weekly newsletter 8th May 2014

welcome to the newsletter

In this week’s newsletter adidas want you to Tri with the Brownlees, we welcome our children into the parkrun World and I ask you to dive into your archive.

This week I am unbelievably excited to invite every single one of you to get involved in a truly amazing project! For the last few months I’ve had the privilege of working alongside a group of extremely talented and passionate parkrunners to develop the concept of a coffee-table photo-book that encapsulates the parkrun World in its tenth year. This from our founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt...

"On the 2nd of October 2014 we will be ten years old. On that day it will be exactly ten years since the first ever parkrun took place when 13 runners met up for a jog around Bushy Park.

Our aim is that every parkrun and every parkrunner will join us by celebrating this anniversary at their ‘home run’ on the 4th of October 2014. We are hoping for a birthday celebration starting in New Zealand and following the sun until it culminates in the USA later that day.

But that seems quite a long time to wait and so we want to invite all parkrunners to get involved in the celebrations now by helping us to produce a permanent visual reminder of what we have achieved. Our wish is to produce a coffee table photo book, totaling about 88 pages with many photos provided by you, that will be available for sale by Christmas.

To take part in this initiative we have placed a new icon on every parkrunner’s profile page (your link is available on the top right-hand column of this newsletter if reading this via email) which when clicked will take you to a web page allowing you to submit three images plus some text.

The webpage will offer you some guidance of what categories of images we are looking for plus some idea of the quality we are looking for. You will only be allowed to submit three images, and one time only, so please be careful when choosing your contribution.

I am very excited about this project. It is the parkrunner and the parkrun volunteer who form the essence of what parkrun is all about and now is your chance to be immortalised in this historic book.

Paul Sinton-Hewitt, parkrun Founder”

So there you have it, from 13 runs in Bushy Park on the 4th of October 2004 we have now delivered over five million run performances at 36,000 events across 397 locations in four continents and we’d like you to help us paint that picture using images from around the parkrun World.

Choose carefully,


P.S. This week’s junior parkrun newsletter can be found here.

fancy something a bit different?

Following the success of the inaugural Brownlee Tri in 2013, Alistair and Jonny have expanded the 2014 series to two events.

The first Macmillan Brownlee Tri will take place at the iconic National Trust property of Petworth House and Park in West Sussex on Sunday the 15th of June, with the second held in the brothers’ home county of Yorkshire at Harewood House on Sunday the 21st of September. Both events will host sprint and super-sprint competitions for individuals, with fantastic prizes for youth and adult categories, and also a sprint relay. Whether you are a seasoned triathlete or taking on your first ever race, there really will be something for everyone.

Visit macmillanbrownleetri.com for more information and enter here using the special parkrun code PARKRUN-1 to receive your 10% discount.

children at parkrun

We love to see happy children taking part in our inclusive, family-friendly 5k parkruns finishing with smiles on their faces. Under 11’s do need to be accompanied at all times throughout the run by either a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent’s choice. There is so much pleasure to be had by accompanying them and then having a playful sprint finish with your kids, why wouldn't you!

If 5k seems a bit too far for the little legs in your family at the moment how about giving parkrun juniors a go? Aimed at 4 to 14 year olds, you can check out our junior parkrun events list which shows all the current and imminent 2k events around the country. Like your children... our junior events are growing all the time too.

event news

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

Cancellations this weekend:

- Antrim parkrun is cancelled due to another event taking place in the park.

- Wallace parkrun is cancelled due to another event taking place in the park.

- Barking and Dagenham Juniors parkrun is cancelled due to another event taking place in the park.

feedback from the field

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

Hi parkrun UK
I love the parkrun newsletter and its stories which make me laugh, smile or cry! I feel inspired to share my own little journey. This weekend was one year since my baby Anna died at birth and six months since I discovered parkrun. Sport has been a huge part of my physical and emotional recovery and in particular parkrun. My 5k time has improved from 35 minutes to sub 25 and I am delighted! For anyone who has experienced grief you will know that the mornings can be tough and having parkrun to get me out of bed every Saturday is an amazing start to the weekend, the buzz makes me really happy! Thank you parkrun. Next steps, volunteering and some more parkrun tourism!
Kathryn Maynard

Hi parkrun UK
On Saturday the 19th of April South Shields parkrun celebrated their first anniversary. Loyal parkrunners turned up in force to join in the celebrations. Event Director Colin Robson arranged for local celebrities to join us including local legend Tony ‘The Fridge’ and Olympian Amanda Lightfoot. The Sand Dancer Beach Bar hosted celebrations, birthday cake was provided by Event Director Malcolm Leece and cup cakes from Jeanette Hewitson. The whole morning was fantastic to be part of and there was a great sense of community. As a reasonably new parkrun I am sure our parkrun community will continue to grow and we are looking forward to the year ahead!
Claire O’Callaghan

