weekly newsletter 23rd October 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter PruHealth celebrate the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon, Alister Robson is surprised not once but twice at Durham parkrun, we ask for some Saturday morning quiet time, there’s some amazing feedback from the field and I give it up for volunteers.

On Thursday last week I was fortunate enough to attend an afternoon reception hosted by our friends at Join In. They presented findings from their recent research into the value of volunteering and, as much as they were preaching to the converted, it really was eye opening stuff. First of all there’s the simple method of converting volunteer time to some kind of hourly rate, right now we have around 4,500 volunteers on an average Saturday and the maths on that is fairly simple.

It’s the value added on top of that where things start to get really interesting though. We all know that volunteering improves the health and well-being of the volunteer themselves, plus each additional volunteer increases the capacity for an event to accommodate participants… whose own health and well-being is improved. Then you start looking at the benefits to the community of the existence of a weekly gathering of local people, the resultant improvement in community cohesion, reductions in crime and also increases in feelings of pride & connection that people have with their surroundings. Even the pennies spent by participants (and volunteers) in the local cafes or other businesses, when totted up week after week and year after year, represent significant value to the local community. Once you start doing the maths on that little lot you can see the contribution that volunteer-led projects make to their local communities.

As a relatively small not-for-profit organisation with a few paid staff most traditional methods of valuing our organisation would likely come up short. Once we understand the contributions of our 60,000 plus volunteers however we see a very different picture. As we move into our second decade I hope that the type of research carried out here by Join In will help volunteer-led not-for-profits like ourselves engage more effectively with funding bodies around the UK and in-turn secure a future for us where we are able to continue to remain true to our founding principles.

Having said all of that, in conversation with a few people I still hear the term ‘giving up their time’ when referring to volunteers. I do believe that one of the biggest barriers to people getting involved with volunteering is the incorrect assumption that by doing so you are somehow making a sacrifice. Volunteering is a hugely enjoyable and life-affirming thing to do and just as with all the other brilliant things (that we each have the choice of spending our time on) it shouldn’t be described in such a negative way. A bit like the term 'work/life balance’, which makes people think those two terms cannot co-exist and then leads to an acceptance that work time should be wished away in order to get on with ‘real’ life. Forty hours a week, 48 weeks of the year for 40+ years is far too valuable to be spent waiting for the bell.

As I said above, volunteers do wonderful things for their communities and they spend their time doing something they love that allows other people to do something they love. That’s amazing and a wonderful gift that any one of us can give. But they’re not giving up their time, in the same way that when they’re at work they’re still alive.

So, to sign off, I’d like to thank everyone who’s volunteered at parkrun sometime over the last ten years. Each week you spend in excess of 5,000 hours doing amazing things with amazing people. You really are valued.

Thank you,

Tom

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

Vitality Oxford Half Marathon 2014 Photos


The third event of the Vitality Run Series took place on the 12th of October and 4,482 runners completed the run in the historic city of Oxford for the fourth year. The weather conditions were perfect for running and the mainly flat course offered the potential for improving personal bests.

One of the highlights for competitors was the ‘Bannister Mile’. Just after the six-mile point, runners took a detour round the Iffley Road athletics track where Sir Roger Bannister famously broke the four-minute mile 60 years ago. Sir Roger himself was there to mark the occasion, both to sound the starting klaxon and receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Vitality.

Check out our Vitality photo gallery and see if you can spot yourself.

Do you want to achieve a half marathon goal?

The Vitality Oxford Half Marathon is part of the Vitality Run Series - a new running series featuring eight of the UK’s most exciting running events, brought to you by PruHealth with Vitality. Get active and take on a new challenge - run one, run two or run all five remaining races in the Series. Find out more at vitality.co.uk

shhh…


Every week at parkruns all over the country someone turns to face the field ready to bring you the ‘Pre-run Brief’. Please support that person by listening carefully.

The pre-run brief will include any relevant safety information including the importance of running with under 11s and reminding you that we share with other park users. It also enables them to bring any potential issues on the course to your attention and is an excellent opportunity to welcome first timers and tourists to your parkrun and to thank the volunteers!

parkrun population


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

Number of runners - 54,232
Number of volunteers - 4,967
Number of first timers - 7,796
Number of PBs - 7,384

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 wanted to thank you for producing the anniversary t-shirt and solving my anniversary present dilemma! Joe and I got married on the 6th of October 2012 which was Leeds parkrun, and parkrun's birthday. parkrun has been a massive feature of our relationship. Joe was an avid parkrunner when we met and soon after I would come and support and volunteer. The running bit came a lot later for me. Over the years we have made many friends, many we now consider part of our extended family.
As we were approaching our second anniversary I was stuck for a cotton themed gift idea. And then the anniversary t-shirt was released - 100% cotton! It was the perfect gift. Thank you parkrun!
Regards,
Kathryn Hogg


Hi parkrun UK
Thank you parkrun for helping a woman in her 50s realise a dream. In 2012 I started doing parkrun in around 31 minutes. When Fountains Abbey parkrun began this year I felt a wish had been granted. I became a regular attendee with a parkrun home. The weekend of the 11th of October was fabulous. After enjoying volunteering, I heard my son was first finisher at another parkrun. Then the following day I finally achieved my dream, running my first marathon in under 3 hours 57 minutes. The support of Fountains Abbey parkrun friends, the joy of being able to share parkrun and my marathon success with them has been not just the icing but also the cherry on top of my cake. Thank you!
Regards,
Anne Cheeseman


Hi parkrun UK
These two ladies were friends growing up. Patricia, on the right, stayed in Northern Ireland but Truffy emigrated to Adelaide in Australia. They reunited recently, by chance, some 40 years later at Portrush parkrun whilst Truffy was visiting family. As the photo shows, time has not eroded their friendship. Truffy has now returned to Adelaide, suffice to say Patricia hopes to visit, and all thanks to parkrun.
Regards,
Melvyn Thompson


