weekly newsletter 30th October 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter Vitality tell you about their latest swim, bike & run, we showcase our beautiful barcodes, there’s some great feedback from the field, two wonderful parkrunners of the week, James Saunders promises three-quarters-of-a-million people that he won’t be lazy this winter and I cosy-up in front of my imaginary log fire.

This morning I actually caught myself feeling a bit bored of warm and looking forward to crisp, cold and cosy. As great as warm is it’s no cosy and in order to achieve that wonderful state we need temperatures to drop and the roaring log fires (we don’t have one by the way) to go on. According to the weather app on my phone Yorkshire is going to be a balmy 19 degrees celsius tomorrow, which for the day before November is about as balmy as we get up north. What’s seemed like an endless summer must surely pass the baton to Autumn any moment now, albeit a somewhat short-changed autumn which will no doubt be forced to hand over said baton to Winter within just a few short weeks.

Unfortunately, and here’s the annoying bit, with winter comes ice and that’s about the worst hazard that our events are likely to face. A good dump of snow can be a load of parkrun fun as it’s not that slippy and doesn’t hurt if you fall in it, when it compacts and freezes however it can make a safe course treacherous. Our local teams always put the safety of their runners, volunteers, spectators and other park users first but at the same time are advised by us to maximise the chances of a run safely going ahead. I have in the past, when on run director duty, called off an event early in the week when the weather looked set, only for the sun to come out. There’s not much worse than a perfectly pristine parkrun place with parkrunners prevented from participating. At the same time I have previously taken the decision not to cancel, when on reflection I really should have. It’s a difficult and challenging situation to be in and we will always support the decisions of our run directors on the day. They are in charge, they are responsible for the safe running of the event and their word goes.

In order to maximise the chances of a safe run going ahead we suggest that the teams leave their decision until the last possible moment and are happy for them to cancel at any time up to the scheduled start, or even during the run itself should conditions change. This does mean that there is a possibility you will find yourself this winter at a parkrun venue only for it to be cancelled at the last minute. To avoid disappointment please only travel to a parkrun if you are happy for this to happen.

Our teams will of course do their best to communicate cancellations to you using their news page and also their social media channels. However there is no guarantee that this will be done, especially if the cancellation is late. Please remember that all of our local teams are volunteers and the large majority have very busy lives outside of parkrun and we won’t therefore be asking them to do what one particular person previously suggested... which was for us to set up a telephone hotline that they could call from the comfort of their warm snuggly bed at 7:30am each Saturday morning. They actually expected the volunteer team to check the park on the Friday night and again at 7am on the Saturday morning before making said update and saving them a ‘wasted’ journey.

At the end of the day parkrun is just a free timed run with your friends and if you end up starting your day with a coffee and catch-up, sans run, then that’s not a bad way to kick off the weekend either.

Thanks in advance for your wonderful understanding, patience and parkrun passion.

Happy running,

Tom

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

Vitality World Triathlon London 2015


You already run in the park, why not swim and bike in the park too? With the 2015 Vitality World Triathlon London fast approaching, this is your chance to set yourself a Triathlon goal.

Taking place on the 30th and 31st of May 2015 The Vitality World Triathlon London is one of the World's leading triathlon events and one of only two legacy events from the 2012 Olympic games still open to public participation.

Since its inception in 2009, the event has attracted the world’s best triathletes as part of the ITU World Series as well as thousands of recreational triathletes from every corner of the globe to swim, bike and run on the iconic Hyde Park course in pursuit of personal glory.

Distances range from relay through to Super Sprint (400m swim, 10k bike, 2.5k run) and up to Olympic distance (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run), meaning that individuals and teams of all fitness levels can take part.

Priority registrations open on Thursday the 30th of October. Register now:

- Individual event
- Relay team event

Be a Triathlete with Vitality.

Find out more about Vitality

ensuring your performance is always recorded


Whilst we will always be happy to scan your paper barcode we have teamed up with ERS - the authorised parkrun UK barcode supplier to give you the opportunity to own your very own piece of parkrun bling. These can be personalised with your ICE (in case of emergency) details and profits help us to grow our parkrun family.