Hi parkrun UK
I would like to tell you all about one of our most inspirational runners at Greenwich parkrun. Frank Lee is one of our 'younger' runners in the VM80-84 age category and on Saturday he completed his 100th parkrun. He is a very popular figure at our parkrun and always encourages new runners and those that run around him. He always has a smile and is truly inspirational to many of us. Cathryn, Georgia and Sarah made a cake and posters to cheer him through the finish line. They are all fab too. Greenwich parkrun is so friendly and everyone is so kind. What a pleasure it is to be part of this brilliant event.
Mavis Williams

Hi parkrun UK
Thank you and Sweatshop so much for my lovely sparkly and white new trainers, awarded as winner of the Sweatshop Monthly Prize at Bushy parkrun for February. I'm very touched as in reality I'm very slow, in fact so slow that most people have finished by the time I approach the finish. So I was rather shocked and extremely touched. I love parkrun and realised the other day that I have been doing it for over seven years, met my husband since starting, had twins and now run with husband and double buggy. parkrun is part of my family life now and I can't imagine or remember life before it. So thank you very much.
Suzie Longstaff

Hi parkrun UK
Camping on the Dorset coast last weekend in fairly stormy conditions, after an horrendous night with little sleep, I was up at daybreak feeling extraordinarily grumpy. I'd looked up the nearest parkrun beforehand anyway and sensibly cycled out of the campsite early, sans coffee or breakfast! I found my way to Weymouth parkrun where I was made to feel very welcome. Now I understand the whole ‘parkrun family’ thing and they even had coffee! I cycled back to the tent feeling much less grumpy and with a new 5k PB. Thank you Weymouth parkrun, highly recommended.
Julia Browne

Hi parkrun UK
I ran my 8th parkrun at Bexley's Danson Park on Saturday. I hadn't really attempted much running before but now I'm becoming totally hooked. I just wanted to say a huge thanks to all the volunteers there as they are such a great and supportive team. There is someone at each corner cheering you on, it really makes you try even harder. Without their friendly encouragement I don't think I would have stayed with it so thank you very much. Give me two years and hopefully I'll being running marathons.
Daisy Symonds

Hi parkrun UK
I attend Basingstoke parkrun and last week I received an email looking for a guide runner for a blind runner named Carl in the Telford area. I posted the details on the Telford parkrun Facebook page and within a few days a guide runner was found thanks to the parkrun community. Hooray!
Aneez Kanji

Hi parkrun UK
Due to parking issues I missed the start of Valentines parkrun but I decided to run the course anyway and not worry about the time. Well, the parkrunners had other ideas. Other runners, marshals and the public cheered me on. A marshal told me that someone would be meet me further on the course as I was the last person. I wheezed that there was no need to worry, but he said you're part of parkrun, we want to make sure you finish safely. So, for the last mile, I had a man and his dog alongside me. A lovely lady gave me running tips. Another runner came to run with me to the finish line. The brilliant support meant I had an amazing and emotional run.
Gillian Hood

parkrunner of the week

Name:  Connor Evans

Club:  Unattached

Age:  11

Home parkrun:  Cardiff

Occupation:  School pupil

Number of runs:  17

Favourite volunteer role:  Marshal

What do you do at parkruns:  I am usually the only wheelchair user at Cardiff parkrun and like to try and get around as quickly as possible without much help from my Dad.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I had never tried going for a time in my wheelchair before and using my everyday wheelchair was very tough and I was not getting any faster than 42 minutes on my own. Then my Dad applied to a wheelchair charity to get me one of their new athletics ‘flying start’ wheelchairs and I was really lucky to be selected to receive one. It’s amazing! I now complete parkrun in under 27 minutes and feel brilliant.

What do you like about parkrun:  The Cardiff course is really flat and great for my wheelchair and there is lovely scenery. I like that it gives me a challenge to improve and that the volunteers and other runners always give me lots of encouragement to carry on.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The funniest moment was watching my Dad have to run really fast to keep up with me in my new wheelchair.


barcode reminder


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

all questions answered

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

volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2013 alone over 33,000 of you came forwards and supported your local event. Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great and have fun. If that sounds like it's for you then please contact your local event team for more details.

upcoming anniversaries


Bedfont Lakes parkrun 10th

Eastleigh parkrun 10th

Hampstead Heath parkrun 10th

Pegwell Bay parkrun 10th

Preston parkrun 10th

Rother Valley parkrun 10th

Camperdown parkrun 17th

MUSA Cookstown parkrun 17th

Queen Elizabeth parkrun 17th

Wanstead Flats parkrun 17th

Falls parkrun 24th

Marple parkrun 24th

Albert parkrun 31st

Brockenhurst parkrun 31st

Crystal Palace parkrun 31st

Hackney Marshes parkrun 31st

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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