Hi parkrun UK
My husband, two sons and I caught the parkrun bug on holiday this summer, taking part in the beautiful run at Lanhydrock. Since then we have only missed one week (due to one son having an operation) and the boys are looking forward to receiving their 10 Club t-shirts. We travelled a little further this weekend to run in Brandon and were made to feel incredibly welcome from the moment we arrived in the car park. Fortunately we were warned about the tree roots and the cheeky hill so were well prepared! After years of racing longer distances it is wonderful to be part of the parkrun family with my family and enjoy meeting new people but always friendly faces.
Regards,
Fiona Tideswell


Hi parkrun UK
When I found out I had kidney failure a few years ago, I assumed my athletics ‘career’ was over. Long-term physical decline seemed inevitable, so what was the point in running? But then my brilliant brother Chris, who is a Buddhist monk, decided to donate one of his kidneys. Since the transplant two years ago parkrun has played a huge part in my recovery. Every run has helped me feel better, both physically and mentally. Thanks, parkrun, especially the volunteers at Richmond Park, Kingston and Winchester! On Saturday at 9am Chris and I were in Richmond Park to celebrate the second anniversary of the transplant (‘kidneyversary’). Is Chris the first Buddhist monk ever to do a parkrun, I wonder...
Regards,
Jonathan Watson


Hi parkrun UK
For two years I have run at Bryn Bach parkrun and got my 50 Club t-shirt. Recently I was driving to Bryn Bach ready for the week’s outing and on the way there I spotted a shady figure. A fellow Club 50 t-shirt, no way. I pulled over, a fellow parkrunner whose lift had let him down. It was raining and he was trying to make the start. He wasn't a local, he was from Poland and living in London, and was in Wales for the weekend. What a legend, hitchhiking to the start. I gave him a lift there and back. He did the run and gave me his number in case he ever comes back. The 50 Club t-shirt - what a classic hitchhikers icon!
Regards,
Adrian Lewis


Hi parkrun UK
On a recent trip to Australia, my friend Jim and I ran at Berwick Springs parkrun in Melbourne. As parkrun tourists we were made very welcome and enjoyed the run. It was a nice flat two-lap course and the weather was ideal for running. This was event number 51, so they were just short of their first anniversary. They had just over one hundred runners. What made it better was when looking later at the results I found I had set a new VM70-74 age record!
Regards,
Mick Loach


Hi parkrun UK
I am 68 and after watching my local Porthcawl parkrun some months ago it inspired me to renew my running after 25 years and have now run two of my local events. So last weekend on a visit to Hove I had the opportunity to run in the Brighton and Hove parkrun with my son and grandson. Imagine my joy and surprise when they announced at the start that there were three generations of the Davies family running. It inspired me to a PB of 28:06. So a big thank you to all the volunteers in Hove for making this possible. Incidentally my 10 year old grandson also ran a PB in 21:43.
Regards,
Mike Davies


Hi parkrun UK
On Sunday the 12th of October I completed the Yorkshire marathon wearing my parkrun 50 Club t-shirt.
May I say a big thank you to the kind people of York for the amazing support but particularly to all of the spectating/participating parkrunners who drove me on with shouts of "well done parkrun 50!" I don't need to tell everyone how much it means to have spectators shouting encouragement when you are flagging but particularly so when it is something you are so proud of. Thanks to them all.
Regards,
Martin Kirby


Hi parkrun UK
I've only completed five parkruns in two venues at Cannon Hill parkrun and Brueton parkrun and the organisers at both have gone out their way to help. The other runners have given me a cheer and on the downhills moved out of the way with just a little encouragement from my attached klaxon. I'm training for the London Marathon wheelchair section (34 completions to date) and the parkruns are an ideal acclimatisation for negotiating through the running masses.
Regards,
Dale Lyons (Robin Hood Half Marathon Nottingham in 1:58:45)

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Ben Stock

Club:  Crawley Saints and Sinners

Age:  35

Home parkrun:  Tilgate

Occupation:  Police Officer

Number of runs:  76

Favourite volunteer role:  Volunteer Coordinator or Barcode Scanner

What do you do at parkruns:  I have been the volunteer coordinator at Tilgate since March, a role I really enjoy. We are lucky to have a fantastic core team and some truly inspirational volunteers who help to make the run welcoming & friendly. We get an amazing 30+ volunteers each week. Saturday morning I generally have a panic that I’ve left the roster at home when I arrive before letting the volunteers know what role they’ve been given that week, including the dreaded ‘number checker’ job! During the run I try to thank all the marshals if I’m not too out of breath.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I took part in my first parkrun two years ago after my brother told me about it; I was hooked from my first run and my running has changed beyond all recognition since then. I had been running on and off for a few years before and had entered a couple of races, but always on my own. parkrun made me feel part of a wider running community and has given me a goal each week. From parkrun I joined a local running club this year, entered more races and have met some great people.

What do you like about parkrun:  That everybody is welcome, regardless of ability, age or fitness levels. I remember feeling nervous coming for my first run but being made to feel very welcome into a friendly group. I look forward to catching up with parkrun friends each week but also challenging myself during the run and trying to improve. parkrun is a highlight of the week and a great start to each weekend! I’m keen to get my daughter involved when she is a bit older and look forward to doing her first parkrun together.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I had to miss a few months running last year with a knee injury that took longer than I hoped to recover, keeping involved as a volunteer each week kept me motivated. Whilst I was injured I brought my daughter, who is now two and a half, along each week to introduce her to both parkrun and volunteering. I’m not sure which was worse - her hitting me with a stopwatch, strangling me with a barcode scanner or hitting me on the head and demanding raisins but she always had fun!

parkrun corner

Alister Robson

Two quite small things happened at Durham parkrun this week where I’m lucky enough to be the Event Director.