Please bring your paper barcode, durable tag or wristband to ensure that your performance is always recorded. We operate a ‘no barcode, no time, no exception’ policy.

parkrun population


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

Number of runners - 53,858
Number of volunteers - 4,802
Number of first timers - 7,860
Number of PBs - 11,312

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've been running at Newport parkrun since the summer. A few weeks ago I checked out the other events nearby and spotted there are nine parkruns in Wales. Instantly I just knew I had to run them. I started two weeks ago with the Corby parkrun and I am currently running what I have dubbed ‘The Welsh Nine’. Nine parkruns in nine weeks.I've run in Corby and Porthcawl so far and everyone has been great, its a fantastic family of runners and volunteers. I've just booked a B&B for the Aberystwyth run in two weeks following Pontypridd and then onto Pontypool. Say ‘Hi’ if you see me, I’ll be wearing a red t-shirt with ‘The Welsh Nine’ on it.
Regards,
Richard Holroyd


Hi parkrun UK
Today my son Danny Ansell completed his tenth parkrun at Beckton. At four years old he follows in the footsteps of his brothers Luke (7) and Jake (9). Danny was so desperate to make 10 runs his mum made him his own t-shirt to count off the runs remaining. To celebrate the occasion Celine Homsey of East End Road Runners baked a special parkrun cake. Well done Danny, your dad is looking forward to running with you again next time!
Regards,
Neil Ansell


Hi parkrun UK
I'd like to extend a huge congratulations to Kelvin Gower for running his 250th parkrun on the 25th of October at Frimley Lodge parkrun. We reckon the next year will see a gold rush as we are celebrating our 250th event in three weeks time! Thanks to Colin Brassington for his amazing shots of Kelvin’s big day, and who kindly photoshopped in a zero balloon after the real one made a bid for freedom!
Regards,
Louise McIntosh


Hi parkrun UK
Just wanted to say thanks to parkrun! My youngest son is autistic and just coming up to his 50th run. When he started he hated getting wet and dirty, but the huge support and friendly people at Conkers parkrun have made him feel welcome. He’ll now run in any weather (especially when it’s wet and there are muddy puddles) and he is also enjoying Swadlincote junior parkrun too. parkrun has made such a difference to him and to us.
Huge thanks!
Regards,
Nikki Reeves

Photo - courtesy of Julie Mortlock

Hi parkrun UK
Gunpowder parkrun celebrated its three year anniversary last Saturday by running the course backwards for the first time followed by coffee, cake and bubbly. I want to take the liberty of speaking on behalf of all the runners, old and new, to thank all the volunteers who have given their time week in week out, and always with a smile, to help make this a special community.
Here's to another great three years and maybe even more running of the course backwards!
Regards,
Andy Chalmers


Hi parkrun UK
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to parkrun. I first started running eight months ago and attended my first parkrun in March this year where I walked/ran my first 5k. A couple of weeks later I managed to run the whole thing and since then I have increased my mileage and I completed my first half marathon last Sunday! Part of the route went through the park where my local parkrun is held. It reminded me of just how far I have come. Thank you to all the volunteers with their endless enthusiasm and encouragement and to parkrun for helping to make it so easy to get involved in running no matter what standard you are.
Regards,
Emma Rankin


Hi parkrun UK
At 46 years of age I discovered parkrun and it was the first time I'd run outdoors since my schooldays. I've now done 34 events at 21 locations and my goal is complete all the Yorkshire parkruns before my 50th event. I nervously completed my first one back in February at Bradford in a time of 29 minutes. I've gradually improved and my best time is 21:19 at Hull. I often wonder what time I could have achieved if only I'd started earlier! The best thing about touring around is meeting new people. Every event is full of great people with a positive outlook on life. I'm also fitter now than at anytime in my life and its all down to parkrun.
Regards,
Richard Falkingham

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Helen and Nigel Nichols

Club:  Unattached

Age:  69

Home parkrun:  Yeovil Montacute

Occupation:  Volunteering at a local museum and taking school assemblies

Number of runs:  None

Favourite volunteer role:  Marshalling

What do you do at parkruns:  Marshalling, timekeeping, setting up the course, barcode scanning. We arrive at 8am and help to set up the course which is divided into four sections. Takes about half an hour... cows and sheep allowing.

How has parkrun changed your running:  We don’t run. Helen has a heart condition, but just being part of the parkrun family has made both of us feel much younger. We volunteered because our daughter and grandchildren are parkrunners and we wanted to feel part of what they were doing.

