkrun 10th

all questions answered

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

official charity partner

Alzheimer's Research UK

our sponsors

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

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


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

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

our supporters

London Marathon supporting parkrun
Inspiring runners of all levels

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


aql supporting parkrun
Delivering your results earlier

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


3 supporting parkrun
Connecting parkrunners everywhere

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


 

Sharing the fun…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

opt in

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

pontymarkie

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

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

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

#lovejuniorparkrun

Jo

 

volunteer awards and nominations: Forest of Dean parkrun

 

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

 

Forest of Dean

 

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

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

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

Thanks go to Jacqui Wynds for the submission

 

volunteer awards and nominations: Sewerby parkrun

Huge congratulations to the whole team at Sewerby parkrun, which has been awarded the Bridlington Free Press Community Sports Award.

Peter Collins, a Run Director at Sewerby parkrun has ran at races and events for over 40 years and sees this as payback to all those volunteers who stood freezing so that he could participate over those years. He says “We have an excellent core group of volunteers. We now have a Christmas dinner at the local pub each year, and there are thoughts about adding a summer BBQ.”

Peter attended the awards ceremony at the local rugby club along with Event Director Martin Stack, David Field and Cathy Wood who regularly run at the event along with Gillian Halliwell and Pete and Christina Royal.

Well done to everyone at Sewerby, and thank you for your continued support of parkrun.

 

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

 

weekly newsletter 9th April 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter Alzheimer's Research UK profile three races, runbritain click their clocks, Chris Davies welcomes parkrun UK staff to Wales and I get revved up to race Rosie along The Mall.

Over the Easter weekend my family and I travelled south from our North Yorkshire base and spent a few days with my Mum and Stepdad in Framlingham, Suffolk. On previous trips, and with time at a premium, we'd visited the wonderful Ipswich parkrun but seeing as Kesgrave parkrun had started since our last visit we embraced the opportunity to try somewhere new. It didn't disappoint (of course) and brilliantly led by run director on the day Ian Duggan, the volunteers did a wonderful job of making the experience of running 5k so special. A couple of laps of a playing field, an off-road out-and-back, all finished off with a final 800m through the woods were all my lungs and legs needed to start the day in style. Having said that, a cool-down with the best scone I've had in ages accompanied by some quality time with a load of great people also provided my weekly dose of post-parkrun socialising. Aren't people brilliant.

One thing that really struck me about Kesgrave was the large number of children who were involved, not all running, as many were spectating, volunteering or kicking footballs about, but they were there nevertheless. That then reminded me of the value associated with sharing areas of open space with friends and family and how there aren't that many accessible opportunities around where different generations can come together and be active in the great outdoors.

Talking of which, it's only six weeks until the Westminster Mile, a fantastic 1,609 metres starting on The Mall and finishing in style in front of Buckingham Palace. We're really excited that there will be an entire wave dedicated to parkrunners - which you can enter via this link - and most of the parkrun HQ team will be there. What does that have to do with the first part of this newsletter you ask?

Rosie - not her trainers and not on the right feet.

Well, I'm super excited to say that it will be my daughter Rosie's first ever running event. She's just got her first pair of trainers and has been racing Helen the half-a-mile or so to nursery four days a week. The only problem is that she really doesn't like people running in front of her so if you are planning on joining us on the 24th of May could I politely ask you to keep behind my angelic threenager for fear of a race-ending tantrum? Anyway, the Westminster Mile is an amazing event. It's rare that parkrunners come together en-masse in a full-on race environment so if you fancy taking on PSH, myself or my super-competitive daughter we look forward to seeing you on The Mall in six weeks time. The dedicated parkrun wave can be entered via this link.

#loveparkrun

Tom

P.S. In this week’s junior parkrun newsletter Chrissie Wellington walked.

run for ARUK this May


With the weather fast improving and the running event season on the horizon, there’s no better time to consider pulling on your trainers for a cause close to your heart.

Our fantastic supporters at Alzheimer’s Research UK will be boosting funds for vital dementia research by running in no less than six events during the month of May. This week we profile three of these runs, all of which take place on Sunday the 10th. They are the 10k Great Manchester Run, Leeds Half Marathon and Run Hackney Half Marathon in London.

Up to 40,000 runners are expected to take part in this year’s Great Manchester Run – Europe’s biggest 10k running event. Now in its 13th year, the 2015 run has attracted entries from almost 30 countries so far. It was first held in 2003 as a legacy from the Commonwealth Games staged in the city 12 months earlier and will be broadcast live on the BBC.