I received a lovely handmade card from a junior, Izzy Jones, which said “I love Durham parkrun” which made me swell with pride. We work hard to make parkrun a family event and children are welcomed, accompanied obviously. Some of our very best volunteers are juniors, some working towards Duke of Edinburgh awards, others just because they enjoy it (more than running?).

The second was even more surprising, if that’s possible. My work colleague Simon Baker, who I’d been badgering to come down for months and maybe even years, not only came down but brought his whole family – wife Louise, son Oliver and daughter Phoebe. They had a great time and parkrun never loses its power to surprise you in nice ways.

The week before we had a major problem with one of the scanners and nearly 80 runners (we had our second highest attendance of 334 that week) either didn’t have a time or had a wrong time. One of our core team Stephen Roberts has worked tirelessly to rectify this, poring over the video and adding users as they emailed in. I’m also really grateful to the way that those affected runners reacted, accepting that “these things happen” and being incredibly patient while we sorted out the mess.

We also welcomed back ‘our’ students; those who had run before at Durham and were returning after the summer or perhaps a year studying abroad or working in industry, as well as any students who were new to the City and to Durham parkrun.

All in a couple of weeks’ work!

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.

cancellations

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

upcoming anniversaries

October

Ashford parkrun 25th

Finsbury Park parkrun 25th

Gunnersbury parkrun 25th

Gunpowder parkrun 25th

Lloyd parkrun 25th

November

Aylesbury parkrun 1st

Brighton & Hove parkrun 1st

Little Stoke parkrun 1st

Oxford parkrun 1st

Sewerby parkrun 1st

Sheringham parkrun 1st

Waterworks parkrun 1st

Whitstable parkrun 1st

Blickling parkrun 8th

Highbury Fields parkrun 8th

Larne parkrun 8th

South Manchester parkrun 8th

Tonbridge parkrun 8th

Alice Holt parkrun 15th

Lincoln parkrun 15th

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.

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Red Fox: Paying It Forward

I come from the amazing sport of triathlon, which has enriched my life and other’s lives in so many fantastic ways, but still there are barriers to taking part that just don’t exist in the parkrun world.

In my last blog, I wrote about the fact that parkrun truly is open to all. Not many sports or organisations can claim to break down so many barriers to participation as parkrun can – free to the participant, no dress codes, no fancy equipment, no special skills, no need to register each week, easily accessible, encouraging and above all welcoming and friendly.

However, despite the lack of practical and financial hurdles to participation in parkrun and junior parkrun events many people are still nervous about joining in. The barriers are often psychological and emotional -whether it be fear of the unknown, fear of ‘failure’, fear of looking inadequate or of being perceived as slow. Of course, everyone who has done parkrun knows that these fears are unfounded and even if they do exist in our minds they can be broken down and overcome. However, it often requires others to take steps to help and support those adults and children overcome such fears, and open up the door of parkrun.

In my view, every one of us is a role model. It’s not the professional athletes that are the most important figureheads but every single person that participates in some sport of physical activity. We are all in a position to pay our passion forward to others: remembering that we were all novices, and taking steps to help others overcome some of the personal barriers that they face. The key word here is encouragement. We can all encourage others, though words and actions, to defy their fears and do what they may not think is possible.

This was brought home to me at a junior event a few months ago. I was at Little Stoke juniors and was leading the warm-up. All the children were joining in (and adults too) save for one little boy who was clutching a little red toy fox. I spotted his reluctance to get involved, and when the warm up had finished struck up a conversation with him and his mother. I asked whether Red Fox wanted to run, and his mother replied that her son wasn’t keen on running and preferred to watch his older brother take part. The mother explained that she too had been nervous about doing physical activity, until she started volunteering at parkrun – and now it has become the bedrock of her life.

We walked over to the start, talking about the event and I mentioned that I thought Red Fox would really enjoy taking part and being with all the other children. The boy didn’t seem keen but we carried on talking and I described how I was also nervous about running, and that sometimes we can stop and walk, and even have a rest if we needed to. The most important thing was having fun.

The volunteers, the little boy and I spent some time cheering for the other children, both on the sidelines and across the finish line. He held Red Fox in hand the whole time. When the event had ended I said goodbye, and mentioned again that I hoped he and Red Fox could walk or run the event one day. The other volunteers offered similar words of encouragement.

The next week I got an email from his mother. Her son had decided that he too wanted to join in the fun of junior parkrun, and do his first ever 2k – together with his brother and, of course, Red Fox. He finished Little Stoke juniors with a beaming smile, but more importantly I am sure he has become empowered by this experience - just as his mother has been through her participation in parkrun: realising that they are able to do things that they didn’t think they could and that, with encouragement and support they can take on new challenges.

We are never too old or young to learn these lessons. Everyone within the parkrun family has, I’m sure, paid their passion forward. Like a snowball the number of participants is growing and growing as we continue to break down barriers to participation; be it practical barriers or ones that exist in the mind.

That’s why it’s so important to encourage everyone, but especially children. Not berate them for running slowly, for walking, for stopping to take a breath or for failing to live up to our expectations – but to support, embolden and instil in them a joy and passion for running that they too will pass on to everyone they meet.

Happy running everyone, especially if you have a Red Fox by your side!

Chrissie

 

 

weekly newsletter 16th October 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter PruHealth with Vitality congratulate their Faces, Chris Davies sees a shoe swap, we invite you to run a mile, you can be parkrun proud, we announce our partnership with the IAAF and I shed a tear or two.