What do you like about parkrun:  The friendship and feeling part of a family. Whenever we are away we volunteer to help at parkruns. We would encourage everyone to do this; our parkrun family now extends from Cornwall to Scotland.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Helen has still not passed the test of putting the flag up (there is a video to prove this). Although not involved with the cattle round-up, we have had some interesting moments with the sheep.

parkrun corner

James Saunders

As the clocks go back and temperatures start to drop as we ease through Autumn to Winter, running outside can, for many, become a challenge. As a solo runner for many of my training sessions, it’s easy to find lots of excuses to not get outside and make the most of the cooler temperatures and lighter mornings. With the inevitable excesses of the festive season not-too-far off, I find it far too easy to find a multitude of reasons to stay in in the warmth of a centrally-heated house and feed myself up for Christmas. For me, this pattern starts in late October and I come out of hibernation in February vowing to never repeat the cycle again.

However, this year, I’m going to break the cycle before it has chance to take hold and leaves me a stone heavier in the new year and back at square one with regards fitness. Running is always easier in company so I plan to make the most of the training sessions that my running club holds. Last night, a record number of club members took part in training sessions across Southampton. With several sessions per week, there’s little excuse to run alone and that’s great for motivation as well as personal safety and, perhaps, most importantly, the social interaction it gives. If you’re not a running club member, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

As we ran through the streets, there was lots of talk of recent races and plans for next year. However, as I listened to the conversations around me, one topic dominated – parkrun. There was discussion about how our simple event had inspired many non-runners to participate in our great sport, how parkrunners had helped each other gain recent Personal Bests and talk of favourite parkrun courses. parkrun = life changing.

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.

cancellations

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

upcoming anniversaries

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

Pontypool parkrun 22nd

Upton Court parkrun 22nd

Roundhay junior parkrun 23rd

Southampton junior parkrun 23rd

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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junior parkrun Eastenders

Last week I decided that it was about time I visited Barking and Dagenham juniors as I had met their Event Director and Ambassador but never been to the event myself.

Sadly, Kresh Veerasamy, their fantastic ED wasn't there but the lovely Sharon, Run Director for the day gave us me a very warm welcome. It was a case of starting as you mean to go on, as the whole volunteer team seemed extremely happy to be there. The camaraderie between them was clear for all to see, making for a relaxed and happy atmosphere.

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Kresh’s whole family is involved in the event, and the first person I saw was his Dad, Sam putting out the cones for this junior parkrun course around Central Park.

After the children had gathered, it was time for the warm-up  - with an extra special star jump for a birthday boy who appears in this picture.

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Then it was ‘ready, steady go’ and off we went. I was the Tail Runner and a slight panic rose inside me as I wondered if I could keep this, rather rapid, speed up for 2k... However, once the initial burst of enthusiasm wore off I felt more comfortable :)

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I loved chatting to the children as we went round and I decided I would conduct a little ad-hoc research into why the children like the event. Not all the children are natural athletes but something keeps them smiling and coming back.

The first little guy I asked told me, quite simply, that he likes running and he is now a better runner than a lot of his friends. When I asked how many he had done, he waved a wristband at me.

Another junior was there for her first time. She was quite nervous about completing it as she has asthma, but she did so well! Her bursts of running were speedy and she seemed really keen to return.

One little girl said she liked junior parkrun as she liked the 'peace and quiet'. I know exactly what she means! Another regular runner loved the friendly atmosphere with no pressure to perform (she is a speedy one!).

Finally, I spoke to a little girl who was also there for her first time and had forgotten her barcode. She told me she loved the running and once we explained to her the importance of carrying her barcode, she was keen to come back so that she could see her name in lights (on the website!)

Barking and Dagenham is one of our smaller events, in terms of the number of children that attend, but that makes no difference to the experience of our juniors. It’s the quality of the experience that counts, not reaching some arbitrary target for numbers of participants. I also realised that there was not a single occasion where I heard any pushiness from a parent, which was fantastic – everyone was encouraged regardless of the finish time or effort level.

If you are in the area, I recommend you head down to Barking and Dagenham and experience this Eastenders event for yourself!

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See if you can find a finish like this...

Jo

 

 

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.

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


 

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


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