Forty-five miles away in Leeds, the city will be holding its annual half marathon for the 30th time. Last year the event – one of the North’s leading charity road races – attracted around 7,000 entrants. Event organisers will be hoping for record attendance in this landmark year. The route is just over 13 miles and is one of the highlights of Leeds’ sporting calendar.

In London, thousands of runners will be lacing up for the Run Hackney Half Marathon. The closed-roads course will pass by some of the area’s best-kept parks and key landmarks, including the world-famous Hackney Empire, Broadway Market and London Fields. This year’s new and improved route will also pass through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, giving runners the chance to follow in their sporting heroes’ footsteps.

If you’re lucky enough to have secured your own place in one of these or any other upcoming event, we’d love to have you on #TeamARUKparkrun – every penny you raise will take us a step closer to a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

To sign-up to support us with your own place, or apply for a charity place in an event later this year, visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/parkrun

Ian Wilson
Director, Alzheimer’s Research UK

#clickyourclock case studies


The runbritain #clickyourclock competition will reward its sixth winner this week and has been in touch with two of the winners from previous weeks to find out how the competition has motivated them to improve their running performances.

Steve Auton (handicap score 6.1) - #clickyourclock winner 18th-24th of March made a 7.93% improvement of his handicap score. Steve claimed his handicap a few hours after he ran the B&Q Eastleigh 10k whilst he was looking at the runbritain website, checking out his boss’s running performances as he intends to upstage him in the rankings!

Steve started running nine months ago, when a friend dared him to do the Great South Run. Eventually he agreed and started training and fell in love with running. He describes himself as having an “addictive and competitive personality” and attributes this to the reason he looked for ways to get a London Marathon place. He managed to secure a charity place with 'Save the Rhino' and so has been training for London since December. Steve said, “The training is going well and I feel fitter than ever, I can't wait for the marathon and will be trying to get a sub three hour time but will still be over the moon with a sub 3:30 for my first”.

Natasha Baker (handicap 12.0) - #clickyourclock winner 4th-10th of March made a 11.49% improvement of her handicap score. Natasha is currently training for the Milton Keynes Marathon in May. Her initial goal, set in October 2014, was to complete her first sub-four marathon but she recently achieved a new 20 mile personal best of over nine minutes and that contributed to her improved handicap score. She has now re-written her marathon goal and is planning to run Milton Keynes Marathon in sub 3:30!

“I have always loved sport but especially running and have always found myself stopping and starting. Last year was different however and I will never look back! In January 2014 I decided that it was going to be my year to get fit. Never did I expect to achieve what I now have. I bought a road bike and started cycling to work and running twice a week. Being more active led to me losing 14kg and, as a result, running became more enjoyable as I could see in the improvements week by week”.

Visit www.runbritainrankings.com for more and #clickyourclock on your next parkrun result.

join us on The Mall


The Westminster Mile takes place on Sunday the 24th of May. For the second year running we have our very own parkrun wave, which is at 12.45pm, and over 200 parkrunners have already signed up to run with us so far.

Enter and join the parkrun community on The Mall using this unique parkrun wave link. Children under nine can run for free and we’d love you to bring your junior parkrunners along as it’s a great day out for the whole family!

parkrun population


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

Number of runners - 66,183
Number of volunteers - 5,680
Number of first timers - 11,588
Number of PBs - 12,546

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
Having just seen a great action photo of myself and my eight year old son, Jim, sprint finishing parkrun, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who makes parkrun, and especially Tring parkrun happen, and the photographers who post great pictures each week. Jim has just completed his ninth parkrun, encouraged by the lure of the 10 Club t-shirt and the encouragement of the volunteers and other runners each week. This week we finished to cheers and a chocolate nest! I really enjoy running and enjoy sharing this enjoyment with Jim and spending quality time with him.
Regards,
Maura Patterson


Hi parkrun UK
Since Cambridge parkrun started in 2010 the whole family have become addicted to the parkrun phenomenon and we all entered the 100 club last year! Whenever we’re away on holiday we research where the nearest one is so we can get some parkrun tourism in. My parents never ran before starting parkrun either and the shared experience has brought the family closer together. In a few weeks time we will all be taking on the challenge of running a marathon to raise money for the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge. My parents will be doing the Greater Manchester Marathon on the 19th of April before my brother Chris and I run the London Marathon on the 26th of April. parkrun is definitely our inspiration!
Regards,
Sophie Darling


Hi parkrun UK
After a four year long journey this coming Saturday will be my 100th run. It would have been sooner but for a ruptured achilles in 2013, ouch! Previously, I couldn't run a bath, the only exercise being the annual village fun-run - a drinking excuse really. parkrun turned up one year and hooked me in, and I soon improved by time by almost eight minutes. Nursing the injury, I marshalled on crutches which helped both me and the runners as being ‘part of it’ is what it's really all about. Achilles repaired now, my times are getting closer to my PB again and I still dream of breaking that infuriating 25 minute goal but the new t-shirt will do for now.
Regards,
John Brooks