I don’t really know why I didn’t write this week’s newsletter last week, anyway… Saturday the 4th of October, our tenth anniversary, was one of the most moving days of my life. Arriving at Bushy Park around 8:30am in the morning I became instantly aware of a special atmosphere in the air as parkrunners from all around the World mingled with the South West London locals in advance of Bushy parkrun number 538. My personal parkrun 'birthday’ (the date of my first ever parkrun) is the 4th of August, a day that back in 2007 marked a turning point in my life that would send me on a journey I never dreamed possible. Fast forward to the Saturday before last and there we were at the birthplace of parkrun itself in the company of the 18 parkrun pioneers (13 runners and five volunteers) who’d taken those first magical steps.

One by one they were introduced to the crowd and up to that point I don’t think any of us had anticipated quite what that moment would feel like and just two days previously Paul Sinton-Hewitt had received his CBE from The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William. Having such a clear demonstration of where we started back in 2004, contrasted against 1,700 runners, alongside Paul who stood there with his CBE, painted the most amazing picture. I’m not ashamed to say I was moved to tears. Who knows where we’ll be in another ten years time but I have a feeling that we’ll never again have a moment quite like that.

The parkrun pioneers together on a parkrun start line for the first time since October the 2nd in 2004.

As we look to the future perhaps the greatest challenge we face is balancing financial survival with our not-for-profit ethos, something that demands we minimise commercial impact on our community. In the weeks, months and years to come there will be changes to the way we generate income for parkrun as we look to place greater control of that in the hands of the parkrunner. Recently, as part of that, we took the decision to move into retail clothing. Having spent many years deliberating the pros and cons it had become clear that many parkrunners wanted to wear something that advertised their membership of the parkrun movement and also to contribute to parkrun in some way. We’re really excited about the anniversary t-shirts (modelled above by the pioneers) and hope that they tick both those boxes. There are a limited number and once they’re gone they’re gone so if you’d like to own a little bit of parkrun history and at the same time contribute towards the future of our wonderfully free weekly timed runs then why not check out our online store.

Thanks as always for your wonderful parkrun passion,

Tom

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

Vitality Oxford Half Marathon


Congratulations to all parkrunners who completed the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday! We are really proud to have sponsored such a great event and we want to say thank you to those who took part.

PruHealth with Vitality would like to make a special mention to our Vitality Faces of the run - Simon and Frances. Over the past seven weeks we have followed them on their journey to completing the 21k and what a ride it has been! Simon and Frances have now completed the run and walk away with everlasting memories and a great sense of achievement:

“Two out of three ain’t bad, sang Meatloaf. Well my three aims were 1) to beat last year’s time 2) to get a new PB 3) to try and get below 1:50 finish time. I managed the first two, and achieved a respectable and realistic time of 1:52:49. That’s a fair reflection of my training effort and I’m happy with that. Until the next half marathon.” - Simon

“I am so happy today, feeling an immense sense of well being and achievement. Everything about the last few weeks, from the phone call to tell me I’d won the competition to crossing the finishing line, has been incredible. Doing sub-2 hours 20 minutes (2:15:10 to be precise) and the ‘well done’ hug from Simon at the finish, were the icing on the cake.” - Frances

Simon and Frances’ dedication, determination and effort has been a true inspiration and PruHealth with Vitality is proud to have them as Vitality Run Series Champions.

Congratulations and thank you Simon and Frances!

Check out their full Vitality Oxford Half Marathon journey here.

Do you want to achieve a half marathon goal?

The Vitality Oxford Half Marathon is part of the Vitality Run Series - a new running series featuring eight of the UK’s most exciting running events, brought to you by PruHealth with Vitality. Get active and take on a new challenge - run one, run two or run all five remaining races in the Series. Find out more at vitality.co.uk.

date for your diary


The Westminster Mile takes place on Sunday the 24th of May 2015 and once again we have our very own parkrun wave.

You can enter here using the unique parkrun wave link. Join us on The Mall!

parkrun proud


A limited edition commemorative souvenir parkrun t-shirt is now available via our online store to celebrate our 10th Anniversary.

Available in both adult and junior sizes, all profits will be ploughed back into parkrun to support our growth. Wear one and be parkrun proud.

parkrun and the IAAF


parkrun would like to announce that it has joined forces with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to become a Partner of Athletics for a Better World.

You can read more about this programme here.

Each week parkrun introduces more venues across the globe where people can take part in a free, fun filled, 5k run. In doing so we are delivering social change in all the countries that we operate in. As an example, last week we witnessed nearly 80,000 people enjoying a walk, jog or run at one of our friendly events, which is only made possible because of the commitment and generosity of 90,000 volunteers since parkrun began. This weekend’s events were brought to you by nearly 6,300 of our wonderful volunteers.

With over 1.2 million people registered and growing by over 14,000 new members each week, parkrun’s welcoming attitude and community focus makes it an ideal place for social change to take place. Each week we celebrate everyone’s achievements at each of our 500+ locations.

By introducing this partnership, the IAAF and parkrun accept that we have a global responsibility to use the power and reach of athletics to make a positive difference in peoples lives.

