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


 

weekly newsletter 20th March 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter adidas introduce the 26rs, BOB announce their winner, we ask if you have any questions, Alister goes for the 100 and I detail a change in our junior categories.

As we've grown so too have the number of parkrunners who are children and alongside the recent relaunch of the Junior parkrun series we set to work developing our child safeguarding policies and procedures. As part of this it is important we understand how we define our participants and as there are differences between UK nations we chose to follow the UN ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1991’ which states ‘every human below the age of 18 years’. For further details on that please see the NSPCC website here.

As part of that the more eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed a recent change to the junior age categories presented on our results tables. Whereas previously we recognised J14 (participants up to and including the age of 14) and J15-19 (participants aged 15 to 19 inclusive) we now have, each including an M or W representing gender, J10 (participants up to and including the age of 10), J11-14 (participants aged 11 to 14 inclusive), J15-17 (participants aged 15 to 17 inclusive) and S18-19 (participants aged 18 or 19 years old). The primary reason behind making these changes was to help our local teams understand who was running in their events and to clarify where a participant was legally considered a child.

Anyway, back to our categories… we chose to define the first group as J10 as they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times during one of our 5k Saturday runs, we therefore treat them differently to all other parkrun participants. We then defined the second group as J11-14 as they are the remaining children who are allowed to take part in our Sunday 2k Junior series, all Junior parkrunners should therefore be either J10s or J11-14s. Our third junior classification, the J15-17s, representing all the remaining parkrunners who have not yet been categorised but are legally considered as children. Finally we redefined our 18 and 19 year old participants as S18-19 as we consider them to be adults.

To give you an idea of numbers, as of today we have (in the UK) at total of 678,951 registered individuals of which the J10 category accounts for 23,429 (3.5%), J11-14 represents 36,870 (5.4%) and J15-17 represents 25,852 (3.8%). A grand total of 86,151 children, or 12.7% of our total UK database. Isn’t the future bright.

This does have implications for the 10 Club membership of course and from the 1st of June this year parkrunners will only be eligible to join the 10 Club if they are in one of our junior categories. I realise that this will disappoint some parkrunners, however the 10 Club t-shirts are close to impossible to predict in terms of amount required and I felt that one of the most appropriate ways of controlling that growth was to only award them to children. We have intentionally left a reasonable time period for those aged 18 or 19 to complete their tenth run.

Thanks as always for your parkrun passion.

Tom

introducing the adidas 26rs


We welcome you to the new home of marathon training, the adidas 26rs. The 26rs is more than a running club, it’s a community with a common goal: 26.2 miles.

Whether you’ve run sub 2 hours 30 minutes, 4 hours 30 minutes or only have a single mile under your belt, the 26rs are here to help you conquer the miles.

Find our 26rs club house in the engine room of the London Marathon Store at 1-3 Norton Folgate, Bishopsgate, London, E1 6DB.

Join our run club for twice daily training runs, free changing, lockers, shower facilities and much more from adidas running to boost your run.

Forgot your trainers? No problem, you can trial adidas Boost for free on any of our runs!

Sign up now for free at adidas26rs.co.uk
#adidas26rs

run your way to the London 10,000

We’re giving you the 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!

To be in with a chance of winning, 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.

Two winners will be drawn at random on the 31st of March.

The adidas running team

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

BOB Revolution PRO winner revealed


Over the past few weeks we have been giving all parkrunners the chance to take part in our parkrun exclusive competition to win our revolutionary new BOB running stroller, the Revolution PRO. All you had to do to enter was either run or volunteer at any parkrun and complete the entry form on your result or thank you for volunteering email. The Revolution PRO, the first stroller to be approved for running featuring a swivelling front wheel, won’t be available in shops until April, however our lucky winner will get their hands on it prior to launch.

With the results now in after a huge number of entries we are pleased to announce that Stuart Wallace (parkrunner ID 818203) has won the Revolution PRO along with a Weather Shield and Cosytoes. Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who entered!

frequently asked questions


How do I register? Why do I need a barcode? How do I volunteer? Can I run with my dog?