Hi parkrun UK
I'm trying to break 25 minutes… I thought I'd come close last week but at least had a PB but no, I ran exactly the same time as the previous week which was exactly one second slower than the week prior to that (which had been a PB). How many can say they had run such close consecutive times? Especially as a non competitive runner - I only do parkrun. 25:12, 25:13, 25:13. Sigh.
Regards,
Sarah-Lou Lewis

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Harry Harrison

Club:  Sunderland Strollers

Age:  47

Home parkrun:  Sunderland

Occupation:  parkrun Newsletter Co-ordinator

Number of runs:  220

Favourite volunteer role:  Run Director

What do you do at parkruns:  Pretty much anything, some weeks I run, others I'm happy to run direct so that our ED can get a run. I also really enjoy pacing people to new PBs, it's great to share their delight at achieving a particular time. During the week I co-ordinate the production of all the parkrun newsletters across the world, it's amazing to hear of all the exciting developments.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I started parkrunning at Sunderland when I was working away each week, it was a great way to meet people in my adopted home town. Now it has become a huge part of my life, I'm also Club Secretary for Sunderland Strollers and it's great to see so many of my club mates running and volunteering every Saturday morning.

What do you like about parkrun:  I've made some great friends at parkrun and it's become a large part of my family's life as my wife and son also run regularly. The friendly atmosphere is brilliant and I frequently find myself eulogising about parkrun to my non-parkrunning friends. I'm very proud to be associated with such an awesome concept.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  So many to choose from at Sunderland over the past five years: having to hurdle a fallen tree; running in deep snow and icy slush; some of the amazing fancy dress costumes including loads of turkeys this Christmas!

parkrun corner

Chris Davies

When the opportunity came up to host the parkrun HQ team in Wales I envisaged a small gathering of parkrun core team members from within a small radius of Newport. However, as replies came in it was clear that we were in for a bigger event.

The evening meeting with Tom Williams, Joanne Sinton-Hewitt and Helen Hood did not disappoint nor did the passion and commitment of about 65 parkrun stalwarts from all over the principality, from Colby in the west (a two hour drive) to Conwy in the north (a five hour drive) as well as representatives from Bristol and Yeovil. Subjects discussed were both operational (such as t-shirt supply and juniors awards) and future orientated (such as sponsors and finances). They also included some specific regional topics such as funding and use of bilingual information in Welsh speaking areas.

At the end, PSH himself made a surprise appearance making this a night to remember. So thanks to our hardworking HQ team for taking the time to visit, for answering all of our questions and running at Newport and Pontypool parkruns the next morning. You will always receive a warm welcome in Wales. Come back soon!

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!

children at parkrun

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

volunteering at parkrun

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

cancellations

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

upcoming anniversaries

April

Chippenham parkrun 11th

Dulwich parkrun 11th

Enniskillen parkrun 11th

Graves parkrun 11th

Huntingdon parkrun 11th

Maidstone parkrun 11th

Peter Pan parkrun 11th

Pymmes parkrun 11th

Strathclyde parkrun 11th

Barking and Dagenham junior parkrun 12th

Bradford parkrun 18th

Bramhall Park parkrun 18th

Conkers parkrun 18th

Preston Park parkrun 18th

Rotherham parkrun 18th

South Shields parkrun 18th

St Andrews parkrun 18th

Helix junior parkrun 19th

Ashton Court parkrun 25th

Darley parkrun 25th

Forest of Dean parkrun 25th

Gorleston parkrun 25th

Hartlepool parkrun 25th

Killerton parkrun 25th

Leamington parkrun 25th

Margate parkrun 25th

Redcar parkrun 25th

Roundhay parkrun 25th

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun 25th

Winchester parkrun 25th

May

Abingdon parkrun 2nd

Belfast Victoria parkrun 2nd

Fritton Lake parkrun 2nd

Medina I.O.W. parkrun 2nd

Northampton parkrun 2nd

Pontefract parkrun 2nd

Rushmoor parkrun 2nd

Tollcross parkrun 2nd

Chelmsford junior parkrun 3rd

all questions answered

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

official charity partner

Alzheimer's Research UK

our sponsors

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

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


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

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

our supporters

London Marathon supporting parkrun
Inspiring runners of all levels

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


aql supporting parkrun
Delivering your results earlier

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


3 supporting parkrun
Connecting parkrunners everywhere

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


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