By Paul Sinton-Hewitt, parkrun founder

parkrun population


Here are this week’s summary statistics for parkrun UK:

Number of runners - 51,430
Number of volunteers - 4,823
Number of first timers - 7,372
Number of PBs - 10,814

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 just wanted to say a big thank you to all the parkrunners and volunteers. I completed the NHS Couch to 5k in February this year with the ambition to be able to tackle a parkrun without causing embarrassment or injury to myself! I needn't have worried as the reception I have received from everybody at my local Mulbarton and Norwich parkruns have inspired me to achieve more. In October I ran the Great North Run and have lost nearly two stone along the way. I always look forward to Saturday mornings, absorbing all the running advice on offer but also offering encouragement to fellow parkrunners. I've even roped my nine-year-old niece into coming along too! Thank you parkrun.
Regards,
Ian Condron


Hi parkrun UK
In Peterborough on Sunday I completed my first half marathon in less than two hours and 54 minutes. I have been running for 10 years but until I found parkrun I had only ever run by myself. Every week I make new friends and now I have friends to run with. My husband has signed up to parkrun too. I have seen so many people come along and enjoy the friendly atmosphere at Catton parkrun in Norwich (which just celebrated its first anniversary) and consequently improve their health and confidence. When I am not running I love to take part by volunteering and cheering the runners on. With the encouragement I received I found the motivation to extend my running to try the half marathon distance. Thank you parkrun for changing my life.
Regards,
June Millwood


Hi parkrun UK
A huge thanks to all the volunteers and parkrunners at Fulham Palace parkrun who cheerfully tolerated the first part of my hen celebrations last week (we were the 11 stragglers dressed as Pac-Man and the Pac-Man ghosts). My brilliant bridesmaids who organised the weekend knew it wouldn't have been complete without a 5k run on Saturday morning. It was my first time at Fulham Palace parkrun, a really excellent event in a stunning setting, which was also my 50th parkrun overall and that made it extra special. A few of our party who were new to parkrun have been converted and are looking forward to completing many more. Thanks in particular to the kind lady who took our photo and for making us all giggle!
Regards,
Liz Baker


Hi parkrun UK
I've just finished volunteering for the first time, at Mile End parkrun. It was brilliant to be supporting the runners and get first-hand experience of the organisation that goes into the weekly 5ks. I really enjoyed it and I'll certainly be doing more volunteering, especially if I've got a night out planned for the Friday! I'd like to thank everyone who has volunteered and made it possible for the runners to turn up week after week and have such a stress free experience as you do an amazing job!
Regards,
David Jeffery


Hi parkrun UK
Spot the Difference! The first photo of us proudly wearing our 50 Club t-shirts was included in your newsletter in April 2013. The second photo shows us now, in our 100 Club t-shirts! Between us all we have completed 460 parkruns. The majority have been run at our home event of Swindon parkrun. We have done a little tourism including one parkrun at Durham, North Carolina in the United States where we were given a warm welcome. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers at Swindon parkrun for their hard work every week. It is really appreciated as parkrun has become such a part of our life now. We would be lost without you on a Saturday morning.
Regards,
Rachel, Alan, Jacob and Isaac McAdam


Hi parkrun UK
Being a regular parkrunner at Bognor Regis it made a nice change to be able run at another event. While in Newquay, Cornwall I found the local parkrun at Lanhydrock House, Bodmin. However I noticed it was a little way from Newquay and no trains would arrive for the 9am start. I promptly sent out an SOS on the Lanhydrock parkrun Facebook page and within a couple of days I had a lift sorted with a chap named John. There was a great, warm welcome and it is a fantastic run where the views are worth the trip alone. I’m looking forward to doing this parkrun again. Thanks to everyone involved.
Regards,
Marcus White


Hi parkrun UK
On Saturday I ran my 54th parkrun and my fifth at Cambridge, having recently moved back to my home city after six years in Newcastle. I also volunteered for the first time on ‘Post-Event Closedown’. Slightly kicking myself, having only recently realised you can volunteer and run the same week, I'm now volunteering at least once a month from now on to feel redeemed! I'd like to thank my friend Caroline who first dragged me along to parkrun as well as everyone at Newcastle parkrun whom I got to know so well, I'll be up for a reunion run before too long! Also thanks to all the Cambridge parkrun volunteers for their encouragement and making me feel so welcome since I've been back. Keep it going everyone!
Regards,
Jack Ord


Hi parkrun UK
I was so delighted to receive the email from parkrun recently to say my 50 Club t-shirt had arrived. Unfortunately I wasn't going to be at parkrun that weekend to collect it. However, my friends Alison and Nigel Swan could collect the shirt on my behalf. They texted me to say they had the t-shirt in their possession. I told them to look after it until Monday and not to let it out of their sight. They took me at my word because all weekend they uploaded photos onto Facebook with them and the t-shirt, which included a trip to buy a hot tub, a car boot sale, a visit to a furniture store and it even found it’s way into a vending machine. Thanks for the t-shirt parkrun!
Regards,
Mark Bonner


Hi parkrun UK
You might be interested to know some news of a parkrunner (albeit infrequent) who introduced me to parkrun. She is my daughter, Cat Simpson, and she has just completed the Atacama Crossing in Chile. It is a seven day, self-supported 155 mile run across the highest, driest desert in the world. It was Cat's first run of this kind, although she has run a number of ultra marathons over the past 12 months, but nothing this extreme. In a field of runners, many of whom were very experienced in this kind of race (and a double Olympian who won overall) Cat came 13th overall (out of 126 finishers and 32 DNF) and 2nd lady, an amazing achievement.
Regards,
Keith Simpson

parkrunner of the week


Name:  The Johnstone Family (Pete 48, Vicki 43, Dan 16, Lucas 14, Billy 11 and Marcus 6)

Club:  Dan is a member of Valley Striders AC. The rest of us are just parkrunners.

Age:  138

Home parkrun:  Roundhay and Roundhay juniors

Occupation:  Vicki is a Physiotherapist. Pete's an NHS Manager. The kids are all at school.

Number of runs:  352 x 5k parkruns and 98 x 2k junior parkruns.

Favourite volunteer role:  Vicki and Lucas like timekeeping, Dan and Pete like pacing, Billy likes barcode scanning and Marcus is a top marshal and photographer.

What do you do at parkruns:  parkrun and junior parkrun is just what we do on weekend mornings. We enjoy a big extended family mixture of running, volunteering and messing about with friends, relatives and the whole Roundhay and Roundhay juniors family.