These are just a few of the questions that we have been asked over the years. To save us from answering the same questions repeatedly we created a parkrunners FAQ a few years ago to help you find the majority of the answers you need.

You can find the answers to the above questions and many more besides on our dedicated support site which you can find via the small brown support button on the right hand side of any page on our website, via the drop down menu under the ‘more’ tab of your local parkrun’s website, by visiting parkrun support or even by popping ‘parkrun FAQ’ in your search engine. Have a browse around, you might find out something new!

event news


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

Cancellations this weekend:

- None that we are aware of.

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
Albert parkrun in Melbourne gets cancelled one weekend every year due to the F1 cars being in town. I work in F1 but am also a keen parkrunner. Happy to be in Melbourne but sad to miss the opportunity to do parkrun I cheekily emailed Scott Watkins, Albert parkrun’s Event Director, to see if he could point me in the direction of a good run. Not only did Scott meet with me for a lovely coastal 9k run, he also took the time to show me the local ice cream range. How lovely that parkrun can bring people together from opposite sides of the world, and Scott... sorry for being part of the reason your parkrun gets cancelled!
Regards,
Rachael Furn


Hi parkrun UK
A couple of years ago I stumbled across Frimley Lodge parkrun whilst cycling along the Basingstoke Canal with our dog. Fast forward to this past Saturday and I watched both of my kids join me in the 50 Club, a proud day. May I say a big well done to Callum and Danielle. Thanks to the simplicity and inclusiveness of parkrun we all started running one by one including my reluctant wife, much to my surprise. We're now all involved in various ways with a local athletics club, Fleet & Crookham AC, after they attended a ‘Club Day’ parkrun and promoted their Junior section. My reluctant wife has even been on a coaching course. Thanks parkrun from a fitter Jackson family.
Regards,
Rich Jackson


Hi parkrun UK
I did my first parkrun at Osterley Park this Saturday after doing the 'Couch to 5k' programme. The volunteers were nice and friendly and the event ran (if you'll excuse the pun) really smoothly. I haven't run much in the last 30 years since leaving school and having done some training on my own over unmeasured distances I was hoping to get a sub-30 minute time. I really enjoyed the course and was really pleased to do the run in 24:48. As I only get one Saturday in six off work it'll be a while before I can do another one but would recommend parkrun to anyone thinking about taking part.
Regards,
Kevin Waugh


Hi parkrun UK
I was introduced to parkrun two years ago and it was just the incentive I needed to get me running again. I love the family and community feel and run with my two sons, which is great. I was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1994 and had a bone marrow transplant in 1995. Running at parkrun has helped me back to full fitness, so much so that I am running the London Marathon this year. I’m even raising money for the main sponsor of this year’s marathon, Anthony Nolan, who coincidently arranged my unrelated bone marrow donor back in 1995.
Regards,
Mark Eates


Hi parkrun UK
I thought I'd send you this photo of Elizabeth and Liam. They were enjoying their snacktime as we waited for the first runners whilst marshalling at Forest of Dean parkrun on Saturday. They love to come up with me and delight in playing in the mud. Handing out the tokens is their favourite volunteer role but they enjoy marshalling and taking photos too. They've watched me run a few times and now Dad has started too we can all cheer him on. Elizabeth has completed two Junior parkruns in the Forest and I'm sure it won't be too long before Liam gives it a shot. Thanks to all at Forest of Dean parkrun for making it such a great event.
Regards,
Kate Frost


Hi parkrun UK
My son first persuaded my wife in January of 2013 and then myself in May the same year to take part at Barnstaple parkrun. It is now something I look forward to most weekends. I used to play badminton twice a week until my knees became too painful and eventually back in 2007 and 2008 I had both knees replaced and was advised to give up racket sports. My son signed me up for a 10k later this year but I've no idea where he thinks the extra 5k in me is going to come from!
Regards,
Paul Cummins