How has parkrun changed your running:  parkrun didn't change our running, it was the start of all our running! Dan did his first run with his laces undone and his hands in his pockets like a grumpy teenager. He now runs sub-20 minutes. It helped Pete to lose over three stone and move from couch potato to doing triathlons.

What do you like about parkrun:  What don't we like about parkrun? Nothing... Starting our weekend mornings with a run or two, or volunteering, or both and the feeling of achievement is great. The friendly, inclusive atmosphere, the sense of real community plus the strong links between our 5k and junior events. The fact that all of us can do it together or separately, supporting each other to improve our times or to just get round some weeks. We can't describe how much it has changed our lives for the better.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  So many! Lucas completing his 50th run in a skin tight red morph suit, Pete and Billy running Billy's first event together in matching skeleton suits on Halloween, Dan finally going sub-20, three generations of our family all running together, conquering the Roundhay hills in six inches of snow...

parkrun corner

Chris Davies

There’s nothing more disappointing for a parkrun tourist than arriving at a new event and realising your running shoes are at home. It’s even worse when the parkrun is in such a beautiful location as the National Trust property of Colby Gardens in Pembrokeshire on a warm, late summer morning.

But this is what happened to a distraught lady runner at Colby parkrun as she looked down at her feet and realised that she still had her walking shoes on. She was still considering an army-like 5k yomp in her shoes when I noticed that my wife, on crutches at the time, was wearing her running shoes but was in no condition to use them.

To cut a long story short, this is the first time that my wife’s running shoes have achieved such a high age graded result. In fact they were still warm when she put them back on again in exchange for the lady’s shoes she had been wearing.

So we now have a variation on ‘no barcode, no result’. It’s ‘no shoes, no problem’.

Chris Davies
Newport parkrun and Newport junior 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.

cancellations

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

upcoming anniversaries

October

Edinburgh parkrun 18th

Fulham Palace parkrun 18th

Richmond Park parkrun 18th

Ashford parkrun 25th

Finsbury Park parkrun 25th

Gunnersbury parkrun 25th

Gunpowder parkrun 25th

Lloyd parkrun 25th

November

Aylesbury parkrun 1st

Brighton & Hove parkrun 1st

Little Stoke parkrun 1st

Oxford parkrun 1st

Sewerby parkrun 1st

Sheringham parkrun 1st

Waterworks parkrun 1st

Whitstable parkrun 1st

Blickling parkrun 8th

Highbury Fields parkrun 8th

Larne parkrun 8th

South Manchester parkrun 8th

Tonbridge parkrun 8th

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


 

Barcode Birthdays.

This week I had the pleasure of spending my Sunday morning at a birthday celebration. There was cake, there were children but there was also lots of running!

I returned to Pitshanger junior parkrun  which was holding its second event. I had been to the park many months ago to meet the prospective Event Director, Kelvin Walker. He wanted to give something back to his community, as so many of our wonderful volunteers do, and decided that junior parkrun was just the thing. He had a wonderful park nearby with lots of great facilities: a playground, tennis courts, football pitches and a cafe. Lots for the family to do before and after running.

Identifying the course was the first step.  There is a simple route around one part of the park where the children can easily be seen and to make it even better, it is also really pretty. Course selection – done!

I then handed over to parkrun Ambassador, Carol Moran, who helped the team bring the event to fruition. Hey presto! Many pairs of little legs and a few really long ones later, it was like magic.

Being there for the second event was special. It was a lovely morning - not foggy as most of the country seemed to be  - and I was outdoors, spending time with like-minded people. Perfect.

It all started, as always, with the junior parkrun warm up. I love the star jumps!

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Then the all-important pre run briefing. Look at all those quiet children.
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Then … ready steady go!
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I realised there were cakes being laid out (and so did my dog Dotty!)
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It was only after one little set of legs was being encouraged to the finish by the rest of his family that I realised the cakes had a special purpose.

One little fella had been watching his parents and his older brothers running and had never been able to join in as he was too young. His oldest brother even has a 10 t-shirt from the 5k parkrun series.

Anyway, today was his fourth birthday and the first present he opened that morning was his parkrun barcode! And as we all know, what better way is there to start a celebration?

This story brought home to me how important parkrun and junior parkrun has become to thousands of families; especially when I saw his brothers running back after they had finished to accompany the birthday boy down the finish straight to his first finish line, and a big piece of birthday cake.
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Seeing the look of determination, and then finish-line happiness, on that little face I know for sure that he’ll be back again - and I hope all the other families I saw running together will be too. The parents as well as the juniors had beaming smiles, until their 4 year old children beat them in a finish line sprint!:)

Happy running!

Jo

 

weekly newsletter 9th October 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter PruHealth with Vitality wish everyone the best of luck, we give you more and I share my thoughts on our most significant achievement.

Last week I was interviewed by Athletics Weekly for an article they were writing about our 10th Anniversary celebrations, you can read it here. We talked about lots of interesting stuff with a particular focus on how in the future we plan to collaborate more closely with the Home Nations’ governing bodies to increase participation in other areas of running, from grassroots to elite performance. Anyway, during that interview I was asked what I thought was our most significant moment or achievement of the last ten years. A bit like selecting Sports Personality of the Year there’s no single answer that everyone would agree on but for me it’s our success in overturning traditional beliefs that children shouldn't be running 5k and as of this morning we (parkrun UK) have 89,292 registered parkrunners aged 4 to 14, representing 10.2% of our total database. This also doesn’t include those who are now older but at some point in the last ten years have been parkrunners inside that age bracket. We consult closely with specialists in children’s health and it’s clear to me that the mindset that thinks children shouldn’t be doing parkrun is the same one that thought, not that long ago, that women shouldn’t be running marathons.

I’d been searching for the words to capture what children’s participation in parkrun is all about when all the way from the parkrun Australia newsletter came this wonderful article from Joey Coniglione (age 9)…

"When my sisters decided to give Saturday netball a break, it was the best thing that happened to me because I was able to do Berwick Springs parkrun. I do parkrun because I feel good after I finish and you can't win or lose. If you’re not doing your best time you are still lapping everyone on the couch.

My favourite thing about parkrun is the people who encourage me to do my best. I really struggled in my first weeks at parkrun but I made a great friend called Chris (you’re the best Chris!), and he ran beside me and helped me with my breathing and pacing myself so I could run the whole 5k. Since I met Chris he has lost heaps of weight and is very healthy now and his wife has had a parkrun baby.

My second favourite thing about parkrun is that I can do it with all my family, my mum, my sisters (who don't miss netball) and my neighbours.

I like it when I see a lot of people doing parkrun. All that matters in parkrun is that you turn up and do your best. I have just completed my 37th parkrun at Berwick Springs which will be celebrating its 1st anniversary on the 11th of October. I would like to thank all the volunteers who help run this event. I look forward to seeing you at parkrun every week.”

I wonder if ten years ago the parkrun pioneers thought they would be changing the lives of Australians who hadn’t even been born yet!

Well done Joey and thanks to Athletics Weekly for taking the time to listen to our story. You can read more from them about parkrun in this week’s magazine.

See you next week,

Tom

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

one week to go


The countdown is nearly over for our two Faces of the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon. All their hard training will pay off this Sunday as they cross the finish line.

Over the past seven weeks we have followed Simon and Frances on their training journey to complete the 21 kilometres which is now only a few days away. They both set their ambitions high and are very much on their way to reaching an extraordinary achievement.

“On Sunday I ran a five mile road race (Tapering? Oops). It was on a flat and fast route and I gained a new five mile PB. The half marathon training is paying off.” - Simon

“This time next week it will be all over and I will be the proud owner of a PB for my very first half marathon” - Frances

Sir Roger Bannister will officially start the race this weekend, 60 years after becoming the first ever person to run a mile in less than four minutes at Oxford University’s Iffley Road Track.

PruHealth with Vitality wishes Simon, Frances and all the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon parkrunners the best of luck for this Sunday’s run. We will be there on the sideline cheering you all on and look forward to what is set to be a great day!

Read how Simon and France’s have found their final training week on their blog here.

Do you want to achieve a half marathon goal?

There are still five remaining races in the Vitality Run Series. Find out more at vitality.co.uk.

more...


Check out the ‘more...’ tab on your local event’s website for local running related links and to visit our parkrun support pages, parkrun UK and parkrun group sites.

On the ‘about us’ tab you’ll find an invitation to the post-parkrun coffee venue, an opportunity to donate to parkrun and a detailed breakdown of donations and withdrawals at your local event plus lots of encouraging words about why everyone should join us on parkrunday!

parkrun population


Here are this week’s summary statistics for parkrun UK:

Number of runners - 49,922
Number of volunteers - 4,756
Number of first timers - 7,009
Number of PBs - 9,363

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 just want to say a huge thank you to the volunteers at Worcester parkrun. They are brilliant every week, but particularly today in the pouring rain with my five-year-old on a mission to do two laps. He has hemiplegia, which is a form of cerebral palsy, and this was the 5th time he's done parkrun, but only the second time he's managed to finish. It meant so much to him, and to me, that the volunteers were still there cheering him round that second lap, despite us being six minutes behind the person in front of us and the fact they were cold and wet. You are all amazing.
Regards,
Emily Seyler


Hi parkrun UK
Charlotte was ‘parkrunner of the week’ a few weeks ago and she wanted you all to know that she volunteered and loved it! In fact we both enjoyed it. Charlotte was in charge of the finish position tokens and I was the ‘token feeder’. We have made a pact to volunteer every few weeks. May I just say that the volunteers at Burnley parkrun are great fun!
Regards,
Joy Corrigan


Hi parkrun UK
October the 2nd was my 25th birthday and I think it's pretty cool that I share a birthday with parkrun. I’m now in a new age group and maybe, just maybe, this will improve my results. Almost every Saturday morning I head to Black Park parkrun with four or five friends to run. I feel parkrun is great for fitting a run into my triathlon training schedule every week and the atmosphere is great. I love pushing for a PB and watching everyone else no matter their ability push for a PB as well. That's what I love about parkrun. Happy Birthday!
Regards,
Abby Norman


Hi parkrun UK
My home parkrun is Hull but I recently found myself working in Newcastle (New South Wales, Australia) and much to my delight found Newy parkrun only a half hour walk away. I just wanted to thank everyone at Newy for being so welcoming on my first run outside of the UK. What a great set of people. Be assured the parkrun spirit is here too in abundance with everyone congratulating each other on completing the course. Keep it going guys.
Regards,
David Russell


Hi parkrun UK
I am so proud of my brother John Liddle. In August of 2013 and on a family holiday, my husband and I (regulars at Bromley) introduced him to parkrun at Bryn Bach. He hadn’t done any serious exercise for years, so we jogged at the back together. With 100 metres to go, sibling rivalry kicked in as he suddenly ran away from me to the finish! Back home he found his local parkrun at Hillsborough and soon became a regular, improving from over 34 minutes to around 27 minutes. He’s been awarded the Sweatshop Monthly Prize and in the last few weeks has trained as a Run Director. This week will be his 50th parkrun. I can't be with him to celebrate but will be with him in parkrun spirit!
Regards,
Janet Simms


Hi parkrun UK
Just like to say a big thank you and keep up the good work! Last month I was voted Pontefract parkrun’s Sweatshop Monthly Prize winner for breaking my two-year-old PB and in doing so you awarded me a free pair of trainers that I will be proudly wearing this weekend. Having completed 83 runs I'm now on my way to the big one hundred so these will give me a great boost.
Regards,
Steven Bail