Hi parkrun UK
I started a challenge to run 250 miles in 125 days, raising money for charity, and in doing so did my first parkrun at Leamington parkrun. The hill is a killer! Since then I have run seven parkruns at four different venues, travelling to Graves parkrun in Sheffield, Exeter in Devon and Newport in Wales and I continue to better my PB most weeks. I'm addicted! I have completed 228 miles of my 250 and have 21 days to go. Thank you parkrun. I intend on travelling the UK with my husband to visit as many as I can, especially if they're flat!
Regards,
Vicki Forsyth


Hi parkrun UK
I was very fortunate to be chosen as Preston parkrun's Sweatshop Monthly Prize winner in December but it had been far too wet and muddy to wear my new trainers until today! As we left the house I asked my husband and children “Could this be the day the family record is broken?”. Could my new trainers really make a difference to my time? Well, I did achieve a PB knocking 21 secs off to run it in 23:27... but unfortunately the family record of 22:04 remains with my husband. Was it my new trainers that made the difference? I will never know! I would like to say a huge thank you to all at Preston parkrun for awarding me the prize. parkrun is truly wonderful!
Regards,
Michelle Tickle

parkrunner of the week


Name:  David Irwin

Club:  St Neots Riverside Runners

Age:  52

Home parkrun:  Huntingdon

Occupation:  General Practitioner

Number of runs:  119

Favourite volunteer role:  Run Director

What do you do at parkruns:  Anything from being the shouty run brief giver as Run Director through to setting up the start and finishing funnel, pacing people round or cheering as everyone crosses over the finishing line. Occasionally I run round as well!

How has parkrun changed your running:  I used to train on my own or occasionally with my club. I have now joined a local Saturday morning family, helping and encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get out there and exercise in all conditions.

What do you like about parkrun:  It is for everyone. Whether you want to speed round in under 20 minutes, run round in 30 minutes, jog round in 40 minutes or walk round in an hour, it is for you. I am always encouraging my patients just to give it a go but warn them that it is addictive and will get them hooked!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I used to organise the car parking at Cambridge parkrun and then ran to join the start. I was usually a pacer and counting down from 30 minutes. The Run Director announced that I was a pacer again and that this week I would be pacing 21 minutes. There was a big cheer, only for me to shout out that it was unlikely as my PB was 21:06. She had written down the wrong time down and it should have been 23 minutes. The most memorable parkruns are seeing the Huntingdon parkrun start and completing my 100th parkrun at Cambridge with my daughter.

parkrun corner

Alister Robson

My wife Jacquie recently got her 100 Club t-shirt. I was just as happy for her as she was but it set me thinking... I started parkrunning a full four weeks before her but due to volunteering every week she caught up and went past me long ago. Then I thought “Jacquie volunteers almost every week at Durham parkrun, putting out the signs on the course beforehand, doing our first-timers briefing then running before often helping out at the end. Also you’ve got a fantastic team at Durham parkrun with at least five great Run Directors, why don’t you just let them got on with it?”.

So I did and in the last five weeks I’ve run five times.

I ran at two inaugural events - Fountains Abbey parkrun and Gibside parkrun - and am pleased to see both are looking fantastic since too. I’ve run at the small but perfectly formed Hackworth parkrun to call in, and check all was well with the new Event Directors, which of course it was, as well as to indulge my ‘inner train nerd’ at the Locomotion museum afterwards.

I’ve taken part in a special occasion at Blackhill parkrun where for the first time more than 100 runners celebrated 10 year old William Gordon completing his 100th parkrun as well as the highest proportion of juniors I’ve ever seen at a parkrun, nearly 40 of the 140 runners. Sadly I missed Hackworth’s 1st Anniversary and them smashing their attendance record the same day but I can’t be in two places at once just yet.

This week I was at Sedgefield parkrun for their 2nd Anniversary which also saw a record turnout, a presentation which drew tears and laughter in equal measure from Jane Spink the Event Director and a comeback PB for yours truly.

Meanwhile back at Durham parkrun did the team manage in my absence? Of course they did. I’m now up to 95 parkruns and am going to try to run every week until that 100 Club t-shirt is safely in the bag. I love this ‘job’!

Alister Robson, Event Director of Durham parkrun 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

Llyn Llech Owain parkrun 22nd

Newport parkrun 22nd

Princes parkrun 22nd

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

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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