Hi parkrun UK
On Saturday I completed my 50th parkrun and was delighted to achieve a PB six and a half minutes quicker than my first. Just like thousands of inspiring people before me, parkrun has led me to achieve many things which I did not think I would ever do including completing 10ks, being part of a 24-hour relay team at the adidas Thunder Run and being 'one in a million' at the Great North Run in Newcastle last month. In August I was awarded the accolade of being the 20,000th runner to cross the line at Pennington Flash parkrun, where I have completed 48 of my 50 runs. I would like to pass my gratitude onto all the volunteers and fellow runners for making this fabulous event happen.
Regards,
Nicola Young


Hi parkrun UK
As well as celebrating parkruns birthday on Saturday I completed my 50th parkrun. Nothing special in that until I look back three years where I weighed 24 stone and could barely walk, let alone run. I lost some weight, joined a ‘Couch to 5k’ programme and haven’t looked back. I first went to Alice Holt parkrun in March 2013. I didn’t like the hills but was persuaded back. I’m now addicted to it. I’ve done two marathons and two halfs this year but I’m more proud of my 50 parkruns. It’s all down to the friendly people at Alice Holt parkrun, especially the core volunteer team of Paula Patterson, Geoff Brown and Louise Davies, so a big thanks to them. Here’s to the next 10 years and my next 50.
Regards,
Tony Egan


Hi parkrun UK
I wanted to say “Penblwydd Hapus” to the wonderful people at Pontypridd parkrun as they celebrate their first birthday. I’ve attended 42 parkruns in Pontypridd and aged 49 have become addicted to running many races this year, counting four half marathons including last Sunday's Cardiff Half. It’s the whole experience of the running community that matters to me. In 2011 I became quite ill and underwent a number of operations that affected my life. To get back to full health I have used running as a form of recovery. So thank you to everyone at Pontypridd parkrun. I will unfortunately miss the day as I’ll be in Oxford running the half there, so save me some cake.
Regards,
Darren Warner


Hi parkrun UK
On Saturday I completed my 100th parkrun at Heaton Park, the same day that my youngest lad turned 11. As a family we have 313 parkruns between us. So, why do I keep turning up? Firstly, the people - the volunteers, runners and spectators are all remarkably cheerful and encouraging. Secondly, the courses. I have been to Victorian parks, river banks, disused railway lines, sports grounds, a Tudor Manor House, a deer park and conquered Angina Hill, the Pinnacle of Pain and Duck Poo Corner! However, my real ‘what am I doing here’ run came on New Years Day 2014 when we ran along the shores of the Indian Ocean at Rockingham parkrun in Western Australia. So let’s see where the next 100 take me?
Regards,
Richard Duddell


Hi parkrun UK
I only started running of any sort in January and I did my first parkrun (aged 64) at Ipswich in May. My daughter lives in New Zealand and we started running at about the same time. Several months ago we agreed that when she came to visit we would go for a run together. Well, she has been and on Saturday we did the new Kesgrave parkrun together (my sixth parkrun). She is now back on her way to New Zealand and is going to take part in a parkrun in Auckland in the very near future.
Regards,
Trevor Mason


Hi parkrun UK
I went along to Pontypool parkrun to give my daughter some moral support today for the first time and completed my first parkrun. I didn't realise what a fantastic community parkrun has. Needless to say I've got the bug and will certainly be attending the next one. Nice to see all the support from the volunteers around the course. Well done parkrun.
Regards,
Mike Lyons

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Jackie Cunningham

Club:  Unattached

Age:  47

Home parkrun:  Portrush

Occupation:  IT Manager

Number of runs:  50

Favourite volunteer role:  Timekeeper

What do you do at parkruns:  Portrush parkrun is one of only a few select parkruns in the World which take in a beach as part of its course. I like to get off to a good start as we have a little stretch of promenade before the beach. I find the third quarter of the run the hardest but know when I come round the corner that I am on the home straight and the end is in sight. The final toughie, Heartbreak Hill, is where we have to run up the soft sand back onto the promenade. I would never have started parkrun was it not for my friend Sharon who has been my running buddy from the start.

How has parkrun changed your running:  It is more a case of how has parkrun changed my life. I started to run with Sharon when my mum was very ill and she sadly passed away a couple of weeks later. Running really helped me through a very difficult time and parkrun became a weekly focus for me. I never thought I would call myself a runner but I am now running most days and recently entered my first competitive 5k race crossing the line in 24:35! Until you try it you don't realise what you are missing!

What do you like about parkrun:  The friends I have made, cheering each other on, competing with the course and at the same time encouraging each other along. I love the way you can come home afterwards thinking on our Event Director Andy's words "You've done 5k when there are others still in their beds". Andy Deal and Mervyn Thompson do an amazing job week in week out, thanks guys!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  We have not only the weather to contend with but also the tides. My most memorable run was when the tide was very high but we still had some sand to run on until we got to a hundred metres before the turn when the beach disappeared.

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.

cancellations

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

upcoming anniversaries

October

Aberdeen parkrun 11th

Armagh parkrun 11th

Pontypridd parkrun 11th

Southend parkrun 11th

Sunderland parkrun 11th

Victoria parkrun 11th

Woodley parkrun 11th

Edinburgh parkrun 18th

Fulham Palace parkrun 18th

Richmond Park parkrun 18th

Ashford parkrun 25th

Finsbury Park parkrun 25th

Gunnersbury parkrun 25th

Gunpowder parkrun 25th

Lloyd parkrun 25th

November

Aylesbury parkrun 1st

Brighton & Hove parkrun 1st

Little Stoke parkrun 1st

Oxford parkrun 1st

Sewerby parkrun 1st

Sheringham parkrun 1st

Waterworks parkrun 1st

Whitstable parkrun 1st

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


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